The choice of topic for this week’s post presented an unusual challenge — too many
ideas were generated from the shortest month of the year, February. I initially thought about
addressing Black History Month, which had its beginning as “Negro HIstory Week” conceived
by Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1926. Feburary also gave us the Academy Awards; the first awards
ceremony was held in 1929. The Academy Awards triggered my memory about the collaboration
between the director Alfred Hitchcock, and the Surrealist artist
Salvador Dali on the 1945 mystery thriller film, Spellbound ( I bet you did not know about this
collaboration), and the idea of entertaining you with this piece of film history.
February 2017 also of course brought us Mardi Gras, which ended yesterday (2/28). Although
New Orleans is the USA city most closely associated with Mardi Gras, Mobile, AL celebrated the
first Mardi Gras in the early 1700s.
The topic of Mardi Gras won out when I thought about the beads, masks, doubloons, and elaborate
costumes! My enthusiam was however somewhat dampen when I came across an article about the
production of beads, and their negative impact on the environment — oh my. Nevertheless, my search
about Mardi Gras brought me to an article about a New Orleans artist who donated his Mardi
Gras themed art to support the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). The
artist Kevin Thayer created an art piece of his rescue pets, Bootsy and Koko attired in Mardi Gras garb.
For all you pet lovers and Mardi Gras enthusiats, the poster is below.