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Volume 10:Number 1 April/May, 2009 Published by The DAISY Shop, women's couture resale (15 years of operation) 67 East Oak Street, 6th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611 USA (001 International +1) + (312) 943-8880 FAX: (001 International +1) + (312) 943-6660, a secure line for ordering by credit card (VISA, M\C, Disc) To “Reserve� merchandise (24 hour hold), e-mail us. E-mail address Publisher: Barbara, Head Daisy Feature Writers: Ms Terry; Ms Romance Assoc. Editors: Herta Daisy Foreign Correspondent: Rym Daisy Critic Emeritus: The Daisy Mother, Bea Daisy Godmother: Marie Daisy All prices shown $US. All sales are final sales. All merchandise is authentic, 2nd hand couture.

SPRING PREVIEW (All Daisy Shop merchandise displayed in the articles are show in the grid on the inside pages.) Pantone, a fine company whose Pantone View department has been forecasting fashion trend colors for years, has published their Spring 2009 colors forecast and we offer it to you, Dear Reader, for your consideration. I am surprised that there are four greens. As a merchant, I can tell you that green is the slowest moving color, no matter what type garment. I have no bias against green, but customers apparently do. That's my side of customer behavior. Sometimes, Pantone's right; other times, not. It all depends on you, come to think of it. If you buy into their forecast, it's a trend; if you don't, it's not. If you're visual, keep these colors in mind when you're purchasing cotton tops. You'll have a secret smile when you wear them 'cause they're Pantone appropriate. I wouldn't go full bore, full retail though. Color palettes change every 4 months. Resale is smarter. Shown below is Daisy Shop merchandise in Pantone's forecast, at resale prices, of course, a Good Thing.

For another type forecast, I went to for what's what in couturier fashions, the ones the editors identify as trends from the couture fashion show collections. Here's what they say they saw: Zippers as decoration. Am a little iffy on this trend. If zippers are used in an unrestrained way, the garment looks as if it were nuclear facility-industrial wear, very unfashionable, unless you work at a nuclear facility. Moorcraft (the red jacket) and Donna Karan (the leather skirt) handled the zippers well, I think. It could be a short-lived fad. Resale is smarter for a fad, doncha' think?

Relax fit pants. That's right, folks, the pubic-revealing, tight pant\jean is OUT. What a relief! This style couldn't get any lower down on the

torso, couldn't get any tighter, couldn't get any more uncomfortable. I never liked this trend and never bought into it. Soft, floaty pant are IN ala 1930's and 1940's in luxurious materials and with beautiful detailing and with waistbands and high rises. I saw these on wonderfully dressed, Parisian women of all ages while sitting in Charles de Gaulle airport for 4 hours (waiting for my connecting flight to Marseilles) on February 2, 2008 and March 3, 2008 and thought to myself, "Oh boy! am I gonna have fun this time around." You can have fun and comfort, too. I urge you to try this type pant. This Winter season, Christian LaCroix's version was first to show up in Chicago at a small specialty boutique, severely reduced, and of course, I bought his high-waisted, floaty pant in a heart-beat. No, they didn't fit, and I paid $140.00 (!) to have them altered. Yes, I did. I love them. Chanel did a pair, too, high-waisted, heavy weight wool in stripes for his Winter 2008 Collection, and I snapped them up, severely reduced, in a minute, too. They fit, but were too long (What else is new?). I was able to shorten them myself and I wore them to death this cold-cold Winter in Chicago. The Chanel is for Chicago's winters; the Christian LaCroix will get me through Fall and Winter and Spring, if it's a cool Spring. I'm gonna be on the lookout for Spring and Summer versions for sure. They're different; they're important; they're flattering; they're comfortable. I urge you to experiment, if you can find them. Buyers at luxury specialty stores are uncertain this trend will take hold. They've not purchased many, if any for their Spring lines. We got 'em at resale prices, a Good Thing.

Luxe material trench coats. Not too sure about this trend. I’d call it a fad, if it takes hold. Luxe materials are too delicate for the way we wear trench coats, I think, and couture trench coats are too costly to invest in at full retail, should it be a fad. A trench coat should last for a long time. My take is resale, conservative styling. Three are shown below: Vintage Cerutti, London Fog, Feraud. Each will get your where you’re going looking spiffy, of course.

If you must own a special fabric trench coat, I suggest Target’s Mossimo. It says ‘satin,’ but it’s really shiny 54% Cotton, 43% Nylon, 3% Spandex. It’s 3\4 length and is priced at $39.90. That’s a photo of it at left.

Hot pink (AKA fuchsia) and Neon Colors.

Couturiers tried this last Spring\Summer season and it didn’t take well in America. Guess it must have taken elsewhere, otherwise, they wouldn’t have tried it, again. I like hot pink. It suits my complexion, so I wear it close to my face. This saturated color runs in the face of Pantone’s forecast, but what the hell. Buyers and Pantone don’t always match.

Over size necklaces, mostly linked chains. Saw this last year in Paris and thought it was kicky. Got to thinking about this style when I had to have a chandelier installed in my kitchen. Noticed the oval chain from which the chandelier hung. It was clad in white plastic. Went to the hardware store in my neighborhood and they had an assortment of oval

chains, one clad in white plastic; one clad in black plastic; one in silver metal; one in copper metal; others in various other metals, some with finishes. They’re sold by the yard. The most costly was $8.95\yard. 18 inches is what you need for a long necklace, Dear Reader. Use a coordinating grosgrain ribbon tied in a bow to make a necklace. Lowe’s has a pewter chandelier chain online for $2.49\yard. Worth a try, doncha’ think? (Friend’s 12 year old daughter wears colored plastic shower rings as a necklace when she’s in the mood. She’s a quirky, creative kid, one I love dearly. “The rings come 12 to a package and are usually priced at $2.99,” her mother says. Ace Hardware has them, I noticed on the web. If you have a fun kid inhabiting your household, you might consider this dress up option. Looks especially well with a tiara, the munchkin opines.) Black and white prints. Always like color with white background. It looks jolly. Here are some of our black and white offerings:

I turn to Chanel Ready To Wear with eyes desperate for visual appeal: He did lots of black and whites (see above), lots of bib necklaces, some tunics, silver metallics with tiered, short skirts, lavender

tops shown with black and white tweed bottoms, soft blouses, Boleros, belts underneath the bust, swag chain belts, and bright whites, we call Ice Cream Whites, good looks all of them. Four shots of his Spring 2009 collection are shown below.

We have necklaces you can wear as bibs, soft blouses, chain belts you can wear swagged, boleros, black & white Spring tweeds. Some of these delectable trends are shown below.

MONEY MATTERS by frugal Barbara Daisy Collect those small bits of soap and stuff them into the toe of a pair of panty hose or knee-highs you no longer wear. Cut the hose part until you have enough length to tie off the soap. Scrunch the bits of soap together, and use the soap until it’s gone.

From Home made "Febrez" You'll need a spray bottle and a liquid fabric softener, whose scent you like. Take fabric softener and fill it 3/4 full. Then add the rest with water and shake a bit. You now have fabric freshener that is as good if not better then the original Febrez. The scent also lasts much longer and is a great efficient way of always having this on hand. Carolyn from E Northport, NY (I haven't tried this, yet. It may be possible that you'll end up spraying diluted fabric softener on your furniture, pictures, tables, chairs, etc. and I think it may leave a gunky film. If you try this, Dear Reader, let me know your results.) Another air freshener idea: Purchase inexpensive scented water, the kind that you spray on fabrics while ironing. Dilute it by 1\2 with water. Spritz to your heart's content. I use lavender scented water that's inexpensive in France, but may be costly in America. It works for me. Frozen concentrate of apple juice and grape juice are much less costly than the bottled versions. For dry or chapped skin, dry cuticles, red patches, you just can't beat GNC's Aloe Vera gel. It's sold on their website, For $8.39 + shipping and handling, you'll get a 32 fluid ounce bottle that lasts a long time. I use it as a night facial, rub tad on each cuticle during the Winter. There's a difference the morning after you use it. Refrigerate after you open the bottle.

WARM FUZZIES To Wendy Donahue ("Chicago Tribune") for her nice mention of The Daisy Shop in her Jan. 25 article, a thank you; to Lisa, who's building a fine collection of daywear purses, for her nice visit one cold-cold Tuesday in January; to lovely April, whose private weakness is sequined garments, for her nice blog about The Daisy Shop on, a thank you; to Charles at Pratesi, who's always willing to help, a thank you; to the editors of "Chicago Magazine" for selecting The Daisy Shop to highlight in their article, "Va-Va-Vintage," a guide to the best vintage vendors in Chicago in the March, 2009 issue; to Dalis, who's always fun to see; to Rena, who came a far piece.


LITTLE BLACK DRESS INFORMATION Akris Dress $697.00 Armani Dress $592.00 Hanae Mori Vintage Suit $463.00 Thierry

Armani Dress $97.00 Chanel Vintage Dress $972.00 Hang Feng Dress $946.00 Sonia

Armani Gown $1,006.00 Curiel Vintage Dress $403.00 Carolina Herrera Vintage Dress $366.00 Lane

Mugler Vintage Dress $375.00 Rena Lange Vintage Dress $974.00 Bob Mackie Vintage Dress $906.00 Rena Lange Dress $519.00

Rykiel Vintage Dress $296.00 Morgane LeFay Dress $897.00

Davis Gown $754.00 Leslie Vintage Dress $273.00

Marian Vintage Clayden Gown Gown $684.00 $896.00

Carolyne Roehm Vintage Gown $652.00 Sansapelle Stephen Vintage Y Gown Dress $961.00 $499.00

Lane Davis Dress $526.00

CONSULTATION & COMMENTARY Dear Madame: I find your on line site to be extremely hard to navigate, to determine what or what not is available. It is all grouped together and gets extremely annoying going through. I have tried a few times

– gave up. I am interested in the black Chanel blouse that keeps running across the site. Could not locate it anywhere. Perhaps it is just me; but I really feel this site is a conglomerate of designer clumped together. Please let me know if the black Chanel is available, size and price. Thank you, Denise (Hello Denise, Sorry to hear our website gave you trouble navigating. We try hard to make it simple by organizing and reorganizing merchandise in label order (Couture Brand Links), garment type order (Garments, Accessories), price order (Gift Ideas). Regarding the black Chanel blouse running in a video, the one with the lovely bib, it’s been sold. If you’re interested in other Chanel garments, click here to view them: Chanel. Cordially, The Daisy Shop) Merchandise Related Good day, The reason that I’m contacting you is that I would like to show you the “Macramé Collection”, our design necklaces made with semiprecious stones like onyx, agate, jasper, rodocrocita, etc. he technique used to make them is called “macramé”. Is a kind of weaving making of different kind of knots. All of them are one of a kind and we use unique stones. Attached I’m sending you some photos. I’ll appreciate if you can take some time to see them and send me your comments. Thanks so much. Regards, Carolina Eiras (Hello Carolina, Thanks for your inquiry. Your pieces are lovely. We’re a resale shop and don’t carry lines of merchandise; rather, we sell 2nd hand accessories and garments. Cordially, Barbara The Daisy Shop)

General Loved your Money Matters. Good ideas. A bunch of folk You’re so straight in your responses, especially the one to Kay about her Gucci purse. Carole Always enjoy reading Bonnie & Charles. Fay You never like the movies you see for free (HBO?). Bite the bullet, Barbara, and start paying to see 1st runs. Samantha The doohickey to calculate sale price was a good idea. Brittany

BOOK WORM CORNER Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides Published by Warner Books (1993) ISBN: 0-446-67025-1 249 pages This book has a group narrator, each having anecdotal choices, time lines, and tones you have to accept. They blur together as do the five sisters they’re talking about, the ones who commit suicide one-by-one. It’s an appalling story. The setting is 1950’s suburbia, placid, tranquil neighborhoods, where one particular house has horrifying things going on. I plodded through the story, getting confused about narrators and sisters, flipping back and forth to stop my confusion, until I gave up trying to keep everyone straight. Then, I continued reading for anecdotes and got through the book. It wasn’t a good book; rather, it’s an almost good book. I understand a movie was made in 1999. If it comes on free cable, I’ll watch it and let you know whether Cappola got it better than I did.

BACK STORY, MOTHER’S DAY (May 10, 2009, this year) The history of Mother’s Day is centuries old and goes back to the times of ancient Greeks, who held festivities to honor Rhea, the mother of the gods. The early Christians celebrated the Mother’s festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent to honor Mary, the mother of Christ. Interestingly, later on a religious order stretched the holiday to include all mothers, and named it as the Mothering Sunday. The English colonists who settled in America discontinued the tradition of Mothering Sunday because of lack of time. In 1872, Julia Ward Howe organized a day for mothers dedicated to peace. It is a landmark in the history of Mother’s Day. In 1907, Anna M. Jarvis (1864-1948), a Philadelphia schoolteacher, began a movement to set up a national Mother’s Day in honor of her mother, Ann Maria Jeeves Jarvis. She solicited the help of hundreds of legislators and prominent businessmen to create a special day to honor mothers. The first Mother’s Day observance was a church service honoring Anna’s mother. Anna handed out her mother’s favorite flowers, the white carnation, on the occasion as they represent sweetness, purity, and patience. Anna’s hard work finally paid off in the year 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as a national holiday in honor of mothers.

Slowly and gradually, the Mother’s day became very popular, and gift-giving activity increased. All this commercialization of the Mother’s day infuriated Anna, as she believed that the day’s sentiment was being sacrificed at the expense of greed and profit. Regardless of Jarvis’s worries, Mother’s Day has flourished in the United States. Actually, the second Sunday of May has become the most popular day of the year in the US. Mother’s Day lives on and has spread to various countries of the world. Some countries celebrate Mother’s Day at various times during the year, but others, such as Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, and Belgium, celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May, as the US does. See below for our lovely selection of Hearts, Flowers, Lace items. Hearts

Chanel Brooch, enameled pink heart $178.000

Vintage Bracelet, 14K Gold $809.00

Vintage Necklace, Old Ivory $142.00

Moschino Belt, red leather

Tiffany Bracelet, Sterling

Moschino Shoulderbag $266.00


silver $148.00

Painted stone heart Pendant $119.00 Flowers

Judith Leiber Gucci Minaudiere Vintage $2,966.00 Scarf $111.00

Vintage Belt, carved bone buckle $162.00

Vintage Brooch, New ivory $153.00

Michael Negrin Bracelet $194.00

Erickson Beamon Necklace $291.00

Ralph Lauren Ungaro Scarf $127.00 pocket Scarf $62.00

Adele Simpson Vintage Dress $317.00

Vintage Valentino Gloves $75.00 Scarf $162.00

Renata Vintage Scarf $197.00

Galliano Sweater $491.00

Vintage Flower Pins $21.00\each

Marcasite Brooch $87.00

Vintage Shawl 14K Gold $142.00 Earrings $147.00 Lace

Hermes Vintage Scarf $324.00

Armani Purse St. John $411.00 Dress $423.60

Sansappelle Vintage Dress $649.00

Chris Kole Moschino Vintage Dress Skirt $519.00 $284.00

Becky Bisoulis Vintage Pantsuit $694.00

Scott McClintock Vintage Dress $327.00

Patricia Rhodes Vintage Outfit $899.00

G. Sax Vintage Dress $217.00

Probable Jessica Galliano Skirt McClintock $410.00 Vintage Dress $314.00

Zandra Rhodes Vintage Gown $672.00

White lawn Vintage Handkerchiefs $45.00\each

Bob Mackie Vintage Dress $984.00

Badgley Mischka Dress $3,441.00

COUTURE SCRAMBLE Make as many 4+ letter words from Adele Simpson as you can. Proper nouns are a no-no. ANSWER endoplasm, dispense, disposal, leadsmen, lemonade, salesmen, sandpile, despise, despoil, diploma, endless, episode, epsilon, impasse, implode, linseed, lioness, lopseed, midspan, nemesis, oedipal, oilseed, passion, sapiens, seaside, seminal, sideman, sidemen, spaniel, spindle, almond, asleep, dampen, damsel, demean, demise, denial, depose, diesel, dimple, dismal, dispel, domain, elapse, enamel, eosin, impale, impede, impend, impose, island, leaden, lesion, lessen, lesson, maiden, measle, medial, median, menial, monies, oilman, oilmen, penile, pissed, please, pomade, sadism, saline, salmon, sample, seamen, season, seldom, senile, sesame, simple, solemn, spinal, spleen, aides, aisle, alien, alone, amend, amino, amiss, ample, anise, anode, aside, demon, dense, easel, elide, elope, enema, ideal, impel, laden, lapse, lasso, lease, lemon, loess, manse, maple, medal, media, melon, miles, modal, model, nodal, noise, nomad, oases, oasis, olden, opine, panel, elan, peas, pedal, penal, penis, piano, plaid, plain, plane, plasm, plead, poise, posse, psalm, salon, sedan, semen, sense, sepia, sidle, siena, sisal, slain, sleep, slide, slime, slope, smile, snail, snipe, solid, spade, spasm, speed, spend, spine, spoil, aeon, aide, aloe, also, amen, amid, aped, apse, dais, dale, dame, damn, damp, deal, dean, deem, deep, demo, dial, diem, dime, dine, dole, dome, done, dope, dose, ease, else, idea, idle, idol, ipso, isle, laid, lain, lame, lamp, land, lane, lass, lead, lean, leap, lend, lens, less, lied, lien, lime, limp, line, lion, lips, lisp, load, loam, loan, loin,

lome, lone, lope, lose, loss, made, maid, mail, main, male, mane, mass, mead, meal, mean, meld, mend, mesa, mess, mien, mild, mile, mind, mine, miss, moan, mode, mold, mole, moss, nail, name, nape, need, node, nose, omen, opal, open, paid, pail, pain, pale, palm, pane, pass, peed, peel, pend, pile, pine, piss, plan, plea, plod, poem, pole, pond, pose, said, sail, sale, same, sand, sane, sans, seal, seam, seed, seem, seen, seep, semi, send, side, silo, sine, slam, slap, sled, slid, slim, slip, sloe, slop, snap, snip, soap, soda, soil, sold, sole, soma, some, span, sped, spin COMFORT FOOD Tagine of Chicken, Preserved Lemon, & Olives This tagine -- the word, also spelled tajine, refers both to the cooking pot as well as a stew cooked in it -- is one of dozens of classic tagines prepared in Northern Africa, especially Morocco. The tagine consists of two parts: a round pot (traditionally clay), and a conical cover with a small hole which allows some steam to escape. You don't need a special pot. I use a casserole with a heavy lid. What you need two to four cloves of garlic, minced (I prefer shaved.) olive oil (I prefer peanut oil.) for pan-frying chicken and mixing marinade one or two chickens, cut into serving sized pieces (I prefer dark meat.) Spices: 1\4 teaspoon black pepper 1\4 teaspoon ground ginger pinch of saffron one teaspoon cumin

one teaspoon turmeric one stick of cinnamon or a few pinches of ground cinnamon one teaspoon ground coriander (Make a lot of this spice mixture and store it in your 'fridge. It tastes good on beef, veal, pork, and fish.) two onions, finely chopped two cups water one cup green olives two preserved lemons, cut into slices (see below) (or sliced sour (not Kosher, not sweet) pickles) 1\2 can peas (optional) or 1 hard-boiled egg per person (A good luck thing.) salt, to taste (Usually unnecessary, if you're going to use preserved lemons.) What you do Mix the garlic, some black pepper, and a spoonful of oil. Rub the chicken with the mixture and set aside for at least 30 minutes. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Fry the chicken until all sides begin to brown. Add spices. Add onions. Stir-fry over high heat for a few minutes. Add water and peas. Bring to broil. Reduce heat. Cover, but leave a crack for steam to escape. Simmer over low heat until chicken is cooked. Add olives, preserved lemons (or pickles), and hard-boiled eggs. Serve immediately. Don't cook the olives or preserved lemons (or pickles) or heat up the hard-boiled eggs. Serve chicken, covered with sauce, over couscous, rice, or boiled potatoes.

Preserved Lemons What you need lemons kosher salt What you do Cut slits into lemons, cutting through the skin and into the fruit. Pack alternating layers of lemons and salt in a clean glass jar. (The jar and lid could be sterilized in the dishwasher.) Cover tightly and set aside. Set on counter for 3-6 weeks. Check every few days and turn jar upside down. They may be kept in refrigerator forever. Exceptional with sauteed fish.

Lamb Shanks Ingredients: 4 lamb shanks 1 onion, chopped 16 oz. pkg. baby carrots 8 oz. mushrooms, washed and trimmed couple cloves garlic, minced 1 can whole, peeled tomatoes with juice 1/2 cup red wine or beef broth 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper 2 teaspoons rosemary Preparation: Brown lamb shanks, onion, carrots, mushrooms in peanut oil. Add to crock pot. Add tomatoes and wine or beef broth to sautĂŠ pan. Scrape up the bits from the shanks. Reduce by 1\2. Add to crock pot. Add seasonings. Cover and cook over medium until the aroma tells you it's done.

Serves 4. Tastes especially good with mashed potatoes or polenta.

Baked Egg Pie canned asparagus (spears or cut pieces, it doesn't matter) 6 beaten eggs olive oil infused with garlic thinly sliced fresh tomatoes Kosher salt Drain asparagus, pat dry, sautĂŠ in butter Spray cooking oil on bottom and sides of round Pyrex baking dish Arrange asparagus pretty Add beaten eggs Bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until eggs are set Let cool. Unmold from baking dish. Add tomatoes on top. Drizzle Kosher salt, then infused olive oil on top. Cut into wedges and serve.

GRATIS PUBLICITY Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 312.280.2660 Museum Hours Monday Closed; Tuesday 10 am - 8 pm; Wednesday through Sunday 10 am - 5 pm Admission Prices Suggested General Admission $10

Students with ID and Senior Citizens $6 MCA Members and Children 12 and under, members of the military Free Tuesdays - FREE Courtesy of Target Free Tuesday night events in the cafe Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe Until June 21, 2009 R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) was one of the greatest American thinkers of the 20th century -- and a visionary for the 21st. Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe is the first major US exhibition of Fuller's work in 35 years and a testament to his fascinating mix of utopian vision and organic pragmatism. A combination of models, sketches, and other artifacts -- many on view for the first time -- represent six decades of the artist's integrated approach to housing, transportation, communication, and cartography. A man of remarkable prescience, Fuller's credo was "more for less," and by the late 1920s he recognized the need for environmentally sound design that would benefit the largest segment of society while using the fewest resources -- a decidedly contemporary concern. Believing in the interconnectedness of all things, Fuller's ambition in life was to close the gap between the sciences and humanities for the genuine good of humankind. His work has extensively influenced the artists, designers, architects, engineers, environmentalists, and mathematicians of today. Fuller's designs reflect his enthusiasm for technology as well as his faith in "how nature builds." He is perhaps best known for his 1949 design of the geodesic dome, one of the strongest, most economic structures ever devised. In addition to several geodesic study models, the MCA's presentation features numerous

models of Fuller's projects, including his Dymaxion designs and dome structures, as well as the Tetrascroll portfolio. Fuller's extensive connections with Chicago are also highlighted through photographs and documents from his years spent living, teaching, and working in the city. The MCA invites you to plumb the mind of this self-proclaimed "comprehensive anticipatory design scientist." This exhibition is organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art in association with the Department of Special Collections of the Stanford University Libraries. The Dymaxion Study Center is organized by the AIA New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture Foundation in association with the Buckminster Fuller Institute. The Dymaxion Study Center presents over four hundred volumes of books by and about visionary inventor and theorist Buckminster Fuller, whose work has influenced generations of architects and environmentalists. These volumes include the complete and extremely rare set of Buckminster Fuller's Synergetics Dictionary edited by Ed Applewhite; as well as other well-known works by Fuller, such as Synergetics and Nine Chains to the Moon. The Study Center includes selections from Fuller's "live book squad" of influential texts and a Dymaxion timeline, outlining the evolution of Fuller's geodesic designs in the context of their co-evolution with the Dymaxion map. Chicago Cultural Center 77 E. Randolph Street Chicago Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11a.m.-5 p.m.

Until April 17, The Sorrows of Swan: Paintings by Eleanor Spiess-Ferris, surrealistic artist Dame Myra Hess Concert Series ongoing, Wednesdays at 12:15 pm Chicago Cultural Center, G.A.R. Hall (please note this location through June) 78 E. Washington, Chicago Organized by the International Music Foundation, the celebrated series' of weekly concerts feature solo and ensemble classical music performed by young musicians. Classical Mondays ongoing, Mondays at 12:15 pm Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall 78 E. Washington, Chicago LunchBreak's Classical Mondays offer classical, chamber music and opera concerts. Sunday Salon Series Sundays at 3pm Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago This weekly series explores the rich landscape of classical music, from familiar Western orchestral compositions to contemporary improvisational forms and international classical traditions, plus family-friendly programs. Jazz, Blues & Beyond In March ongoing, Tuesdays at 12:15pm Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph CafĂŠ 77 E. Randolph St., Chicago

Jazz, Blues & Beyond is LunchBreak's Tuesday program featuring jazz, blues and gospel music. Ghosts April 18 - May 11 Media Opening: Sunday, April 19, 2 pm Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater 77 E. Randolph St. Shaw Chicago returns to the Studio Theater with Henrik Ibsen’s compelling drama - Ghosts.

SAIC Fashion 2009 April 23-24, 2009 The 75th annual multimedia style and art event showcases more than 200 student-made garments in two separate shows, along with specially commissioned student and faculty performances. School of the Art Institute of Chicago Sullivan Galleries 36 S. Wabash Ave. Chicago, IL 60603 Tickets, $75.00. Call (312) 899-5186 for reservations.

Tasteful Mother's Day Gift: Chicago Chocolate Tours A Chicago Chocolate Tour is a fun and educational 2 to 2 1/2-hour guided walking and tasting tour of select chocolate shops and cafes. You'll visit some of Chicago's most popular chocolate stores, and some of the city's secret chocolate treasures, as you delve deeply into the rich history of chocolate. Learn about fine chocolates, the world history of chocolate, and Chicago’s beautiful architecture as you savor the flavors, and walk off the calories! The cost is $40 for a public tour, or $50 for

a private tour. Group rates are available. Call for schedule and to make a reservation: 312-929-2939

EASTER Stylings For Your Area's Fashion Parade. April 12, 2009 Of course, you're going to stroll the avenue on Easter Sunday. You must, Dear Reader, for it's a fine American custom, no matter what religious persuasion you maintain. There's a neighborliness feel to the parade and people greet one another as they pass by. I just love it. The origin is interesting. There are 3 versions on the Internet, all plausible: 1) The parade dates back to the mid 1800’s when New York City hosted the grand event. At that time, many wealthy people who were a part of the social elite class would attend Easter services at one of the fashionable Fifth Avenue churches, such as St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Afterward, they would parade down the famous Avenue in their elaborate carriages to provide onlookers, as well as each other, an opportunity to view the newest Easter bonnets and other stylish clothing. Spectators would crowd along the curbs to see the latest trends in fashion. (In 1948 or 1933, the songwriter Irving Berlin memorialized New York’s Easter celebration in the musical “The Easter Parade,” which featured the hit song that became popular worldwide.) 2) The Easter Parade had its beginning in New York in 1870s. Originally the church goers would carry Easter flowers from St. Thomas Church to St. Luke's Church. The social elite would attend services and parade down to give onlookers - and each other - a chance to

show off their new Easter hats and bonnets. 3) Easter was once known as the "Sunday of Joy." After the Civil War, mothers and daughters who had donned the dark colors of mourning for such a long time began wearing colorful flowered hats and elaborate corsages as part of the Easter celebration. Their hats were adorned with blooming and fresh flowers. If the flowers were not blooming, they would make them from paper, ribbon, feathers or sea shells. To get you in the mood, we've selected some fine bonnets and fancy gloves for your consideration. All are available for immediate adoption, of course. View our video online at Tradition also says an Easter brunch\lunch after services and the stroll is a Good Thing. My all time favorite was at The Walnut Room on the 7th floor of Marshall Field's. The Walnut Room is still there, but Field's is called Macy's, now. It's not a terribly bad price for the buffet, $25 per person, but the expense can mount up if you're a big group. Parking downtown is only possible at garages, so I recommend you take CTA, RTA, or PACE to get downtown from where ever you are, if the weather on Easter Sunday is nice. Public transportation is the old fashioned way to get downtown, Dear Reader, and it's a relaxing ride.

Walnut Room Macy's (Marshall Field's, 7th floor) Washington & State 9-10:30 a.m.; $25 per person, $19 for kids ages 2 to 10 That rascally rabbit will be the main focus of the Bunny Brunch in Macy's legendary Walnut Room. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras to capture all the memorable moments that Junior will have with his furry friend. The whole family can fill up at the buffet stocked with breakfast meats, eggs, cereals, waffles, fruits and pastries. An omelet station will also be offered. For tickets, call (800) 206-1995.

Easter Brunch At Home February 24, 2009 by Mary Zeiher, Easter Brunch Bacon, Cheese, and Mushroom Strata 1 large loaf of day-old French bread cubed 3 tablespoons butter 1 cup minced onion 1 cup mushrooms 2 cloves minced garlic 2 ½ cups grated sharp cheddar 1 cup finely chopped cooked bacon 8 eggs 2 1/2 cups half-and-half

1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon dried mustard 1 teaspoon basil Spray a 9- by 13-inch casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Cube the French bread into 1 inch cubes, need about 8 cups total, put the bread in a large mixing bowl. Cook the bacon, let it cool chop into small pieces and add to the mixing bowl. Melt the butter in a sautÊ pan and cook the onion, garlic and mushrooms over medium heat for about 5 minutes until the onion is clear. Add the cooked onions, garlic and mushrooms over the bread cubes in the mixing bowl. Add all the cheese and mix thoroughly. In a separate large bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the half-and-half, salt, pepper, mustard and basil and whisk until very well blended. Pour all the egg mixture over the bread, bacon and cheese mixture in the mixing bowl and combine until well blended. Press the bread mixture down into the casserole dish. Cover the Easter strata tightly and refrigerate it for at least a couple hours or overnight. Overnight is better to let all the flavors mix. Heat the oven to 350°. Uncover the Easter strata and bake about 45 to 50 minutes. Use a toothpick to check for doneness. Recover the Easter strata with aluminum foil and allow it to cool for at least 20 minutes before serving.

Red Potatoes and Baby Carrots 5 pounds of small red potatoes 1 bag of baby carrots - about 2 cups ¼ cup of olive oil 1 ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper ½ teaspoon cumin Scrub with cold water five pounds of small red potatoes and cut up into evenly-sized chunks. Wash the baby carrots. If you prefer to use regular size carrots that is fine just slice into small pieces. Place potatoes and carrots into a mixing bowl and add the olive oil, salt, pepper and cumin and combine. Spray a 9 by 13 inch casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray and pour the potatoes and carrots into the baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes and make sure the carrots are tender. Add some good coffee and maybe some muffins and you have a perfect Easter brunch for your family and friends.

Brought back by popular demand: SALOME and HERODIAS, A CURIOUS MOTHER’S DAY STORY© (Reprint from our April, 2003 issue, The Perspicacious Woman OnLine, Volume 3:Number 2.) First, a disclaimer: This article requires information about John the Baptist, whose life and works and words are holy, divinely inspired, to Christians. The sources I’ve accessed are religious, historical, literary, exegetic, and anecdotal. In order to avoid disrespect for the sacredness of the words and concepts with which Christians hold The Gospels and with which Jews hold The Torah, I’ve renamed both ‘translated redactions.’ I also use the euphemism, monotheistic god, to avoid any disrespect to any deity and religion. This is an essay designed to entertain and inform you, Dear Reader, not to cause any religious discussion or foment. Second, a thank you: To friend Pam and friend Vanessa, both of whom got my research juices going on Salome, whom, I believed, was trivial, too trivial even for our newsletter. It boiled down to “Who did she do the belly dance for?” I hadn’t a clue, because I didn’t think she was real. They both assured me she was a real person. I checked it out. Yup, she was real and... …she may have danced or may not have danced. But, if she did dance, it wasn’t a belly dance that she did, nor was it a tap, the tango, or the quick step. The belly dance aspect was imagined in

the late 19th century by some artistic guy, and we’ll get there, later, when it’s timely. She did perform, that much is true, and she performed for the host, her stepfather, at the instigation of the hostess, her mother, and their banquet guests.

Bedouin caped dancer wearing heavy blue robe with cowl Photo taken in 20th century. It was an entertainment interlude, and it occurred about the 1st century AD in a castle located in area called The Galilee. She may have performed in a play about some Greek mythological character or she may have been the one non-Bedouin ( a guest) in a troop of Bedouin entertainers who did folk dances that nonBedouins enjoyed seeing. If it was the former, the structure of the play was rigid: it was a pantomime, with stringed instrumentals to keep the story line going, mime actors of both genders, all adults, and young children acrobatics of both genders. Everyone was masked. This was a troop of professional entertainers on the payroll of biggies, not a traveling group (a type not yet invented). They were probably

on the payroll of her stepfather and she had time to practice with them before the banquet. If it was the latter, it was a dance, one with a lot of whirling and head tossing, by females in heavy blue robes with cowls, and there was a flute accompaniment. The company did not live in The Galilee, but were nomads from the desert between The Galilee and Arabia, who had come by request of the biggie. It is unlikely that Bedouin dancers were involved in this banquet, for they had to walk a fine line in their desert migrations, land that abutted both The Galilee and Arabia at that time There was bad blood between Aretas IV King of Arabia and Antipas, stepfather of Salome, Tetrarch of The Galilee, the place where the banquet and the entertainment took place and the place where Salome lived. And, Salome would not have had time to practice the whirling and head tossing before the banquet. So, it was a Roman style play about Greek mythology that was probably performed as the intermediate event between courses or the closing event of a posh banquet. The host, her stepfather, was a Herod we’ll call Antipas, (not as high as a King) and the hostess, her mother, was named Herodias (a former Queen, divorced from her 1st husband, Phillip, a King, and now married to a mere Tetrarch, making her a Tetrarchess, I guess). These were minor players in the times’ political stage and the definition of ‘posh’ was relative to their stature…minor. The guest list contained: nobles visiting from Rome, Roman nobles stationed in The Galilee by Rome, aristocrats from The Galilee and maybe Judea, and Antipas’ Steward, Chuza. Some sources say the banquet was thrown by Herodias because it was Antipas’

birthday, an unnecessary embellishment, to my way of thinking. Most sources are silent about the reason for the banquet, so I tend to go with most when it’s a fact such as this kind. Any banquet takes preparation, whether you’re a Queen, a Tetrarchess, or merely the wife of a mope. So, along with the timing, guest list, menu, food preparation, and seating plan, Herodias prepared for the entertainment. She had to decide that Salome’s participation in the entertainment would be the thing to do long before the banquet took place. Herodias is described as a savvy kind of gal by the benign tellers of the tale (she’s vilified by most) and Salome was her only child (by Phillip), so she probably made time to watch Salome rehearse. A lot was riding on Salome being real real good. Nothing anywhere says whether Salome wanted to be a part of the entertainment or was unwilling to be a part of the entertainment. Herodias planned a staid, Roman affair. It could not have been a bacchanal type banquet (similar to the present Wild On’s on E!), as some sources suggest. There were stringent Roman rules about highborn women and what they can attend and do in while in attendance. Herodias was high born and from Judea. (Antipas, her second husband, was not as high born, coming from an Idumean father and possibly a Samarian mother.) Salome was just a kid at the time of the banquet. Some sources say she was a teenager, but they have to in order for other parts of the legend to fit. (We’ll get to the other parts later.) I doubt if she was a nubile teenager. She was royalty, a Princess, in fact, with very good blood on her mother’s side, Maccabean blood,

which was respected even by Rome, who, by the way, had conquered Judea (and The Galilee) long before this time and made this area a part of their Empire. Modesty and chastity were required for this type female from a Roman standpoint and a Maccabean standpoint (her bloodline was matriarchal). She had to be dutiful, respectful, and learn at her mother’s knee, an important custom amongst the Maccabean women. She was a good kid. So, she couldn’t have been a teenager and allowed to perform. It would diminish her future value in the marriage market, Roman or otherwise, and it would have been a sin. I would opine she had to be less than Nadia Comaneci’s age when she blew away the Olympic judges in 1976, but she was probably just as agile. It’s probable that Herodias recognized her daughter’s agility long before the banquet, for kids have a tendency to display what they’re good at long before there’s a use for the tendency. It could have been a genetic throwback to the time before the Maccabees were promoted to highborn, the time when the men were just about the best guerilla fighters in Judea and found the mountainous regions around Judea excellent terrain to entice their foes into combat. She was probably proud of this tendency and tedious of this tendency (“Watch me, Momma,” once too often can be tedious.) and savvy enough to see a utilization for her own good. This also presupposes that Herodias might have had more contact in Salome’s upbringing than Roman highborn mothers, for Maccabean women were responsible for (both gender) children to ‘learn at their knee’ a minimum of 613 rules the monotheistic god required of adherents, or that there was a lot of contact between highborn mothers and their daughters at

that time. In either case, Herodias planned the banquet and the entertainment and included her agile daughter in the entertainment, making sure Salome rehearsed and would do a good job in the acrobatic kid part of the troop…a multi-tasking woman for sure. Protocol at posh and formal banquets where Roman mucky mucks were invited was stringent. This would have been very important to Antipas, also. He had been raised in Rome (maybe even a hostage child) and the land he administered at the time of the banquet had been bequeathed to him by Rome. Augustus (of the Cleopatra story) had handled the apportioning of Antipas’ father’s enormous estate when he, known as Herod the Great, died. Antipas was not happy with the way Poppa’s estate was apportioned, felt he had gotten the short stick amongst his four brothers. (He had.) He would have been very, very Roman at this Roman banquet in order to make nice and have this get back to Rome. The men would have reclined on the equivalent of 1st century Barco-Loungers and ate lovely things and drank lovely wine moderately, while trading amusing stories and quips and bantering amongst each other. I’m not sure just what bantering is, but I am sure they bantered. They would have been arranged in a horseshoe U pattern. The women guests and their hostess would have sat on chairs and I couldn’t figure out where the chairs were placed, within the horseshoe in a line or outside the horseshoe in a line. But in any case, they would have sat on fancy, but hard backed, chairs in a line and would not have eaten or drunken wine, but I suggest they may have bantered.

Their job was to just sit, all gussied up and smellin’ good. (They would eat and drink, later, when they got home or when the guests left, depending on your perspective.) Salome could not have been invited. If she had been invited, she would have left her fancy, hard-backed chair vacant in order to get into costume and perform. Antipas would have noticed the empty chair and have asked someone, “Where did the kid go?” And, someone would have said, “She’s going to perform.” That would have taken the drama out of this next part of the story. Let’s agree; she was not invited to the banquet. At the proper time, the play was performed, and the audience clapped after it was over. Antipas complimented the performers, then singled one out. Because it was Salome that was singled out, I believe she was one of the masked acrobats. It only makes sense. Antipas apparently didn’t recognize the stepdaughter he had raised since infancy as the excellent acrobat in the play. Rather, he thought her one of the professionals, for if he had recognized her, he wouldn’t have offered the gift\reward. He just would have said, “Good job, sweetie. Go get washed. You’ll catch cold.” Therefore, because he didn’t recognize her, he made a magnanimous gesture (It’s not unlikely that he was showing off for the guests, for Antipas was a doodlehead, didn’t think things through. We’ll get to that, later.), and he offered the acrobat-Salome anything she desired as a gift from him for her fine performance. This is exactly what Herodias had planned to happen. She knew her guy pretty well and she knew her little girl real well. The benign tellers were right: she was a savvy gal.

Since all sources attribute what comes next as engendered by Herodias, the acrobat-Salome had to have asked him to wait a minute and had to have gone to the chair line, where her mother and the other women were sitting, otherwise Herodias would not have been associated with what comes next. (It would have been only Salome who would have been associated with what comes next.). So, the mother and daughter had to have conferred quietly, while Antipas (and the guests) watched. Perhaps, Salome said, “Euwww,” as kids do when they hear something revolting; or perhaps, not. She was a 1st century kid and they may have been different from 21st century kids. I think not. Kids are kids. She said “Euwww.” Dutifully, she listened closely to what her mother told her and she probably repeated it back to Herodias, so that she got it right and straight. Then, she, the acrobat-Salome, came back to Antipas with the gift idea: the head of the long time prisoner John (who later became John the Baptist, but who was merely the prisoner John at this time) on a platter (which was probably not a platter, but a charger). It’s possible that he recognized Salome at this point. It doesn’t really matter. I do know he knew he had been set up by his wife, Herodias, via this acrobat-Salome, when he heard the performance reward. And he was startled and embarrassed and in a public quandary. It’s possible he questioned the acrobatSalome with an ‘are you kidding? kind of question, while looking in Herodias’ direction, who either shrugged her shoulders or nodded ‘yes.’ From a legal standpoint, he did not have to honor this acrobat-Salome’s request, for it wasn’t hers. It was Herodias.’ It is possible that Chuza, his Steward, jumped in at this point, for he had been financing John’s nascent ministry

through his wife, Elizabeth, but it’s just as possible he did not, for that’s not how it went down. Everyone at the banquet knew there had been a big mad between Herodias and Antipas regarding John for a long, long time. She had wanted him killed outright for talking often and badly about her and her marriage to Antipas to everyone and anyone who would listen to him. John had labeled it incestuous and it was, kind of, but by only a technicality, the small print in a big, long contract. Herodias’ first husband, the Herod we’re calling Phillip, was Antipas’ half brother. They shared the same father, Herod The Great, but had different mothers. Phillip was still living in Judea where he was King (Rome gave him a large portion of his father’s estate, larger than Antipas.) and as long as Phillip lived, Herodias and Antipas had an incestuous marriage. As soon as he died, it would be an okay marriage. But, he hadn’t died, yet. Although it was the gossip that bothered Herodias (A good spin doctor would have helped, but they were 2000 years down the road in development.), it was the religious twist John put on the technical incest that bothered Antipas. John attributed all the stuff that had gone wrong in The Galilee since they married (and stuff had gone wrong, for Antipas was a doodle-head) to the marriage. And, John said that the monotheistic god was angry with her, more than Antipas, because of her good Maccabean blood (a mix of Idumean and Samarian blood results in a person that the monotheistic god doesn’t expect much from), and would stay angry with her and get more so, so the anger would spill over to the whole of The Galilee, until she and Antipas split (or, I guess, until Phillip died, a factor that was out of her hands).

People listened to that kind of stuff at that time and in that place and they got real scared. A monotheistic god’s anger was a terrible thing. Famine, drought, disease, pestilence, flood, invasion, even eclipse – anything could happen when a monotheistic god was angry. While there hadn’t been famine, drought, disease, pestilence, flood, invasion, or even an eclipse in The Galilee, Antipas had lost a war, his first, with Nabatea, their neighbor in Arabia. Herodias could have been a vulnerable position should important people have listened to John’s predictions. Luckily for her, the important people had other things on their mind. Antipas said ‘no’ to killing John and ‘yes’ to imprisoning him, believing that would shut John up. Some sources said Antipas had a feeling that John’s predictions were true; others said he had a feel for the monotheistic deity. Still others say he was merely acting like a political animal, notably, a fox. At any rate, John was not killed, but imprisoned, and he had been languishing in the prison for many years at the time of the banquet. Now, killing a local prisoner was no big deal anywhere in the 1st century world of the Roman Empire and having a prisoner killed to reward an agile acrobat was stretching the reward idea, but... it could work. The thing is that the head on a platter\charger was the note that made it a bigger deal. This touch was a gruesome, certainly barbaric, dramatic thing and would cause a scandal and gossip all over Judea and in Rome, what Antipas did not need if he were to ever get any more land from his dead father’s estate from Rome. (And it did, for Flavius Josephus in his book, “Antiquities,” writing to and for

Rome about 100 years after the event, included the event for it was still so juicy. This, by the way, is how we know about some parts of it.) (An important question occurs to me and that is this: How and where did Herodias get this notion? Two ideas come to mind: (1) the Greek myth of Perseus and Medusa and their fight to death: Perseus won. He decapitated Medusa and waved her head around and took it a bunch of places as a talisman. It must have been awful after a time. Maybe that’s where she got it, for she was well educated. (2) A similar event took place in Rome 50 years earlier: Pemejus, a political competitor to Julius, lost his political battle, and his foes brought Julius, the winning Caesar, his head. She might have heard this gossip. Perhaps, she then pragmatically adapted decapitation to the situation at hand. Beheading was a popular type of death and an honorable type of execution for criminals and warriors amongst the Romans and the Maccabees and the Arabians. This, I discovered, from plunking around on the Internet to some very weird websites. I don’t recommend you check this out for yourself. Truthfully, I cannot imagine where she got this embellishment. One of these weird websites calls her talented.) The doodle-head complied. A messenger was sent to the fortress named Macharerus (now called Mukawir) in an area called The Perea (now part of Amman, Jordan) where John was imprisoned. A nameless guard cut off his head, and got a messenger to convey it to the castle somewhere in The Galilee, where the banquet guests were waiting, the males still bantering with one another, I guess, to pass the time; the females still sitting quietly on their hard chairs, smellin’ good. The acrobat-Salome probably went off

somewhere to bathe and change clothes, then returned to the banquet room to stand next to her (talented) Momma or stand with the performers. The guards put the headless body somewhere, waited for further orders. I couldn’t find out how far away the area The Parea was from The Galilee, for I couldn’t pin down exactly what city the castle was located in the area known as The Galilee, then, the area where the banquet occurred. Let’s believe it wasn’t terribly far, so the messenger conveying the head could get from there to there quick. He arrived and a kitchen servant brought a platter\charger (No one knows if it was a platter made out of silver, gold, porcelain, or stoneware. In fact, no one cared. Furthermore, it may not have been a platter, but a charger, which is larger than a plate and smaller than a platter and rested under a plate at a table service and was often of precious metal. Since it’s a Roman banquet, people took morsels of this and that from servant-held chargers, didn’t have a table service at all. They were reclining.) Another servant, a serving type, brought the head to the banquet hall and stood in front of Antipas. It’s possible he directed the servant to acrobat-Salome, who took the platter\charger and gave it to her Mother. One redactor source makes Herodias even more gruesome stating: she got a sword and stabbed the tongue. This is an embellishment that even Flavius Josephus didn’t believe, so he doesn’t mention it. What she really did with it, I don’t know. (People who thought John had a direct line to the monotheistic god requested his body and his head from Antipas, who released both parts to them. They took it to an area called Samaria, which was close to The Perea, and buried it.)

What happened after this part of the banquet took place, I don’t know. I imagine some guy yawned and said, “It’s been quite an evening. I think it’s time to get going.” And the guests all went to their lodgings. It’s probable that Antipas and Herodias had a long conversation, after the guests left. When they were alone in their private rooms, he probably opened the conversation with: “We never talk anymore, Herodias. Tell me what’s going on with you.” Salome, who had been up long past her normal bedtime, was probably overtired and went to sleep or was put to sleep immediately. And there you have it. Salome didn’t dance, didn’t wear veils, and had a strong bond with her Mother. To discover how the belly dance became associated with Salome, we have to veer away from her. It’s Herodias and John who carry the story line forward. At the time of the banquet, Herodias was the 2nd wife of Antipas, and they had been married for about 10 years. (Antipas was the only father Salome had known.) Salome’s biological father was Phillip, who was King of Judea, a large land mass, much larger than the area called The Galilee, and he and Herodias were divorced when Salome was about 1 year old. Herodias had been an important wife when Phillip was first made King by Rome because of her Maccabean blood. The Maccabees had been rulers of Judea long before Phillip came on board, but through a lot of circumstances, Judea was ruled by the Herod bunch and had accepted Rome’s yoke by that time. The Maccabees were prolific (as was Herod The Great), and there was a large pool of eligible Maccabean women for rulers to

marry. It was a stable region in Rome’s empire. In any event, the divorce was with Rome’s permission. Phillip was allowed to marry someone else with Rome’s permission, and I didn’t check out whom. He never asked for visitation rights. Some sources say Antipas first met Herodias when Herodias was on a trip to Rome with Phillip petitioning Rome for something or another at the same time that Antipas was in Rome (alone) petitioning Rome, yet again, for the title of King and more land from his father’s estate, neither of which Rome never granted him in his lifetime. I don’t think it matters how they met. They met, they talked, a deal was struck. I don’t know why Herodias left Queenship of Judea to become a Tetrarch’s wife. There are always sources that attribute lust to this sort of situation, and these sources do arise in this story, some attributing lust to Herodias, others attributing lust to Antipas. Personally, I find lust a poor reason. A Queen, one of royal blood, just doesn’t think lust. She thinks power and lineage. A tetrarch, although not as powerful as a King, doesn’t have to go far from his little castle, even as far as Judea, to satisfy any lustful thought. An unhappy Tetrarch thinks power and lineage, too. Maybe it was her Maccabean blood and her Maccabean ties that Antipas thought would help him become a King of a landmass that included Judea, which her ancestors ruled before Rome put the Herods there. Maybe she thought The Galilee plus Judea is bigger than just Judea. Maybe she thought that The Galilee plus Arabia, which abutted The Galilee, is bigger than Judea should Antipas go to war for the Arabian territory. In any event, she left Phillip before the

divorce (which came through quickly) and went to Antipas’ puny area, The Galilee. She also jumped the gun. Antipas was not yet rid of his first wife, Phasaelis, when Herodias and the baby arrived. And, he hadn’t petitioned Rome to get rid of Phasaelis and marry Herodias, something he should have done. Although Phasaelis was a Princess by blood and the daughter of a powerful neighbor and King, Aretas IV of Nabatea (Arabia), Antipas decided to circumvent Rome by merely ‘putting her aside,’ an ignominy. This was not nice. Phasaelis went home to Poppa (and took the kids, if there were any with her and Antipas) who bided his time a bit, then attacked The Galilee, because of the dishonor. Troops from all of Herod the Great’s sons (half-brothers to a man) jumped in to help The Galilean troops, even Phillip (inherited family land was a big thing; a former wife was nothing) and Roman legions jumped in to help, too. But land was lost and that, by definition, means The Galileans lost the war. He never did divorce Phasaelis and she never returned to him. Herodias stayed put and she and Antipas married (with Rome’s permission, whose attitude toward provinces was very pragmatic: the war is over; they lost; let ’em marry; who gives a damn?) and lived in a castle somewhere in The Galilee with the baby. Antipas’ reputation went from an annoying pest to miserable in Rome’s eyes because of this double screw up (stupidly and unnecessarily

dishonoring a neighbor’s daughter thereby incurring an unnecessary troop expense on Rome’s tab and loosing land to a King who was not conquered by Rome). He decided to Make It Better. Tiberius was now the Caesar and Antipas decided to build a city to honor him. He commandeered land in The Galilee and his construction people began building a city. But, Antipas and his building contractors either didn’t do their homework, or if they did, they didn’t think it through. The land upon which the city was being built was a cemetery, sacred ground to every person in the world then, as well as today. There was an uprising amongst the folk that local troops could not quell. Again, Rome had to help Antipas out, for Judea wouldn’t, since they sided with the people, not Antipas. The people were quelled and the city was built. It remained uninhabited. No one would go there to live no matter how sweet the pot Antipas created (free homes, free land, tax abatement). Rome had to send troops to forcibly move families to Tiberius and to guard them so they wouldn’t move out in the dark of the night. Flavius Josephus liked this morsel a lot when he heard of it. He checked around and then comments that riff-raff were recruited to populate the city. He observes that even the riff-raff were afraid of the monotheistic god, so local holy people made a rule: the new settlers would only be defiled for 7 days, then everything would be okay. And life went on in The Galilee.

John, during some of this, had been going about his business in The Galilee. One particular thing he did caught on amongst the folk. No one knew what to call it, so it had two different names: sprinkling and laveing, both of which were already accepted cleansing rites in most, if not all, religions before that time and during that time in that area and most of the known world. Water was always the cleansing agent and John used the nearby Jordan River as the sprinkling and laveing site. What John did was total body immersion, a new twist, one the people liked a lot, for it made sense to them and made them feel good and purified from sins committed previously. This total body immersion always occurred after John would talk about sinning and give definitions. He would call for penitents, people who wanted to cleanse themselves. They would step forward and get in a line, so he could do them one-by-one. He had set himself up as a person who knew what the monotheistic deity expected of good folk (mostly it was to stop acting like Romans and revert to the Galilean ways, the ones prevalent before Rome took over the area). While he was in prison and after his death, other people did the immersion for him. What he had said before he was imprisoned was credible to the folk. But then, John was imprisoned and killed years after he was imprisoned. Very soon a very lot of other things happened in The Galilee. These events were written down and pondered and interpreted by brilliant, eloquent, and sincere men, three of whom decided

that John and what he said and his immersion twist was a ceremony that would be important to incorporate as a ritual for their testimonials. They were the redactors whose words have been translated and pondered for centuries. Their decision caused his death to be discussed (and his childhood, parents, vocation, inspiration, relationships, etc. to be determined) and this is how Herodias’ name was never forgotten. The earliest redactor, a stickler for details, had a problem with her daughter’s name, when he read Flavius Josephus, who says ‘a damsel, the daughter of Herodias, brought the head…’ in his book to Rome. This was not good enough for him. He did some easy homework, for Herodias’ royal lineage was known and available. He determined that Herodias’ daughter was named Salome. This was not good homework. Herodias was Maccabean. No Maccabee, male or female, would ever name a child for a still living person, let alone the actual name of a relative, this case, a blood aunt, who was living at the time of her daughter’s birth. But, it’s all we have, so she must remain misnamed Salome (which means ‘peace,’ a nice touch, don’t you think?) when John’s beheading is talked about and when Herodias’ progeny is included. And this is how Salome and Herodias and John were tied together forever more. Many centuries have to pass by before the triangle comes into focus again. We have to wait for society to go from antiquity all the way to modern…at least 1,970 years or so. More specifically, we have to wait for a religion to formalize; we have to wait until John’s contributions become important and incorporated; we have to wait for churches to be

invented; we have to wait for representational art to be used for something other than decorative purposes; we have to allow for the Bubonic Plague interlude when absolutely nothing happened except the death of millions; we have to wait for literacy to occur; we have to wait for Gutenberg and his printing press; we have to wait for portraiture to be invented. Once churches were invented, representational art was applied as a method to tell the stories to the illiterate, devout people. The triangle story was not as popular as other stories, so it was represented only some times. The scene chosen was most always was when the platter\charger is proffered takes place. No one character of the triangle is more important that the other. It’s the story behind the scene that’s important, and that is John’s death (but not as a martyr, I don’t think, but I may be wrong). Typical friezes and frescos from churches in the early 14th show the scene with figures that are medieval in demeanor and costume. That’s what the medieval people needed; that’s what they got. Their eyes could roam the church for something to center on, if their attention drifted from the devotions at hand. Everything gets 1330, when the and we have to for normalcy to In 1485, the been invented

pretty quiet everywhere, beginning first Bubonic Plague episode begins wait a long time, about 150 years, occur. beheading surfaces. Portraiture had by then, and art has gone into

homes of wealthy people, who ask artists to do pictures for them, often of them and their family members. One type of portraiture allowed the viewer to be a voyeur, to glimpse an intimate scene, a freeze frame, if you will, from a larger story, if the artist was good. Religious art was a popular theme. The artist selected the motif and there was a lot of symbolism to get the whole story line into the canvas. It’s Salome and the platter\charger that’s chosen, when this subject is chosen at all, and truth be told, it’s lousy, static portraiture. She’s not portrayed as a child, but she’s not portrayed as a woman, either. “Damsel,” was apparently interpreted as that twilight zone a female has between childhood and woman. I don’t know why the subject matter was chosen by the patron or the artist, who apparently just couldn’t get into ‘it.’ I guess my opinion was shared by the patrons from 500+ years back, for this theme dies out. John and his sainthood, not his death or Herodias or Salome, become the theme of most art, and we have to wait until 1630 to find the others of the triangle depicted again. In 1630, a blockbuster piece of art is produced (my opinion) that asks you to consider Herodias, not John. It’s my absolute favorite, by a guy named Francesco del Cairo, “Herodias with Head of John the Baptist.” It is so different from all others than came before (and after). Is she exhausted, meditative, musing, or in a trance? A closer look might surprise you. Could she possibly be holding his tongue while on the verge of stroking his hair? I believe she is. What could del Cairo have been thinking? What is he asking us to believe about Herodias?

Frankly, I don’t wanna go there. No one else did either, for depictions of Herodias (and Salome) simply stop until the 1800’s and John in his sainthood continues...with one exception. Because of a single painting of Herodias by Paul Delaroche in 1843, it’s the literary arts, the poets and authors and playwrights, who pick up the story and fiction supersedes reality. Herodias, first, and Salome, next, sans John, are the motifs for the first time. They move from real people to fictional characters. Delaroche shows Herodias as exotic (read, nonEuropean) (The euphemism used for most any type non-European at that time was Occidental.), regal (He did his homework.), authentically dressed (more good homework), and very, very lovely. The look on her face is open to interpretation. Has the grotesque event occurred or not yet? Is she serene or is she challenging us to question her? I don’t know who is represented in the background, for it certainly cannot be Salome. Herodias is a person in her own right. I would like to tie Delaroche’s interpretation to having viewed del Cairo (although I don’t know if this occurred, not having the resources to track the provenance of the del Cairo picture to align its location with Delaroche’s life). Apparently Heinrich Heine, a German poet of some renown, was enchanted by the picture. He wrote a poem in 1843, “Atta Troll,” which sources say is a mock epic about Herodias. I was

unable to find an English translation, so I have to accept what sources say as true. What I do know is that an epic is a very long and twisted story (The Iliad and the Odyssey are epics.) about fanciful adventures of a protagonist (usually heroic) in pursuit of good end. How Heine got enough ideas about Herodias, who was minor player in the first place and arcane by this time, to go on and on about her pursuit of an end, good or not good, I don’t know. I guess that’s called talent. In any event, he catapults Herodias (and the triangle) back into the minds of artistic people and they make her (and the triangle) interesting enough for public contemplation. This mock epic and Delaroche’s painting next enchanted Stephane Mallarme, another poet of some renown, a Frenchman. He got his juices flowing and wrote a poem in 1869, “Herodiade,” whose English translation I was unable to find. I have absolutely no idea what his poem says. Critics say she described sultry (for the first time). I have to believe that Mallarme associated Occidental with sultry, not an uncommon association amongst fanciful European guys. Herodias is changing to heroic (maybe if Heine’s epic shows her to be this), Occidental, and sultry (read sexy).

All this got a French artist (of some renown) all excited. Gustave Moreau pondered the triangle and centered on Salome, instead of Herodias. He figured if Herodias was sultry, then Salome was more sultry. I don’t know why, but that’s what he did. He worked and worked this theme and ended up with a bunch of pictures with her as the (undressed) focal point, a first in Salome’s depictions, and threw in John’s head to make it all understandable. They were finished in 1876. All are amazing. The very last time Salome was the chosen subject matter was in 16th century (bad) portraiture. She’s always holding the platter\charger and has a boring look on her face and is all dressed up in 16th century costume. What the hell did Heine’s mock epic and Mallarme’s poem allude to with regard to Salome? I don’t know. Anyway, Gustave Flaubert, a French writer of some renown, apparently read Heine and Mallarme and saw the picture interpretations of Delaroche and Moreau. All inspired him to write a short story in 1877 about Herodias, which indicates excellent homework, by the way. This, I read, and in this short story, she is called a Jezebel, albeit an aging one, for the first time. Her daughter is described as resembling her mother in her youth. You can read it, too. Go to ias/0/. It’s now fictional open season on Herodias and by association, her daughter, Salome. Then came Joris-Karl Huysman, who liked what Heine, Mallarme, and Flaubert wrote and liked Delaroche’s and

Moreau’s pictures. He went with Salome, not Herodias, in 1884, for his essay, “Against the Grain.” The essay is really prose poetry in the style of “The Song of Solomon,” real, real sexy. The essay was labeled decadent after it was published. You can read it, too, if and when you get in the mood for 19th century decadence. Go to In the 19th century, certain people loved decadent stuff, especially the artistic types who felt stultified with conservative stuff and who felt they had to push the envelope of public taste. This decadent Salome idea percolated for ten years in Oscar Wilde’s mind before his play, “Salome,” was performed in 1893. An interesting touch was his collaboration with Aubrey Beardsley to do playbill artwork. Wilde was jailed it was so damn decadent. Within a year after Wilde’s play, Beardsley came out with a folio of images of Salome. It’s racy for the bare breasts and belly button, but it’s also a curiously clunky, nonsexy posing of Salome. Why is her midriff covered? Why is she wearing high heeled shoes with bows at the ankle? What the hell is going on here? Mere titillation, nothing more. Shame on you, Beardsley. Everything rested until 1905, when Richard Strauss, a German of music renown, chose Salome as his opera subject. His librettist, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, an Austrian poet of some renown, put words to the decadent musical motifs. A costume designer, whose name I could not find, turned her eastern

Byzantine and gave her a harem twist and a costume of 7 veils. A choreographer had her shimmy (belly dance). In the first performance of “Salome,’ Marie Wittich, described as an ample soprano Salome, refused to do the dance or wear the costume. A nameless ballerina accommodated the scene and this became a tradition each time the opera was performed. One critic, a word wizard, called Strauss the apostle of decadence. This made the people want to see it for themselves. Strauss’ “Salome” was performed 50 times in the first two years after it was written in opera houses all over the world. This chronicle has ended. PS. A beheaded John, not yet a saint, is so very popular that I had to find a depiction of John with his head on. Caravaggio was quite taken with him and did a lot of versions of John with his head on. PPS. One female artist, Fra Lippinni, an Italian woman, did work on the triangle. I am disappointed with Fra. Although she chose Salome to be focal, she dressed her modestly in Medieval costume, twirling her skirts. It’s a pretty nothing picture that says more about Lippinni and her lack of inspiration and imagination (She is technically apt, I think.) than the subject matter. I think she should have tried harder to ‘get into it.’ She was a daughter once and may have been the mother of a daughter at the time the picture

was painted

ADELE SIMPSON Technically, Adele Simpson isn’t a couturier; rather, she’s a Vintage American designer, who started her own line in 1949. It was ready-to-wear, and styles sold for $100.00 in 1949 and for the following decade. One hundred dollars was a large amount of money, then. (To put $100.00 in perspective: My dear Aunt Yetta, a middle-management woman, title Office Manager at Weingart Potteries, University educated, didn’t take home $100.00\week until 1964; in 1946, my family lived in a modern, 1-bedroom apartment, in a good neighborhood of Chicago and my Father paid $42.50\month rent; my Mother’s grocery allowance for a family of 4 was $5.00\week in 1948.) This was 5 years after Paris’ traveling Doll Show of couture fashions (All the couturiers could afford to produce after WWII.) and two years after Christian Dior’s 1st post-war collection that took the world by storm for its usage of enormous amounts of fabric in the skirts, a material that had been rationed during the war. It was a good time for American Designers to make their mark in fashion. Simpson, along with Anne Fogarty, Bonnie Cashin, Oleg Cassini, Claire McCardell, Valentina, Elizabeth Hawes, Norman Norell, and Muriel King opened their own companies. Expatriates, Charles James and Pauline Trigere, opened their own companies. Money was good in America. Everyone was working and spending.

Simpson distinguished her line: devising clothing that could be stepped into rather than pulled over the head; creating dresses and coats, blouses and suits, or dress and jacket combinations, all of which could coordinate and allow the wearer to be well dressed from daytime into the evening with a minimum of effort; designing ‘high’ styles in unusual fabrics, ie, cotton, brocade. Her trademark was conservative styling. First ladies in the 1950’s and ‘60’s appreciated her styles while their husbands were in office. She did some costume jewelry, whose pieces are highly prized. They are rare finds, today. She was a 1st generation American, born in 1903, one of five sisters, who shown talent in sewing early. She enrolled at the Pratt Institute, graduating in 1921. Her first job was head designer for Ben Girshel, then an important Seventh Avenue manufacturer. (She replaced her sister, Anna.) A few years later, she went to work for Mary Lee, another Seventh Avenue manufacturer. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s she had her own label as designer for Mary Lee Fashions. She bought out Mary Lee and changed the name of the company to Adele Simpson in 1949. In 1927, she married Wesley Simpson, a textile manufacturer, who sold fabric to Ben Girshel. He worked in the business with her until he died in 1976. They had one daughter, Joan Raines, who began her own line when her Mother died in 1995, and one son, Jeffrey. She ran the business until 1985. Donald Hobson took over as head designer under the direction of her daughter, Joan, and son-in-law, Robert. Joan was well

qualified. She was a graduate of Tobe Coburn School in New York, and trained at Christian Dior in Paris. For Adele Simpson merchandise info, go to mpson

April Fool's Day, April 1, History The history of April Fool's Day or All Fool's Day is uncertain, but the current thinking is that it began around 1582 in France with the reform of the calendar under Charles IX. The Gregorian Calendar was introduced, and New Year's Day was moved from March 25 - April 1 (new year's week) to January 1. Communication traveled slowly in those days and some people were only informed of the change several years later. Still others, who were more rebellious refused to acknowledge the change and continued to celebrate on the last day of the former celebration, April 1. These people were labeled "fools" by the general populace, were subject to ridicule and sent on "fool errands," sent invitations to nonexistent parties and had other practical jokes played upon them. The butts of these pranks became known as a "poisson d'avril" or "April fish" because a young naive fish is easily caught. In addition, one common practice was to hook a paper fish on the back of someone as a joke. This harassment evolved over time and a custom of prankplaying continue on the first day of April. This tradition eventually spread elsewhere like to Britain and Scotland in the 18th century and was introduced to the American colonies by the English and the French. Because of this spread to other

countries, April Fool's Day has taken on an international flavor with each country celebrating the holiday in its own way. HISTORY OF NAIL POLISH Nail polish seems to have been originated by the Chinese around 3000 B.C. The Japanese and Italians are thought to have been the first ones to actually use nail polish. The Chinese used a colored lacquer, made from a combination of Arabic gum, egg whites, gelatin and beeswax. They also used a mixture consisting of mashed rose, orchid and impatiens petals combined with alum. This mixture, when applied to nails for a few hours or overnight, leaves a color ranging from pink to red. The Egyptians used reddish-brown stains derived from henna to color their nails as well as the tips of their fingers. Today, some people still use henna dyes to draw intricate, temporary designs on their hands in a practice known as Mehndi. Chou Dynasty of 600 B.C., Chinese royalty often chose gold and silver to enhance their nails.

A fifteenth-century Ming manuscript cites red and black as the colors chosen by royalty for centuries previous. The Egyptians also used nail color to signify social order, with shades of red at the top. Queen Nefertiti, the wife of the king Akhenaton, colored her finger and toe nails ruby red; Cleopatra favored a deep rust red.[Women of lower rank who colored their nails were permitted only pale hues. Incas were known for decorating their fingernails with pictures of eagles. It is unclear how the practice of coloring nails progressed following these ancient beginnings. Portraits from the 17th and 18th centuries include shiny nails. By the turn of the 19th century, nails were tinted with scented red oils and polished or buffed with a chamois cloth, rather than simply painted. In addition, English and US 19th century cookbooks contained directions for making nail paints. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, women still pursued a polished, rather than painted, look by massaging tinted powders and creams into their nails, then buffing them shiny. One such polishing product sold around this time was Graf’s Hyglo nail polish paste. Some women during this period painted their nails using a clear, glossy varnish applied with camel-hair brushes. When automobile paint was created around 1920, it inspired the introduction of colored nail enamels.

A woman named Michelle Menard, a make up artist at the Elka Company, realized that the paint being used to spray cars was also suitable for painting onto nails. Some time in the 1920’s, the Company began manufacturing this product, and it was sold by its outside salesman Charles Revson, to beauty shops in the New York City area. Charles got his brother, Joseph, a job at Elka. The New York territory was too small for both families to make a living, so the Revson brothers asked Elka for a larger territory. Elka refused. Charles and Joseph quit, found a chemist partner, Charles Lachman, and founded the Revlon Company (the L in the Company name refers to him), their first product being nail polish that used pigments rather than dyes in 1932. Pigments meant that the product was easier to remove and that a range of colors could be produced. It didn’t take long for the trend to catch on at beauty shops. Charles expanded Revlon’s market by calling on department stores and drug stores in major cities. Marshall Field’s in Chicago was the company’s first large client, ordering $400 worth of nail polish for its salon and cosmetic department. In 1935, the company began naming its nail polish eloquent names. Fatal Apple and Kissing Pink were the beginning attempts. Cherries in the Snow and Fire & Ice were two of the most popular shades the Company has ever produced. Nail polish contains nitrocellulose which is available in many different grades and is measured by viscosity. Nail grade

nitrocellulose should be used for nail polish, as opposed to industrial grade which is available for use in furniture finishes, auto-paints and other various non-cosmetic lacquer finishes. Nail polish manufacturers are known to use industrial grade nitrocellulose covertly to save money, as it is half the price of the nail grade nitro. Cosmetic companies should be aware of this practice when they are choosing a pan manufacturer. MEMORIAL DAY, May 25 A United States Federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in military service to their country. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War (it is celebrated near the day of reunification after the civil war), it was expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action. Following the end of the Civil War, many communities set aside a day to mark the end of the war or as a memorial to those who had died. Some of the places creating an early memorial day include Sharpsburg, Maryland, located near Antietam Battlefield; Charleston, South Carolina; Boalsburg, Pennsylvania; Richmond, Virginia; Carbondale, Illinois; Columbus, Mississippi; many communities in Vermont; and some two dozen other cities and towns. These observances coalesced around Decoration Day, honoring the Union dead, and the several Confederate Memorial Days.

According to Professor David Blight of the Yale University History Department, the first memorial day was observed in 1865 by liberated slaves at the historic race track in Charleston. The site was a former Confederate prison camp as well as a mass grave for Union soldiers who died in captivity. The freed slaves reinterred the dead Union soldiers from the mass grave to individual graves, fenced in the graveyard and built an entry arch declaring it a Union graveyard. This was a daring action for them to take in the South shortly after the North's victory. On May 30, 1868, the freed slaves returned to the graveyard with flowers they had picked from the countryside and decorated the individual gravesites, thereby creating the first Decoration Day. A parade by thousands of freed blacks and Union soldiers from the area was followed by patriotic singing and a picnic. The official "birthplace" of Memorial Day is Waterloo, New York. The village was credited with being the place of origin because it observed the day on May 5, 1868, and each year thereafter. The friendship between General John Murray, a distinguished citizen of Waterloo, and General John A. Logan, who helped bring attention to the event nationwide, likely was a factor in the holiday's growth. Logan had been the principal speaker in a citywide memorial observation on April 29, 1866, at a cemetery in Carbondale, Illinois, an event that likely gave him the idea to make it a national holiday. On May 5, 1868, in his capacity as commanderin-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, a veterans' organization, Logan issued a proclamation that "Decoration Day" be observed nationwide[3]. It was observed for the first

time on May 30 of the same year; the date was chosen because it was not the anniversary of a battle. The tombs of fallen Union soldiers were decorated in remembrance. Many of the states of the U.S. South refused to celebrate Decoration Day, due to lingering hostility towards the Union Army and also because there were relatively few veterans of the Union Army who were buried in the South. A notable exception was Columbus, Mississippi, which on April 25, 1866 at its Decoration Day commemorated both the Union and Confederate casualties buried in its cemetery.[4]

Troops at the Washington, D.C. Memorial Day parade, 1942.The alternative name of "Memorial Day" was first used in 1882. It did not become more common until after World War II, and was not declared the official name by Federal law until 1967 . On June 28, 1968, the United States Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which moved three holidays from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend. The holidays included Washington's Birthday, now celebrated as Presidents' Day; Veterans Day, and Memorial Day. The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May. The law took effect at the federal level in 1971. After some initial confusion and unwillingness to comply, all fifty states adopted the measure within a few years. Veterans Day was eventually changed back to its traditional date. Ironically, most corporate businesses no longer close on Veterans Day, Columbus Day, or President's Day, with the day

after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and/or New Years Eve often substituted as more convenient "holidays" for their employees. Memorial Day endures as a holiday which most businesses observe because it marks the beginning of the "summer vacation season." This role is filled in neighboring Canada by Victoria Day, which occurs either on May 24 or the last Monday before that date, placing it exactly one week before Memorial Day. REEL REVIEW

House of Saddam: Between Two Rivers (2008) 4 part mini-series Saddam Hussein - Igal Naor Sajida - Shohreh Aghdashloo Uday Hussein - Philip Arditti Barzan Ibrahim - Said Taghmaoui Samira Shahbander - Christine Stephen-Daly Qusay Hussein - Mounir Margoum Raghad Hussein - Agni Scott Hussein Kamel - Amr Waked Executive Producers Hilary Salmon, Alex Holmes Written by Alex Holmes and Stephen Butchard

Produced by Steve Lightfoot Parts I and II Directed by Alex Holmes Parts III and IV Directed by Jim O'Hanlon The mini-series will have you believe that Saddam Hussein was a tribal guy, not a modern man with a punitive step-father and unloving mother to boot. Oh, I say. This man who messed up an ancient, culturally magnificent country and murdered or caused the death of thousands of people displayed atavistic behavior and was a flawed human being. It takes a 4 part mini-series to do this? Waste of time, Dear Reader. MS. TERRY REVIEWS Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiburo Published by Alfred A. Knopf (2005) ISBN: 0-7394-5795-0 288 pages Oh boy is this a book you can get your teeth into! It's not a murder mystery, nor is it a suspense novel. But, there's something off-kilter from the get-go. It took me a bit to get 'it.' Maybe, you'll get 'it' faster than I did; maybe not. Does this tantalize you? I hope so; I don't want to tell you the plot. It'll spoil the 'it.' DID YOU KNOW? Yahoo is offering a new freebie email address called ymail. This is an opportunity to obtain the exact email address you want,

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