Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2010 Resolution: Break Out The Horn

 Self Portrait 2003

After looking at the pictures of HDS in the last post, it quickly reminded me of my trumpet playing days in Cambridge. I was so exhausted and burned out after the first year that I decided to take up an instrument and since I always wanted to learn how to play the trumpet, I picked up a cheap one online.
To my surprise, the trumpet is not an instrument that you can just pick up. Fortunately for me, Berklee College of Music was only a T-ride away. And after finding a instructor and 4 lessons, I was ready to start playing on my own. The funny part is that I actually started to get good.

I eventually got a better horn (Bach TR300) but once I entered law school, the trumpet was tossed aside for Property outlines and Civil Procedure note cards.  But since a new year is upon us, I finally think its time break out my horn.

I love the fact that my Bach was made in America.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Life Archives: Harvard Divinity School


My years at Harvard Divinity School (M.Div 05) was the most challenging and equally rewarding time of my life. As the year comes to an end, my thoughts turn back to a simpler time when I had everything figured out (or so I thought).

Monday, December 28, 2009

Navy's Golden Thirteen

(seated in front row, left-to-right):Ensign George C. Cooper, USNR;Ensign Graham E. Martin, USNR;Ensign Jesse W. Arbor, USNR; Ensign John W. Reagan, USNR; Ensign Reginald E. Goodwin, USNR; (standing in back row, left-to-right): Ensign Dennis D. Nelson, USNR;Ensign Phillip G. Barnes, USNR; Ensign Samuel E. Barnes, USNR; Ensign Dalton L. Baugh, USNR;Ensign James E. Hare, USNR; Ensign Frank E. Sublett, USNR; Warrant Boatswain Charles B. Lear, USNR.

In January 1944 sixteen black enlisted men gathered at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Illinois to begin a cram course that would turn them into the U.S. Navy's first African-American officers on active duty. The men believed they could set back the course of racial justice if they failed and banded together so all would succeed. Despite the demanding pace, all sixteen passed the course. Twelve were commissioned as ensigns and a thirteenth was made a warrant officer. Years later these pioneers came to be known as the Golden Thirteen, but at the outset they were treated more as pariahs than pioneers. Often denied the privileges and respect routinely accorded white naval officers, they were given menial assignments unworthy of their abilities and training. Yet despite this discrimination, these inspirational young men broke new ground and opened the door for generations to come.

Their story is retold in Paul Stillwell's book, "The Golden Thirteen."

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Currently Available @ Partners & Spade

Via: Capturing the Seven

Store inventory currently at Partners & Spade. The hand drawn pictures reminds me of a Wes Anderson movie.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

What Christmas Is All About

Merry Christmas From Alex Grant!

Inside Look: Skull and Bones

Although this may look like a low budget Blair Witch Project (click on 'Inside Look' to see video),  it's actually "the tomb" of the Skull and Bones at Yale University. I can't vouch for the members today but their depiction of style in The Good Shepherd was nothing less than classic!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

Travel: Adirondack NY

Adirondack NY

There is something special about 2005. Besides the Vitals spring 2005 issue that we all hold so dear, I also came across an article that same year in Ralph Lauren's online magazine (RL) about travel destination Adirondack N.Y. The article titled, "The Point: Bliss In The Adirondacks" always struck a cord with me (even almost 5 years later).  I don't know if it was the exclusive idea of staying in a "former Rockefeller estate tucked deep in the Adirondack woods of upstate New York," or the cool factor of sleeping in a cabin straight out of The Great Outdoors, but either way, the pictures always reminded me of a Norman Rockwell photo. And isn't that what we all strive for: "A picture perfect vacation."

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Alex's Pick: Linus Blanket

Evey child needs a security blanket.

Alex is usually a good sleeper but a month ago, he started cutting his naps a little short. I quickly remembered that I wanted to buy him a Linus Blanket from Urban Outfitters before he was born, and when it arrived, Alex was instantly attached to it. He's been sleeping like a baby ever since.

BTW, A Charlie Brown Chirstmas is now streaming on Hulu.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Boy Scouts - Nantucket or Bust

Boy Scouts Rowing to Nantucket

One of my favorite memories as a child was winning a Swiss army knife for selling the most popcorn in my den as a Cub Scout. I still remember the Cub Scout promise as if it was a security blanket from my toddler days. I can't wait to introduce Alex to the world of Scouting and hopefully I'll be a den leader in his pack.  I think my parents still have some pictures of me in my uniform and I will gladly upload them whenever I dig them out from their basement.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Den of Inequity

Hollister Hovey

A den/study is a must for our next home. Inspired by Hollister Hovey's Frontier Motif for the holidays, I was wondering how I would decorate our den for the holidays to come. Below is TOPH and Vitals (Sp 2005) guide to decorating your study. Is there anything you would add? What do you have in your study?


Monday, December 7, 2009


Back in March of 2008, ACL (one of my daily reads), scanned a few pages of his favorite Japanese magazine Free & Easy and I stumbled upon them this past weekend. This issued covered everything U.S. Navy and was aptly named Navy-ism. Free & Easy had a follow up issue to Navy-ism called Cadet Style, which appears to examine military style from a college and academy perspective. Check out Mister Freedom's Navy inspired apparel at Self Edge.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Rover For The Holidays

I forgot about the 80s trend of dressing up your vehicle for the holidays until I saw this post at Easy & Elegant Life. And after making a quick trip to the dollar store, I am totally in season.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Navy Shawl Collar Sweater

The Life Aquatic

I love the idea of a cotton/wool sweater with a shawl collar. Martin + Osa and Land's End Canvas has some good options.

Martin + OsaAs some of you might have guessed by now, I'm totally obsessed with the U.S. Navy and Sailing gear. I fell in love with the Navy in 9th grade with my school's annual trip to Annapolis and I've been married to the Sea ever since. Well, after watching The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou this morning, I was reminded of how much I love the Sea as well as the clothing.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Alex's Picks: French Cartoons


I can't put my finger on it but for some reason or another; I always loved French cartoons as a kid. Tintin, Madeline, and Babar were a few of my favorite cartoons growing up and I'm slowly introducing them to my children. Alex already loves Madeline and he has a Babar book and toy that we picked up at Riley's Reads the summer before he was born. And although he's not quite ready for Tintin cartoons, maybe I'll get him this for Christmas.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Harvard Club of Delaware

I finally did it. I finally put the check in the mail to become a member of the Harvard Club of Delaware. As a fairly recent graduate of Harvard Divinity School (my picture is still on the Alumni page), the membership fee was only $10 and since the Harvard Club of Delaware basically paid for my masters degree; I totally feel obligated to join.

When you first apply to Harvard (at any school in the University), they give you an Financial Aid sheet full of potential scholarships that you may be eligible for. Most of the scholarship are obscure such as the Robinson Scholarship in which eligible is based on having the last name Robinson and growing up in the most northeastern(est) part of South Dakota. After searching up and down on this sheet, I finally came across the Harvard Club of Delaware. The criteria for their scholarship was that you had to be born and raised in Delaware. Once I applied, I had to show them a copy of my birth certificate as well as my High School diploma from Tatnall. Three years later, I basically left Harvard with no loans and they even gave me a stipend each year.

I'm not sure what to expect from this side of the Harvard Club of Delaware but I do love the fact that I get to interview local students who wish to attend Harvard. I will definitely keep you updated, especially if we visit other clubs such as the one in New York and Boston.