So We Read On: A Fitting Tribute to “The Great Gatsby”

  The 90th anniversary of the publication of The Great Gatsby happened on April 10, 2015, and while I am late to the party in terms of paying my tribute to this magnificent piece of work, I am no less enthusiastic. When people ask me to declare my favorite novel, this is the one. I…

Jazz Age Lawn Party 2015

Hello Jazz Lovers, Last year, I posted pictures from the Jazz Age Lawn Party that happened in New York (Governor’s Island) in the hopes that I would remember to attend this year. But alas, I missed it again. This time, I am putting it in my calendar a year ahead of time so I will…

New Beginnings

I created a new blog header for Notes on the Jazz Age: What do you think? It took me a few hours to set up the “photo shoot” (if you can call it that) and to take a ridiculous amount of photos. I have always loved black and white photography, and I have vowed to…

Jazzy Finds: Spring 2015

I survived the winter in New England…barely. I have not felt like doing much of anything except staying in the house, eating, and watching a disturbing amount of cooking shows (meals I will never attempt to make myself because I hate cooking). Well, I did read and write poetry, so I guess you could say…

Mo Welch – Art Deco Paintings

I was doing some research because I am trying to find a new header for my blog, and I stumbled upon these amazing paintings by Mo Welch. Welch is an artist from the UK and you can find her artwork for sale at mowelch.theartistweb.co.uk I could not find much information about the artist herself, but…

The Fascinating History of Chanel No. 5

Over the Christmas break, I read Tilar J. Mazzeo’s engaging biography “The Secret of Chanel No. 5”. I am conducting research for my novel which includes a perfumer during the 1920s, so this book provided fantastic information about the industry and how Chanel No. 5 became a cultural icon of both the past and present….

Jazzy Finds: Fall 2014

The fall is my favorite time of year, especially in New England – apple cider and apple cider donuts, apple picking, fall festivals, and of course, leaf peeping to view the vibrant array of colors on display. Besides my traditional fall favorites, I found some other things to love this fall that I would like…

Miss Fisher Take #2

The second season of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries was just as fabulous as the first season.  Phryne Fisher wore the most spectacular clothes while going under cover as a fan dancer, keeping a séance under control, investigating the murder of a famed race car driver, helping an Aboriginal prize-fighter to clear his name, keeping her…

On Writing: Summer Writing Woes

My writing habits got woefully off track this summer. I wrote….some, but the weather was just soooo nice, and we had suuuch a hard winter that I just had to get outside, and there was just soooo much to do, and I neeeeded a break.  Is my whining working yet?  Yeah, I didn’t think so….

Jazz Age Lawn Party – The Crane Estate

I attended a Jazz Age Lawn Party at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA, and it was the bees knees! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist)  As you can see, I dressed up for the occasion and so did everyone else.  I truly felt like I was experiencing a lovely afternoon in the 1920s because everyone was dressed…

Concours d’Elegance 2014

I attended an antique car show over the summer which made me swoon and wish for a bygone era.  The cars were simply exquisite – the quality, craftsmanship, and style of these automobiles was impeccable.  It is a shame that nothing we own now will be around for future generations to admire – the cars produced now…

New Posts Coming: My Writing Life

I have decided to start posting about my writing life on this blog as well.  As a writer, I have quite an active life – for instance, here is a sample of the activities I participate in outside of blogging and working full-time: Member of Grub Street – a wonderful writing organization offering classes and events for writers in Boston;…