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…

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….

Rosecliff: Elegance Personified in Newport

I spent my birthday in Newport, Rhode Island, touring five of the opulent mansions.  I am glad that I chose not to visit all of them in one day because it would have been far too overwhelming.  I stayed overnight at a charming bed and breakfast in the neighborhood and took my time getting out and…

Bessie Coleman: The First Black Fly Girl

I took some time to watch “Amelia” today, the movie about the brave aviatrix Amelia Earhart.  It inspired me to look up information on another aviatrix who is not as well-known but who was no less brave, Bessie Coleman.  They both started flying around the same time, 1920-1921, but being black, Bessie did not receive the…

Women Jazz Musicians

I just finished watching a wonderful documentary called “The Girls in the Band”. It featured solo musicians, all women bands, and even women band leaders with incredible flair and smooth dance moves. Since I was a female drummer from the ages 8 to 18, I have an understanding of what it means to be one…