Category Archives: Drawings & Paintings

Mermans and Mermaids

Hans Christian Andersen was an ugly duckling who tried all his life to become a swan. Born in Denmark in 1805, his childhood was dominated by poverty, mismatched parents, and an ambiguous sexual identity. Attracted to both men and women, … Continue reading

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Effie or Effigy?

Sir Coutts Lindsay and his wealthy Rothschild wife, Blanche, were both amateur artists who’d aspired for more. What they didn’t have in terms of talent, they made up for in terms of money. So in 1877 they opened The Grosvenor … Continue reading

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Tea & the Spanish Steps

Right next to Rome’s Spanish Steps is the Babington Tea Room. It was established in 1893 by Isabel Cargill and Anna Maria Babington. They, like many other ex-pats, came to Rome in hopes of creating a new lifestyle for themselves. … Continue reading

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Tallulah Bankhead and Insomnia

Tallulah Bankhead suffered from insomnia. It was easier for her to fall asleep if one of her gay friends held her hand. Their contact worked better than drugs. -30-

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The Power of Intention

Sometimes it’s difficult to focus when smoke is blown into our face. Sometimes we are the ones doing the blowing. Sometimes we are distracted from what we need to do because our intentions are not clear. In the Age of … Continue reading

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