Louis XIV And The Triumph Of The Big Wigs

  Hair. As women we obsess over it. We slather it with products to make it bouncy, shiny, straight or curly. Back in the 80’s some of us were even mean enough to tease it. It’s not just us though, men are just as guilty. Maybe they don’t discuss it as much as we do, but they’re smart enough to understand we ladies appreciate a well-groomed…

Wanna be a Gypsy? Better Learn These 10 Things

You’ve dreamed about it haven’t you. It’s ok, we’ve all been there. It happens on days when you’re sick of cleaning, sick of working, sick or running your kids from one activity to another. You imagine yourself free from every tie that binds you, traveling wherever your heart leads, living for yourself and your family instead of your mortgage payment. You see yourself out in…

Have you met Da Vinci’s little devil?

“Giacomo came to live with me on the feast of St. Mary Magdalene 1490, aged 10 years” (from the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci) It was a warm July day when the door creaked open at the Corte Vecchia, the old medieval castle turned art studio. Situated across the street from Milan’s cathedral, it was once home to the notorious Visconti family. Despite its proximity to all things holy, the castle…

When Dirt Ruled: The Banning of the Bath

  It’s a good thing there aren’t any scratch and sniff history books. Sure, the smell of Martha Washington’s cookies or the hanging gardens of Babylon would make nice pages, but the number of historical olfactory transgressions probably outnumber everything pleasant. Of course the Ancient Romans had public baths to keep everyone smelling like roses, and although they introduced the practice to much of Europe dark days eventually fell…

AMAZING DISCOVERY: Children Grow In Gardens

  It’s 1837 and Friedrich Froebel is planting a garden in Germany. He’s been working on it for several years, sowing, weeding, and fertilizing. Only it is just now beginning to bloom. There are no daisies, or tomatoes, or even pumpkins in Friedrich’s garden. This garden is an “experimental social experience.”¹  You see, its children he’s trying to grow an his garden is kindergarten. Friedrich…