Thanksgiving this year is being spent with daughter Susie and son-in-law Wes
in Johannesburg, South Africa. Right now we are at the lovely
Cathedral Peak Hotel in the majestic
Drakensberg Mountains east of Johannesburg.
We eat well here, too, thanks to Jerome and the rest of the staff!
All the best to everyone.
President John F. Kennedy was assassinated fifty years ago in Dallas. Anyone my age can tell you exactly where they were when they got the news.
The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford pairs two Kennedy artworks. On the left is Retroactive I, a 1964 oil and silkscreen by Robert Rauschenberg that includes a reference to the space race and a photo of Kennedy and his characteristic pointing gesture.
On the right is Bluewald (1989 - 90) by Cady Noland, a silkscreen on aluminum with fabric and wood. It is based on the newspaper photograph of Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, as he was shot by Jack Ruby.
The Wonder Gardens were an old-style Florida attraction operated for 77 years by one family. It closed last year and the animals have been sent to other locations. A local photographer is working to re-open the Wonder Gardens, while the family is trying to sell it and the city of Bonita Springs is considering whether to buy it.
Naples is an odd mix of wealth and poverty and everything in between.
Fourteen mansions are currently available for more than $10 million each.
Some well-located houses are bought for more than a million dollars and
leveled to build the next mansions.
And, some well-maintained old cottages sleep contentedly