Monday, January 8, 2018

Birthday Girl: The Dame


Insofar as a force of nature can have a birthday, Dame Shirley Bassey is doing so even as we speak - 81 going on eternal.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Where the Music is Bright


I suppose one occasionally does miss things not watching (non-Arabic) television, so I'm grateful that the YouTube gods conjured up this lovely profile in my Recommendations this morning.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Redux: Heavenly Peace


Another year! How quickly they pass. This is a damp, gray Christmas Eve just outside Our Nation's Capital, but here at home it's warm and still. 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Shameless Saturday Camp Explosion: Christmas Eve She Lit the Candles....


Well, not technically a holiday number, I suppose, but it's candy-colored enough to pass for one, and it does remind us of the importance of fire safety whilst celebrating...

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Meanwhile, on Pennsylvania Avenue



Just so you don't think I've gone too soft-hearted about this whole Holiday season...

(Courtesy of the ever-startling Deven Green; if you've not yet been Welcomed to Her Home, well.. you're in for an experience.)

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Cloud and Majesty and Awe


Perhaps, just a little, I'm getting a sense of the season. As is so often the case, art helps; in this case, the ineffable and magisterial art of Miss Leontyne Price.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Go the F*ck to Sleep (in Heavenly Peace)


I'm having trouble getting into the holiday spirit this year; somehow, this little gem sums up it all up nicely.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Monday, November 27, 2017

Hey, Old Friend...


It can be a tricky thing to revisit an old haunt, but sometimes it works out.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017

Notes from the Road


We're here. Well, not there, actually, in the sense of this snap - our own cosy flat is distinctly more modest - but in dear old Cairo.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Rendez-vous sur le Nil


The weather's gotten cold and dank; the general scene is equally dismal. Mr. Muscato and I are escaping.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

One Year


Walking out of the office that cool Tuesday afternoon, this is something I saw. Heading home, it seemed like such a good omen.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

That Girl, Those Clothes

(Warning: this post is kind of a GIF-fest)

You know what we need right now?  I would never have guessed it myself, but having stumbled on it, I now know what just might be the greatest panacea for tired nerves one can imagine.