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As the sun sets on the ides of August, I bring you one of the most annoying things that can happen at a horse show: the open in-gate. An open in-gate is exactly what it sounds like…the entrance to the arena is empty. Everyone is waiting for the next competitor. The judge is annoyed. The other competitors are cooling their jets trying to quash their nerves, worried that their trainer is going to put them in out of order. There is gossip about the inexperienced trainer who is somewhere else, holding up the show.... [Read More]
There can only be one reason why Tschiakovsky’s 1812 Overture has become such a fixture at Independence Day celebrations.
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I’ve had the opportunity to visit several Presidential libraries, homes and historic places. Most of the ones I have visited are centered around a home. Visiting Spiegel Grove, Rutherford B. Hayes’s home in Fremont, Ohio, is a quiet affair…a lovely home, a library for research, his final resting place. Mount Vernon, the magnificent home and final resting place of George Washington, has a sprawling museum and estate and has been lovingly cared for by the Mount Vernon Ladies Association since the 1850s. Other homes include those of Harry S. Truman, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and FDR.
Some Presidential libraries lack a home, but have outstanding museums and artifacts. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL tends toward the Disney-esque, with life-size dioramas and high-tech holographics along with a rotating display of artifacts in a more traditional portion of the museum. The outstanding Library is across the street from the museum; Lincoln’s home, operated by the National Park Service, is across town and his tomb is also nearby.... [Read More]