Jewish Literature Live! Presents Geraldine Brooks

George Washington University’s Department of English and Jewish Literature Live proudly present a reading by Geraldine Brooks on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7:00PM in the Marvin Center Room 308.

Australian-born Geraldine Brooks is an author and journalist who grew up in the Western suburbs of Sydney, attending Bethlehem College Ashfield and the University of Sydney. She worked as a reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald for three years as a feature writer with a special interest in environmental issues.

She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006 for her novel March. Her novels, Caleb’s Crossing and People of the Book, were New York Times best sellers. Her first novel, Year of Wonders is an an international bestseller, translated into more than 25 languages and currently optioned for a major motion picture starring Andrew Lincoln. She is also the author of the nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire, Foreign Correspondence and The Idea of Home.

This event is FREE and OPEN to the public. First come-first serve seating.

Jewish Literature Live! 2017 Schedule

Jewish Literature Live! Presents Geraldine Brooks

Current political turmoil may be due to a lack of perspective, say history advocates

NEW YORK, Mar 28, 2017 – It appears that the political turmoil among America’s youth since the November elections could be the result of a lack of perspective, according to Neme Alperstein, a recently retired teacher of gifted and talented students in the New York City Public School system since 1987.

“For those who feel there is a desperation in the air, perhaps it is because many among the younger generations are not familiar with the continuity in our democracy that ensures a peaceful transfer of power no matter which party wins an election. An understanding of our country’s history might provide the perspective and restore the faith that is lacking. That knowledge can also serve as a road map for understanding one’s rights. But, history lessons in classrooms have taken a back seat to other subjects,” she says. “American history has a prominent place in math, science and technology.”

Alperstein is one of the judges for the Grateful American Book Prize, an award designed to embolden new and established authors–and their publishers– to produce more works of fiction and nonfiction based on American history. The Prize seeks to arouse the interests of middle and high school students in exploring why and how the United States came into existence, and to learn more about the events and personalities that shaped them.

“A better knowledge of how the United States conducts its transfer of power following elections can reassure the public of American democracy’s strength. Our democracy’s foundation is grounded in the knowledge of American history.  Familiarity with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are powerful tools to enforce accountability.”

David Bruce Smith, co-founder of the Prize, agrees that by de-emphasizing history in school today’s we hamper the ability of our kids to fulfill their responsibilities as good citizens.

As educator Alperstein puts it: “For meaningful discourse and debate, children need to hear stories rooted in our nation’s history, and while those stories take many forms, all speak to nurturing citizenship that can effectively allow them to engage in the national conversation.  We are indeed fortunate to have so many accessible resources (for example, The Library of Congress, its National Digital Library, and the New-York Historical Society) that tell so many stories. Those can only help our children develop analysis and critical thinking skills, but there is so much joy in the telling. If we are to enhance understanding, a dynamic and exciting American history must convey just why it is a foundation of our democracy.  To capture our children’s imaginations, we need to start telling those stories—early–in a manner that can excite them.”

Numerous studies, polls, and quite a bit of anecdotal evidence exist which corroborates the notion that today’s children often lack knowledge about history, says Smith. Some teachers will say it is because American schools favor the so-called practical schooling in the sciences and technology, not to mention that 21st century kids probably have much too many electronic gadgets that distract them.   Meanwhile, “many Americans have forgotten we have public schools so students can become educated citizens capable of self-government,” according to education consultant Robert Pondiscio.

Smith and Dr. Bruce Cole, the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, established the Grateful American Book Prize in 2015. In addition to Smith, Cole and Alperstein, Dr. Louise Mirrer, President and CEO, New-York Historical Society, Dr. Peter S. Carmichael, The Robert C. Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies & Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, Dr. Douglas Bradburn, Author, Historian and Founding Director of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon and John Danielson, Founder of Chartwell Education Group and former Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Education also sit on the panel of judges for the Prize.

Do you KAABOO?

Just added to the calendar:

  • Sep 15-17, 2017
    KAABOO
    Del Mar Fairgrounds
    2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd
    Del Mar, CA 92014

“KAABOO was created by music lovers for music lovers. An adult escape, uniquely curated to appeal to all five of your senses, with world-class music, hilarious comedy, incredible cuisine, craft libations, inspiring contemporary art, and personal indulgences.”

The weekend’s lineup includes: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink, Muse, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Weezer, Alanis Morissette, Jane’s Addiction, Smash Mouth, Jackson Browne, Michael McDonald, The Wallflowers, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Fishbone, Dave Mason, Kesha, Ice Cube, and more.

We are scheduled to perform on Saturday, Sep 16.

Visit the KAABOO web site for ticket links and more information.

March 2017 Instagram Inspirations

Top from Left: Woven leather chair in the making, Mel Smilow—great man, designer, artist, father, and grandfather, Railback lounge chair, finished and beautiful from every angle
Bottom from Left: Woven rush dining chairs sitting pretty with a #matthewhilton dining table, Big exhaleA set of vintage woven rush lounge chairs—still modern

March Inspirations from Smilow Design’s instagram feed.

April 2017 Book Recommendations

Sloan Wilson’s, THE MAN IN THE GRAY FLANNEL SUIT; the martini-soaked Tom Rath is a disappointed corporate striver until he finds gratitude.

Judy Blume’s, IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT; a succession of three 1952 airplane crashes devastates a New Jersey community.

Dick Van Dyke’s, KEEP MOVING AND OTHER TIPS AND TRUTHS ABOUT AGING; how to stay young and vital–even at an advanced age.

Debbie Reynolds’s and Dorian Hannaway’s, UNSINKABLE: A MEMOIR; in the continuation of her story, the great actress/comedienne/dancer/entrepreneur remains unstoppable despite professional highs and lows, betrayals, and lousy husbands.

April 2017 Book Recommendations

April 2017 Book Recommendations

Sloan Wilson’s, THE MAN IN THE GRAY FLANNEL SUIT; the martini-soaked Tom Rath is a disappointed corporate striver until he finds gratitude.

Judy Blume’s, IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT; a succession of three 1952 airplane crashes devastates a New Jersey community.

Dick Van Dyke’s, KEEP MOVING AND OTHER TIPS AND TRUTHS ABOUT AGING; how to stay young and vital–even at an advanced age.

Debbie Reynolds’s and Dorian Hannaway’s, UNSINKABLE: A MEMOIR; in the continuation of her story, the great actress/comedienne/dancer/entrepreneur remains unstoppable despite professional highs and lows, betrayals, and lousy husbands.

April 2017 Book Recommendations

A Ninth Leather Color, GREY is added to the leather color choices for our leather woven collection

Our woven leather collection has always come in a choice of 8 beautiful colors including; Black, Beige, Chocolate Brown, Red, Navy Blue, British Tan, Caramel, and Wine. Now we are thrilled to  announce that we have added a NINTH choice to our selection – a rich Grey option, a detail of which is shown below. All leather woven Items are available in all 9 leather color options at the same cost.

Dering Hall Features Smilow® Furniture’s Rail Back Sofa in 60 Modern Sofa Designs

Smilow Design’s WFS 488 – Rail Back Sofa was selected by Dering Hall for their Modern Sofa Design Collection.

Whether you prefer to make a statement with bold forms or a sleeker minimal profile, we have a modern sofa to complement any design. From tufted leather to jewel toned velvets, these sofas are sure to add comfort and style to your living room design.

Dering Hall Features Smilow® Furniture’s Rail Back Sofa in 60 Modern Sofa Designs

Modernism Week in Palm Springs

A few weeks ago Modernism Week in Palm Springs came to a close. A celebration of all things mid-century, with a highlight on architecture, design, sustainable modern living, and preservation.

In our second-ever cool-community spotlight, we’re focusing on a Palm Springs. When we think of this city in southern Cali, we think of palm trees, pools, cacti, and colorful mid-century modern architecture—but there’s so much more. Palm Springs happens to have the largest concentration of mid-century modern architecture.

The vast and dramatic environment that engulfs Palm Springs inspired the specific Desert Modernism aesthetic that the city is know for—glass, clean lines, inventive materials, modern construction techniques, and an elegant inclusion of outdoor space.

Historically, a slew of talented architects were drawn to the desert and created some of the most notable buildings in the city. The most recent attraction? Last month the iconic Aluminaire House—built in all metal and constructed in ten days—was transported to Palm Springs to be permanently set up for view in a public park.

Aluminaire_Departure from Iva Kravitz on Vimeo.


Take a look at some of our favorites Palm Springs houses below.