Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Walking NYC’s Holiday Windows

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

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LITERATURE Window at Bergdorff Goodman

Each year I try to make it in to NYC to stroll past the holiday windows.  This year I’m super happy about the holidays as I have a Christmas release to help make the season even more jolly. WILD WEST CHRISTMAS is a beautiful Western anthology collection that I hope you’ll add to your wish list.

My usual route begins at the toy train sets in Grand Central at the MTA museum tucked behind the grand stairs on the west side of the station.  They include a tiny Santa hailing a cab and a stuffed King Kong on the Empire State Building. Then I visit Lord & Taylor on 5th Avenue. Continuing north, I stop at the NY Public Library for their tree and free museum exhibits. Then it’s up to Rockefeller Center, Saks and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. I always peek at the gems in Henry Winston’s windows and Tiffany’s is right across 5th Ave.

Near the park are my favorite holiday windows, Bergdoff Goodman. After that, I visit the Plaza Hotel (a wonderful place for high tea) and then head east to Barney’s of New York and finally, Bloomingdales.  Then it’s back to Grand Central for their holiday gift fair in Vanderbilt Hall.

If you’d like to see all the photos of my annual trip to see the holiday windows in New York City please visit my facebook page.  For this post I’m only showing my photos of one stop on my walk.

The windows at Bergdoff Goodman are always my favorites because of their visual interest and the complexity of theme. This year their theme was THE ARTS. This one is called Literature and it is packed with wonderful quotes and images of famous authors all in bright shades of pink. I was in heaven!

One of the embroidered pillows had a quote from French poet, Stephane Mallarme reading, “Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book.”

 

Here’s ARCHITECTURE

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And THEATER

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And MUSIC

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And ART

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There is so much more on my facebook page.

 

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

 



Shovel, Write, Shovel, Write, repeat…

Friday, February 14th, 2014

I feel like I’m reenacting scenes from my stories WINTER WOMAN and/or OUTLAW BRIDE.  It seems my world has frozen and I have spent much time and energy chopping, scraping and shoveling snow, ice, sleet and more snow.

This lovely snow scene is actually my driveway. It’s under there somewhere.

Between bouts with the snow shovel, I finished my copy edits for THE VAMPIRE’S WOLF, a paranormal Nocturne that will appear in JULY 2014, with my driveway, I’d imagine.

Finally saw the sun and the blue sky today and the snow quickly dissolved from the branches of my red maple.

I also sent my editor a Valentine’s present, the revised version of my Christmas novella, coming in October 2014 in the Anthology titled, WILD WEST CHRISTMAS.  My story is titled, A FAMILY FOR THE RANCHER.  I just love this story and hope my readers will too.

I’ve put an excerpt up on my website for THE VAMPIRE’S WOLF, in my eNews page, so please do have a look and let me know what you think.

 

 



Morgan Library & Museum

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Can you walk into Donald Trump’s library?  What about Warren Buffet’s, Bill Gates or Mark Zukerberg’s private collection?  You might get in but you will likely leave in handcuffs.  Ah, but I found a library of one of America’s wealthiest men, now deceased, and it is open to the public for only $18 a pop.

Lured from my walk along Madison Avenue by a sign on a lamp pole that had an image of Edgar Allen Poe, I ended up checking my coat and laying down my crisp twenty dollar bill.  The bill had ironically been recently spewed from a Chase Manhattan Bank ATM owned by J.P. Morgan, Inc.

Jenna Kernan soaking it all in.

The Museum is The Morgan Library and Museum and the exhibit on Poe is remarkable.  There was the poem I memorized at age twelve in Poe’s own hand. 

It was many and many a year ago,

In a kingdom by the sea,

That a maiden there lived whom you may know

By the name of Annabel Lee; 

                                                                    ~Edgar A. Poe~

This museum began as a private collection of rare manuscripts by financier Pierpont Morgan in 1890.  He collected books, manuscripts, drawings and prints.  Mr. Morgan’s library was built between 1902 and 1906 right next to his New York residence on Madison Avenue and 36th Street.   I have to get me one of those adjacent libraries.  Now accidental visitors like me can stumble around muttering, “How is it possible I have never even heard of this place before?”

                                                                                             
Mrs. Dickens’ appears to have missed a spot on Extreme Cheapskates
by 150 years. She has conserved paper, if not her sister’s vision,
by writing both horizontally and diagonally on the page.

Meandering along, I ended up in a gorgeous library that has a page from A Christmas Carol on temporary display and the page is written in Dickens’ own hand.  It’s the scene where Scrooge finally comes to dinner surprising his nephew Fred greatly.  I studied the edits Charles had made, noticing where he had scratched out adjectives and substituted more active verbs.  The site made me smile.  It is a familiar dance for many writers.

Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in only six weeks and he wasn’t even signed up for National Novelist Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  Writers will understand the reason that in October he was in a mad flurry to complete a story in time to have the work published for Christmas.

The Morgan Museum has a copy of the manuscript on display this month.  Here is what they have to say about the exhibit (from their website www.themorgan.org )

A page from Dickens’ manuscript, A Christmas Carol

Every holiday season, the Morgan displays Charles Dickens’s original manuscript of A Christmas Carol in Pierpont Morgan’s historic Library. Dickens wrote his iconic tale in a six-week flurry of activity, beginning in October 1843 and ending in time for Christmas publication.  He had the manuscript bound in red morocco as a gift for his solicitor, Thomas Mitton. The manuscript then passed through several owners before Pierpont Morgan acquired it in the 1890s.

How is it possible that I have never been in this museum before?  If it were in any other city, I am sure it would be the crown jewel of the town.  I can’t explain why I never visited.  I am not on Madison Avenue often and when I am usually in midtown I generally visit the New York Public Library, but from now on I will be keeping an eye on upcoming exhibits and preparing to transfer another twenty dollar bill from J.P. Morgan’s ATM to J.P. Morgan’s Museum.

 

 



Life: Dressed in Holiday Cheer

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

 

Cartier in Holiday Wrapping, 2012

 

Yesterday I took a little break from working on my current paranormal romance to make my yearly pilgrimage into New York City to see the best and brightest of the holiday windows.  I always see Bloomingdales, Barneys, Saks, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor and Macy’s.  This year you can’t beat Bergdorf Goodman’s BG Follies the sheer flash and style.

Bergdorf Goodman’s Holiday Windows – BG Follies 2012

 

Lord & Taylor’s miniatures of New York charmed the crowds and me.  Macy’s windows are full of nostalgia and charm with a sprinkling of Macy’s more interesting history scattered on the windows.

Lord & Taylor Window, 2012

The cold and wind forced us in and what better place to stop than The Rock, Rockefeller Center.  The basement has lovely restaurants and a great view of the skating rink where Santa went gliding by.  He later stopped in to grab a cup of Joe at the restaurant where we were eating.  I’ve never seen the scaffolding on the tree before as the workers are stringing the lights.

Santa on Break, Rockefeller Center 2012

One of the happiest surprises of the day was seeing that the main branch of the NYC Public Library had a special exhibit on Charles Dickens.  Seeing the first editions and some of his personal affects was really special.  Did you know that he had a collection of books with fake labels above his mantle with titles like Interviews with Nobody, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.?  There is also a tin type of the inspiration for Tiny Tim on display.  This exhibit is well worth a stop if you are in Midtown.

Dickens Exhibit in the NY Public Library

I wish I could capture the buzz of the crowd, the lovely music of the Salvation Army’s band outside Saks Fifth Avenue, and the smell of roasting chestnuts that wafts from the street vendor’s cards and the mad crush of people shopping on the main level of Macy’s department store.  But some experiences must be had for one’s self.

I hope you make it to NYC this holiday and if not, than one of these holidays.