Hello February.

elewisLast night I was overjoyed to see Google’s doodle of Edmonia Lewis, the first woman of African American and Native American heritage to achieve international recognition as a sculptor. I wrote about her eleven years ago, so I was ecstatic that more people would learn about her. I hope that this also means that more is discovered¬†about her and her groundbreaking body of work.

Don’t you just love those google doodles?

This one is to celebrate the 93rd birthday of jazz legend John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie, who was born in Cheraw, South Carolina. He started to play the piano at age four, the trumpet and trombone by age 12. He is one of the major innovators of bebop, which was the first modern form of jazz, but I’ve always been impressed that he spent 53 years of his life married to the same woman. Not many famous musicians, jazz or otherwise, can say that.