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THRU THE EYES OF JO LEE ———————————————————————————

Le RegaRd de Jo Lee | A Través De Los OJos De Jo Lee | Durch Die Augen Von Jo Lee |

透 過 眼 睛 的 Jo Lee

Dining With Josephina Lee

By Jo Lee For JO LEE Magazine

New York/San Francisco/Hong Kong/London/Tokyo/Rome/Toronto

How often have you thought

about the extraordinary

adventure you might experience

if given the opportunity to

transport your dining dreams

into one of the many exciting

moments of your life? Just

think: the opulence of your

décor; the splendor of your

table, all designed by you.

Dear friends – it so happens

that amongst my very favorite

china is Versace Le Jardin –

Butterfly Garden. Perhaps

because I love yellow butterflies.

However, this writing is not

about me but rather it’s about

everything you love about

dining.

Soirée In Time

The feuds and non-feuds, the

intrigues and the celebrations of

the chic, the talented, the

glittering, the lovely, the

wonderful, the adorable, and

the grand are all set aside for an

intimate dinner by you.

Imagine…

Awash in candlelight amongst

your very favorite china – your

evening takes on an allure of the

elegance you are wanting to

portray with cut crystal for wine

and champagne and perhaps a

gilt bronze and crystal

candelabrum to light your

jubilantly luxurious table for

two or six or even more.

The game for this evening is

yours: pieces sparkle; ambiance

is mysterious, and you are the

master who now sets the

evening in motion to create a

winning delight of the senses as

only you are able.

Shall we call the evening “Soirée

In Time”? How it plays out is

now dependent on your last

move – an aged French wine or

the splendor of a marvelous

liqueur.

E saluti my friends – from the

warmth of your home to my

sweet, Italian pied-à-terre in

Toronto, Canada.

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The Group Of 16

Seats of Power

For our 2021 Power Issue we treat you to a tour of Seats

of Power where world leaders reside with their families.

By Susan Berger

New York/San Francisco/Hong Kong/ London/Tokyo/

Rome/Toronto

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The Rich & The Famous

Illumination Part One

By Mark Raynes Roberts

London/Toronto

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Mansions & Millionaires

Werdenberg Castle

By Victoria Franciosa

Rome/Toronto

Features

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The Marvelous Maverick

Dogs And Pigeons:

Conflict And Humanity

By H. Gail Regan

Toronto, Canada

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Pros & Ex.Cons

Continued Prosperity?

By Stanley J. Dorst

San Francisco, California

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Intoxicating Opinions

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Sensing The Unseen

Stillness In The Eyes Of The World

By Alan Briskin

San Francisco, California

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Future On The Edge

Dealing With A Deadly Pandemic

By Dr. Rose A. Dyson

Toronto, Canada

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Ubiquitous

By Victoria Franciosa

Rome/Toronto

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The Private Museums

University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor

By Julie Rekai Richerd

Toronto, Canada

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When Angels Cry

Having The Opportunity "To Live"!

By Kelechi Eleanya

The Niger Delta, Nigeria

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Synaptic Transmission

On Resilience During A Pandemic

By James T. Rutka, MD

Toronto, Canada

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Nostalgia And You

Sophia, Jane, Liberace, Marilyn

By Kerry Baker

Brisbane, Australia

Travel

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Yes, Virginia!

New Zealand

By Lois M. Gordon

Silicon Valley, California

Philanthropic

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Pizzazz

To Win Go Within

By Kathleen Mailliard Solmssen

San Francisco, California

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The Glamorous Life Of An Author

Swiss Investment Accounts

By Al Emid

Toronto, Canada

Indulgences

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Contributors

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The Poet’s Corner

By Joan Chisholm, Vera Resnik & Gary Sweeney

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Editor at Large

Forest Bathing

By Carla Dragnea

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Limoncello

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Wits End

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CONTRIBUTORS ————————————————————————————————-

Susan Berger

The Group of 16

Susan Berger, after a successful career in

finance, embraced journalism as JO LEE

Magazine’s Marketing Editor and writer of

The Group Of 16. Previously, Susan held

financial positions with major institutions including TD Financial

Group and Alliance Atlantis Communications.

Kerry Baker

Nostalgia and You

Kerry Baker has been a student, lover and

aficionado of Film from his pre double

figure age range. He loves to write of his

reactions and impressions after seeing new

release movies and indeed, his abject immersion in reel life at times

may have rivalled his existence in real life.

Alan Briskin

Sensing The Unseen

Alan Briskin is an author, artist, and pioneer

in the field of organizational learning. His

co- authored “The Power of Collective

Wisdom” won the Nautilus Book Award in

Leadership. His work is distinguished by a grasp of unseen forces

underlying our actions.

Joan Chisholm

The Poet’s Corner

Joan Chisholm’s drive is being an example of

how to live a life of excellence. Her book

“Spirit Love”, Barnes & Noble & Amazon

websites, is a transcendental and practical

memoir about fulfilling your life’s dreams

and passions.

Stanley J. Dorst

Pros & Ex.Cons

Stanley J. Dorst is a retired officer of

Chevron Land Development Co. and CEO

of Grosvenor Development Co. He’s been

advisor to European governments and

private companies as Vice-President of The International Urban

Development Association and advisor for The International

Executive Service Corps on behalf of the United States State

Department Agency for International Development.

Carla Dragnea

Editor at Large

Carla Dragnea is a Biologist whose interest

in feature writing has encompassed ‘the

study of life’. In September, 2008, she was

appointed Intellectual Advisor to the YES!

E-Help Campus which assists 44+ million young people worldwide

with their problems. campusatyes.com

Rose A. Dyson

Future On The Edge

Rose A. Dyson, EdD, media education

consultant experienced in nursing

psychiatry, psychology and the arts, is

president of Canadians Concerned About

Violence in Entertainment. She was cofounder

of the 1996 International Cultural Environment

Movement, and serves on executive committees for Canadian Peace

Research Association and World Federalists, Toronto Branch.

Kelechi Eleanya

When Angels Cry

Kelechi Eleanya is an economist and a

committed development expert with the

UNDP. He holds a degree in Renewable

Natural Resources Management and a

Master’s in Forest Economics.

Al Emid

The Glamours Life of an

Author

Al Emid’s career spans 50+ years in

communicating ideas, concepts and

information as a producer, broadcaster, and

as a journalist with bylines in various financial publications in several

countries. In addition, Al has been a Business Studies Instructor at

the community college level. In May 2019, we saw Al’s

latest eBook release on Volatility.

Victoria Franciosa

Mansions & Millionaires

Victoria

Franciosa’s background in Art History has

afforded her a unique approach to branding

and advertising on the world stage. She is

one of the founding members of

AmpedMediaStudios as well as founder and head designer of Bishop

& Medusa.


Lois M. Gordon

Yes, Virginia! Come – Explore

with Me

Lois M. Gordon is a world traveler and

resides in California’s Silicon Valley. She has

spent her life as wife and mother, chairing

several committees and indulging in her passion for reading and

writing poetry.

Farhad Nargol-O’Neill

Varied Influences

Farhad Nargol-O’Neill, self-taught in

sculptural works in metal, has seen his work

in private, public, diplomatic commissions,

and exhibitions in many parts of the globe.

In 2014, Farhad began the five year design and carving, then casting,

gilding and installation of the bas-reliefs (the complete Rosary story}

for the Marian Doors now installed in the beautiful St. Michael’s

Cathedral Basilica, in Toronto.

Dr. Margaret R. O’Keeffe

Umanzio

The Poet’s Corner

Dr. Margaret R. O’Keeffe Umanzio, Peggy,

has been an advisor to CEOs and corporate

executive teams. She was a cofounder of the

first fully-integrated alternative public school in the U.S., has

lectured at Boston University as well as at Stanford, Berkeley and

Tufts. She is currently writing a book titled Delivering on the

Promise.

H. Gail Regan

The Marvelous Maverick

Gail Regan is vice-chair of Cara Operations,

retired. She chairs Energy Probe Research

Foundation and is a member of the

Canadian Association of Family Enterprise.

She has a PhD in Educational Theory and an M.B.A. in Finance.

Her background in sociology and personal experience of business has

given her an intellectual interest in the problem of evil.

Julie Rekai Rickerd

The Private Museums

Julie Rekai Rickerd is a travel and arts

journalist who specializes in discovering

private museums around the globe, finding

many on each of the seven continents she

has visited. Antarctica being unlike any of the others. The entire

continent is a fascinating private museum with the cleanest air on

the face of the earth.

Vera Resnik

The Poet’s Corner

Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Vera Resnik

lost most of her family in the Holocaust.

Her volunteer work in the New Jersey court

system – as a conflict resolution resource

and advocate for children’s rights – led to a court appointment to the

child review committee. Today, Vera’s writings are widely read.

Mark Raynes Roberts

The Rich & The Famous

Mark Raynes Roberts is Principal of Raynes

Art + Design Ltd, an internationally

recognized crystal art and design firm,

providing interior design solutions for

luxury environments. Born and trained in England, his sculptures

can be found in private and corporate art collections around the

world.

Dr. James T. Rutka

Synaptic Transmission

Dr. James T. Rutka is the R.S. McLaughlin

Chair, Department of Surgery, University of

Toronto, Director of The Arthur and Sonia

Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre, and

pediatric neurosurgeon at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto,

Canada. He has served as President of AANS, AAcNS and World

Academy of Neurological Surgery. He is Editor-in- Chief of the

Journal of Neurosurgery.

Kathleen Mailliard

Solmssen

Pizzazz

Renowned designer, writer, successful

photographer, hilarious speaker, chef,

mixologist Kathleen Mailliard Solmssen

resides in the magnificent outskirts of San Francisco. Her

pinterest.com/fashionandflair and fashionwithflair.blogspot.com is

filled with life lessons and laughter, exquisitely mirrored in her

column Pizzazz.

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THE MARVELOUS MAVERICK —————————————————————————-

Le MeRveiLLeux MaveRick | La MaRaviLLosa MaveRick | die WundeRbaRe MaveRick |

MarveLous 的 ⼼ 跳 撩 撥 到 連

Dogs and Pigeons: Conflict And Humanity

By H. Gail Regan

Toronto – Canada

During the Cuban Missile

Crisis, I was a college

sophomore just starting social

psychology. I was trying to

understand the difference

between the American approach

to basic learning (operant

conditioning, Skinner, pigeons)

and the Soviet (classical

conditioning, Pavlov, bells,

dogs). Somehow I knew that

the difference in curriculum for

the pigeons and the dogs was

causing the Cold War, but I

could not explain how. Now I

find a contentious polarity at

stake, disrupting everyday life

today.

In a remote Canadian area, I

attended a summertime,

socially-distanced luncheon with

relatives, houseguests and dropin

guests. Two of the teenage

girls ate their lunch right away

and then went boating with an

adult. A younger teenage boy

held back, but had wanted to

spend the afternoon with one of

the girls and was disappointed.

She was distressed that she had

inadvertently hurt him.

I used the language of gender

difference to soothe her. “Oh,”

I said, “he is old enough to have

feelings for you but not mature

enough to understand your

autonomy. You had things to

do and were not available.” This

pronouncement seemed to calm

her, although she had trouble

with the word “autonomy”.

As I think about this incident, I

believe there is more to it than a

little bit of romance. The girl

was like one of Skinner’s

pigeons. She had worked hard

all summer and now it was

reward time – lunch and boat

ride. The boy was more

Pavlovian. He wanted to wait

through the afternoon for the

bell to ring, for things to

develop.

I once saw a film about

Skinner’s pigeons that had been

trained to turn right. When the

experimenter changed the

protocol and rewarded only

turns to the left, some got very

angry and flew at the food

dispenser, hitting it with their

beaks.

The Cold War resolved! So

now, why can’t we live in a

Skinnerian universe if we want

to? Why do we contain

ourselves and wait like caged

dogs in a Pavlovian paradigm?

It seems to me that there is a lot

to wait for nowadays – the end

of the pandemic, the recovery of

our economy, the perfection of

alternate energy, social justice.

Some of us long for the good

times, like Pavlov’s dogs. Some

of us are frustrated and lose our

tempers, like Skinner’s pigeons.

Being human is hard.

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Continued Prosperity?

By Stanley J. Dorst

San Francisco – California

The Democrat Party’s campaign

centered on the problems with

Donald Trump and suggested

that because of him we should

have voted for Democrats.

Actually, the fact is that we

should vote for the party that

we feel will do the best job for

us.

Prior to COVID-19, the

Republican Party had shown

how it would bring continued

prosperity. In fact, we are the

richest county in the world.

This is not an accident.

World history shows that

capitalism brings more

prosperity than the other

economic systems (socialism

and monarchy or dictatorship).

Capitalism is based upon

balance of power and utilization

of resources. Granting the

means of production to be in

the hands of entrepreneurs

allows the economy to achieve

excellence in every field of the

economy. Socialism allows

elected politicians to run all the

businesses based upon their

political power.

We know that public works

projects run by politicians

invariably run over budgets and

lacks both economic and

technical know-how. As a

result, Socialist countries are

either broke or poor.

Also, under capitalism, the

government oversees the

economy and passes regulations

to improve performance and

prosperity as a check on

business activity. Also, given

more money the government

can distribute it as it feels is fair

and beneficial.

Whether the Democratic Party

is technically socialist is

irrelevant. Their support and

policies are. So, you may not

like Trump but somewhere,

somehow – he is our ticket to

prosperity for all.

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Indulgences | las IndulgencIas | ablässe | 本 質 、 嗜 好

The Poet’s Corner

I Hold That

Imagine those colorful waves, those experiences

that warm the ice of reason. Travel as you must, in

no particular pattern, but rather, in the embrace of

a thousand years that weigh no more than seconds.

Allow the possibilities to become unfulfilled

realities, which in turn, you bring to the surface of

light. To say something is possible, leaves breath in

its nemesis, impossibility. I hold that, things are

already done, and my traveling is a perpetual game

board of stops and passes.

© Gary Sweeney

Elemental

Perhaps we are meant to live on a beach all day

And spawn after the pageant of nerves

Below our belt button

Is satiated from pleasure.

Not unlike salmon leaping over heroic and

impossible heights

towards higher and higher rivers of home.

Perhaps creating and giving birth

Or seeking a higher purpose is our purpose.

Clouds

Hold on, tightly, as we lasso our celestial transport,

a winged chariot cloud.

Gallop through wisps of milky Cirrus.

Wave farewell to night’s zillion twinklers,

the fading brightness orb, a solitary shining

chandelier.

Greet mornings golden rays.

Drift on wind driven tufts of fluffy down

to the clouds of discovery known as the Three Bs.

Birds. Butterflies. Beauty.

Swoop down, land on Bird Cloud.

Listen to jeweled songs, symphonies.

See incredible diversity, balance, coloration, a richly

complex life.

Flutter silently to Butterfly Cloud of possibilities.

Metamorphose

Transcend the unremarkable

Enjoy the sweet nectar of life

Bask in the sun.

Be a cloud.

© Vera Resnik

Was it you smoking up my inside leg?

Hot breath flaming my desire.

© Joan Chisholm

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la détectIon de l’InvIsIble | la deteccIón de la unsee | dIe unsIchtbare | 偵 測 到 不 可

opposite: Stillness is the canvass against which movement can become beautiful. We can only appreciate

movement against the background of silence. Were everything kinetic, we could not know what movement

is. As sound is sistered to silence, movement is sistered to stillness. John O’Donohue

below: In the eyes of the world, I am an average man. But to my heart I am not an average man. To my

heart I am of great moment. The challenge I face is how to actualize the quiet eminence of my being.

Abraham Joshua Heschel

Stillness In The Eyes Of The World

By Alan Briskin

San Francisco – California

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Austria

Hofburg Palace

By Susan Berger

New York / San Francisco / Hong Kong / London / Tokyo /

Rome / Toronto

One of the largest palace complexes in the world, the Hofburg Imperial

Palace has housed every Austrian ruler since 1275, most of whom ordered

additions or alterations. Originally a medieval fortified castle, it now

contains 700 years of architectural styles, including Gothic, Renaissance,

Baroque and Rococco. Considered a “city within a city”, it covers 240,000

square meters in the center of Vienna and contains 18 groups of buildings,

magnificent gardens, 19 courtyards and 2600 rooms.

The Hofburg, which means “Castle of the Court” was, until the end of

World War I, the residence and political center of the Hasbsburg emperors

and the kings of the Holy Roman Empire. The oldest part of the Hofburg

is the Alte Burg, or Old Fortress, which, since the 18th century, has been

called the Schweizertrakt (Swiss Wing) after the Swiss Guards who

protected the palace. The Royal Chapel, or Burgkapelle, dates from the

13th century and is the home of the renowned Vienna Boys’ choir, which

can be seen today during Sunay mass services. The Court Library, built in

the 18th century to house the Habsburgs’ collection of books, is now the

Austrian National Library. Since 1918 the palace has been the center of

government for the democratic Republic of Austria. The current President

lives in the Leopoldine Wing, which sits above what was at one time the

massive three-story Hofburg imperial wine cellar.

In addition to being the seat of government, it is also a tourist attraction,

and visitors can tour the Imperial Apartments, where the last monarch,

Empress Elisabeth, lived, as well as the Sisi Museum, the Silver Collection

and the Spanish Riding School, active since 1565, where Lipizzan horses are

trained and perform.

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Brazil

Palacio da Alvorada

By Susan Berger

New York / San Francisco / Hong Kong / London / Tokyo /

Rome / Toronto

The official residence of the President of Brazil, Palacio da Alvorada, is

situated on a peninsula in Lake Paranoa in the capital city of Brasilia. The

name, which means “Palace of the Dawn”, was taken from President

Kubitschek de Oliveira’s remarks when he established the new national

capital of Brasilia in 1960: “What is Brasilia, if not the dawn of a new day

for Brazil?”

The modernist style building, made of marble, glass and water, was the first

major building completed in Brasilia and was a symbol at the time of the

modern architectural movement in Brazil and of the cultural and technical

progress of the country. It is comprised of three floors, one below ground

and two above. The lowest level contains a movie theatre, game room,

kitchen, and medical center. On the ground floor, the Waiting Room, State

Room, Dining Room and Banquet Room are used by the presidency for

official receptions. The President spends the bulk of his time on the second

floor in the official residence, where there are also two guest apartments.

The presidential quarters are a series of rooms with floor-to-ceiling glass

walls overlooking the lake. The palace also contains a library, an Olympicsized

swimming pool, and a music room. A heliport and the palace chapel

are located in adjacent buildings.

The architect of the palace, Oscar Niemeyer, noted that it was designed to

reflect Brazil’s historical roots, with the wide veranda surrounding the

building reminiscent of the country’s old farm houses.

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Brunei

Istana Nurul Iman

By Susan Berger

New York / San Francisco / Hong Kong / London / Tokyo /

Rome / Toronto

In 1981, while Brunei was still a British protectorate, the Sultan Hassanal

Bolkiah commissioned a new palace near the capital city, Bandar Seri

Begawan, spending $1.5 billion. Independence was achieved in 1984, and

it is now recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest

residential palace.

Translated as the Palace of the Light of the Faith, Istana Nurul Iman is the

residence of the Sultan of Brunei and his family as well as the seat of the

government. Located on the banks of the Brunei River, a few kilometers

from the capital, the curved roofs and the large golden dome of the palace

mosque rise above the surrounding green trees. The extravagant palace

covers 2,000,000 square feet and contains 1,788 rooms, more than 250

bathrooms, 44 staircases, five swimming pools, a 110-car garage, an airconditioned

stable for the Sultan’s horses, a banquet hall that can seat 5,000

guests, and a mosque that can accommodate 1,500 worshippers. The

interior was constructed from 38 different kinds of marble, and is decorated

with Chinese silks, English chandeliers, and accented in gold.

Every year, at the end of Ramadan during Hari Raya, the palace is opened

to the public. This is known as “rumah terbuka”, meaning “open house”.

For three days, anyone can visit the palace and be given a meal of Malay

and Bruneian dishes. After the meal guests can queue, potentially for

hours, to meet the Sultan or the Queen.

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China

Zhongnanhai

By Susan Berger

New York / San Francisco / Hong Kong / London / Tokyo /

Rome / Toronto

The Zhongnanhai complex was first built over a thousand years ago in the

Liao Dynasty, 907 – 1125 AD, as a royal garden. The site, located in

central Beijing near the Forbidden City, covers the area known as the

Central and Southern Seas, which are actually large lakes. The main

structure of the garden was constructed in the Ming Dynasty in the 1400s,

when the Empire designated Beijing as the capital city and built the

Forbidden City.

By the twentieth century, Zhongnanhai was being used as the seat of the

central government, and the Empress Dowager Cixi built a residence there

instead of in the Forbidden City. With the founding of the Chinese

Communist Party, the top party leaders worked and resided in the complex.

Chairman Mao took up residence in Zhongnanhai after the establishment

of the People’s Republic of China. His personal space included the Library

of Chrysanthemum Fragrance, the contents of which are now in a museum,

and a large indoor swimming pool. The most important entrance to the

complex is the Xinhua Gate, or the Gate of New China, which is

surrounded by two slogans stating, “Long live the great Communist Party

of China” and “Long live the invincible Mao Zedong thought”. Behind the

entrance is a traditional screen wall showing the words “Serve the People”

written in the handwriting of Mao.

With a brief exception after the Cultural Revolution, the site has not been

open to the public. Although Zhongnanhai is their formal residence, in

modern times many party leaders, including Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping, have

chosen to live elsewhere in the city.

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Egypt

Heliopolis Palace

By Susan Berger

New York / San Francisco / Hong Kong / London / Tokyo /

Rome / Toronto

Constructed in 1910 in the outskirts of Cairo by a French company that

introduced luxury hotels in Africa, Heliopolis Palace was inaugurated as the

Heliopolis Palace Hotel, and was considered the most luxurious and largest

hotel in Africa and the Middle East.

The hotel, a combination of Islamic, European, Persian and Moorish

architecture, which ultimately became known as the Heliopolis Style, had

500 rooms, 55 private apartments, spacious halls and a dome rising 55

meters from the ground. The rooms were furnished in the style of Louis

XIV and XV and were filled with oriental carpets and elaborate crystal

chandeliers. In the basement there is a railway along with the building’s

offices and kitchens. During the First and Second World Wars, the hotel

was converted into a British military hospital. After the Second World War,

tourism increased in Egypt and huge hotels developed along the Nile,

forcing the Heliopolis Palace to close. It was purchased by the Egyptian

government in 1958 and converted into governmental offices. In 1972,

under Anwar Sadat, the building became the headquarters of the Federation

of Arab Republics, a short-lived union among Egypt, Libya and Syria.

In the 1980s, after extensive renovations, the Heliopolis Palace became the

seat of the government and the official residence of Hosni Mubarak, where

he lived for 30 years. Today it is the official residence and workplace of the

Egyptian Presidency and is where the President receives official visiting

delegations.

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France

Élysée Palace

By Susan Berger

New York / San Francisco / Hong Kong / London / Tokyo /

Rome / Toronto

Built in 1722 outside Paris on a grassy hill surrounded by farms, the Élysée

Palace was initially a private mansion for the Comte d’Evreux. After his

death, King Louis XV purchased the house for his mistress, and it

continued to change hands over the centuries. During the French

Revolution, it was confiscated and leased out, and in 1808 it was purchased

by Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France, who named it the Élysée-

Napoleon, from where he ultimately signed his abdication. The Élysée

Palace became the office residence of the presidents of France in 1873, and

has remained a symbol of extravagance, power and diplomacy ever since.

Located in the heart of present-day Paris on Rue du Faubourg Saint-

Honoré near the Champs-Élysées, from which it took its name, the palace

contains 365 rooms, salons and offices, filled with 200 tapestries, rare

porcelain, chandeliers and a collection of 320 antique pendulum clocks.

The inside is covered with gold details and filled with French art and

furniture. Approximately 800 staff members, including 350 soldiers, tend

to the palace, including thousands of pieces of furniture, 6,500 pieces of

tableware and 90 tablecloths. Each year in excess of 2,000 bottles of grandcrus

wines are served in 3,000 Baccarat crystal glasses.

The large ballroom is the centerpiece of the palace and is used for the

president’s inauguration as well as official banquets and conferences. The

Sale Doré, or the “golden room”, is the president’s office, from where the

kings and presidents of France have wielded their power. The palace is open

to visitors only on European Heritage Days.

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India

Rashtrapati Bhavan

By Susan Berger

New York / San Francisco / Hong Kong / London / Tokyo / Rome /

Toronto

In 1911, King George V, King of the United Kingdom and Emperor of India,

announced that India was to build a new capital: New Delhi. Three hundred

families were evicted from their homes to clear land for the site, which would

include a new home for the British Viceroy of India. It was to be an “empire in

stone,” symbolizing the permanence of British rule in India. The 200,000 squarefoot

mansion consisted of four floors, 340 rooms and 227 columns. The house was

built from the pink and cream sandstone used by the Mughals and the Rajputs in

their palaces, and it reflects a blend of European and Mughal architecture. On his

first visit to the Viceroy’s House, Mahatma Gandhi carried salt for his tea as an

indication of his protest against the British Salt Tax. When India became a republic

the Viceroy’s House was renamed Rashtrapati Bhavan, meaning the President’s

House, and in 1948 Rajendra Prasad became the first president to reside there.

The complex is a self-contained area in the capital, encompassing the main

building, the President’s Bodyguard, spectacular gardens and water features, as well

as everything needed for a secluded town of 2,000 employees and their families.

The most prominent feature of the building is the enormous dome built to

resemble the great Stupa at Sanchi. Under the dome is the Durbar Hall, formerly

known as the Throne Room. 42 feet high and encased in white marble, the room is

the location of most investiture ceremonies. The Guest Wing, with its Burmese

teak panels, European chandeliers and Kashmiri carpets, is occupied by visiting

heads of state. All formal presidential dinners in honor of visiting heads of state

take place in the Banquet Hall. On each alternate step of the grand stairway is a

presidential guard in full regalia, lance in hand. Each guest is announced by the

President, is given sheet music to help them follow the music being played, and is

assisted by a personal footman behind each chair. The formal Cabinet Room, used

for meetings with the President, contains a mural that shows the route, by air and

sea, from India to the British Isles. A beautiful library is inlaid with white and

sandstone-colored stone, and rare first editions are stacked in specially designed

glass-fronted shelving.

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Italy

Quirinal Palace

By Susan Berger

New York / San Francisco / Hong Kong / London / Tokyo /

Rome / Toronto

The official residence of the President of Italy since 1947, the Quirinal

Palace stands on the highest of Rome’s seven hills, the Quirinal. With its

distance from the humidity and smell emanating from the Tiber River, the

hill had been a popular location for Roman patricians, who built their villas

there.

The palace was constructed by Pope Gregory XIII in 1583 as his summer

papal residence. In 1809, after Napoleonic troops occupied Rome and

deported the Pope to France, the Quirinal Palace was fixed up to be

Napoleon’s permanent residence, which ultimately did not occur. The

palace held papal conclaves four times, and served as a papal residence until

1870, when the Papal State was overthrown and Rome became the capital

of the newly created Kingdom of Italy. It then became the home of the

Royal Family until the monarchy was abolished. Before becoming the

residence of the President, the palace housed thirty Popes and four Kings.

Over the years the palace has been decorated in a variety of styles. It has a

chinoiserie salon, a Rococo library and fireplaces decorated with Roman

mosaics from Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli. The Pauline Chapel, with its

beautiful gilded stucco ceiling, was challenging to decorate, as artists did

not want to compete with Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel.

The bulk of the decorations in the palace are furniture, paintings and

tapestries from other royal palaces around Italy. The only items left from

the papal period are a collection of oriental vases, several console tables, and

a few paintings. The palace is open to the public.

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Liechtenstein

Vaduz Castle

By Susan Berger

New York / San Francisco / Hong Kong / London / Tokyo /

Rome / Toronto

Wedged between Switzerland and Austria lies the country of Liechtenstein.

With an area of 160 square kilometers and a population of 37,000 people,

it is the sixth smallest country in the world. Its head of state is the Prince of

Liechtenstein, who resides in Vaduz Castle.

The castle was first mentioned in 1322, when it functioned as a fortress to

control trade routes through the Alpine Pass. In 1712 it was acquired by

the Princely Family of Liechtenstein of Lower Austria and designated their

official residence. At the same time, the Holy Roman Emperor combined

two territories into the present Principality of Liechtenstein. The castle

quickly fell into disrepair due to wars and economic hardships, and was

abandoned by the royal family until 1939, when it was restored and became

the home of Prince Franz Josef II. It sits atop a hill 120 meters high

overlooking the city of Vaduz, which took its name from the castle.

Consisting of 130 rooms divided into several apartments, the castle is

occupied by various members of the royal family. Although many of the

castle’s artefacts were sold off after the Second World War to fund the

principality, many valuable works of art from the Renaissance and Baroque

periods remain. The Chapel of St. Anne, located within the complex, dates

to the Middle Ages. It is here that the royal family attends weekly mass and

the government of Liechtenstein is sworn in. The castle is closed to the

public except on August 15, Liechtenstein’s National Day, when the Prince

invites the residents of the principality to have a beer in the gardens.

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Peru

Government Palace

By Susan Berger

New York / San Francisco / Hong Kong / London / Tokyo /

Rome / Toronto

Founded by Spanish conquerors in 1535, the city of Lima became the

capital of the new Viceroyalty of Peru. Francisco Pizarro, the first Viceroy,

built a small two-story adobe residence for himself in what is now Lima’s

Main Square, or Plaza Mayor, and his shield still decorates the main portal.

Destruction from earthquakes and fires over the years led to constant

rebuilding, restoring, remodeling and enlarging the palace. Today a fig tree

ostensibly planted by Pizarro is thought to be the only item remaining from

the original building. The palace was the residence of the Viceroys until

Peruvian independence in 1821, and since then it has served as the seat of

the Peruvian government as well as the residence of the president. In 1921

a fire destroyed much of the building, and a replacement building was

constructed and completed in 1938.

The palace has magnificent ceremonial rooms, many decorated in French

19th century style, which are named after renowned figures of Peruvian

history. At the entrance is a two-story oval salon constructed of bronze.

Particularly beautiful is the “Golden Room”, decorated with Louis XV

paintings, chandeliers and an ornate vaulted ceiling. The president’s private

rooms are located on the second floor.

Six days a week, an elaborate changing of guard takes place in the front of

the palace, which can be viewed by the public. The interior of the palace is

closed to the public, however a visit is possible by making an appointment

with the public relations office.

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Russia

The Kremlin

By Susan Berger

New York / San Francisco / Hong Kong / London / Tokyo /

Rome / Toronto

Overlooking Red Square and the Moscow River, the Kremlin sits on top of

Borovitsky Hill in the center of Moscow. A fortified complex made up of

more than 15 buildings, 20 towers, palaces, cathedrals, museums and

gardens, its walls are up to 21 feet thick. The compound is protected by an

elite military guard, known as the Presidential Regiment, whose members

are required to be able to hear a whisper from 20 feet away. It has been the

official residence of the President of Russia since 1991.

Construction began on the complex in the 14th century, and was the

religious center of the Russian Orthodox Church as well as the residence of

the Tsars until the Russian capital was moved to Saint Petersburg in the

18th century. After the Russian Revolution in 1917, the Government

moved back into the Kremlin where it has remained ever since.

Ceremonies of inauguration of the President of Russia, high-level meetings

and state awards ceremonies are held in the Kremlin palace.

Opulently decorated as befitted the Tsars, the Kremlin contains some of the

most stunning buildings in the world. The oldest room, the Hall of Facets,

was built in the 15th century by Italian architects in the style of the Italian

Renaissance. There are 700 rooms in the residence along with a huge

entrance hall and five other grand halls. The Malachite Foyer, exhibiting

portraits of all the Russian governors from the beginning of Russia’s history,

contains columns that are painted to look like malachite. Although services

in the churches ceased after the Revolution, they recommenced in 1990.

With its imposing presence, the Kremlin remains an imposing symbol of

Russian power.

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Scotland

Bute House

By Susan Berger

New York / San Francisco / Hong Kong / London / Tokyo /

Rome / Toronto

Designed in 1792 in response to a competition to create a new town with

spacious residences for the city’s elite outside of the old town of Edinburgh,

Charlotte Square is a masterpiece of Georgian architecture. What is now

known as Bute House at #6 was the center of a row of individual houses

pulled together in what is called “palace fronts” to resemble one imposing

building.

The house had many owners over the centuries and was a hotel in the

1800s. In 1966 it was turned over to the National Trust for Scotland, and

it became the home for the Secretaries of State. In 1999 it was designated

the residence for the First Minister of Scotland, the leader of the country’s

government.

Bute House is both the home and work place of the First Minister. The

basement, which once contained pantries and servants’ rooms, has been

turned into offices. The large dining room on the first floor is used for

official dinners, and the drawing room, filled with paintings on loan from

the National Galleries, is where the First Minister holds press conferences

and entertains official visitors. The cabinet room, which was once a

secondary drawing room, is where the Scottish cabinet ministers and

secretaries meet every two weeks. The First Minister and family live on the

second and third floors.

In 2008, a report from the Simon Wiesenthal Center questioned the

provenance of the chandelier hanging in the drawing room. Based on an

account written by the interior decorator who claimed that he found the

abandoned chandelier in Germany in 1945, the National Trust for Scotland

undertook an investigation but could not find conclusive evidence that the

chandelier was looted from Germany. It continues to hang in the house.

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South Korea

CheongWaDae

By Susan Berger

New York / San Francisco / Hong Kong / London / Tokyo /

Rome / Toronto

Also known as the Blue House due to the blue granite tiles covering the

roof of the main building, the CheongWaDae complex is the presidential

residence of South Korea. It is the most protected building in the country

due to the security threat of nuclear-armed North Korea.

Situated in Seoul, it was a royal villa for the Goryeo dynasty that ruled the

Korean Peninsula from 918 to 1392. Surrounded by mountains, its

strategic location gave the royal family enough time to escape in the event

of an invasion. During the subsequent period of the Joseon dynasty, it was

the site of military training and civil service examinations. Korea was

annexed by the Japanese in 1910. In 1939 they built CheongWaDae,

which served as the official residence of the Japanese Governor-General,

ruler of Korea. Following the defeat of Japan in the Second World War and

the subsequent division of the country into North and South, the building

became the official residence of the president of the Republic of Korea, later

South Korea.

CheongWaDae is comprised of a series of building complexes. The Main

Office building, with a central building and two wings, contains rooms

which are each designated for specific functions, including summit talks

and cabinet meetings. Outside the Main Office Building is the Grand

Garden, where outdoor events are hosted. The Stage Guest House,

renowned for its interior decoration using the national flower, the Rose of

Sharon, is used to host foreign guests, and the Official Residence is the

president’s family home.

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Turkey

White Palace

By Susan Berger

New York / San Francisco / Hong Kong / London / Tokyo /

Rome / Toronto

Defying Turkey’s Supreme Court, which ruled that the construction of a

new Presidential Palace in a protected forest outside of Ankara was illegal,

and flouting environmental concerns, in 2014 President Erdogan proceeded

to build a new Presidential Palace known as Ak Saray, or the White Palace.

The complex has 1,100 rooms, 250 of which are for the exclusive use of the

President. Floodlit at night, it can be seen by most of Ankara’s 4.5 million

residents, and is a clear symbol of President Erdogan’s “new Turkey” and a

statement of its place on the world stage.

Costing $615 million, double the original estimate, the palace covers 1.6

square miles, four times the size of the Palace of Versailles in France and 30

times the size of the White House. Within the palace, red carpets cost $9

million and 400 pairs of 10 feet high double doors came with a price tag of

$7 million. Rooms and halls are decorated with gold fittings and marble

floors, and silk wallpaper lines the bathrooms. The vast number of spas,

pools and bath houses resulted in an annual gas bill of almost $700,000.

Although built in the style of the Seljuk architecture of the 11th to 13th

centuries, the palace contains underground secure bunkers and hi-tech

defenses against cyberattacks and bugging. A top-secret operations

command center has 143 screens connected to two supercomputers. A

special laboratory was built to detect nuclear, chemical and biochemical

hazards that could be used against the President.

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United Kingdom

10 Downing Street

By Susan Berger

New York / San Francisco / Hong Kong / London / Tokyo /

Rome / Toronto

Originally occupied by a brewery in the Middle Ages, the street was named

after George Downing, who built 15 to 20 houses on the site in 1682. As

houses took on the names or titles of their occupants, the numbering of the

houses was different from today, and #10 was in fact #5 until 1779. It has

been the official residence and office of the Prime Minister, officially called

the First Lord of the Treasury, since 1735.

Looking quite unremarkable from the outside, 10 Downing is much larger

than it appears. Inside, a maze of passages and staircases join 10 Downing

to a much larger building behind it and it occupies much of 12 Downing as

well, to which it is connected by a corridor through 11 Downing, the

residence of the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The importance of the

building made it a target of a Blitz during World War II and an IRA bomb

in 1991.

The famous black façade was originally yellow, but is now painted black to

continue the recognizable front. The front door cannot be opened from the

outside; a security guard inside the door views people approaching via a

camera and opens the door. The 100-room building contains living

quarters and offices as well as state drawing rooms and dining rooms to host

dignitaries and people from all areas of society. The State Dining Room

seats 65 people around a large, U-shaped table set with items from the state

silver collection. One room within the building, which houses much of its

art collection, is repainted a different color by each Prime Minister, and an

official cat named Chief Mouser has lived there since 2011.

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United States

White House

By Susan Berger

New York / San Francisco / Hong Kong / London / Tokyo /

Rome / Toronto

Arguably the most recognized house in the world, the White House was

built by slaves as well as stonemasons from Scotland on a site selected by

George Washington in 1791. The first resident was President John Adams,

and it has been occupied by every President since, even while being rebuilt

after it was burned by the British in the War of 1812.

Originally called the President’s Palace, the name was changed to the

Executive Mansion in 1810 to avoid any association with royalty. It is the

official office and residence of the President of the United States and his

family as well as the headquarters of his principal staff members. The

original building was whitewashed to protect the porous stone from

freezing and it has been continuously painted white ever since, hence

acquiring the White House name, made official by Theodore Roosevelt in

1901. There are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, six levels in the Residence, an

outdoor pool, tennis court, bowling alley, movie theatre, games room,

jogging track, putting green, an emergency shelter under the East Wing,

and two underground tunnels.

The West Wing was built in 1902 and contains the presidential offices,

including the Oval Office, the Situation Room, the Cabinet Room and the

press briefing room. The Oval Office, which has served as the president’s

office since 1909, contains the Resolute Desk, given to President Hayes by

Queen Victoria in 1880 and made from boards of the British ship H.M.S.

Resolute. The Situation Room, located in the basement, is actually

comprised of several rooms and was created by President Kennedy as a

location for crisis coordination. The President is responsible for paying for

all meals at the White House as well all events and transportation.

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Dealing With A Deadly Pandemic

By Dr. Rose A. Dyson

Toronto – Canada

The human species received an

abrupt wake-up call with the

arrival of COVID-19 in early

2020. All over the world,

people found their lives turned

upside down. Enforced physical

distancing transformed

lifestyles. Health experts, frontline

workers, the sick, the

grieving, and most politicians

responded to the unfolding

health and economic crisis once

its severity became apparent.

Despite conspiracy theories,

heroic efforts on the part of

mainstream media kept us all

informed. First invented by the

U.S. Military, the internet was

suddenly serving the purpose for

which it was originally

envisioned – that is until its

unintended consequences

became apparent and presented

further problems.

Scientists quickly established

links between the pandemic and

the urgency in addressing the

looming climate crisis. As the

months dragged on, floods,

droughts and forest fires

continued unabated. It soon

became apparent, according to

National Geographic and other

sources, that stay-at-home

lockdowns had given Mother

Earth a badly needed chance to

regenerate. Pollution levels

dropped. Wild animals and

birds reappeared in normally

overpopulated areas. And while

transport remained low, blue

skies became visible. China,

responsible for 30% of the

world’s carbon emissions, saw a

drop to 25%. Air pollution in

Barcelona and Madrid was

down 50%. Venice canals were

fresh and clear once again.

Policy makers proved capable of

acting promptly when the

political will existed.

COVID-19 gave us a chance to

reflect on the multitude of

problems we face. Scientists

have consistently pointed to

connections between the

growing frequency of pandemics

and our unsustainable social,

cultural and economic model

predicated on endless, consumer

driven growth.

Overpopulation, deforestation,

and agricultural encroachment

into the habitat of wild life have

increased the risk of

transmittable diseases. The

question is, will we transition to

a way of life more consistent

with long term survival.? The

calls for a new economic model

keep growing. Guy Dauncey,

an anthropological economist

based on Vancouver Island,

draws upon accumulated

modeling and research from

experts whose proposals are

consistent with the United

Nations Sustainable

Development Goals. As a

practical utopian he has been at

the forefront of those cautioning

us against the temptation to go

back to business as usual. At

least for now, there is increasing

evidence that countries around

the world are embracing the

need for a new green recovery.

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As we venture out into our world, your travel can consist of a day visit to the closest towns or a journey that

will place your feet clear on the other side of the world. It is all about discovery and about everywhere you

walk. So, COME – EXPLORE WITH ME.

New Zealand

By Lois M. Gordon

Silicon Valley – California

Green color on the ground and

in the trees, vivid blue in the sky

and snow-capped mountains;

this is New Zealand in the

spring. Need a challenge? Try

skydiving or white water rafting;

never a dull moment.

The spectacular flower display of

clematis, hydrangeas, cherry

blossoms, azaleas and

rhododendrons is breathtaking.

The landscape contains fiords,

rainforests, sweeping coastlines

and mountains.

Approximately the size of Great

Britain, Colorado or Japan,

New Zealand has a population

of only four million, making it

one of the least crowded

countries. A wonderful

playground as well as a place to

seek thrills, adventure and

relaxation.

On our journey to Queenstown,

we signed up for a white water

rafting trip on the Shotover

River. All I can say is WOW –

exciting it was! The ride to the

river on the historic Skippers

Road was death-defying on its

own. The rapids were

exhilarating. It was the first

time I had gone rafting on a

river as rugged as this one and it

was thrilling. We wore heavy

wet suits, helmets and extra

padding on our elbows and

knees.

The accommodations

throughout New Zealand were

always good, the food delicious

and the ice cream was worth

going back for! Needless to say,

the people were friendly and

always helpful.

Our journey began in Auckland,

a city of just over one million.

Beautiful harbors, huge

Polynesian influence, bays and

beaches. Next to Rotorua and

the glowworm caves, geysers,

Māori cultural activities, lakes,

parks and recreational areas.

On to Wellington, the capital

city, the sprawling harbor and

the hilly terrain. The smell of

the ocean permeates everything

and is delightful. A very

cosmopolitan and diverse city.

Christchurch was next. What a

magnificent city. Lawn bowling,

incredible flowers, wonderful

sights and tours.

Last, we went to Queenstown,

whose nickname is the

“Adventure Capital of the

World.” Believe it! Bungy

jumping, skiing, paragliding, jet

boating, white water rafting,

hang gliding, on and on. It was

a grand trip.

So, come explore with me and

remember: vacationing in New

Zealand is many a person’s

dream. Perhaps we will meet

there!

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PIZZAZZ —————————————————————————————————————

魅 ⼒

To Win Go Within

By Kathleen Mailliard Solmssen

San Francisco – California

Photography By Peter Solmssen

What comes to mind when you

think of the word "power?". It's

easy when one thinks of a

muscleman or a huge truck or

electricity. Then there is the

gentle personal power, on which

I like to concentrate. Those are

the kind of people to which I

am drawn. The bonus here is

that gentle personal power

doesn't have a hierarchy and

there isn't any competition or

stress; you simply do your best.

Go inside yourself and discover

your personal power. This way

of living isn't really work, it's

actually a joy to find the power

that you have within yourself.

Think of magnets. They have a

positive and a negative side to

them. People with personal

power – real, true personal

power – attract all kinds of

people because others will not

be threatened. They will only

be blessed being with these

people. You can feel power in a

child, you can feel power in an

older person, and you can gain

power just by being quiet and

discovering what you love to do,

what you are, and what you like

to give.

Powerful people are overflowing

with charisma. Others learn

from them; others give to them.

People who have nurtured their

inner personal power really

listen. Not with an ear as to

how they're going to respond.

Rather, listening with an open

mind, which is a very powerful

and attractive asset in people

who keep their personal power

alive. They don't have goals of

collecting the material things of

this world, they are just here to

do their best and they are happy

people. They are infused with

power, with their own personal

power, and influence others by

just being themselves.

Think of the people you know

and are really attracted to who

make you feel safe, and you’re

delighted to have in your life.

Believe me, they are power-filled

people. There are also negative

power people who sort of throw

“their” ideas at you, whereas

positive power people influence

you by bringing out the best in

you that you didn't even know

was possible.

And That's Pizazz!

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PHILANTHROPIC ————————————————————————————————

PhiLanthroPique | FiLantróPico | PhiLanthroPic | 慈 善

Dickel Dia

By JO LEE Magazine

New York / San Francisco / Hong Kong / London / Tokyo / Rome / Toronto

When we look at the world through the eyes of

Unsung Heroes, we see undreamed of possibilities.

More and more we appreciate the incredible

number of nominations submitted from around

the world within ADESTE’s five categories:

Humanities, Social Justice, Arts, Technology and

Medicine. The nominees of the ADESTE Gold

Medal remind us of how many wonderful people

are doing amazing things from corner to corner in

this chaotic world. Also, we are reminded that the

most important aspect, the heart of ADESTE, is to

discover “the 40 and under” Unsung Heroes who

“outperform” in a globe of billions.

Jo Lee Magazine And Its 23 World Voting

Emissaries Of Adeste Present With Pride The 17th

Annual Adeste Gold Medal Laureate 2021

Dickel Dia

Mauritania — Northwest Africa

Aged 30

Humanities

The first person from her village to get a degree,

thanks to a scholarship, and a survivor of sexual

assault and female genital mutilation, Dickel Dia

has devoted her life to fighting violence and

discrimination against women in her country.

By the age of 20, Dickel had founded her NGO,

the Association for Women Potters of Hebbiya and

Yirla (AFPHY), in 2017, to combat gender-based

violence and discrimination, particularly in rural

areas. Knowing that many women are often

trapped in abusive marriages and relationships

because they lack the means to provide for

themselves and their children if they leave, Dickel

grounded her organization’s mission in creating

economic opportunity. With 235 members across

four villages around M’bagne, AFPHY provides

such basic skills to women and girls as traditional

clay pottery, integrating them into the local and

national economy, providing them with a means to

provide for their families.

Dickel points to the high incidence of early

marriage and teenage pregnancy in M’bagne and its

surrounding villages. The overall rate of child

marriage among women in Mauritania is 30%.

She says a lack of options for young women

prevents them and their families from making

better choices for their futures: “With no

education or resources, girls often feel their only

hope is marriage.” Taboos around discussing sexual

health and education compound this challenge,

leaving girls uninformed and vulnerable to

predatory behavior as well as unplanned pregnancy.

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THE PRIVATE MUSEUMS ————————————————————————————

Les Musées Privés | Los Museos PrivaDos | Die Private Museen | 私 ⼈ 博 物 館

University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor

By Julie Rekai Rickerd

Toronto – Canada

Many colleges and universities

have museums, but few have as

many as the University of

Michigan has on its 200-acre

campus, as well as stunning

outdoor sculptures around its

grounds.

Two of the museums not to be

missed are its Museum of Art

and the Kelsey Museum of

Archaeology. UMMA has a

major collection of 21,000+

items of art and decorative

designs divided into curatorial

areas of Western, Asian, and

African art and photography.

The Kelsey is the repository of

100,000+ ancient and medieval

artifacts collected mainly from

the University’s excavations in

Egypt and Iraq during the

1920s and 1930s.

Other museums to explore are

the Museums of Natural

History, Anthropological

Archeology, Paleontology, and

Zoology, and the Planetarium.

Nearby is a unique Museum of

Dentistry. Apart from these

first-class museums, most of the

University’s colleges, specialized

centers, libraries and even

residences display collections;

the Medical Center, the Schools

of Business and Social Work,

and the Stearns Musical

Instruments among them.

These museums, collections, and

libraries are open to the public

free of charge and combine very

special visitor and student

experiences. Classes of students

pay rapt attention as their

professors teach them the

provenance and relevance of the

museum displays that surround

them. Visitors are welcome to

listen in, adding a rare element

to the visits.

Highlights around the campus

are the viewings of some of its

more than 100 magnificent

outdoor sculptures that the

sculptor of “Orion” and

“Shang”, Mark di Suverno,

refers to as “painting in three

dimensions.” Artists like Maya

Lin, Jim Dine, Lucas Samaras,

Erwin Binder, Beverly Pepper,

Jon Rush, and Tony Rosenthal

are among those represented.

Rush’s creation, “Koszonom”

(“Thank You” in Hungarian) is a

Memorial to Raoul Wallenberg,

a University of Michigan

graduate in architecture.

Wallenberg saved 100,000

Hungarian Jews from the Nazis

in Budapest when he issued

them Swedish passports from

the Swedish Embassy where he

worked. Rosenthal’s “The

Cube” is a 15-foot tall and 15-

foot-wide Cor-Ten Steel marvel

that rotates on its axis when

given a push.

University of Michigan

Museum of Art

525 South State Street, Ann

Arbor, MI, 48109-1354

Telephone: 734-764-0395

Website: umma.umich.edu

Kelsey Museum of Archeology

434 South State Street, Ann

Arbor, MI, 48109-1390

Telephone: 734-764-9304

Website: lsa.umich.edu/Kelsey

To arrange the group tours call

734-764-2000

For further information

regarding the other museum

venues, go to:

www.umich.edu or

www.visitannarbor.org

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THE RICH AND THE FAMOUS —————————————————————————

Les riches et Les céLèbres | Los ricos Y FaMosos | Die reichen unD berühMten | 多 元 與 著 名

Opposite: Mark Raynes Roberts

Illumination

Photography and Text By Mark Raynes Roberts

London / Toronto

Mark Raynes Roberts, the brilliant, inaugural

crystal artist, was invited to hold a solo exhibition

at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, Oct. 2015 –

Jan. 2016.

The Illumination — “Portraits of Canadian

Literature” collection presented hand-engraved

crystal sculptures inspired by passages on “light” by

Canadian authors.

In our POWER Issue 2021 we see Mark Raynes

Roberts’ Illumination collection on:

A Complicated Kindness – Miriam Toews

Anthem – Leonard Cohen

Cat's Eye – Margaret Atwood

Family Matters – Rohinton Mistry

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

In our WORLD LUXURY Issue 2021, hitting

online stands November 1, 2021, we will see Mark

Raynes Roberts’ continued Illumination collection

on:

Lives of Girls and Women – Alice Munro

Room – Emma Donoghue

The Book of Negroes – Lawrence Hill

The Stone Carvers – Jane Urquhart

Three Day Road – Joseph Boyden

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A Complicated Kindness — Miriam Toews


Anthem — Leonard Cohen

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Life of Pi — Yann Martel


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Family Matters — Rohinton Mistry


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Cat's Eye — Margaret Atwood


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MANSIONS & MILLIONAIRES ——————————————————————————

hôTeLs PaRTicuLieRs MiLLionaiRes | Mansiones Y MiLLonaRios | viLLen & kaufen |

豪 宅 和 百 萬 富 翁

opposite: Werdenberg Castle. The 13th Century Swiss Castle was the first seat of the County

of Werdenberg in the Holy Roman Empire.

Werdenberg Castle: A 13th Century Swiss

Ancestral Castle Of My Father’s Forefathers

By Victoria Franciosa

Rome / Toronto

Valiantly nestled between the

Alps in Switzerland in the

Canton of St. Gallen is the

foreboding, 800-yearold

Werdenberg Castle, which

was the first seat of the County

of Werdenberg in the Holy

Roman Empire. Constructed in

1230 by the Lords of Montfort,

Rudolf von Montfort was the

first Lord to reside within its

walls.

Werdenberg Castle was an

exceptionally magnificent

medieval castle for the time that

it was built, and to this day, an

impregnable fortress. With its

crenelations, turrets

and merlins, this fortified Keep

was built to stand up to any

attack that came its way. Even

though the exterior walls were

linked to the main building, the

sheer weight of the ominous

structure was reinforced with

every stone that was laid.

The monumental size

of Werdenberg Castle, seven

stories tall in stature – five

stories in the main castle, with

two additional stories in the

jutting tower – distinctively

dwarfs everything surrounding

it. Built of the natural stone

native to its surroundings, the

walls have since been covered

with a white plaster facade,

giving the appearance of a

magical and fairytale-like

quality. In truth,

its compelling history has been,

in part, the landscape of wars,

political tenor, invading soldiers,

plagues, inaugurations, and

devastations... along with

diplomatic marriages designed

to strengthen its hold in the

comforts of succession.

A tour of the castle has us

entering through a series of

masonry stairs. The main gates

lead you directly into the main

courtyard. A heavy double-door

entryway takes you into the

Outer Ward, where you can

enter into the Knights Hall or

the Bailiffs Hall. This castle

boasts many large halls and

private quarters which are

accessed through a series of

vaulted passageways. As one

would expect, the castle is

riddled with beautiful paintings

of ancestry, coat-of-arms, and

priceless pieces of art.

After centuries of political

unease, Werdenberg Castle was

put up for auction in 1835 and

purchased by Ulrich Hilty, who

took on the task of restoring the

neglected castle. His family

lived in the castle until 1956

when Frieda Hilty bequeathed

the castle to the Canton St.

Gallen upon her death.

In loving memory of my father,

Rudolf Schibler

Born: 1944 Canton of St.

Gallon, Switzerland

Died: 2020 in Toronto,

Ontario, Canada

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The main courtyard of Werdenberg Castle perfectly shows the solid walls of the fortified Keep.

opposite: The typically medieval, heavy double-door entryway that takes you into the Outer Ward is made

of solid wood with iron castings. The vaulted-ceiling staircase leads into the Bailiffs Hall.


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The Portrait Gallery houses beautifully gilded frames of spectacular paintings of the Lords, Ladies and fine

gentry who had lived within these walls. There is slate stone flooring throughout the main halls. Flanked

on either side by vaulted windows with seating, a gold altarpiece adorns one wall. Opposite and out of

frame, beyond a black grand piano, a vaulted ceilinged hallway is lined with doorways.

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The Bailiffs Hall is covered with a series of coats of arms, spanning the families that have pledged allegiance

to Werdenberg Castle, and is lined on one side by vaulted windows as you make your way to the stairs

going up to yet another level.

opposite: The attic leading up to the battlements. In the 17th century, Werdenberg Castle was damaged in

a fire that started in the kitchens, destroying a majority of the Keep. We can only wonder what the original

actually looked like.


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WHEN ANGELS CRY ——————————————————————————————

Quand Les anges PLeuRenT | cuando Los ÁngeLes LLoRan | Wenn engeL Weinen |

當 《 極 地 戰 嚎 》 天 使 之 城

THE NEXT 100 YEARS – ONE CHILD’S JOURNEY – HOW HE/SHE WILL LIVE, LOVE AND NEVER

REALLY DIE

\

Having The Opportunity "To Live"!

By Kelechi Eleanya

The Niger Delta – Nigeria

The fact is that living life to the

fullest would mean possibilities

and challenges.

One begins to think...where am

I coming from? A little pause.

You recall, as a child, the

interesting activities you enjoyed

with other kids from around

your home; exciting and creative

– I guess, if you actually shared

such an opportunity.

It's quite fascinating to see how

kids can possess untapped,

creative, dramatic wealth, freely

displayed without price. To

even begin making a list of such

activities will prove how endless

they are!

I remember how much pleasure

and enjoyment we derived as

young children. We would pick

up empty containers and make

them “rotate” on a partial wheel

made from rattan. Long hours

of thinking, organizing and

constructing the pictures

formed in our little minds

would go on and on. Mum's

food had to wait. But at the end

– what joy, satisfaction and

fulfilled moments we

experienced through the result,

because we could see our dream

of making our own “toys” come

true!

An environment to ease

pressures can induce a sense of

worth through creative

expression. Creating time for

fun.

Millions of kids around the

world must be given this

opportunity! An environment

to ease their pressures, eliminate

boredom and induce a sense of

worth through the simplicity of

creative expressions.

Really, such fun times could be

the source of an idea "to change

our world" and to create for all

children a necessary ingredient –

a future full of fun.

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THE GLAMOROUS LIFE OF AN AUTHOR ————————————————————

LA VIE GLAMOURE D'UN AUTEUR | LA VIDA GLAMOROSA DE UN AUTOR |

DAS GLAMORISCHE LEBEN EINES AUTORS | 作 者 的 光 榮 ⼈⽣

Al Emid has worked in communicating ideas and concepts since beginning his career at an educational

television network in 1967. He is the co-author and author of several financial books, most recently “The

Emid Report on Volatility 2021” is available on all major book sites.

Chapter 22

Swiss Investment Accounts

By Al Emid

Toronto – Canada

The phrase “home bias” in the

context of investing refers to the

understandable preference of

individuals to invest in

companies in their own

countries. However, by

definition that means that the

individual is not exposed to

investment opportunities that

may be available elsewhere.

Switzerland has been wellregarded

as an ideal base for

wealth management for those

venturing outside of the

domestic stock market but there

are some misunderstandings and

myths. Heading the list is the

very mistaken concept of

anonymous bank accounts.

“The anonymous bank account

that we read about in novels or

see in the movies … there’s

never been such a thing as an

anonymous bank account in

Switzerland,” explains Anne

Liebgott, founder of

AW★SWITZERLAND in

Davos. Certainly, the name and

other information of the holder

of a numbered account will

always be confined to a very

small group of people within the

bank.

Another misunderstanding is

the belief that someone who

wants to invest in Switzerland

needs millions of dollars to

qualify for a Swiss investment

account. Certainly, a million

dollars is the preferred starting

point for many wealth advisors

in Switzerland, but some will

take an account with a

minimum of $100,000.

Another misconception is that

shifting funds to Switzerland

means leaving one’s money at

the mercy of a less supervised

investing environment than at

home. That may be true of

some foreign countries, but not

in Switzerland. There are

approximately 50 Swiss wealth

managers registered with the

United States Securities and

Exchange Commission to

provide services to U.S. clients.

Investing in Switzerland is not

for everyone but for those with

sufficient funds, it merits some

consideration.

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SYNAPTIC TRANSMISSION —————————————————————————————

La TRansMission sYnaPTiQue | La TRansMisión sinÁPTica |

die sYnaPTische ÜbeRTRagung | 突 觸 傳 遞

On Resilience During A Pandemic

Text and Photography By James T. Rutka, MD

Toronto – Canada

Since the COVID-19 pandemic

hit North America in March

2020, I have been working on

the front lines as a neurosurgeon

in the hospital. Initially, we

faced many unknowns, and

stress levels were high. In the

midst of significant

uncertainties, I began writing

“haiku” as a means to cope with

significant uncertainties.

Technically, Haiku are three-line

poems where the first and third

lines are comprised of five

syllables, and the second line is

comprised of seven syllables.

Usually, haiku is written in the

present tense so as to be “in the

moment”. As all our lives have

been influenced and altered by

the coronavirus pandemic with

such far-reaching effects, I

thought it opportune to address

the pandemic with how it has

affected all of us in the health

care sector:

Fear is around us

The enemy is not seen

We long to be free

When the lockdown started in

Toronto, I admit to having

concerns about going to the

hospital for clinics, urgent

surgical cases, and going on

ward rounds. The idiosyncratic

and morbid effects of

COVID-19 in some people

created significant paranoia and

anxiety for everyone. The

unknown was perhaps even

more unsettling. How would

the pandemic dissipate? When

would we reach the apex?

Surgery delayed

Humanity is distanced

Now seen on our screens

Across all Toronto hospitals,

surgical wait lists have been

growing. There is fear, as we

wait, that semi-urgent cases will

become urgent, and urgent cases

will become emergent.

Contending with the backlog of

surgical cases is now just being

contemplated. It will not be

straightforward. With social

distancing and closure of

hospitals to the usual patient

traffic, we have all become new

and proficient users of

telemedicine and webconferencing

technologies to see

our patients virtually. These

technologies were likely

somewhat underutilized before

the pandemic. Within the

pandemic, we have become

skilled users of virtual

communications. I have no

doubt that when the pandemic

subsides, we will continue to

employ these technologies in a

highly beneficial and

advantageous way.

Resilience now

Science rising to the task

To be close again

There is no question we have

demonstrated our resolve to find

a cure for COVID-19. Never

before has there been such a

concerted effort in the scientific

community to tackle and

conquer such a world

catastrophe. In so doing, with

the development of novel drugs,

or preferably, a vaccine, we will

be able to congregate again and

realize the true benefits of our

social communities.

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EDITOR AT LARGE ———————————————————————————————

en GénéraL L’éDiteur | eDitor en Gran |eDitor bei Grossen | 編 輯 器 ⼤ 型

Forest Bathing

Reaping The Benefits Of Connecting With Nature

By Carla Dragnea

Bucharest – Romania

Have you ever heard the term

“forest bathing”? Sounds

intriguing doesn’t it? It simply

means being in nature,

connecting with it through our

senses of sight, hearing, taste,

smell and touch. The “shinrinyoku”

term originated in Japan

in the 1980s. “Shinrin” in

Japanese means “forest”

and “yoku” means “bath.”

So “shinrin-yoku” means

bathing in the forest’s

atmosphere. The purpose of

this exercise was twofold: to

offer an ecological remedy to

technology burnout and to

inspire residents to reconnect

with and protect the

country's forests.

The Japanese scientists then

started to study the effects of

forest bathing on the physical

and mental health of those who

were participating in it. The

results have shown that forest

bathing significantly reduces the

pulse rate and increases energy,

increases cancer-fighting cells,

while decreasing depression,

fatigue, anxiety and stress.

Never in history have we been

so far from connecting with

nature and so separated from it.

By 2050, 66% of the world’s

population is projected to live in

cities. But the good news is that

even a small amount of time in

nature can have an impact on

our health. A two-hour forest

bath will help us to unplug from

technology and slow down. It

will bring us into the present

moment, de-stress and relax us.

So how do we start forest

bathing?

Start by finding a quiet spot and

leave any piece of technology

behind (phone, camera, etc.).

Then walk aimlessly and slowly,

allowing the body to be your

guide. The key to unlocking the

power of the forest is in the five

senses. We let nature enter

through our ears, eyes, nose,

mouth, hands and feet. It’s that

easy! Listen to the birds singing

and the breeze rustling in the

leaves of the trees. Look at the

different greens of the trees and

the sunlight filtering through

the branches. Smell the

fragrance of the forest and

breathe in the aromatic

compounds from plants called

phytoncides.

The beauty of forest bathing is

that it’s suitable for any level of

fitness and can be done

anywhere in the world.

Look for a place where there are

trees, and off you go!.

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LIMONCELLO ——————————————————————————————————

檸 檬 酒

Winces And Groans

By JO LEE Magazine

New York / San Francisco / Hong Kong / London / Tokyo / Rome / Toronto

1. The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table

was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too

much pi.

2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan

island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.

3. No matter how much you push the envelope,

it'll still be stationery.

4. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the

hallway. One hat said to the other, “You stay here;

I'll go on a head.”

5. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger.

Then it hit me.

6. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said,

“Keep off the Grass”.

7. In a democracy, it's your vote that counts. In

feudalism, it's your count that votes.

8. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns

to the other and says, “Dam!”

9. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, “I've lost

my electron”. The other says, “Are

you sure?” The first replies, “Yes, I'm positive”.

10. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France

would result in Linoleum Blown Apart.

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NOSTALGIA AND YOU —————————————————————————————

La Nostalgie Et Vous | Nostalgia Y Usted | Nostalgia Und Sie | 懷 舊 和 你

Sophia Loren

By Kerry Baker

Brisbane – Australia

Speak the name Sophia Loren and an image of voluptuous, lush womanhood springs to mind. Contrast this

with the toothpick-thin girl living in her grandparents’ house with her mother and sister enduring near

starvation in wartime Italy. The blossoming of this virtual waif into a confident, statuesque woman with a

vibrant and varied career that took her from Hollywood to Paris to Italy and back to Hollywood is yet

another classic “rags to riches” tale. Unlike many of her peers who gravitated to both stage and screen, she

suffered stage fright so badly that she has never been in a theatrical production.

During the early days of her career, when this glamazon stood five feet, nine inches and usually wore

towering heels and tall hair, putting her over six feet in height. Many male actors were hesitant to appear

with her. While making “Boy on a Dolphin” with Alan Ladd in 1957, Ms Loren was required in some

scenes to walk in a trench to make her diminutive co-star appear taller.

Her acceleration to the A List was incredibly rapid. The first woman to receive one million dollars for a

single film role is usually given as Elizabeth Taylor for “Cleopatra”. But that came out in 1963. Sophia was

paid one million dollars to star opposite Charlton Heston in “El Cid”, which was released in 1961. Not a

bad achievement for the Toothpick girl from the Naples slums.

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NOSTALGIA AND YOU —————————————————————————————

La Nostalgie Et Vous | Nostalgia Y Usted | Nostalgia Und Sie | 懷 舊 和 你

Jane Russell

By Kerry Baker

Brisbane – Australia

Jane Russell was the only girl child of five offspring, and perhaps because her mother had been an actress

with a travelling troupe, the young Jane gravitated to acting early on. She studied briefly at Max Reinhardt’s

theatrical workshop in Los Angeles where her acting coach was Maria Ouspenskaya. In 1940, at age 19, she

was working as a receptionist when in walked Howard Hughes, who immediately signed her to a seven-year

contract, and after keeping his new discovery hidden for three years, finally launched her in “The Outlaw” in

1943. The film faced censorship issues and after a brief release that year, was shelved until 1946.

Hughes kept her off the screen for this entire time, with the only exception being a 1946 appearance in a

slight movie titled “The Young Widow” while on loan to another studio. Once her contract had expired in

1948, she appeared in the Bob Hope comedy “The Paleface” for Paramount and the legacy of her sensational

appearance in “The Outlaw” finally burgeoned into a film career.

The success of Russell the screen actress overshadowed another string to her bow. Jane had a successful

musical career as well. She performed on bandleader Kay Kyser’s radio show, and later made solo and group

recordings and played the nightclub circuit. In 1971 she made her Broadway debut replacing Elaine Stritch

in “Company”.

I have often mused on what she could have achieved in her youth with all that talent being wasted during

the Hughes years.

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Liberace

By Kerry Baker

Brisbane – Australia

During the 1950s, Liberace, America’s cherub of high camp, also enjoyed vast popularity across the pond in

Britain. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, the Daily Mirror newspaper’s acerbic columnist Cassandra

(William Connor) decided to excoriate the entertainer’s public image. He wrote of Liberace as "…the

summit of sex – the pinnacle of masculine, feminine, and neutral. Everything that he, she, and they can ever

want…a deadly, winking, sniggering, snuggling, chromium-plated, scent-impregnated, luminous, quivering,

giggling, mincing, ice-covered heap of mother love.”

Liberace sued for libel and the case went to trial in 1959. It was a farce in many ways. Liberace perjured

himself when denying under oath that he was homosexual but the Mirror topped that when both Cassandra

and the paper’s editorial director, Hugh Cudlipp, stretched credulity to a snapping point by saying in

evidence that the article was NOT meant to imply that Liberace was a homosexual. The jury found for

Liberace who was awarded the sum of 8.000 pounds (well over half a million in today’s money.)

A few years later he was appearing at London’s Palladium and upon learning that the paper’s show business

editor, Bill Hegarty, was in the audience, he told him that, “he owed a great deal to the Daily Mirror.”

Liberace’s mega wealth, opulent lifestyle, extravagant homes, antiques, cars, jewellery and all things plush

and costly, is summed up by one of his quotes: “Too much of a good thing is wonderful!”

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Marilyn Monroe

By Kerry Baker

Brisbane – Australia

In the early evening of November 5, 1954, Marilyn Monroe drove to visit her friend Sheila Stewart who

resided in an apartment at 8120 Waring Avenue, and parked her white convertible outside. At the same

time, Joe DiMaggio and Sinatra were having dinner at the Villa Capri when a call came in from Barney

Ruditsky, a private investigator who DiMaggio had hired (Joe later sought counselling about his obsessive

jealousy), who tipped them off that Marilyn was with another man, right that second, in a house nearby.

They assembled a crowd (yes a crowd that included two PIs and their wives, Sinatra’s manager, Di Maggio’s

friends from the Villa Capri and more) and broke into the house where Marilyn was supposedly having her

tryst. Oops! Wrong house!

The premises belonged to one Florence Katz who, resplendent in curlers and nightie, telephoned the police.

By the time they arrived the “crowd” had fled and Florence, blinded by so many camera flashes at the time,

was unable to ID them. “They broke a lot of glasses in the kitchen getting out of there,” Florence added.

Sometime later, an unknown source tipped off Confidential, an early ’50s quarterly, and the scandal was out.

There was a lengthy court case that had everyone running for cover. Eventually Florence married and

became Florence Ross. She sued DiMaggio, Sinatra and the rest of the raiding party for $200,000 (around

$1.9 million today) and received $7,500 (approx. $71,000 today).

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