Tuesday, November 1, 2016

A Closer Look - Château de Bussy-Rabutin - de Sévigné - Essay


"...a vain and flattery-obsessed woman who sucked up outrageously to the King..."

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

“Emperors' Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei” Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Essay



"...one in his entourage must have thought I needed a history lesson. “Taiwan not China!”..."

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Dolin Rouge Vermouth de Chambéry - A Closer Look - Essay


"My favorite drink is a Manhattan, which when properly made, includes a fine red vermouth.  I was recently inspired to learn more about my favorite red vermouth."

Friday, June 3, 2016

A Few Thoughts about the Hittite Lion - Essay


"I bought a small statuette of a Hittite lion in a market near the Ancient Hittite archaeological site of Hattusha, not far from the city of Bogazkale in central Turkey...."

Friday, April 1, 2016

Notes on the Urubamba River - Machu Picchu - Extraterrestrials


"My friend Maggie Marbry took this photograph of the Urubamba River from the top of the Peruvian Andes.  I learned on that trip that the Urubamba’s name in the Quechua..."

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Notes on Olive Oil and Trastevere - Essay


"...You can’t go two feet in Italy without encountering the miraculous, so let me recount a miracle that happened in Trastevere..."