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West Greets East: A Week That Changed The World

written by Robyn Wyman-dill

How fast time travels as it heads into the final days of the month. Before we begin a new chapter, let’s reflect and be enriched by occasions worth remembering again. Among those bookmarked is the ‘Wedding of the Century’ on July 29, 1981. On that day, the lovely Lady Diana Spencer wed Prince Charles – bringing a fresh persona to the Royal Family. In turn, the Princess spoke to the hearts of the public around the world. Everyone seemed to agree for once. Diana was love. Four years after the Princess stepped into the public eye, she crossed the pond on her first official visit to America with her husband, Prince Charles. That’s when royal fever broke out in Washington DC.

The ‘Diana’ appeal was so highly infectious, everyone wanted an invitation to dinner. Meaning the White House dinner. The not-so-lucky ones? They traveled abroad. Henry Kissinger, Oscar de la Renta and Ahmet Ertegun, Co-Founder and President of Altanic Records, took their wives to China. In case you didn’t know it, Henry Kissinger is a really big deal in China. Really big.

What prompted me to go to China at exactly the same time was a photography book, Eve Arnold: In China, that I kept on my coffee table. An American photojournalist, Arnold’s images of Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Misfits (1961) and photograph of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy arranging flowers with Caroline(1961) had already cemented her reputation as a superb shooter. But, when she turned her lens on China, defining its beauty with pictures that spoke to your soul, I felt compelled to buy a camera(my first) and booked a tour to China. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Makers

blog by Robyn Wyman-dill

Every decade is shaped by right and wrong moments. Creating impressions that will form the tapestry of your life. As we process in time, parts of the tapestry will fade. While certain others remain glued together, perhaps, by gravitational pull and the alchemy of magic. Getting stored in the brain – until aroused. Evoking dormant feelings.

Whenever right moments emerge, I hear music.  Just made-up tunes floating around inside my head that make me feel happy. (As a kid I entertained myself by singing show tunes from musicals I found in our record collection. Starting with songs from My Fair Lady, Oliver and Gigi, then moving my vocal chords intoWest Side Story and Irma La Douce, before shimmering out of musicals into Motown and popular music – which seemed to cry out to everyone to sing. Which I did. Evolving from Hair and The Age of Aquarius into The Mamas and the Papas andCalifornia Dreamin’, ) And the beat goes on and on with afterglow.. So, what do I do next?

I go to see a play infused with music, naked truths and lots of laughter. About a happy maker who created just the right moments for me.

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