OHMYGOSSIP — A collection of Alan Rickman’s personal diaries, scripts and correspondence could fetch £950,000.
The archive – which includes letters from famous names like Prince Charles, ‘Love Actually’ co-star Emma Thompson and Bill Clinton – fills 35 boxes, and is up for sale two years after the legendary actor sadly passed away aged 69.
As reported by the Daily Mirror, ‘Bridget Jones’ actor and memorabilia collector Neil Pearson has worked with the star’s estate to assemble the pieces, which were presented at the ABA Rare Book Fair.
Neil, 59, told the publication: “It’s a fabulous collection. There are 35 boxes of it – there is the ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’ script in there and ‘Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves’ is in there.
“Every single script of a play or film, all of his diaries and a massive amount of correspondence from pretty much every one you’ve ever heard of.”
As well as scripts ‘Die Hard’ and his time with the Royal Shakespeare Company – which are heavily annotated – there are also some pieces from the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise.
In a letter from J.K. Rowling, the author thanks Rickman for “doing justice to my most complex character”, following his stellar performances as Professor Snape in the big screen adaptations of her books.
The scripts have Snape’s lines highlighted, while there is also a letter from producer David Heyman offering him the role – as well as his final call sheet from the ‘Deathly Hallows’ shoot.
Also noteworthy in the collection are notes from Daniel Radcliffe and Nicole Kidman praising his stage performances, and a series of letters from singer Sting offering him a script.
There are a few legal documents that take the form of letters. A Letter of Intent, a Demand Letter, and a Cease and Desist Letter work similarly in that they serve as notices or declarations that are often used to keep transactions or proceedings due to disputes out of court.
With that in mind, here is a brief look at each of the documents and the circumstances in which they can be used.
What Is a Letter of Intent?
A Letter of Intent (LOI) is a statement or declaration made in writing that expresses the intentions and understandings between two parties. The LOI is usually not a legally-binding document because, in most cases, the drafter will make it clear that they are not making a binding offer. Generally, the letter only serves as a promise to continue negotiations in good faith.
Good faith is a term that refers to two parties’ commitment to act honestly and fairly in an agreement without taking advantage of the other. It means that each party is offering a sincere commitment to keep their promises.
The letter is often considered a foundation for a definitive agreement, but on its own does not usually enforce legal obligations on either agreeing party.
During negotiations for the purchase of a business or real estate
To receive scholarships (athletic scholarships in particular)
In post-secondary applications
To receive financing (e.g. loans or grants)
What Is a Demand Letter?
A Demand Letter, also known as a Letter of Demand or LOD, is a formal notice requesting payment or some kind of action (e.g. finishing up a job you hired someone to complete) from another party (usually a person or a business). Generally, demand letters are used to resolve conflicts outside of court so that a solution can be found quickly and without spending money on legal fees.
There are several types of demand letters:
“Debt Owed”: This is a letter used by an individual or creditor trying to collect a payment that is past due. It describes the amount of the debt and a description of the transaction that caused the debt, e.g. money owed for providing freelance writing services. Usually, immediate payment is demanded, but other settlements can be proposed to avoid litigation, like some form of collateral so that the creditor can still get some kind of repayment.
“Action Required”: This letter is used to request that a specific action be performed by the recipient of the letter. It’s usually used to demand that the person or party deliver on a promise they agreed to in an existing contract or agreement that they’ve since neglected. For example, if you paid someone to paint all of the rooms in your house and they didn’t finish the job.
It’s best to back up the demand claim with other documentation, so in the case of painting, you could include a copy of the Service Agreement and highlight the job description.
“Insurance Claim”: Most commonly used by accident victims, this letter serves to reach a settlement with an insurance company. The letter will contain a description of injuries, expenses, and any other information pertinent to the claim. The victim will also include a settlement amount with a deadline that the insurance company can accept in exchange for the victim’s right to sue. If the insurance company doesn’t accept, the claimant can take legal action.
“NSF Check”: This letter is used to request payment after a debtor’s check bounces due to insufficient funds or an account closure. The letter will have the check details (number, date, and payment amount) and the bank’s explanation for the check bouncing. Usually the letter will request payment of the amount plus any bank or mailing fees in order to avoid litigation.
“Stop Payment”: If a debtor pays a creditor in the form of a check but then instructs their bank to stop the check, thereby preventing the creditor from receiving the funds, the creditor can issue a “Stop Payment” Demand Letter. The letter will request full payment and to cover costs of bank and mailing fees.
In each of these demand letters, the recipient is advised that if they don’t comply with the demands, legal action will be pursued so the demands are met.
What Is a Cease and Desist Letter?
Simply put, a Cease and Desist Letter (C&D) is a formal notice that requests that a party (an individual, several individuals, or a business) stop a specified action. The letter informs the recipients that if they don’t comply, the issue will be taken to court.
A Cease and Desist Letter can be issued for a variety of reasons. Generally, they are used to demand that someone quit harassing, stalking, libeling, or slandering someone else, but they can also be used to resolve property disputes, e.g. a neighbor’s unkempt tree branches encroaching on another neighbor’s property.
There are some specialized forms of C&Ds:
A “Debt Collection” letter can be used to cease inappropriate harassment from debt collectors. For example, if a debt collector calls you nonstop at all hours of the day or becomes abusive with profane language to intimidate you into paying.
A “Copyright Infringement” letter can be used to demand another party (a person or an organization) stop infringing on the intellectual rights of your copyrighted work. This could range anywhere from someone posting your photos on their Instagram or website without giving credit to a competing business stealing your trademarked product ideas.
It should be noted that a Cease and Desist Letter is different than a Cease and Desist Order, which is a legally-binding order issued by a judge to halt illegal activity.
Which Letter Suits Your Situation?
As mentioned above, each letter has its own purpose to fit a variety of scenarios from securing payment to halting harassment. What’s important to remember is that these letters are used to avoid litigation, and, because of their nature as settlement documents, the recipient isn’t required to comply with your demands.
Usually most people are willing to settle out of court because it saves everyone time and money on legal fees, but if you do end up with someone who isn’t satisfied with a letter, you’ll either need to try and negotiate or you’ll have to take your claim to court. If you find yourself in the latter case, be sure you’re prepared with documentation and a good attorney.
Have you ever had to use one of these letters before?
Letters Live traveled across the pond for its first-ever U.S. celebration. Celebrities, including Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Hamill, Anjelica Huston, Isla Fisher, Catherine Keener, and James Corden, read comedic and intimate letters — some written centuries ago, others a couple of years old. Proceeds from the event, which began in 2013, go to charity. One by […]
Net-a-porter and Mr Porter are bringing Letters Live to Los Angeles.
The retailers are partnering with Letters Live, a rotating live events series where a variety of performers read aloud letters, often with a charitable component, to bring the concept to Los Angeles for its first public performance on February 26. To be held at the Ace Hotel, the event will feature letter readings by Jake Gyllenhaal, James Corden, Anjelica Huston, Minnie Driver, Stephen Fry, Catherine Keener, Mark Hamill, Jarvis Cocker, Shirley Manson, Ian McShane, Annabelle Wallis and more.
Letters Live was launched in 2013 and has featured readings of letters written by David Bowie, Mohandas Gandhi, Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, Kurt Vonnegut, Charlotte Brontë, Katharine Hepburn, Richard Burton, Patti Smith, Abraham Lincoln and Che Guevara. Past performers include Benedict Cumberbatch, Gillian Anderson, Ian McKellen, Kylie Minogue, Thandie Newton, Riz Ahmed, Tom Hiddleston, Sally Hawkins, Oscar Isaac, Jude Law and more.
“Letters Live is a unique entertainment experience, one which combines great talent, remarkable letters, and awareness for important local and global charity work, all culminating in unforgettable evenings that celebrate the humble letter and its immense power,” said Letters Live founder Jamie Byng. “Bringing Letters Live to a city with such a rich
Inside the boxes, Irene Lusztig found secrets and stories kept safe for forty years. Inside each envelope was the voice of a woman she had never met, yet in their midst she felt solidarity and sisterhood. Nearly a half-century after they were sent, she opened and read thousands of letters sent by readers to Ms. during its first decade on newsstands—and discovered, in the process, how interconnected feminists could remain across long stretches of time.
Among the correspondence was a 1973 letter from an angry woman forbidden to wear a pantsuit to work, a 1975 letter from a woman who left her family life behind to find herself and a 1976 letter from a teenager wherein she comes out for the very first time. “Collectively,” Lusztig wrote on the film’s website, “the letters feel like an encyclopedia of both the 70s and the women’s movement–an almost literal invocation of the second-wave feminist slogan ‘the personal is political.’”
Lusztig, an award-winning feminist filmmaker, archival researcher and professor, used the mostly-unpublished letters, stored at the Schlesinger Library, to connect over 300 women from across the country to their feminist co-conspirators across generations. The film for which that process gave way, Yours in Sisterhood, is a collective portrait of feminism across four decades—built uniquely through time travel and postage stamps.
For the project, Lusztig took the letters on the road and took them home—traveling for over two years to 32 states with a camera and portable teleprompter to return to the cities where they were written and record a belated response from a feminist stranger. Participants in each city read a letter from their hometown sent nearly a half-century earlier on camera and then engaged in a dialogue with the original sender in a response recorded live.
Lusztig also found five of the original letter writers—women who had the rare opportunity to see correspondence long since surrendered to the postal service decades earlier and in a much different world. In the film, one woman named Yvonne revisits her first-ever letter to Ms., which sparked years of correspondence between her and Ms. editor Valerie Monroe. In her initial letter, Yvonne declared her intentions to build a cabin and live mostly alone in the forest. Forty years later, she read that letter on the steps of her cabin.
Forty years later, Lusztig has finally located the feminist communities and counterparts Ms. readers sought and fostered in their letters to editors and staff. Four decades after the launch of a magazine that finally gave voice to the women’s movement, the stories and struggles of Ms. readers are now building bridges between feminist history and the feminist future.
“I’ve filmed readings with people of all ages, gender identities, shapes, colors and backgrounds on both coasts, in the Midwest, the Rockies and the South, in remote rural areas and major cities,” Lusztig wrote to supporters. “Along the way, I’ve built an incredible network of readers and supporters. Filming these conversations with strangers alongside the election, its aftermath, the #MeToo movement and much more, this project has felt increasingly timely and resonant—the stakes for how we create conversations about feminism right now are higher and more urgent than ever.”
LONDON (Reuters) – A previously unseen series of illustrated Christmas letters written by the author J.R.R Tolkien to his children, featuring Santa Claus and his helper Polar Bear, are to go on show next year.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Live phone calls significantly outperform text messages and letters as a way to remind patients to complete and return at-home screening tests for colon cancer, according to new research in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
The study included more than 2,700 patients who receive care in safety-net clinics and who were overdue for colon cancer screening. Colon cancer screening is recommended for everyone ages 50-75.
The patients were sent test kits by mail, and 10 percent mailed back their completed tests within three weeks. Those who did not return the kits within that period were assigned to one of seven reminder interventions. These included a phone call from a clinic outreach worker (live call), two automated calls, two text messages, a single reminder letter, or a combination of these strategies.
The live phone call intervention was most effective, resulting in 32 percent of patients in this group completing and returning their test kit within six months. The text message intervention was the least effective — only 17 percent of patients in this group completed and mailed back their test.
“We knew that these patients are not as text savvy as younger patients, but we didn’t expect text messaging to do so poorly, compared to the other strategies,” said Gloria Coronado, PhD, lead author and cancer disparities researcher with the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research. “Text messaging is a relatively inexpensive way to send patient reminders, but for this group it was also relatively ineffective.”
Patients received the various reminders in their preferred language. Phone calls were the most effective strategy for all patients, but English speakers were more likely to resond to live phone calls, while Spanish speakers were more likely to respond to the combination of a live call and two automated calls.
People assigned to receive the live call and the automated calls had more contacts with the health care system. It appears that Spanish speakers appreciated this additional contact, while English speakers may have been more likely to disregard the additional automated calls, said Coronado.
“The phone calls may help to build trust or confianza, which is an important value and motivator for care-seeking among Hispanics,” added Ricardo Jimenez, MD, co-author and medical director of Sea Mar Community Health Centers in Seattle, where the study took place.
“Our study shows that one reminder intervention doesn’t necessarily work for all patients. We need to design interventions tailored to the patient’s language and cultural preference,” explained Coronado.
Initially, at-home fecal screening tests were sent to 2,722 patients who received their health care in the Sea Mar system and who were overdue for colon cancer screening. Some of the tests were returned by the U.S. Postal Service because patients no longer lived at the address on file. After excluding these patients and the patients who mailed their test kits back within three weeks, there were 2,010 assigned to one of the seven reminder interventions.
The authors believe it is the first study to rigorously test the effectiveness of reminder strategies in a safety net system among patients with different language preferences.
Study strengths include its large, diverse sample size and ability to capture the patients’ demographic and medical information in the medical record. The study also has some limitations. Researchers could determine whether the text messages were sent to active cell numbers, but not whether patients received the text messages. They also don’t know whether patients listened to the automated phone messages or read the postcards.
The study was funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health Common Fund and the National Cancer Institute, and is part of the larger STOP Colon Cancer pragmatic trial that aims to improve colorectal cancer screening in community health clinics in Oregon, California and Washington (UH2AT007782) (4UH3CA188640-02).
In addition to Coronado and Dr. Jimenez, other authors include Jennifer Rivelli, MA, Morgan Fuoco, MA, William Vollmer, PhD, Amanda Petrik, MS, Erin Keast, MPH, from the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Oregon, and Sara Barker, MPH, and Emily Topalanchik from Sea Mar Community Health Center in Seattle..
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As teacher resignation letters increasingly go public – and viral – new research indicates teachers are not leaving solely due to low pay and retirement, but also because of what they see as a broken education system. K-12 Education News — ScienceDaily
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I saw that Spier & Mackay has a 20% off sale running right now, and they have, in my size, that navy hopsack with patch pockets and 1/4 lined with bemberg. Yet based on your writings lately and my love for all things Bonobos, I’ve been planning to jump on the Bonobos unlined Italian wool jacket. I’ve never tried a sportcoat from either brand, and I’m not too concerned with the price difference if Bonobos is a clear winner, but I’d like to know which one you would pick? I’m 5’7″ / 170 if that helps.
First, if you’ll allow, can we address the above image? Those pics were shot at least 3 years apart. Turns out I haven’t changed much over the years. (Jeans and a sportcoat and an open collared shirt and a bag with a stripe on it. Sorry about the rut my fellas.) Anyway, back to Danny’s dilemma. If you’re going for something other than navy or bright blue, then Bonobos is your answer (they have a TON of colors in their unconstructetd wool sportcoats). But if you’re going for a shade of blue, Spier & Mackay is gonna cost you a hell of a lot less, and deliver 85% – 90% of what the Bonobos does. I’d argue the wool on the Bonobos is better. But, since Spier & Mackay offers free returns on your first suit or sportcoat purchase, and Bonobos is free shipping & returns all the time… I’d get one of each, then send the one you like less back. Oh, and if you’re 5’7″/170, skip the Bonobos “Slim” fit. Go with standard. Their slim is a true slim, and you might be too broad for it.
Q: Collar Assist?
Saw your featured post about the final 5% and how it can make a difference. I agree with you on having a good collar, but I found it interesting that you left out the best invention when it comes to collars. Wurkin stiffs! I use their polo stays and plastic stiffy stays and love em’.
– Dylan S.
First, welcome. Second, I know you’re new-ish to the site because for years and years I sung the praises of wurkin’ stiffs. And I totally understand why so many still use them. That said, I never quite got used to the magnetic buttons being visible, even if ever so slightly, on the inside of my collar. I even invested in those colored, rubber coated buttons. Finally, I one day just got some regular, somewhat bendable alloy stays, and after putting a hockey stick style bend in em, I’ve never looked back. No more magnets, and my collar stays at attention all day (mind you, I also wear sportcoats and blazers a ton, and thus, that helps the points stay in line). Yes, wurkin stiffs are just fine if you like em’, but there is a simpler solution out there (as was mentioned in the post).
That’s a fine, fine observation Del. Technically, the post is “old.” But so is this blog (we launched almost 10 years ago). Anyway, it was a “featured post.” And “featured post” sounds better than “old posts that we’re re-distributing through our social media channels in case someone missed it, wasn’t following us when it first launched, or that post has somehow become relevant again due to current circumstances.” And J. Crew re-released the Killshots a few days back. They’re sold out now. They’re still awfully uncomfortable compared to the competition (like Stan Smiths) and I still don’t get the fascination. So. Yeah. It is old. And thanks for the eloquent feedback.
I’m looking to get a watch similar to the Rolex Explorer. I am looking for something no larger than 40 mm. Ideally would be automatic and under $ 600; although, I would certainly consider quartz. The first brand that comes to mind is Hamilton (Khaki King/Field); however, I know there are several others out there. Any thoughts on a good alternative?
The thing about Rolex is that their designs are so iconic that even those trying to produce “homages” to them… often fall short. And you’re certainly on the right track. The Hamilton Khaki Field on a stainless band and in the 40mm diameter is a fine alternative. The dial is obviously busier, but they (to me) did a real nice job on the re-design. Meanwhile, there’s also Seiko’s popular SARB033 auto, but that lacks those fat, balance-adding Arabic numerals. At least the date window on the Seiko matches the dial. Meanwhile, if one day you want to jump into the luxury watch game, but don’t want to go ALL the way to Rolex? You can get a “baby Rolex,” or, a Tudor, that’s awfully close, for less than half the price of an Explorer.
Q. Best affordable driving loafers?
I’m looking for a pair of decent quality, but still affordable driving loafers. Thoughts?
I like the Jack Erwin “Parker” myself. Not super cheap at $ 115, but they are made in Portugal. Then there’s Marc Mcnairy’s New Republic line. Hard to get cheaper than that. The problem with drivers is that most are, by design, not good to be worn for extended periods of time. Why? They’re designed to be worn while sitting (driving a car) and for maximum foot dexterity and touch responsiveness. So, the cushioning ain’t gonna be there. They’re great for around the house, short trips, or… actually driving. But just don’t plan on standing in them for hours and hours at an outdoor concert or anything.
Q. Avoiding “Dad Style”
Just read your 10 Men’s summer style mistakes and it got me thinking about my upcoming child and succumbing to some of the things in your article, but out of necessity. (Clean up on aisle “dad”, if you catch my drift.) Any plans on tackling the “Dad Uniform?” Hoping to find a happy medium.
One of my pals from way back just had a kid, and he even posted to Instagram something about how he was “settling into his new Dad look.” The shot was of him and his newborn son, kid’s head resting against Dad’s chest while on the couch, Dad wearing an unbuttoned madras shirt. Yet he still looked like Jason Statham. Look, I think this is like anything else. Your priorities can shift as new responsibilities crop up, but you also owe it to yourself (and your offspring) to not mail it in/give up on you. Because if you do and use them as an excuse? Your kids are gonna see that, and in the end, it’s resentment all around. (But I’m a physical and social wreck for you! I did it for you!) They’ll hate you for it one day. Promise. Try to balance functionality with fit. You can wear cargo shorts to hold the cheerios and the binkie. Just make sure they’re not enormously oversized, and pair them with some classic canvas or leather sneakers and a well fitting, plain t-shirt. Diaper bags don’t have to look like crap, despite holding nappies for crappin’. It’s the little things, especially when all the other Dads at the pre-school pickup have waved the white flag. Give a damn. Even a little damn, and all the Mom’s will be referring to you as a DILF behind your back in no time.
Q. Winter D.C. Trip Wardobe Prep?
I’m from Houston, and we have a wedding coming up in Washington DC early December. Being from Texas we don’t really have a ton of cold weather gear. I’m going to be putting around DC for 2 days and visiting some customers. Then Saturday/Sunday we’ll be doing wedding stuff and traveling home. Do you have any recommendations for nice stuff to wear while I’m around DC during the day? Probably will be walking quite a bit so comfortable shoes but stylish business casual (and warm!)
Washington D.C., especially the last few years, can be outrageously unpredictable when it comes to winter weather. It can either be somewhat mild, or, it can blizzard. And then there’s the ice storms that can down power lines every so often. So, step 1 would be to keep an eye on the forecast. Step 2 would be to take care of your feet. You’ll want lightweight, merino wool hiking socks and some smart-casual boots with grip on the bottom. If you want to go cheap, I’d give the JC Penney Stafford Deacon a try. I KNOW I KNOW, I can hear the shouts now. Yes, they’ve changed the leather quality and they aren’t as good as they used to be. But for $ 40, you can get a pair of beater boots you won’t be too upset if you trash (just be sure you wear them in well first, before you head to D.C.). Otherwise, there’s Allen Edmonds Daltons (make sure you get the rubber sole) or Liverpool chelseas (V-tread sole comes standard). But those are darn, darn pretty boots. Comfortable as hell though (break em’ in before you go). For the rest? Layers. Bring layers. An unconstructed wool sportcoat (see the first email in this post) should do you right. And a wool but not overly bulky single breasted top-coat plus a scarf. Something you can shed quickly when necessary. The metro can get steamy. Especially when it’s on fire.
When Tim and Candice started dating in 2013, they immediately began exchanging handwritten love letters back and forth.
Little did Candice know that when Tim popped the question years later, those sweet letters would play a key role in his master proposal plan.
In December 2015, Tim surprised Candice with a trip to Hamilton Island in Queensland, Australia. She woke up one morning to find that Tim had decorated their place with romantic details like rose petals and candles.
What’s more, all of the love notes from throughout their relationship were laid out on a table in the living room. They read each one together, reminiscing about all of the happy memories. Then Tim arranged the letters in such a way to reveal a special message.
The first letter of each note spelled out the words “Will you marry me?”
“I instantly burst out in tears of joy as my mind could not comprehend how someone could love me so much,” Candice told HowHeAsked.
The first love letter was written within the first week of the couple’s relationship. Evidently, Tim very quickly realized Candice was the one.
“We were friends for three and a half years before we started dating and I liked her that entire time,” Tim told The Huffington Post.
In October 2016, the couple tied the knot at Deckhouse Woolwich in Sydney, Australia. On the big day, Tim surprised his bride yet again, this time with a song he had written her two months into their relationship.
When FLOTUS Michelle Obama said President Barack Obama has always been “swagalicious,” we were more than willing to believe her. Look at the guy!
But in a new interview with former senior adviser David Axelrod, the president himself admits he wasn’t always so cool ― and definitely not smooth with the ladies.
Obama tells Axelrod that he was a partier during his time at Occidental College in California, studying social policy and advocating for the anti-apartheid movement through the “haze of a hangover.”
When he moved to New York to attend Columbia University, young Obama left his partying ways behind, becoming “wildly pretentious” and “humorless” in the process.
“Physically I remove myself from my old life, I go to New York. And it’s true, I live[d] like a monk for three or four years, took myself way too seriously,” Obama says in the podcast, which was released Monday.
Unsurprisingly, monkdom didn’t bode well for Barry O’s social life.
“I’m humorless, and you know, have one plate and one towel and ― and fasting on Sundays,” Obama recalls. “Friends start noticing that I’m begging off going out at night because I have to, you know, read Sartre or something.”
Obama said that reading through his old journals reminded him just how badly he stumbled with women.
“Letters that I’ve written to girls [I’m] courting or something, they’re impenetrable,” Obama admits. “I mean, I don’t understand what I’m saying.”
“The [pickup lines] didn’t work, I think, because people were all like, ‘Wow, this guy is just too intense,’” he adds, “I should’ve tried like, you know, ‘Wanna go to a movie?’”
Luckily, POTUS realized a movie date was the way to go before meeting Michelle Obama (née Robinson) in 1989.
For their first date ― fictionalized in the movie “Southside With You” ― Barack took Michelle to the Art Institute of Chicago, followed by a walk down Michigan Avenue and a showing of Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing.” The future first couple rounded things off with ice cream at Baskin-Robbins.
“He showed all the sides ― he was hip, cutting edge, cultural, sensitive,” Michelle said of the date in a 2012 video.
Now that’s the “swagalicious” Obama we know today.
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“Are these your wedding pictures?” Annie asked, lifting a gorgeous sculpted velvet album off the bookshelf. Yolanda set the tea tray on the coffee table, then looked over. “Mmm-hmm.” “May I look?” Yolanda laugheda husky chuckle that sounded like it should come out of a six-foot-tall dominatrix, not the tiny woman passing Annie a plate of miniature tarts. “If you wish. Don and I hired an artiste , don’t you know, so almost all the formal photos are backlit or shot from some crazy angle. Luckily, our friend Tony had his camera with him. Most of what’s in there is by him.” Annie ignored her tea as she turned the pages. “I see what you mean,” she murmured as she flipped quickly through arty shots so pretentious and blurry she recognized Yolanda only by the large expanse of white gown. Halfway along, the photos started to show sun-filled historic architecture and people who actually had faces. “The venue is gorgeous,” Annie said, turning the pages more slowly. “Where is this?” “The Lyman Estate in Waltham. Don’s family is all in the Boston area, and we loved the venue.” “Ooh…” Annie pointed to one guest. “Who’s this?” Yolanda leaned over to check. “Stefan Cox? He’s Don’s boss.” Seriously? An architect could look like that? Somehow it seemed too plebeian a profession for a man who’d apparently left Mount Olympus to join the wedding party. Curly black hair, eyes so light Annie couldn’t stop staring at them, and a gorgeous skin tone. Tanned? “I thought you got married on New Year’s Eve,” she said. “We did. Why?” “Don’s boss looks so tanned.” Yolanda glanced at the photo. “Oh, no, that’s his normal skin tone. Multiracial background, I think. Don says Stefan’s parents are quite colorful in their own right. His mother’s Italian-Swedish, I believe, and his father is English but with ancestors from the Caribbean.” Annie raced through the rest of the photos, looking for the luscious Stefan in all the group shots. She sighed as she closed the album. “He’s single,” Yolanda said. Her knowing smile widened when Annie’s eyebrows shot up. “You’re kidding. He’s gorgeous.” Yolanda shrugged. “Gorgeous but picky, I gather. Don says Stefan won’t date anyone in the office, won’t date their clients, suppliers or pretty much anyone else. I think he’d like you, though,” Yolanda said, giving Annie a once-over. “Me?” She was pretty, but Stefan Cox was in a class by himself. “You. He likes your work.” “HowI mean, when did he see my work?” She’d been one of Yolanda’s jewelry designers for barely eight months. A few of Annie’s pieces were on display at the store, but they weren’t labeled as hers specifically. “I wore your black keshi pearl earrings to the firm’s Christmas party. Stefan remarked on them.” Yolanda collected shortbread crumbs with the pad of her pinkie. “I explained that you’d graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and had your choice of employers. He wants to meet you.” Annie si
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Sheila Mills came from a sheltered middle class upbringing before she joined the WRNS in 1940. The working life of a women’s naval officer in World War II was a hard one. The discipline and trials of living and working as a "Wren" plunged her head first into a life of bed bugs, last minute travel, secrecy, and huge responsibility. But while Sheila met with hard and exciting work during one of the world’s most dangerous conflicts, she also found love, friendship, fun, and the human spirit. Her fascinating encounters, assignments, events, and, of course, the many loves she found and lost, are all seen through her eyes in this lively collection of letters home. A unique insight into the coming of age of a young girl in the 1940s, Sheila’s letters will have readers laughing—and crying—at the extraordinary life of a young girl who traveled all over the world and witnessed key events in the war.
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The Floppy''s Phonics Sounds and Letters Super Easy Buy Pack (Books Only) contains:
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Include some initials in your locket to represent your loved ones, your school, or a special place. special features: capitalized letters material: steel sizing: can easily inside any smashing fancy locket dimensions: .2″ W x .25″ H
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Ask any mother and she will tell you there are just not enough hours in the day. By the time she has fed, clothed, and bathed the children, readÂ Curious GeorgeÂ for the 100th time, cut the crusts off the PB&J sandwiches, and removed the ground-in dirt from the play clothes, she does not have time to create a detailed scrapbook of each of her children''s lives. It''s no wonder that so many elaborate baby books remain incomplete, their pristine pages adding to the guilt and inadequacy that many moms already feel.That is whyÂ The Mommy JournalÂ is so perfect for today''s moms. It offers a quick and guilt-free way to record the special moments of childhood. Space for each entry is only about three inches long and undated, so there is no pressure to write lengthy narratives or to journal every day. In less than five minutes, mothers can quickly jot down the moments they want to remember forever. Plus, unlike traditional baby books,Â The Mommy JournalÂ lets mothers record memories of all their children in one place.Charming illustrations of toys, hearts, and animals grace each page. Every few pages contain a bit of parenting wisdom such as, The best thing you can give children next to good habits are good memories. Instructions for fun activities moms can do with their children, such as make edible finger paint from instant pudding, are included as well.Â The Mommy JournalÂ will become a treasured keepsake, both for the mom who creates it and for the child who receives this precious record of childhood.
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Ask any mother and she will tell you there are just not enough hours in the day. By the time she has fed, clothed, and bathed the children, read Curious George for the 100th time, cut the crusts off the PB&J sandwiches, and removed the ground-in dirt from the play clothes, she does not have time to create a detailed scrapbook of each of her children’s lives. It’s no wonder that so many elaborate baby books remain incomplete, their pristine pages adding to the guilt and inadequacy that many moms already feel.That is why The Mommy Journal is so perfect for today’s moms. It offers a quick and guilt-free way to record the special moments of childhood. Space for each entry is only about three inches long and undated, so there is no pressure to write lengthy narratives or to journal every day. In less than five minutes, mothers can quickly jot down the moments they want to remember forever. Plus, unlike traditional baby books, The Mommy Journal lets mothers record memories of all their children in one place.Charming illustrations of toys, hearts, and animals grace each page. Every few pages contain a bit of parenting wisdom such as, "The best thing you can give children next to good habits are good memories." Instructions for fun activities moms can do with their children, such as make edible finger paint from instant pudding, are included as well.The Mommy Journal will become a treasured keepsake, both for the mom who creates it and for the child who receives this precious record of childhood.
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The art of travelling is only a branch of the art of thinking,” Mary Wollstonecraft wrote in one of her many reviews of works of travel writing. A Short Residence is her own travel memoir. In a series of letters addressed to an unnamed lover, the work narrates Wollstonecraft’s journey through Scandinavia in 1795, on much of which she was accompanied by her infant daughter. Passionate and personal, A Short Residence is at once a moving epistolary travel narrative, a politically-motivated ethnographic tract, a work of scenic tourism, and a sentimental journey. It is both as much a work of political thought as Wollstonecraft’s better known treatises, and a brilliant, innovative, and influential work in the genre.This Broadview edition provides a helpful introduction and extensive appendices that contextualize this remarkable text in relation to key political and aesthetic debates. It also includes a significant selection from Wollstonecraft’s travel reviews.
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Kindergarten children often struggle with learning the alphabet. The letters are easy enough to remember, but the variety of letter sounds can be a troublesome thing for a child to overcome. Forcing a child to study these letters can be time consuming and a challenge in itself, as most children (perhaps in a foreshadowing of their teenage and college years) will not enjoy studying word sounds when they could be playing. The perfect solution to this is an educational game, like First Letters for Fun! which provides a much more fun and enjoyable way to learn than traditional books about the alphabet. Designed as a cooperative and interactive experience, First Letters for Fun! is presented in a fun game-like format for young children to play with their parents or someone else who can read. Letters are presented as pictures of common objects, and the child is prompted to select the correct letter from a list of choices. The appropriate letter sounds, A-L in this book, are often presented in many of the choices, whether right or wrong. While the book is designed as a learning experience for the alphabet for kids, an adult is preferred to help the child work through the book. Luckily though, after a few read-throughs of the book, and with the help of picture recognition and repetitive letter sounds, a child may even be able to go through the book themselves!
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A manifesto for the humanities in the digital age, A New Republic of Letters” argues that the history of texts, together with the methods by which they are preserved and made available for interpretation, are the overriding subjects of humanist study in the twenty-first century. Theory and philosophy, which have grounded the humanities for decades, no longer suffice as an intellectual framework. Jerome McGann proposes we look instead to philology–a discipline which has been out of fashion for many decades but which models the concerns of digital humanities with surprising fidelity. For centuries, books have been the best way to preserve and transmit knowledge. But as libraries and museums digitize their archives and readers abandon paperbacks for tablet computers, digital media are replacing books as the repository of cultural memory. While both the mission of the humanities and its traditional modes of scholarship and critical study are the same, the digital environment is driving disciplines to work with new tools that require major, and often very difficult, institutional changes. Now more than ever, scholars need to recover the theory and method of philological investigation if the humanities are to meet their perennial commitments. Textual and editorial scholarship, often marginalized as a narrowly technical domain, should be made a priority of humanists’ attention.