Thursday, May 17, 2007

Alice Hepplewhite (Mrs. George Hepplewhite)

"There was once a man in China who liked pictures of dragons. His clothing and his furniture were therefore accordingly adorned with dragons. This deep affection for their kind was brought to the attention of the Dragon Lord, who one day sent a real dragon to stand outside the man's window. It is said that he probably died of fright. --Yamamoto Tsunetomo, from Hagakure (Hidden in the Leaves), 1716

Good mourning, Widows.

Joy to you and me.

Today we honor and welcome to our joy-ous club, the club that no woman wants to joy-n, not really, not ever, famous widow, Alice Hepplewhite, wife of famous English cabinetmaker and furniture designer, George Hepplewhite.

Very little is known about George Hepplewhite or his wife, except that in 1787 Alice took over the business and in 1788 published a book with over 300 designs of George's work --"The Cabinetmaker and Upholsterers Guide."

George Hepplewhite is noted "for distinctive chairbacks in shield, oval, interlaced hearts, ladder, and wheel forms and for the use of much satinwood and painted beechwood as well as mahogany."

Mourning Joy:

Q: What do you call a 300 lb. orang-utan?

A: Sir.

Mourning Quote:

A relationship is placing one's heart and soul in the hands of another while taking charge of another in one's soul and heart. --Kahlil Gibran

After we remember Him, fingerhug your pen. Open your journal. Set the timer for ten.

The topic?

Heart and Soul

What is in your heart? What isn't?
What about your soul?

Go ahead. Write something. I dare you.

Have a joy-filled day, Widows. And remember, we're not alone.

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