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American Museum of Natural History…a True GEM of a Trip!

“I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can’t possess radiance, you can only admire it.” Elizabeth Taylor

 

 

     Looking for an excursion that doesn’t involve leaving New York City? The American Museum of Natural History is thrilled to announce that on June 12th, the completely redesigned and reimagined Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals will reopen after a four year absence.
     The new exhibit contains three main divisions; the Gems Hall, the Minerals Hall, and the Melissa and Keith Meister Gallery for temporary exhibitions.
     A spectacular 12-foot-tall sparkling amethyst geode takes your breath away upon entering. I felt extra safe being fully vaccinated in conjunction with the mask mandate still in effect at the museum.  In the dimly lit, thoughtfully arranged space, the beautifully illuminated specimens are truly magical!  Some huge…some tiny…they  were ALL breathtaking. The exhibit is spacious and perfectly organized and there is truly something for everyone. Whether you love geology, history, jewelry or just science in general, there are ample opportunities to be wowed.  The interactive learning stations spread out throughout the hall, and the signage and labeling of the gems and minerals, work splendidly to enhance your visit.
     The Mineral Hall comprises four sections: Mineral Forming Environments, Minerals Fundamentals, Systemic Classifications, and Minerals & Light.
     The temporary exhibit shines with “Beautiful Creatures,” which showcases some of the world’s most glorious jewelry pieces, each inspired by animals. A genuine highlight for me was the famous Cartier flamingo brooch gifted to Wallis Simpson from Prince Edward Duke of Windsor.
     Timed tickets are required to visit the museum, which includes the new Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals. Go to ticketing.amnh.org  to reserve your space.
So, if you would like to see the natural wonders from exotic destinations such as Myanmar, Kashmir, Australia, Sri Lanka and Brazil, head on over to the American Museum of Natural History. Most of the fun and none of the jetlag!
P.S That’s 7-year old me proudly showing off my gem and mineral collection circa 1969.
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Dive into your summer reading list

(Family Features) Laying out on the beach and floating in the pool are true hallmarks of summer. A good book, however, can elevate these relaxing experiences to a new level.

Whether you find yourself looking for a beach read, a book for the pool or something to help you escape while lounging on the couch with the windows open, these sizzling summer reads offer something for nearly every type of reader. From suspense to romance and adventure, you don’t want to miss these books this summer.

Some Secrets Aren’t Meant to Be Shared

From author Meg Mitchell Moore comes a warm, witty and suspenseful novel filled with small-town secrets, summer romance, big time lies and spiked seltzer. In “Two Truths and A Lie” the leader of an idyllic beach town “mom squad” has made surprising effort to include a new resident and her daughter in typically closed-group activities, though they’re not the only ones she’s been spending more time with. A blend of propulsive thriller and gorgeous summer read, Moore’s latest novel is a reminder that happiness isn’t always a day at the beach, some secrets aren’t meant to be shared and the most precious things are loved ones.

Romantic Adventure Proves Anything Can Happen

No. 1 “New York Times” bestseller Susan Elizabeth Phillips returns to her Chicago Stars series with a romance between a quarterback and one of the world’s greatest opera singers – and a major diva – in “When Stars Collide.” It’s Mozart meets Monday night football as the temperamental soprano and stubborn jock embark on a nationwide tour promoting a luxury watch brand, they engage in soul-searching, trash talk and backstage drama. Threatening letters, haunting photographs and a series of dangerous encounters also complicate their lives and make them wonder if it’s the work of an overzealous fan or something more sinister.

Transatlantic Love Story Raises the Royal Stakes

“New York Times” and “USA Today” bestselling author Alyssa Cole’s second Runaway Royals novel, “How to Find a Princess,” is an Anastasia-inspired romance featuring a long-lost princess who finds love with the female investigator tasked with tracking her down. When a threat to her grandmother’s livelihood pushes the princess to return to Ibarania, the investigator takes her on a transatlantic adventure. When they finally make it, they realize there’s more at stake than just cash and crown, and the princess must learn what it means to fight for what she desires rather than what she feels bound to by duty.

Find more titles to add to your summer reading list at Facebook.com/WilliamMorrowBooks .

 

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