The Presidential and the Sublime

It has been a pretty busy weekend. So busy in fact, that I am going to have to break it up into a few different posts.

On Friday night, David and I went to see the Suzanne Farrell Ballet perform. The evening’s performance was entitled “The Balanchine Couple” and featured a number of different pas de deux choreographed by George Balanchine. That would have been enough to make me excited. However, what took this evening from the lovely to the sublime was the opportunity to hear and see Suzanne Farrell herself, the quintessential Balanchine ballerina, narrate and describe each pas de deux. When I was a kid I re-read her autobiography Holding Onto the Air over and over again. I dreamed of seeing her dance. Since she retired in 1989, I never was able to see her dance in person. However, hearing her describe these pieces, some of which were specifically choreographed for her, was the next best thing. And having never have the privilege of dancing a Balanchine ballet myself, I am quite convinced that it will be the first thing that I do when I am resurrected and my body is perfected.

Saturday morning David and I left for our weekend trip. Our destination was the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs Virginia, but I will get to that later. The drive itself was very nice. We were able to make a pit stop at the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson (my favorite President) and his Presidential Museum and Library in Staunton, VA.

It was a beautiful fall day, and Staunton, VA is a lovely small town. It is the perfect place for our most idealistic and most academic of presidents to have been born.Here is his actual birthplace. His father was a Presbyterian minister in Staunton at the time. So this was the manse house for the Presbyterian church located a few blocks away. Here is Woodrow Wilson’s presidential limousine. Here is an interesting fact about Woodrow Wilson’s family. He had three daughters. His middle daughter got married soon after he became President in a lavish White House ceremony. His youngest daughter married the Secretary of the Treasury a mere six months after his middle daughter got married. His oldest daughter did not marry, but rather became a recording artist and later lived on an ashram in India.

I love the Fourteen Points. I love the League of Nations that Wilson had the courage to create, but failed miserably because other people were too afraid of carrying out Wilson’s vision. I always appreciate another opportunity to learn about President Wilson.

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