Too Many Ideas

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.

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