This slice is from one of the final moments of my day. I'm on my way upstairs so I can open to page 33, sip on my steaming hot mug of Good Earth tea and nibble on my ration of dark chocolate. The tea and chocolate are the perfect accompaniments to Susan Vreeland's portrait of Renoir's famous collective portrait titled, Luncheon of the Boating Party. La vie moderne has especially come to life for me since hearing Susan Vreeland a few weeks ago. In a slide presentation of masterpieces and peppered with her humor and history, she told how the book was born (she always loved this iconic painting), how she developed and researched her story and what she added to the poetic lives of the models (his friends) Renoir painted at the restaurant of the boating club that overlooked the Seine. I have been patiently waiting for this moment since 6:00 am when I hit the road in MA to return to VA. It's been worth the wait.