Past Squares 10: Things Lost, Never Found

Today’s post for Past Squares (Thank you once again, Becky at Life of B, for hosting the Squares Challenge) is:

THINGS SELF LOST:

Shades; Red Hat

She bought both in Paris. They had great sentimental value. WAAAAH!

Lawyer for the Defense

Self is now about halfway through Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy. Last night, she almost contemplated stopping. It is so painful, in hindsight, to read about Ethel’s fate. Self’s already lost two full nights’ sleep, reading.

Nevertheless.

p. 135: The father-son legal team for the defense are Alexander and Manny Bloch (who have cut their teeth, according to journalist Anne Sebba, representing small bakeries in contract disputes. Seriously?) For the prosecution: ROY COHN, and all the power of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI. The charge: treason (Apparently there was a time in America when treason was taken very seriously).

Bloch senior “attempted to separate Ethel from the alleged conspiracy in his opening remarks by describing her as a wife of twelve years’ standing and a mother raising two young sons. “She was a housewife, basically a housewife and nothing more,” Bloch senior insisted. “She did not transmit or conspire to transmit any information to any government . . . she was dragged into this case through the machinations of her own brother and her own sister-in-law, who in order to transfer and lighten their burden of responsibility, accused her of being a co-conspirator.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Past Squares 9: CROWDS

In the first months of the pandemic, self looked through her archives, a lot. What she found most striking were her photos of CROWDS. Looking at these pictures from a post-pandemic mindset, it’s hard to imagine being comfortable in crowds this big, ever again.

(Loving the theme of Past Squares. Thank you, Becky at Life of B, for this fascinating challenge!)

The interior shot was taken at the Louvre. Look at that crowd of people trying to get in front of the Mona Lisa! Self didn’t think she’d ever make it, but a Spanish tourist grabbed self’s hand. It is much easier to push when there are two of you. Somehow, we managed to get close enough for each of us to take a picture.

The second picture was taken on the steps of Sacre Couer. Again, what a crowd. Wonder what it’s like in front of Sacre Couer today.

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