At the end of last week, I escaped the 40-degree rains and wind of New York City and flew to Palm Beach, FL. Heck, someone had to do it. I found warmth, blooms and sunshine…. a balm for this northern soul.
My travel reading was “Citizens of London” by Lynn Olson, an engrossing look WWII centering on three Americans (Ambassador John Winant, CBS journalist Edward R Murrow, and diplomat Averill Harriman). You can imagine my surprise to find Franklin and Winston in the garden (Laurence Holofcener’s 1992 bronze, “Allies”). What was fascinating about the three Americans in the book, was that they each had affairs with Churchill’s daughter-in-law or daughter! It seemed Churchill wasn’t above asking about any pillow talk either.
“Recovery”, a curvaceous bronze sculpture, was created by Grainger McKay, “This sculpture represents the right wing of a pin-tail duck in its recovery stroke the moment of its greatest weakness in flight, yet when it gathers strength for the journey ahead” reads the plaque.