Thursday, November 16, 2017

Remarkable Exhibit

Janet, John, and I went to the National Gallery to view the extraordinary exhibit of paintings by Vermeer and several of his Dutch contemporaries.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Arctic Evening

I was invited to the Arctic Evening at the Norwegian Embassy. George E accompanied me as my guest.

We met our friend Inger at the reception. 

We had our photos taken at a photo booth out in the garden. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Barbara and I went to the National Arboretum in NE Washington. What a glorious experience!

 In the parking lot we met a very friendly and helpful Arboretum fan. Here is Barbara with our new friend Cassandra. We spent most of our time in the Japanese and North American Bonsai Pavilions. 

This Japanese White Pine came from Hiroshima and has been "in training" since 1625. It is, therefore, the oldest Bonsai in the Arboretum (and perhaps in the country?).

                 This is a Scots Pine.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Celebrating Marie

Barbara and I celebrated Marie's birthday today. We began by taking a most interesting tour of Tudor Place.[More details later]

We strolled the streets of Georgetown and enjoyed the many elaborate Halloween decorations.

         Very fashionable skeletons

                    "The Witch is In"

                                         Chris   Black Cat  Witch in a Barrel   Barbara

We then walked down to M Street where we found a Vietnamese restaurant. Barbara and Marie enjoyed their Bento lunches very much. I was quite unenthusiastic but enjoyed the company and the atmosphere.

[More later]

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Author Talks

Every fall George Mason University sponsors "Fall for the Book." [more later]

Nancy drove to my house and then I drove us to GMU. Here is Nancy in her adorable Topolino.

We met Gertraud in the Food Court and had lunch before we went to hear Susan Bordo talk about her book, "The Destruction of Hillary Clinton." She was superb. She talked about the raw deal that Hillary Clinton  received during and after the campaign. She analyzed the animosity toward this bright, accomplished woman who would have made an excellent president.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


I attended a program at the Smithsonian: Bob Woodward interviewing Sally Quinn, wife of Ben Bradlee. [more later]

We weren't allowed to take photos when the presenters arrived.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Artists in Wartime

George highly recommended this exhibit at the Air and Space Museum, "Artist Soldiers: Artistic Expression in the First World World," to John and me.  So today we met him there and found the exhibit very interesting.

Entrance to the exhibit 

Shifting country borders 

It was very interesting to contrast Europe in 1914 and 1923.

 The U.S. government commissioned eight artists to paint scenes of WW I. Here are a few of the works of art:


Helping an ally 


As the introduction to the exhibit stated, photographs show the more shocking effects of war while paintings bring out the immediacy of war. 

These paintings definitely brought out the more personal nature of the conflict.

I think a war has more meaning when one knows someone who fought in the war. My father's three Norwegian uncles fought in WW I - Henry, Sever, and Oscar.

I remember hearing a lot about Uncle Henry, who returned from the war "shell-shocked" or with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as we would say today.