Do You Love Polar Bears?

(chgeharvard.org) Or Oscar the Grouch? (muppetwiki.com) or the Met Museum’s Temple of Dendur? (citypass.com) or the Florida Everglades?(pinterest.com) or the California sea lions? or Old Faithful? (tripadvisor) or Half Dome?(yosemiteconservancy.org) programs that support Meals on Wheels? clean air?clean water? science and climate change? (dailysciencejournal) We take these programs for granted now but DJT has a…

You Can Still See the Sargents at the Met Through October 4

(metmuseum.org) Here is the famous Madame X, a daring (for the time) portrait of a well-known Parisian beauty. Why go to see an exhibit almost exclusively made up of portraits? well, partly, because John Singer Sargent does it so well but also because he happened to paint many of the distinguished artists, writers, musicians, actors,…

Studio Museum in Harlem–Just the Right Size

If you haven’t been to this little gem of a museum, set aside a day to do so–(maybe the same day you eat lunch at Red Rooster around the corner). (studiomuseum.org) A stunning building re-designed by the late Max Bond, its five floors provide just enough wall space to display several artists’ work–just enough to…

Phoenixes Rise at St. John the Divine

Just above 110th Street on Amsterdam Avenue, you will find the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, which is, according to its website, “the largest Cathedral in the world, meaning a church that is also the seat of a Bishop.” Surrounded by Columbia University, City College, Manhattan School of Music and formerly Juilliard, it serves…

The Monuments Men–Book Versus Movie–And the Winner is…..?

I picked up The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel in the airport book shop—I always like a nice thick engrossing book to help me forget the agonies of the tiny seats and the person in front of me whose head is in my lap. This book fit the bill and although it is not…