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Understanding Picasso’s Paintings

  • Nancy Monson
"First Steps" by Pablo Picasso

For most of my life, I was no fan of Pablo Picasso’s. I just didn’t get what he was trying to do with his art. But then I took an art history class at Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut run by a sometime Yale professor who loved art…read more

MOMA and The Modern

  • Nancy Monson
Vincent Van Gogh, "The Starry Night"
A wall full of Monet's water lilies.
Robert Rauschenberg, “Signs,” 1970
Robert Rauschenberg, “Mirthday Man,” 1997
Robert Rauschenberg "Tree Frog," 1964, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Robert Rauschenberg, “Glacier (Hoarfrost),” 1974
The lounge at MoMA.
Jackson Pollock's "One Number 31," 1950.

I recently visited the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. It’s always a pleasure to view its collection of van Goghs (including his very, very famous “The Starry Night”), Monets, Cezannes and Picassos. I also enjoy the more contemporary Andy Warh…read more

Out-of-the-Way Gardens of New York City

  • Nancy Monson

A visit to New York City always conjures up visions of shows on Broadway, the Empire State Building, Battery Park and Rockefeller Center. But New York is home to some beautiful gardens, too, and I’m not just talking about Central Park in Manhattan an…read more

Viking River Cruise of the Rhine

  • Nancy Monson
View of the Rhine from a bridge in Cologne, Germany.
The Viking Hlin.

I was lucky enough this spring to go on a Viking River Cruise of the Rhine with a group of other journalists. What a convenient and relaxing way to see Europe! Read my guest post on Irene Levine’s More Time to Travel website.read more

Health Benefits of Cheese

  • Nancy Monson
A cheese plate.

I LOVE cheese, so I was happy to read the following well-researched blog post from writer Jen Miller: 15 Health Benefits of Cheese, According to Science. For the full article, including links to the references she cites below and 8 recipes, go to Jen…read more

Tea-nacious!

  • Nancy Monson
Culinary Tea by Cynthia Gold and Lise Stern
Teavana booklet

Forget wine and food pairings (or even beer and food). That’s old school. The newest trend is pairing delectable foods with aromatic tea blends, which deliver both taste and health benefits. For instance, if you’re a diehard coffee drinker, Dr. Frank…read more