Pooh-Bear’s Old Home Across from Mother’s Museum

The Museum of Modern Art in NYC is known as MOMA. But when it first opened, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller’s children called it ‘mother’s museum.’ She and two girlfriends pooled their resources and determination to open their new art museum just nine days after Wall Street crashed in 1929. What timing! Fortunately, their museum is alive … More Pooh-Bear’s Old Home Across from Mother’s Museum

British Cartoons – Still Funny 200 Years Later

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has a special exhibit going on – Biting Wit & Brazen Folly: British Satirical Prints from 1780 – 1830. These caricatures poke fun at the rich, the poor, and everyone in between. But I prefer to call them cartoons. I bet some will make you smile and glad you are … More British Cartoons – Still Funny 200 Years Later

Play Good with Lego

New York City’s Scandinavia House is hosting an exhibit on Denmark’s world renown colorful bricks and building blocks. Lego is a combination of two Danish words – leg and godt– which means, not surprisingly, play good. The number one goal and request from any tired parent or babysitter. The Danish inventor was a carpenter, and … More Play Good with Lego

The Miraculous & Magnificent Ms. Mirren

Last week, Dame Helen Mirren, the incomparably versatile actor known for playing both Queen Elizabeth I and II, received the 45thAnnual Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Award. I was lucky enough to join the celebration with a birds-eye view from a seat in the back. Before showtime: Helen is one of those actors who … More The Miraculous & Magnificent Ms. Mirren

Strauss’s Symphonic Poem: An Ode to the Death of an Artist

April’s National Poetry Month and what better way to celebrate than with some musical poetry performed last weekend by the Philadelphia Orchestra. Symphonic poems are what they sound like: poems set to music. But the words must be imagined. Since 2001, Philadelphia’s symphony has performed in the modern Kimmel Center south of historic City Hall. … More Strauss’s Symphonic Poem: An Ode to the Death of an Artist

Touring Sweden in Your Own Volvo

Novelist Karen Stensgaard and her Danish husband made the most out of buying a new Volvo SUV with a free two week road trip in Scandinavia. … More Touring Sweden in Your Own Volvo

Libraries Round the World: Bookmobiles Rule!

Today April 11th is National Bookmobile Day. Of course, finding one, since true to their name they aren’t stationary, wasn’t easy. But success came through this afternoon! I guess this one didn’t get the message or couldn’t make it to the party since it was parked outside the Mission Branch Library in San Antonio, Texas. Lee … More Libraries Round the World: Bookmobiles Rule!

Libraries Round the World: The DAR

Novelist Karen Stensgaard took a spin around the DAR and found two great granddaddies (5 times back) were revolutionary war patriots. … More Libraries Round the World: The DAR

Libraries Round the World: The Library of Congress

Tourists to the world’s largest library (164+ million items), located in Washington D.C., must view the main reading room from a second-floor glass partitioned overlook. Not bad, but to experience the reading room firsthand apply for a free library card. You can request books online and review them while in the library (if in the … More Libraries Round the World: The Library of Congress

Libraries Round the World: La-La Land

This massive library, in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, may not be that close to Hollywood, but the eclectic mix of styles could easily double as a film set. The library checks off nearly every period imaginable: ultra-modern, fantasy, art deco, Egyptian, medieval, murals, mosaics, and Latin American. And they do all this while … More Libraries Round the World: La-La Land