ON THIS DAY . . .
- . . . in 1774, poet, novelist, and playwright Oliver Goldsmith died at age 45. Asked on his deathbed if his mind was at ease, he replied, "No it is not." Goldsmith was a member of the Samuel Johnson inner circle and was regarded, somewhat erroneously, as an oaf. Said Dr. Johnson about Goldsmith, "No man was more foolish when he had not a pen in his hand or more wise when he had."
- . . . in 1928, Maya Angelou was born.
- . . . in 1967, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered a speech entitled, "Beyond Vietnam" in front or 3,000 people at Riverside Church in New York City. In it, he says that there is a common link forming between the civil rights and peace movements.
- . . . in 1968, Dr. King was shot to death at a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee.
FAREWELL . . .
Architect Zaha Hadid, who died March 31 at age 65. The first woman to win the Pritzker Prize, architecture's top honor in 2004, Hadid once said: "You have to really believe not only in yourself; you have to believe that the world is actually worth your sacrifices." Following are exterior and interior photos of one of Hadid's most famous designs -- the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijani:
MAKING A NAME FOR MYSELF . . .
Over the weekend, my oldest sister emailed me the top photograph of a street sign at an intersection in a Pennsylvania borough called -- let's pause for the irony -- Mount Joy. More about this in a minute.
This image reminded me of something else that bears my name, the S. Anderson Vineyard in Napa Valley, California. According to its link, this vineyard features:
. . . unique S. Anderson Champagne Caves [which] are impressive stone rooms with eighteen foot cathedral ceilings and cobbled floors. They are a link to centuries of traditional winemaking and provide an ideal aging environment for the S. Anderson wines. The caves hold over 400,000 bottles of Champagne on the yeast [what the heck does this mean?] as well as Chardonnay and Cabernet aging in the barrel.
"An ideal aging environment." Sign me up. Needless to say, I had to try an S. Anderson champagne and it was, of course, quite lively, fresh, light and refreshing, but at times, dark and stormy and painfully intense.
I think the photo at the top of this post needs a caption . . . here's mine:
When you find yourself at a crossroads in life . . . STOP.
What's YOUR caption?
TODAY'S TRUTH . . .
(The first line of The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot is, "April is the cruellest month . . .)