Monthly Archives: December 2012

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 59,000 times in 2012. If it were … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday

A new year, a new you? As you think about the upcoming year, are you planning to learn a new skill or to break a behavioral pattern?  While you draft your goals, take a moment to marvel at this skillful … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: The Gazette du Bon Ton and Georges Doeuillet

The publication? Gazette du Bon Ton The designer? Georges Doeuillet The illustrations of the Gazette du Bon Ton, a French fashion magazine, are classic examples of the Art Deco style of illustration. With wonderous scenes filled with Biblical and mythical … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday

The end of the semester has arrived, allowing us to trade our thinking caps for party hats without any sense of guilt or irresponsibility! Those of us who celebrate Chanukah have already traded our microscopes for the menorah, and sleepless … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: Pliny the Elder’s Natural History

In Natural History, first published around 77-80 CE, Pliny the Elder identifies the origin of sericulture as the strange and distant Land of the Seres. Pliny is only one of many western writers who held this opinion: “Virgil’s Georgics reports enigmatically … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday

A is for answer and Q is for question: This is a page from a frequently referenced historical work. Within it, the author describes the origins of silk in a mysterious and distant land. Who authored this text? To what … Continue reading

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Fashionista Friday – the Capel Sisters

Fashionista Friday – the Capel Sisters The Countess of Carnarvon is so fashion-forward she has an iPad… I kid! But the sisters Capel certainly do look picture-perfect in this mid-seventeenth century portrait, don’t they?  On the left, Mary Capel, later … Continue reading

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