Wednesday, November 27, 2013

On This Day Let Us Give Thanks.




It is my sincerest hope that everyone is able to spend this holiday with those they love to be with, in an environment they love to be in and at a table they love to be at.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Brion

Friday, November 22, 2013

"A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on." - JFK.



The 22nd of November, 1963 at 12:30 p.m. on a cool afternoon our 35th president, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was assassinated by a snipers bullet in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas. Today marks the 50th anniversary of that day.

I have always had an odd obsession with JFK, not so much with the legacy or the myth or even the president but with the man himself. Every book of worth written about him sits in my library, I've seen every bit of footage ever shown about him and I have saved in a folder on my computer hundreds of images of the man. I even have a Pinterest board with some of those images called "Camelot."

As there are many many sites and probably blog posts coming out today with all sorts of facts and stories and theories I won't get into my thoughts on the man. Allow me to simply share some of my favourite images of the life and presidency of John F. Kennedy.

Watching the America’s Cup Race. Mrs. Kennedy, President Kennedy, others. Off Newport, RI, aboard the USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.

John and Jacqueline Kennedy, 1957. Photo by Yousuf Karsh.

JFK at Princeton.

John F. Kennedy, Dexter Academy Football, 1926.

President John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and others watch the lift-off of the FIRST American in Space, Astronaut Alan Shepard. -from the JFK Library.

I have always loved this photograph of John F Kennedy. "The Loneliest Job" by George Tames.


Long live Camelot,
Brion

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Art of Antiquing.



I am very pleased to announce that I have been asked to be a panelist for a discussion about antiques, one of my absolute favourite topics. I will be joined by four other very impressive panelists who will all be bringing their own unique insights on the topic. I am quite excited to be a part of this group and to be able to share my love of and experience with antiques as part of our discussion.

Please find the full invite HERE to get some information on my fellow panelists. Should you find yourself in Chicago on the 19th and have an interest in antiques by all means RSVP and join us. If you know anyone who might be interested please pass this along to them, the more the merrier.

If you do join us make sure to bring all your questions about antiques and please be sure to give me a quick hello after the discussion.

Happy Antiquing,
Brion

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Hallowe'en!





"Spirits of the Dead"

Thy soul shall find itself alone
'Mid dark thoughts of the grey tomb-stone;
Not one, of all the crowd, to pry
Into thine hour of secrecy.


Be silent in that solitude,
Which is not loneliness - for then
The spirits of the dead, who stood
In life before thee, are again
In death around thee, and their will
Shall overshadow thee; be still.


The night, though clear, shall frown,
And the stars shall not look down
From their high thrones in the Heaven
With light like hope to mortals given,
But their red orbs, without beam,
To thy weariness shall seem
As a burning and a fever
Which would cling to thee for ever.


Now are thoughts thou shalt not banish,
Now are visions ne'er to vanish;
From thy spirit shall they pass
No more, like dew-drop from the grass.


The breeze, the breath of God, is still,
And the mist upon the hill
Shadowy, shadowy, yet unbroken,
Is a symbol and a token.
How it hangs upon the trees,
A mystery of mysteries!

- Edgar Allen Poe


Happy Hallowe'en Everyone.
Brion

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sunday Morning Classics.


Edward Elgar
(2nd Jun. 1857 - 23rd Feb. 1934)

















Good morning everybody. The weather has, at long last, begun to take a turn for the cooler here in Chicago and I couldn't be happier. Case in point it is currently a brisk 56 degrees out.

For this blissfully chilled Sunday morning we have as our classical selection Edward Elgar's "Enigma Variations Op. 36." This is a wonderful piece of music that has been a favourite of mine for many many years. In Mr. Elgar's own words on the piece, "I have sketched a set of Variations on an original theme. The variations have amused me because I've labelled them with the nicknames of my particular friends ... that is to say I've written the variations each one to represent the mood of the "party" (the person) ... and have written what I think they would have written - if they were asses enough to compose." Enjoy!




Best,
Brion


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