Daily Diversion #423: Cincinnati Sunset

Cincinnati Sunset

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Books in Art: The Bookworm’s Table

The Bookworm's Table by Claude Raguet Hirst, circa 1890 Brooklyn Museum

The Bookworm’s Table by Claude Raguet Hirst, circa 1890. Brooklyn Museum.

Fun fact: Claude Raguet Hirst, an artist from Cincinnati, was actually a woman (real name: Claudine).

Daily Diversion #213: Eden Park

Shocking confession: Sometimes I need to flee from words. Oh, nothing permanent or long-term. It’s just that my creativity likes green things. She says it helps her think and form ideas. Fancy that!

Gazebo

The (supposedly haunted) Spring House Gazebo at Eden Park, where famed bootlegger George Remus brazenly murdered his wife, Imogene, in 1927.

Inside Gazebo

View from inside the gazebo.

Fountain

Fountain view. 

Behind the Scenes of a Blending Class at Churchill’s Fine Teas, Wherein I Confess That the Delightful Drink is My Soul Mate

Oh, tea! You are my special chum. How I love thee in every possible cliched way. Is there a writer, alive or distantly dead, who has never savored your goodness? The ghosts of your famous lovers must be everywhere. Oh, tea! Piping, steaming, swirling with heat. Homey: a silent, sympathetic witness to innumerable sorrows and hopes. Out of dainty cups, chipped cups, disposable cups, any cups at hand. Sweet or plain. Oh, tea! You are always by my side as I write or read. This, this is adoration. Please bask in that love while I tell my patient readers a story.

Tea in the Bedsitter by Harold Gilman, 1916

Tea in the Bedsitter by Harold Gilman, 1916

Every time the blonde child walked into the kitchen, she asked, aloud, the same question. “Is there anything, world, more beautiful than a brightly coloured tea tin?” It was, to be sure, a frankly odd thing for a six-year-old to think about, but think about it she did. The answer, internal rather than vocal, always echoed from her heart with happy assurance: “No! No! No!”
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