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A post from our friend Mark Ingram…

The following handwritten note is dated July 1938. It was written by my 7 year old father James to his mother (my grandmother). James was spending the summer with his paternal grandparents in Florida after the recent divorce of his parents. It was a very vulnerable and unsteady time for my young father. This letter holds …

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135 Years of Dempsey & Carroll

  135 years ago today, John Dempsey, a talented engraver, and George Carroll, a savvy businessman, collaborated in the founding of a company that would not only provide its clients with luxury writing papers but also offer advice on etiquette and proper decorum in a variety of social settings. Today, we are proud to be a …

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Send a Handwritten note

Traditional and old-fashioned as it may be to some, the cost, time, and thought involved in writing a handwritten note always add a touch of luxury to your message. From the Harvard Business Review: Personal written notes grow rarer by the day. But if you want to convey to a client, a potential customer, a …

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Saying goodbye to my child…

We love this piece written by Michael Gerson- Eventually, the cosmologists assure us, our sun and all suns will consume their fuel, violently explode and then become cold and dark. Matter itself will evaporate into the void and the universe will become desolate for the rest of time. This was the general drift of my …

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A letter from Van Gogh

While living abroad, Vincent Van Gogh wrote frequent letters to his younger brother Theo. The two were very close, and the letters have provided great insight into the thoughts and beliefs of the artist. Below is one of the 600+ letters Vincent wrote, on this day in 1878. Etten, 15 Aug. 1878 My dear Theo, …

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The gift of a smile

There is some sort of unspoken rite of passage that occurs between the ages of 30 and 40. No one talks about it or really acknowledges it but from my observations (yes I can admit I’m over 40), it’s a universal truth. Life starts happening to and around you in a very real way. If you’ve …

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