Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen

“She walked down the palace steps toward a horse-drawn carriage.  Four footmen in white knee breeches carried the train of her lavender silk gown.  She was fifty-four years old and strands of silver ran through her black hair.  Despite her many sorrows, Hawaii’s queen walked with dignity.  On that January day in 1893, she wasContinue reading “Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen”

Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O’Keeffe

“To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.”   Georgia O’Keeffe   My 2013 Reading Program included “Portrait of an Artist – A Biography of Georgia O’Keeffe” by Laurie Lisle. I wanted to explore the creative process, to get a glimpse into how an artist thinks, feels, plans and executes. Georgia O’Keeffe transformedContinue reading “Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O’Keeffe”

Young Mandela: The Revolutionary Years

Nelson Mandela inspired a perilously divided nation to turn away from racism and accept the possibility of working together. He once said, “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” I never thought of Nelson Mandela as young. Indeed, many still identifyContinue reading “Young Mandela: The Revolutionary Years”

Cleopatra & Sailing the Adriatic

I finished Cleopatra, A Life, when I was sailing on the Adriatic to Athens, the city where Cleopatra once walked along the tree-lined streets.  Athens is crowded, noisy and absolutely wonderful with the sun overhead and the dignified Parthenon balanced virtuously on a high hill.  Ancient mixed with contemporary history makes for a heady senseContinue reading “Cleopatra & Sailing the Adriatic”

Cleopatra: A Life

Stacy Schiff — Cleopatra: A Life The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt. via Goodreads | Stacy Schiff’s videos. Chapters will be delivering my personal audio-book:  Cleopatra – A Life.   It should be in my hands by Wednesday.  IContinue reading “Cleopatra: A Life”