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This table is you!  It would be so much fun to wear a flapper dress and be a guest.  Bring on the champagne!  You can the Charleston for us!  (I have two left feet -- I'll just watch.)
A recent gift with purchase and some winter daydreaming have inspired my tablescape today. It's a girls and pearls, "deco"dence theme (as in Art Deco era). Whether it's Galentine's Day (a recently coined day for ladies cele...
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This is a wonderful post -- I wonder if I was ever French in a past life?
French women seem to have that je ne sais quoi: looking chic in an effortless way. Here are 6 tips I've learned read more…...
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These old letters from soldiers are always so interesting.  I have found letters to my mother (and also some to me, although not this far back obviously) from my uncles.  All four of my mother's brothers were in service, the oldest three in WW2 (and one of those in Korea, too)  and the youngest in Vietnam.  I don't ever remember seeing any of those which had been redacted, although I had heard of them.  You explained it so well, how the process of screening worked.  Underlying is always the longing for home and family.  War is the particular scourge of mankind, and I suppose as long as there is language,  young men (and now young women) will write poignant letters home, regardless of the format available.  I do agree that the print format is quite a treasure to possess, especially for succeeding generations to mull over.  Obviously, your father loved his young wife and family, and it left a big space in his heart to be separated from them.  
My parents were of the Greatest Generation, born in 1918 and 1920. When Dad enlisted in the Army during WWII, my Mother and their a one-year old (my oldest sister) moved to MO to stay with her parents. Mom was pregnant with b...
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Thanks, +Ellen Thompson. You know, I'm not even sure today's troops do write. I know they have the opportunity to Skype. I will need to check with current family serving. I also want to check on my two Panoply sisters, whose husbands served during Vietnam, to see if they kept letters. My parents were never big on public displays of affection, so these letters are definitely a another glimpse into what we hadn't seen (besides the end results of 9 kids, lol).

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Today is the Chinese New Year -- the Year of the Monkey!  Don't miss this fabulous article by Stacy Bewkes, and check out all the iterations of monkeys in art history.  I just put a monkey fabric in my kitchen, so I guess I am right on time!
Celebrating the year of the monkey with a look at singerie, decorative arts, gifts and upcoming auctions.
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Mantel for Mardi Gras the previous version You know what happens when we get bored -- we start messing with things. It's pretty chilly here now, although not terribly cold, not like some of you experience in other parts ...
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How do you cope with impending disaster?  I went shopping before the storm came.  Amazing what a cruise through Trader Joe's can do for you spirits!  Oh, and the cosmetic counter at a nearby department store.
In the hours leading up to the storm system which passed through our area last night, the hype on The Weather Channel and the local TV stations had us all preparing for the Apocalypse. It is always scary because we have seen...
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The husband has a case of jungle fever, I think, because he has had me decorate his bath for the last twenty years in this style. The giraffe came from either HG or TM years ago; the bracket might have been from an...
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Moving onto Valentine's....
The party's over-- it's time to call it a day-- I recall an old torch song with those lyrics. When I was a little girl, I used to listen to our big old radio in the corner of our living room, to all the big bands with sult...
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Do you use a rug in the kitchen?  I have seagrass over in the business end and wool in the breakfast area.
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Do you know someone who looks perpetually displeased?
OK, you dared me -- here it is! (You know who you are, you minx!) The post is titled RESTING BITCH FACE: I thought the above was hysterical, and it so fits like a glove that painting I bought at Saturday's estate sal...
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She embodies the very title, doesn't she?

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I did not see this when it was first published.  I am so sorry, and I know you still feel the loss acutely.  Losing one's mother is indeed different from the loss of your father.  For me it was like my rudder was really gone.  Your mother was lovely, and I see where you get your good looks.  Those of us who have experienced this loss belong to a sisterhood which no one wants to join.  You have her strength, and I know you are a source of comfort to the rest of your family.
Mom's keys (Note to readers: This is a rather long post, an exercise in reflection and healing, recounting a significant few days in my life. It's okay if you don't want to read it, but please don't judge me for writing it...
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+Ellen Thompson, heartfelt words have not been spoken. Thank you.
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My first book published, GENEVA, is a Southern biography and cookbook about my mother.
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