The April Fools’ Day Edition

In honor of the change of season, Seattle Outsider Musings has updated its banner photos with a view of Wordsmith Maggie’s resplendent springtime backyard in West Seattle.

On March Madness and Other “Lesser” Sports
It’s no secret to anyone who knows me well that I am no fan of basketball, pro or college.  Tennis is my thing, followed by a renewed interest in football–the Seahawks, no surprise since becoming a Seattleite–even though I’m a native New Englander.  (Things got a little strange this past Super Bowl season when my loyalties were truly tested…)


Speaking of tennis, check out the April issue of Vogue magazine.  Yes, Vogue, in which an uncharacteristically demure “Queen of the Court” Serena Williams, photographed by Annie Leibovitz, graces the front cover.  (And, no, she’s not wearing Prada; she’s wearing a Rag & Bone sheath dress for all you inquiring fashionista minds who want to know…)  This isn’t the first time Williams has appeared on the pages of the haute couture publication.  She and older sister Venus posed together in a fashion spread back in 1998, bedecked in matching black and white striped evening dresses, topped  off with beaded cornrow-do’s .

Getting back to b-ball, ice water would surely have pulsed through my veins if I hadn’t been riveted by the Elite Eight NCAA game between Duke and Gonzaga.  No offense to the Devils, but I was totally bummed that the Zags lost, even though I’d been forewarned by a veteran sports betting friend that the Devils would prevail.  I took small comfort that the point spread was wider than he’d placed his bet on.  But as Seattle Times reporter Bud Withers wrote about the eve of Gonzaga’s most important game in 16 years, “Duke Coach K[rzyzewski] slathered the Zags in superlatives.  They haven’t gotten so much love since Bing Crosby, the fabled alum, released ‘White Christmas’.”
Stay tuned for more “in-depth” reporting on the Final Four from yours truly.  (Go Kentucky, and no more squeakers this time around, please!)


Happy Belated Birthday, Mies
You may have missed this, but the great 20th century architect Mies van der Rohe, whose pioneering work with glass and steel helped define modern architecture, was born on March 27, 129 years ago.  His most iconic works include the pure white Farnsworth House in Illinois, the dark, glassy Seagram Building in New York City and the Martin Luther King Library in Washington, D.C., his last building completed three years after his death in 1969.  His signature style made it a rare example in the capital.  It has been designated a national historical landmark, and is currently undergoing a $250M renovation.
The famous phrases “Less is more” and ‘God is in the details” are attributed to him.  Amen to that!

barcelona chair

Van der Rohe also designed furniture, one of his best-known pieces being the Barcelona chair (1929), which he collaborated on with his personal and professional partner at the time, German modernist designer Lilly Reich.



In closing, this is Holy Week in the Christian faith leading up to Easter Sunday.  Wordsmith Maggie wishes Seattle Outsider Musings readers a wonderful Easter holiday shared with friends and loved ones.


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