A Tale of Two Sisters

A Tale of Two Sisters

“Every traveler has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering.”― Charles Dickens Like the gnarled wines four generations have planted, nurtured and cultivated in the Rheinhessen village of Bechtheim, sisters Janine Brüssel and Jasmin May were 

Frankfurt for Cooks: My “Root” to Happiness

Frankfurt for Cooks: My “Root” to Happiness

“The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star.” ― Brillat-Savarin One cooking class, two cooking classes, three cooking classes, four… Cooking with Anna was a lifeline I didn’t see coming. Her Instagram tutorials and 

Sarah Lucas: Au Natural

Sarah Lucas: Au Natural

The Hammer Musuem’s senior curator, Anne Ellegood chose Self Portrait with Fried Eggs to headline their exhibit, Sarah Lucas: Au Natural.  This self-portrait of the artist is raw and hard, unlike the eggs over easy propped on each of Ms. Lucas’s breasts. The verbiage Ms. 

Mithu Sen: (Not so) Pretty in Pink

Mithu Sen: (Not so) Pretty in Pink

( Sen, Mithu, Banana Couple, 2006. Dental polymer, artificial teeth, glue, and thread, 10 x 3 x 6 in.)   Artist Mithu Sen smiles recalling the story of when she was a little girl, dressed in a pretty pink frock she overheard a guest mention to another, 

Lee Krasner: Unencumbered

Lee Krasner: Unencumbered

(Krasner, Lee. Prophecy, 1956. Oil on Cotton Duck. 58 1/8 x 34 in. Private Collection.)   Lee Krasner exhibit at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt. Closes Jan. 2020.   American Abstract Expressionist, Lee Krasner was born in 1908 into a Ukrainian Jewish family in New York. 

Diana Krall: Under the Stars

Diana Krall: Under the Stars

Sitting under the stars of Ghent was a woman far from home.  She spoke fondly of traveling with her two children and husband across the ocean.  Her black attire was both practical and highlighted her golden shoulder length hair.  Her flawless porcelain complexion didn’t compete with color stained 

Dans le Bleu: Candor in Cigarettes & Crimson

Dans le Bleu: Candor in Cigarettes & Crimson

Nineteenth century French painter, Amélie Beaury-Saurel was a trailblazer. You’d be mistaken to give Dans le Bleu the once over.  This painting is more than a pretty face. On first glance, Beaury-Saurel appears to have painted an idle lady of leisure, but in fact, the woman is 

Liane Berg: Chasing The Unknown

Liane Berg: Chasing The Unknown

I’m haunted by a painting.  A girl stands on the cusp of womanhood with shades of copper and cream draped upon slight shoulders with impeccable posture. Tarnished gold strands coil and rest haphazardly above a complexion washed in soothing shades of peach and cream. Full 

Brandon Kinder: The Right Regrets

Brandon Kinder: The Right Regrets

  Brandon Kinder’s two albums are part of my “pandemic” playlist. Last year I asked Brandon to perform where I live, in Wiesbaden. He said if I found a venue he would add Wiesbaden to his European tour. I did. And Brandon was true to 

Thanks Bob, For Getting Me To Land

Thanks Bob, For Getting Me To Land

  (Originally written in February, 2015.)   Showing up at the Moody Theater in Austin, I was the demographic: middle-class female, 30-60, chasing a raspy masculine voice known only through airwaves.  When my husband surprised me with tickets to see Bob Schneider for Valentine’s, I was thrilled!  But the real