Hard Times, Fewer Crimes

May 28, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 
  • crimeThe Wall Street Journal
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The economic downturn has not led to more crime—contrary to the experts’ predictions. So what explains the disconnect? Big changes in American culture, says James Q. Wilson.


CITY police officer stands outside Grand Central Terminal on May 2. Policing has become more disciplined, focused and data-driven over the past two decades. Read more

An Icon Uncovered

May 28, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 
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  • MAY 28, 2011

Ann Bonfoey Taylor was a gifted sportswoman and had a discriminating eye when it came to fashion. She graced the pages of Town & Country, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue throughout the 1950s and ’60s. Nicknamed “Nose Dive Annie,” she was an alternate on the Women’s Olympic ski team, a flight instructor for the Navy in WWII and an accomplished equestrian and tennis player.


Ms. Bonfoey Taylor, who died in 2007 at age 96, also possessed an amazingly focused collection of couture clothing that she wore between her estate in Denver, chalet in Vail and ranch in Montana. After reading about an exhibition on her at the Phoenix Museum, I wondered how Ms. Bonfoey Taylor’s name could be absent in the lineup of constantly referenced 20th-century style icons. Intent on learning more about this elegant and athletic woman, I flew to Arizona to tour the show. “Fashion Independent: The Original Style of Ann Bonfoey Taylor,” which closes this Sunday, includes couture from Balenciaga, Givenchy and Charles James along with Ms. Bonfoey Taylor’s own skiwear designs. Here are some snapshots that pull back the curtain on a life well lived.

Ms. Moss is an author and interior designer in New York.

[TAYLOR]Courtesy of Library of Congress, Toni Frissell CollectionBelle of the Ball 

Belle of the Ball

Ms. Bonfoey Taylor’s son, Vernon III, remembers coming home from school to find his mother all dressed up simply because she felt like it. Wearing a chinchilla-trimmed silk-satin dress by Madame Grès, Ms. Bonfoey Taylor pauses in the hallway of her Denver home in 1967. Green was her favored palette for evening. The paint colors she selected for her house are reflected on the walls of the museum’s exhibition, including an ash violet and obi lilac lifted from her ballroom.

[TAYLOR]Courtesy the Taylor Family/Toni FrissellNatural Woman 

Natural Woman

Near the exhibition’s entrance awaits an enormous photo of Ms. Bonfoey Taylor dressed in a Balenciaga evening coat and dress that was already 10 years old when the photo was taken by Toni Frissell. The look is classic, poised and confident—just like the woman herself.

[TAYLOR]Courtesy of Library of Congress, Toni Frissell CollectionSki Bunny 

Ski Bunny

The stylish sporting life was the only one Ms. Bonfoey Taylor knew. Here, at Vail in the ’60s, she accessorized her skiwear with Courrèges-like sunglasses and a coordinating fur hat and mittens. She preferred to wear black and white on the mountain because of the beautiful contrast it created—so modern, then and now.

[TAYLOR]Courtesy of Library of Congress, Toni Frissell CollectionStyle Soldier 

Style Soldier

Ms. Bonfoey Taylor in a custom Brooks-Van Horn military costume. She skied in uniforms from the Civil War (from both sides) as well as in her own tailor-made creations, including a matador cape and hat.

Annie Get Your Gun
[TAYLOR]Courtesy of Library of Congress, Toni Frissell CollectionAnnie Get Your Gun 

Ms. Bonfoey Taylor was a skilled hunter. Here, she wears an Hermès ensemble with a Gucci satchel in Denver, 1967.

[TAYLOR]Courtesy of Library of Congress, Toni Frissell CollectionHostess with the Most 

Hostess with the Most

Ms. Bonfoey Taylor was an enthusiastic and flawless hostess. Before throwing a dinner party, she would read up on her guests’ interests. For china, she used a range of styles, from Royal Copenhagen’s classic blue-and-white pattern to Dodie Thayer’s iconic leaf ware—also a favorite of the Duchess of Windsor and C.Z. Guest. For her arrangements, Ms. Bonfoey Taylor favored yellow and white flowers. She also had an entire room dedicated to arranging, and almost exclusively preferred simple blooms like geraniums, marigolds and Colorado carnations.

[TAYLOR]Courtesy the Taylor Family/Toni FrissellSaddle Up! 

Saddle Up!

Wherever Ms. Bonfoey Taylor traveled, sports were part of her daily routine. Pictured here at Box Elder Ranch, the Taylors’s Montana spread, she adopted classic Western attire for riding. She was authentic, original and she always dressed to suit her lifestyle. One of her guiding principles, as her granddaughter Ashley recalls: “Your look isn’t complete unless your hair is done.”

[TAYLOR]Courtesy of Library of Congress, Toni Frissell CollectionFoxy Lady 

Foxy Lady

Photographed here by Toni Frissell for Vogue in 1967, Ms. Bonfoey Taylor enjoys a post-fox-hunt drink in the library of her Denver home. A Marc Chagall painting hangs over the mantel in a room lined with 18th-century pine panelling from a country house in England. The wing chair is upholstered in yellow damask and trimmed with moss fringe. A pair of white porcelain ducks bracket the mantel edges and an English peat bucket holds extra logs—charming details she painstakingly attended to.

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Edward Albee, New York Times Article

May 28, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Edward Albee, the leading American playwright of his generation, has been confounding, challenging and stimulating theater audiences for almost half a century. Read more

Maria Sharapova Biography

May 28, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Egypt says historical sites will reopen Sunday Valuable statue of King Tut’s dad, one of 18 stolen antiquities, is recovered

May 27, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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By Christopher Torchia
updated 2/17/2011 6:43:49 PM ET
mideast egypt
Valuable statue of King Tut’s dad, one of 18 stolen antiquities, is recovered
“There have also been many reports of attacks
on archaeological lands through the building
of houses and illegal digging,” it said.
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The American Flag: History and Proper Display

May 24, 2011 · Posted in America, American Flag · Comment 

American Flag
Congress first approved the flag on June 14, 1777.

This date is now observed as Flag Day throughout America. It was first stated that there be a star and stripe for each state, making thirteen of both. Over the years, the number of stars has been changed to include one star for each of the 50 states, while the stripes remained the same to represent the 13 original colonies.


Later, the colors of the flag were given special meaning. The red is for valor and zeal – white is for hope, purity, and cleanliness of life – and blue, the color of heaven, loyalty, sincerity, justice, and truth.

The name “OLD GLORY” was given to our National Flag on August 10, 1831.
The flag means the spirit of liberty and human freedom.

Proper Display of Flag
* Display of the American flag is usually from sunrise to sunset.

* The flag should be displayed daily on or near the main building of every public place and during school days in or near every schoolhouse.

* Flags are flown at half-staff to show grief for lives lost. When the flag is flown at half-staff, it should be pulled to the top for a moment, and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should then be raised to the top before it is lowered for the day.

* When two or more flags are flown from the same pole, the American flag must be on top.

* When displayed with another flag against a wall, the U.S. flag should be on its own right (left to a person facing the wall).

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