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
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
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
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
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
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
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!