Jazzy Finds Winter 2016

Hello Jazz Lovers, It has been awhile since I posted a Jazzy Finds post, and I certainly have some exciting finds to share with you! There is an updated version of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None which came out in the United Kingdom in 2015. The U.S. version of the DVD will be…

The Harmon Foundation: Champions of the Harlem Renaissance

I have been conducting research on artists who were active during the Harlem Renaissance, and I stumbled upon a documentary called Against the Odds: African-American Artists and the Harmon Foundation. I learned so much about how this one foundation was responsible for launching the careers of so many prominent African-American artists.  Although the foundation recognized…

Follow Your Curiosity

I watched an inspiring video by Elizabeth Gilbert about following one’s curiosity to figure out pathways in life here . Up until now, Gilbert has always been an advocate of the philosophy to “follow your passion” because that has always worked for her. A letter from a frustrated reader caused her to change her perspective; the…

Summer Memories

Hello Jazz Lovers, I have been meaning to share some photos of my jazz inspired adventures from this past summer, but time has gotten away from me. Although summer is long gone, I thought you would enjoy hearing about a few events. I attended a Gatsby themed party at the Star Island Resort, and it…

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…