Of Decorating, Darfur and Courtroom Drama
Welcome to March and its ides, whatever those are. Maybe something like potholes. Actually, upon googling them, we learned that according to the ancient Roman calendar, every month had its ides, derived from the Latin “to divide.” In March, May, July and October, they fell on the fifteenth. Julius Caesar should have listened to that soothsayer who warned him to beware the ides of March. He went into the Senate anyway that day, and whack!
The rest is history.
So we now have March and daffodils, along with a new weddings editor, too. After twenty years, our first and only weddings editor Jane Seel elected to retire, and taking her place will be our very able and homegrown associate editor Muffy Fox. Jane, Diane Kopp and Anne Low, my fellow Grace Notes, were all part of our staff in the early days. I told them they had been hired because I knew I could count on them like clockwork, and if things went belly-up we could always sing. Ironically, Muffy King’s wedding to Andy Fox was announced in the very first issue of the Greenwich Review (September 1987) that Jack and I published, so she says she has now come full circle. Ain’t life grand?
We do have a wonderful lineup of features for you to peruse, with decorating being our traditional focus this month. Michelle Perri’s home in Old Greenwich, a standout on the Historical Society House Tour in November, has much to do with enjoying children, guests, pets and rooms with water views. And we talked to Greenwich decorators about some of the jobs they have found especially challenging, including wrestling with sloppy teen bedrooms, super-high ceilings, brilliantly colored art collections and even a politically incorrect game room. Yah. That kind of game.
On another note, we have a gripping story about Dr. John de Csepel’s experience in the tragic region of Darfur in the Sudan and an interesting piece on David Hopper who has followed in the footsteps of his father Cameron as judge of our probate court. Nearly all of us will have to deal with probate court sometime in our lives. But what do we really know about it, other than what we read in the papers about sensational cases involving a dead crook and a groom who disappeared off a cruise ship on his honeymoon?
Have an interesting and entertaining read. Thank you for your many letters, especially in regard to our January sixtieth anniversary issue, a major project. We’ve learned a lot from you about our town’s history.