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Friday, April 15, 2016

George Michael’s quote in yesterday’s post about “the years when HIV was a killer” reminded me that I’ve been meaning to share the San Francisco Chronicle’s “Last Men Standing” project. The Chronicle described its package of print and digital stories and film this way: “They outlived an epidemic, but San Francisco’s AIDS survivors are still […]

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

October babies are lucky. They have two birthstones: opal and tourmaline. Opal is better known as a birthstone, but I think it’s good thing that there is a backup. Opals are relatively soft gems — about as hard as glass — that are more easily scratched than other stones. Once in a while, someone makes […]

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Here’s a tweet for history buffs. I keep looking at it to have a laugh. Click the image to go to the source and see the funny illustrations. I’m really upset that I’ve never visited the cat bakery before! I’ve also found a replacement for the many now-defunct “royal” Twitter accounts I followed in 2010. […]

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Several newspaper articles this weekend struck a chord with me. In the  New York Times magazine, David Amsden wrote about New Orleans-born John Cummings, a white 77-year-old “trial lawyer who has helped win more than $5 billion in class-action settlements and a real estate magnate whose holdings have multiplied his wealth many times over.” Cummings […]

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Today is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and I’ve been thinking about a decorative-arts museum: the Musée Nissim de Camondo in Paris. That’s not as strange as it might seem, because that museum has a tragic history that has been on my mind for months. I visited the museum in 2010. It’s […]

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I don’t know how I missed the original announcement of the auction of the diamond-and-sapphire engagement ring Napoleon gave to Josephine, but I’m quite disappointed. I would have loved to own this piece of history! It was sold by the Osenat auction house in France, and I have to admit that the final, anonymous bid […]

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Monday, February 4, 2013

A lot of my jewelry is inspired by royalty, but I focus on females: queens, empresses, queen consorts, princesses. I figure history as it is taught in elementary and high school is basically about men, so I prefer to concentrate on herstory. However, I have a soft spot for one dude: England’s 15th-century Richard III. […]

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Friday, December 7, 2012

My non-New Year’s Resolution — going into effect immediately — is to better organize my calendar. I tend to keep too much information in my head or in email, thinking, “There’s no way I can forget about something as important as that!” Then, of course, I miss or almost miss the event. It happened with […]

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I like art and I like history, but sometimes one distracts me from the other. I started writing a post about a painting I have in my apartment, so I took a picture of the wall where it was hanging. That made me think of Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers, the name by which a […]

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Monday, February 13, 2012

If you’ve been reading my blog long enough, you’ve seen my gold and diamond Cleopatra earrings on Kim Cattrall in Sex and the City 2. And you’ve seen the silver version on a flock of bloggers and friends. Now you can see the silver Cleos on gorgeous model/DJ/musician/actress Tolula Adeyemi. Tolula was introduced to me […]

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