Time for another [
completely random] expertly curated list of recent favorites and curiosities! Herewith: Four years ago I heard Connie Brown of Redstone Studios talk about her hand drawn, hand painted maps and was hooked. I was even more impressed when I read that she has no formal cartographic training. Learn more about her work and view additional images here: Your Road Trip, Reimagined as a Glorious 16th Century Map. Did you see this hand painted color guide from 1692 when it was making the social media rounds? It’s the old, old Pantone.
Ah, the dream of having millions in the bank! Think of all that time to travel, to read, to create…dollhouse death scenes. Francis Glessner Lee could have been a lady who lunched. Instead she pursued her amateur passion for forensics and in the process permanently changed the way crime scenes and evidence are handled by investigators and medical examiners in the United States. Read her full story here: Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. I’ve been watching AMC’s new show Turn, and learning all about the revolutionary spy ring that helped win America’s War of Independence. While most of the action takes place on Long Island, I was excited to see my childhood hometown make an appearance (Washington’s Headquarters) and intrigued to learn that some the action took place on the now-abandoned Shooter’s Island, just off of Staten Island. Have you ever heard of Shooter’s Island? I hadn’t, but now I want to visit.
Do you have some favorites and / or recommendations to share? I am always looking for new reads, shows, and adventures. Happy to summer to all!