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Farewell to David Rockefeller

  One of the pleasures of being a biographer is that one becomes intimate with one’s subjects without really knowing them in the flesh. So it is, after spending five years writing America’s Medicis: The Rockefellers and their Astonishing Cultural Legacy, with … Continue reading

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The Worsham-Rockefeller Dressing Room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

  Two very different women, the socially striving Arabella Worsham and the retiring Laura Spelman Rockefeller, occupied the lavish Gilded Age dressing room that joined the period rooms in the American wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning in … Continue reading

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A Spring Ritual: Central Park’s Conservatory Garden

In 1853, when it was in the planning stage, New York’s Central Park was to provide its mostly impoverished citizenry with an open country experience. It took Vaux and Olmsted twenty years to complete their assignment brilliantly. They carefully created … Continue reading

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Christmas 2014: Other People’s Holidays

My mother was a Christmas junkie. I can still smell the pine aroma of the eight-foot tree that stood in our parlor in Hanover, Germany. Beeswax candles suffused the room with flickering light and a profusion of home-baked cookies weighed … Continue reading

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Mrs. Rockefeller’s Garden on Mount Desert Island

One of my favorite places in the world is the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Seal Harbor, Maine. It is open ten or so days a year to a limited number of visitors and I usually manage to be among … Continue reading

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Opera Live and Canned

Operas, operettas, and musicals, all of which are a combination of songs, music, dance and dialogue, are an essential form of theatrical entertainment. Successful opera composers, including Verdi, Mozart, and Wagner, became folk heroes, as did their American descendants including … Continue reading

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The Eye of Nelson A. Rockefeller

In 1970 or so my husband and I went to B. Altman, the venerable Fifth Avenue department store, to view remarkably inexpensive sculptures assembled from old farm implements designed by William Heise, a sculptor from Vermont. It was rather early on … Continue reading

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