East Atlanta Love Letter – 6LACK

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East Atlanta Love Letter

6LACK

Genre: R&B/Soul

Price: $ 6.99

Release Date: September 14, 2018

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East Atlanta Love Letter – 6LACK

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East Atlanta Love Letter

6LACK

Genre: R&B/Soul

Price: $ 6.99

Release Date: September 14, 2018

© ℗ 2018 LVRN/Interscope Records

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Madonna’s Letter About Infamous David Letterman Interview Up for Auction

A letter Madonna penned about her infamous appearance on David Letterman’s show in the ’90s is up for grabs, and the rant is likely to fetch big $ $ $ . Boston-based auction house RR Auction is putting Madge’s handwritten note from May 1994 on the…

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Letter from a Rake – Sasha Cottman

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Letter from a Rake

Sasha Cottman

Genre: Historical

Publish Date: September 8, 2017

Publisher: Sasha Cottman

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


Millie Ashton thinks London society is full of empty headed, arrogant fools, but when she meets Alex Radley she falls desperately in love with him.  Fearing humiliation and rejection, she decides the only sensible thing to do is take her pride and go home to India. Men like Alex do not fall for girls like her, whereas every girl loses her heart to Alexander the Great.  Alex Radley, Marquess of Brooke rules the ton like a god, but even gods are known to fall for mere mortals. With his wealth and title, wooing Millie should be an easy task. But when his passionate love letter to her goes astray, Alex’s life becomes more than a little complicated.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Cast Pen Intimate Letter Of Support For Fired Director James Gunn

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The Scarlet Letter (Unabridged) – Nathaniel Hawthorne

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The Scarlet Letter (Unabridged)

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 2.95

Publish Date: April 11, 2011

© ℗ © 2011 Trout Lake Media

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Formal Letter

At the end of last semester, a fellow student complained about how he failed the English course.

The teacher invited him to write a formal letter of complaint to the principal.

I glanced at his letter to see how it was going.

His first sentence read, “Dear Principle, it is infair and unposible that I faled english.”

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Fired Casey pens letter of thanks to Raptors, fans

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Letter to My Dog

LETTER TO MY DOG
Copyright 2003 W. Bruce Cameron
www.wbrucecameron.com

Dear Dog:

Since you seem to have so much trouble processing the English language no matter how loudly it is spoken to you, I thought perhaps I could communicate
with you more effectively if I wrote down my thoughts.

First, please allow me to assure you that you are not starving. In fact, if the newspapers bothered to publish a canine version of those irritating
“body-mass indices” that my daughter so delights in reading aloud to me, I’m sure we would discover that you’ve got far more waddle in your walk than
is strictly necessary. The way you visually track every bite of food I take, with a trembling expression of frantic pleading, is most annoying.

Speaking of walks: We’ve been taking the same route around the same block for nine years. For you to sob, whine, and tremble every time I get out your
leash is just crazy.

And would you please stop rolling in road kill? Dead animals smell like…well, like dead fish. There is a reason I give you a bath every single time
you roll in something–it is NOT a coincidence.

Here’s a news flash: Our next-door neighbors LIVE THERE. They have a right to be in their own yard! Stop barking at them through our windows! Your
crazed fury is especially irritating in view of the fact that when you actually encounter them in person you flop on your back and let them rub your
tummy. As a guard dog, you’re about as intimidating as a gerbil.

The following are not digestible: Balloons. Crayons. Socks. I can show you evidence out in the yard. Stop eating them; they are not food!

I do not mind rolling down the window for you when we are in the car. I don’t even mind that the air rushing up your nostrils makes you sneeze. What I
do mind is that you always pull your head into the car to share your sneeze with the back of my neck. Keep your head in or out, that’s all I ask.

Our front door is three inches of solid wood; you cannot tunnel through it. Stop clawing! Don’t we always let you out when you need to go?

The bushes in the back yard cost a lot of money, but there is nothing of value hidden under them. Stop digging for buried treasure! The stuff in the
trash can is not your food. Oh, and your expression of shocked innocence when we accuse you of dining at the garbage buffet is not nearly as
persuasive as the forensic evidence left strewn around the kitchen. Stop blaming the cat; she doesn’t eat anything that costs less than a dollar an
ounce.

Oh, and speaking of the cat, just because she gets to sleep on the bed doesn’t mean that you do too. Did you think we wouldn’t notice all the dog fur
on our bedspread when we got home?

And another thing: I do not wake up at the same time every day! On days we don’t work, we’re allowed to sleep past our normal waking time. Stop
licking my face because your internal clock says it is time for breakfast. Don’t dogs DO weekends?

Look, you do make me crazy sometimes. But I suppose I have to admit that even though you’re lazy (you probably won’t even bother to read this letter!)
and don’t seem very bright, you do have your positive attributes. You’re the only one in the family who will get up and pace with me in front of the
window when it’s past curfew and my teenage daughter is parked in the driveway with her date. You’re the only one who likes my cooking, and you share
my opinion that we don’t need a cat. After nine years of living with you, I suppose life just wouldn’t be the same without you.

Wanna go for a walk?

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The Scarlet Letter (Unabridged) – Nathaniel Hawthorne

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The Scarlet Letter (Unabridged)

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 5.95

Publish Date: December 31, 2011

© ℗ © 2011 Cherry Hill Publishing

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EXCLUSIVE: Model Christopher Cates Pens Letter Calling for Action Against Harassment

As the uproar continues over sexual harassment in industries stretching from entertainment to media to finance, the fashion world has remained relatively on the sidelines – until now.
On Saturday, The New York Times published a long-rumored story about alleged harassment of male models by the photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino. Both men, via statements their lawyers gave to the Times, vigorously denied the allegations made in the story, although Conde Nast and Conde Nast International both said Saturday that they would be severing ties with the two photographers – at least for now.
The Times’ story comes several months after model Cameron Russell created an Instagram account on which anonymous individuals posted stories about their mistreatment in the industry. Last October, Terry Richardson was dropped by the leading fashion magazine publishers but only after years of allegations surrounding his behavior, while model Jason Boyce filed a lawsuit against Weber in December claiming the photographer harassed him. Weber has denied those claims, as well.
In November, 27-year-old British model Edie Campbell penned an exclusive letter for WWD to the fashion industry in which she said, “We operate within a culture that is too accepting of abuse, in all of its manifestations,” going

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The Last Letter – Jeffrey Miska

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The Last Letter

Jeffrey Miska

Genre: Theater

Publish Date: March 22, 2012

Publisher: Jeffrey Miska

Seller: Smashwords


Marie is a college student living in Laval Quebec. An unexpected tragedy brings her to a turning point in her love life. Little did she know that the voice of a young girl sharing her name and her pain, would give her the answer she was looking for.

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The Last Letter – Kathleen Shoop

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The Last Letter

Kathleen Shoop

Genre: Historical

Publish Date: April 28, 2011

Publisher: Kathleen Shoop

Seller: Smashwords


Katherine wouldn’t have believed it if she hadn’t found the letter… Katherine Arthur's mother arrives on her doorstep, dying, forcing her to relive a past she wanted to forget. When Katherine was young, the Arthur family had been affluent city dwellers until shame sent them running for the prairie, into the unknown. Taking her family, including young Katherine, to live off the land was the last thing Jeanie Arthur had wanted, but she would do her best to make a go of it. For Jeanie's husband Frank it had been a world of opportunity. Dreaming, lazy Frank. But, it was a society of uncertainty—a domain of natural disasters, temptation, hatred, even death. Ten-year-old Katherine had loved her mother fiercely, put her trust in her completely, but when there was no other choice, and Jeanie resorted to extreme measures on the prairie to save her family, she tore Katherine’s world apart. Now, seventeen years later, and far from the homestead, Katherine has found the truth – she has discovered the last letter. After years of anger, can Katherine find it in her heart to understand why her mother made the decisions that changed them all? Can she forgive and finally begin to heal before it’s too late?

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Pretty Little Liars’ Tammin Sursok Pens Emotional Letter After Experiencing Loss During the Holidays

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Statik Selektah ft. Conway, Westside Gunn & Termanology “No. 8,” YFN Lucci “Letter To Lucci” & More | Daily Visuals 11.15.17

Statik Selektah’s been dropping many street joints as of late and today proves to be no different.

For his clip to “No. 8” Statik calls on the talents of Conway, Westside Gunn and Termanology to keep the gritty and grimy side of Hip-Hop that we all know and love alive and well. No mumble rap ‘round these parts, b.

On another side of town YFN Lucci roams the night under the city lights while speaking to himself in his visuals to “Letter to Lucci.”

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The Scarlet Letter – Diana C. Neebe & Nathaniel Hawthorne

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The Scarlet Letter

An Interactive Classic

Diana C. Neebe & Nathaniel Hawthorne

Genre: Fiction & Literature

Publish Date: September 3, 2013

Publisher: Diana Neebe

Seller: Diana Neebe


Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1850 Classic comes to life in this student-friendly edition.  Filled with annotations, chapter previews, reading questions, art, and video, this Interactive Classic is sure to empower even the most reluctant reader of the American literary canon.

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‘Love & Hip Hop’ Star Hazel-E Says Letter Proves She Got Axed Over Homophobic Rant

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A Love Letter to You 2 – Trippie Redd

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A Love Letter to You 2

Trippie Redd

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: October 6, 2017

© ℗ 2017 Strainge Entertainment

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Amber Tamblyn fires back at James Woods with scathing letter after Twitter spat

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A Love Letter To You – Trippie Redd

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A Love Letter To You

Trippie Redd

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Price: $ 5.99

Release Date: May 26, 2017

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Barack Obama Gave Trump A Letter With Advice, Cheeto Clearly Paid No Attention

Barack Obama gave Donald Trump plenty of advice in the Inauguration Day Letter he gave the newly elected President. It should come as no surprise that Cheeto clearly paid no heed to the sterling advice.

The letter has recently become public, and it reads like a perfect outline on how not to f*ck up your epic new gig as POTUS.

Obama offered this particularly poignant passage:

Third, we are just temporary occupants of this office. That makes us guardians of those democratic institutions and traditions — like rule of law, separation of powers, equal protection and civil liberties — that our forebears fought and bled for. Regardless of the push and pull of daily politics, it’s up to us to leave those instruments of our democracy at least as strong as we found them.

Considering Trump fired James Comey for daring to investigate possible Russian collusion in our election and that he pardoned the racist ex-Sheriff Arpaio, he must have missed that part of the letter.

Read the full letter below. Obama, forever and always Presidential.

Dear Mr. President –

Congratulations on a remarkable run. Millions have placed their hopes in you, and all of us, regardless of party, should hope for expanded prosperity and security during your tenure.

This is a unique office, without a clear blueprint for success, so I don’t know that any advice from me will be particularly helpful. Still, let me offer a few reflections from the past 8 years.

First, we’ve both been blessed, in different ways, with great good fortune. Not everyone is so lucky. It’s up to us to do everything we can (to) build more ladders of success for every child and family that’s willing to work hard.

Second, American leadership in this world really is indispensable. It’s up to us, through action and example, to sustain the international order that’s expanded steadily since the end of the Cold War, and upon which our own wealth and safety depend.

Third, we are just temporary occupants of this office. That makes us guardians of those democratic institutions and traditions — like rule of law, separation of powers, equal protection and civil liberties — that our forebears fought and bled for. Regardless of the push and pull of daily politics, it’s up to us to leave those instruments of our democracy at least as strong as we found them.

And finally, take time, in the rush of events and responsibilities, for friends and family. They’ll get you through the inevitable rough patches.

Michelle and I wish you and Melania the very best as you embark on this great adventure, and know that we stand ready to help in any ways which we can.

Good luck and Godspeed,

BO

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There’s a hidden message of resistance in the White House arts committee’s resignation letter

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Madonna Doesn’t Want Deposition in Tupac Letter Case Videotaped, Ex-Pal and Auction Site Fights Back

Madonna’s being a real diva about her deposition … according to her ex-pal and the auction site she’s suing to keep them from selling her jailhouse letter from Tupac. Madonna’s set to be deposed in the case next week, and according to new legal docs,…

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Aaron Carter Pens Emotional Letter About His Sexuality: ”This Does Not Bring Me Shame”

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The Scarlet Letter – Diana C. Neebe & Nathaniel Hawthorne

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The Scarlet Letter

An Interactive Classic

Diana C. Neebe & Nathaniel Hawthorne

Genre: Fiction & Literature

Publish Date: September 2, 2013

Publisher: Diana C. Neebe

Seller: Diana Neebe


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An Open Letter To My Ex-Husband: Thanks For Loving Me And My New Partner

A year after her divorce, Neecey Kirby has nothing but gratitude for her ex-husband Kris. Though the pair split up in 2014 after five years as a couple, they’ve stayed friends for the sake of their two young boys. Looking back, Kirby says that spending her late 20s and early 30s with Kris changed her life entirely for the better. 

Below, the mom of two, who lives in Memphis, Tennessee, thanks her ex-husband for all he’s done for her and their kids.

 

I’ll never be the ex-wife at the table bashing her ex-husband, hoping everyone hears it. In fact, I’m the ex-wife thanking her ex-husband. I look back now at the time we were together and realize it laid the groundwork for who I am today. 

Kris, you and I have been divorced for a year this fall. We separated first, went through marriage counseling and tried our best but it didn’t work.

While married, we fought against a lot of things people told us would lead to us failing as a couple. While actively proving them wrong, we found other hurdles no one warned us about. You’re 10 years my senior and deal with mood swings, but you always try to better yourself. I’m younger, sharp-tongued and bullheaded in my beliefs. We’re opposites, but you showed me beauty in a life I had never lived.

I’ll never regret the years we were together. I created a home for myself with you, when I never really had much of one before. You helped me grow, you showed me love and compassion even in our differences. We had our own family drama, of course, but you you truly made me understand what it means to be part of a family.

Family, for me, would start with us creating our sons. We have two of the most beautiful children. Thank you for them. I see you in them every day. We had them fifteen months apart and though we hardly slept and were a bundle of nerves most of the time, we kept running and tried to do our best as parents.

We tried so hard — and depended on each other so much to fulfill our individual needs — I think we ran ourselves dry. And with everything in me, I’m sorry that I wasn’t in the marriage any longer. Yes, I know the reasons we didn’t work out. But I hold no resentment.

Thank you for loving my new partner, Sarah, simply because you know I love her. I know that your ex-wife finding love in an alternative lifestyle is hard and probably brought about so many unanswered questions for you, but when she came into my life, I was finally figuring out who I could be. You gave me confidence and helped shape the person I am today. She fell for everything you helped build. And I thank you for that.

Thank you for harboring no ill will toward my happiness, or my decision to let Sarah take an active role in our beautiful sons’ lives. We created those boys when we were strong as a couple and they’re growing to be the best parts of all three of us daily. You’ve helped me keep their lives so joyous and safe in a way I never experienced growing up. I trust that when you find love again, our sons will benefit from having the best parts of four parents in their lives.

Thank you for co-parenting with me. I never have to wonder if your heart is in it, and you trust that everything I do is for our sons.

Lastly, thank you for who you are. You were the only road I could have taken to lead me where I am today. You are responsible for so much of my happiness and for that, I thank you the most.

— Neecey

 

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A Love Letter To My Divorce

Dearest, darling Divorce,

Man O man, you saved my life!

I had no business getting married at twenty.

That’s a decision that is layered with complexities and as science has shown, I had four or five more years of brain development ahead of me to get that one right.

Besides, I agree with you, no one should be able to sign a marriage license before they can legally buy beer.

I stayed for six years but I could feel you, there on the sidelines right around year three, and here’s the irony: I was terrified of you. I had you pegged as my adversary when in actuality you were to become my greatest ally.

What did I know? I was wearing Daisy Dukes and living on Doritos and Dr. Pepper.

You were right Divorce (and you of all people know how hard it is for me to utter those words), when you kept reminding me that you were not failure.

That was a tough lesson for me to learn, what with the snarky remarks from the peanut gallery, and all the subsequent years of confused men and a seriously empty bed.

Still, I love you, I do!

They say you know it is love when you become your best self inside of the relationship. That was the clincher for me. I was never better than those eighteen years we spent together. I guess you could say we grew up together you and I — and you taught me so much.

You taught me the courage to make the tough, unpopular decisions. To never settle, to run from mediocrity and forge my own path, and to be my own person outside of a couple.

You taught me to be discerning. To call bullshit, and not to fall for the fast lines and the cheap wine.

You taught me to slow down already! Life is not a race to the finish line.
“Savor it. Take your time,” you said — and I did.

You taught me that although I was still young, once might be enough.

That I may never get another walk down the aisl e– and that would be okay.

If I got panicky you reminded me that I had been there and done that.

You taught me to hold my head high. That even though I had already been married — no one had to know unless I told them.

There was no banner across my chest, no giant D written in red lipstick on my forehead.

You showed me that I could use the accumulated relationship knowledge those six years had provided to do good in the world. I had insights that could help other girls.

You showed me that adversity builds character and I was a girl who was in serious need of some character building.

You taught me tolerance. The fact that even when people start out with the best of intentions, promises gets broken.

You taught me compassion. Leaving someone is hard enough. You don’t have to emotionally eviscerate them and kill every ounce of love on your way out.

And you were right again when you cautioned me not to stay too long in the marriage or this was bound to happen.

You taught me to listen to my gut. That it is the real brains behind the operation. Not my head, and most certainly nothing that resides below the waist.

You cautioned me against closing up my heart. That I needed to keep it open and supple — resilient and willing to try again; and that a tiny, dried up raisin of a heart has a hard time holding love.

As luck would have it I did find love again. But I never would have been able to recognize it or love him without your years of priceless observations.

Now go — visit yourself upon another young girl who is in over her head and is just looking for that chance to grow up.

And whisper that stuff about failure to her… I loved when you did that for me.

Big Hug,

Xox Janet

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Giorgio Armani Dresses Mikhail Baryshnikov For ‘Letter to a Man’

MILAN — Giorgio Armani is strengthening his ties with the world of theater with costumes for the play “Letter to a Man,” starring dancer and choreographer Mikhail Baryshnikov.
In the show, created and directed by Robert Wilson, Baryshnikov wears pieces from the Giorgio Armani collection, including a tuxedo in black crepe, a classic dark suit and a selection of white and black shirts.
“Letter to a Man” stems from diaries written in 1919 by Vaslav Nijinsky, narrating the story of one of the greatest dancers and choreographers of the last century, who descends into madness.
After its debut in July in Spoleto, Italy, the show is now being staged at Milan’s Teatro dell’Arte through September 20, before starting an international tour, which includes stops in Madrid, Monte Carlo, Paris, New York and Los Angeles.

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Safaree Writes Open Letter On Life Without Nicki

The brother Safaree seems to have completely “sobered” up. He seems to have matured as well. I can’t say for sure, but I think he may actually be the winner when its all said and done. Check out his open letter.

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An Open Letter To My Ex-Husband: Thank You

Shortly after writer Shannon Ferguson’s divorce was finalized in July, she sat down and wrote a letter to her ex, a man to whom she was married for almost two years. Below, Ferguson, who works in digital marketing and runs the dating advice blog The Love Hawk, shares the bittersweet letter with us.

Dear ex-husband,  

It wasn’t long ago that I was getting into my wedding dress, walking down the aisle and saying the vows I intended to keep forever. It wasn’t long ago that I felt like the most loved woman on the planet because my best friend was by my side and promising to stand by me until the end of time. It wasn’t long ago but it feels like an eternity has passed since then.    

It’s been a whirlwind of trying to understand what happened — of trying to make sense of why it had to end. The year that’s slipped away has left me with so many unanswered questions but at the end of each day, I remind myself to be thankful.

So, I thank you. I thank you for our good moments and for the times you stood by and protected me. I thank you for the laughter we always shared and for the memories we created in our short time as a couple and our even longer friendship. I thank you for the flowers, the cards, the little things you did. And I thank you because I know in those moments, you were happy, too.

I thank you for leaving when you did. Even though I’m still trying to understand why, it has made me a stronger person and helped me realize that maybe some things aren’t meant to last forever. 

Thank you for not prolonging the hardship and forcing me to face the world on my own while I’m still young, while my ambition and desire is still strong. Divorce has made me more independent and helped me see the world in a new light, and for that, I thank you.

I thank you for all the lessons you’ve taught me over the last decade. You taught me that love really does exist and that it can live in someone’s heart no matter the circumstance, distance or boundaries. You loved me in spite of many circumstances and for that, I’m grateful. And you taught me that something even greater can come from the spark of friendship. You were patient and you believed, and for that, I thank you.

Lastly, you taught me that sometimes even the strongest fires burn out. You taught me that even good marriages can fade into nothing and you taught me to be more careful with my heart in the future. You taught me that maybe love isn’t truly enough to keep a marriage afloat — because God knows I loved you and I always figured you felt the same.

So without hate or animosity, I look back at the past three years since our first dance as husband and wife and all I can do is thank you. Thank you for the good times, for the hard times, for the laughter and the tears. Thank you for helping to shape the strong person I am today and for being a big part of my life for a small slice of time.

I wish you well.

— Shannon 

 

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The Scarlet Letter

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Publish Date: February 24, 1992

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An Open Letter to My Future Parents In-Law

The night we booked our dream wedding venue, my fiance’s mother called in a panic because she forgot to mail their birthday gift to me. After chatting a few minutes, the bright pink elephant in the room was broached: Would they attend our wedding?
The heartbreaking conversation that followed boiled down to they wouldn’t attend because they “follow the Bible.”

Days later my birthday card arrived, enclosed with a gift card, and signed “Love, Russ & Pat.” Every speck of glitter that fell from it mocked us. Over 17 years they had built such a convincing facade of acceptance. With painful clarity, I realized whenever they had cryptically said they were “praying for us,” it wasn’t for a safe drive home or for Tim and his brother to make amends. They never outwardly said it before, but their “love the sinner/hate the sin” mentality became obvious. Which is why their gift and the card ended up in a return envelope with the following letter.

July 20, 2015

Dear Russ & Pat:

Please, don’t discard this letter without reading it through. I write not to attack or disparage you or your beliefs. I would, however, issue you a challenge to really examine the actions you’ve taken in the name of those beliefs. Please, hear what I have to say. I think it is important you understand what has transpired and only wish to ask some admittedly difficult questions and beseech you to honestly consider them before dismissing me out of hand.

First of all, thank you for the birthday card and gift card; the sentiment was nice. I just wish it felt sincere — if not for me, then for your son, Tim. Oh, I know you love him (indeed both of us) in the best way you know how. Just like I know a lifetime of learning doctrine to mean one thing is not easy to reconcile with conflicting truths or even admit that it may be at least partially flawed. But not to even make an attempt to understand that the love you have for your living flesh-and-blood son should trump millennia-old religious texts written at a time when slavery was status quo, women were property and eating pork or shellfish was punishable by death or banishment is disheartening. No person can take every single Biblical tenet as literal law. You may protest that you do, but you and I both know the reverse is true, even if only to a degree.

Russ, surely you never shunned your wife as unclean during a certain time of the month to the extent you wouldn’t even share furniture with her. Pat, surely you wouldn’t agree to Russ keeping concubines or to you marrying his brother if he should die. And I’m pretty sure Carolyn wasn’t shunned, banished or condemned to death for divorcing one husband and taking another. So why do you take the fleeting six references to gay people in both the Old and New Testaments as nonnegotiable truth and law? Why won’t you at least entertain the possibility that the way in which scripture on this particular topic has been taught, like so many others that came before it regarding anti-miscegenation, race, slavery and women, may be flawed and tainted by archaic bias falsely cloaked under the insidious fallacy of “love the sinner, hate the sin”? Being gay is not a choice. It is not some addiction or disease that can be cured. It is innate and immutable. You can no more successfully hope and pray for a person’s orientation to change than you could hope and pray for a tomato to change into a brick.

Believe me. I wasted years of my youth trying to change because people I loved and respected expected it of me. I didn’t want to face what seemed like at the time would be an eternity of ostracism and hatred and loneliness. I tried and I tried. And I failed. And it took me a long time to realize that being who I am would lead to none of those fates — but hating myself for being who I am would. Finally, I learned that being gay is an inborn trait no different than height and hair color. After all, if it weren’t, don’t you think centuries of fervent efforts to rid humanity of it would have shown at least some modicum of success? Yet here we are.

I, and all gay people like me and your son, could no sooner turn heterosexual than you could will your eyes to change colors. And just like possessing eye colors that not everyone shares, being gay is just one in a pantheon of benignly healthy and natural human traits. We are born gay and someday, far in the future, we will die gay. Just as you are born with the eye color you will die with. It is a neuropsychological and biological fact. So, when you “hate the sin” in this instance, you are indeed hating the “sinner.”

The only choice any of us has in the matter is how we react to what is a perfectly natural form of human life. My mother could not accept it at first. She had been raised to believe as you do that gay people like your son and me are depraved and lascivious monsters. When I was forced out of the closet to her, she faced a choice: Believe what others had told her, or believe her own eyes, heart, mind and soul. Thankfully, after a difficult struggle that took a couple of years of hard honesty and self-examination, she embraced me unconditionally. Which is why I was giving you the benefit of the doubt. Experience taught me when people reject fear and instead open themselves to love, they change for the better.

Your actions and loving attitudes toward us over the past nearly two decades had given me hope that you acknowledged us as a committed couple who commanded at least some of the respect and dignity afforded to married couples like Tim’s brother and his wife. Our lack of marriage wasn’t through any lack of wanting. Had we been able to marry when we wanted, we would be celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary, not planning our wedding 17 years after we met and fell in love.

So I must admit, when Tim called you to find out if you would attend our wedding and you told him you would not even consider being there for him because you “just wouldn’t feel comfortable,” I was (and still am) shocked and deeply saddened. Look at your son. I mean honestly look at your son. He is loving, caring, generous of spirit, honest, creative, witty, helpful and talented in so many ways. That you will not allow yourselves to celebrate and love him unconditionally as I do is mindboggling. Instead you focus on one facet of his being that others have told you is flawed and detestable and condemn him for it. He may not show it, but he is devastated that the last 20 years of what he thought was growing acceptance on your part now feels like just so much lying (a sentiment I can’t help but share).

I hope this is not the case. The eternal optimist in me hopes your love for him truly is unconditional and is merely and unfortunately at odds with your faith to such an extent that you are unsure how you should act or how you should feel, but that, regardless, eventually you will land on the side of love rather than fear.

But the realist in me fears that is not the case. Deep down, I’m afraid that you are truly choosing how you’ve been taught to interpret your faith over allowing yourselves to love your son wholly and unconditionally. And to allow such a thing causes an astoundingly profound disservice to everyone involved.

Please prove the realist in me wrong. You are missing out on what should be a truly wonderful relationship with your son that is more than just awkward small talk made to hide your uncomfortable truth in a desperate attempt to keep him in your life. It would be real. It would be honest. It would be unconditionally loving. You would want to celebrate him as much as I do, not hide away who he is like a dirty secret.

As an aside, we don’t want to destroy marriage or “redefine” it. We want to join in its exalted status. To declare to each other and the world vows of love and fidelity to one another and only one another. You may feel uncomfortable with it, you may even loathe the very notion. But it is fact. Now that we legally can, we will be getting married this fall. I just wish you had chosen to be there and celebrate with us and the rest of those whom we hold dearest in our hearts.

But that moment has passed. The damage is done and I fear there is no going back. Regardless of your motives or justifications or future attempts to reconcile, the simple fact is you chose the words of an ancient book and the fire-breathing vitriol of preachers over the love of your own child.

This is why I must regretfully return your card and gift; I just don’t feel comfortable keeping them.

With sincere love and respect,

James

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Hello ladies and gents,

I figured it was about time to address the marital quagmire you find yourselves in. Despite having had the benefit of thousands of literary critics and moviegoers pick apart your lives over the years, none of you, for reasons we can only speculate, has ever sought the practical advice of a divorce lawyer. Enter me.

We all know your story: Daisy and Tom married young; Gatsby was in love with Daisy all along, stalked her for years and moved into the house across the pond so he could stalk her more easily (Gatsby I’ll say it: you creepy); Tom was, shall we say, a bit of a ladies’ man; Gatsby, seeing the marriage wasn’t so good, made a move on Daisy, and then stuff really hit the fan. Since then, your social engagements have been nothing but awkward, and I’m guessing you’d all really prefer to just get on with your lives.

I mean, it’s not like we haven’t seen this chain of events play out before (give or take a few champagne-drenched flapper parties). It’s more or less the oldest story in the book. And I want to make it clear up front, I’m not blaming any of you. Well, except Tom, obviously you’re a swag-bellied canker blossom, but otherwise you’re all fantastic people. The issue here is not to apportion blame, but really to just give you some tips for handling this situation in a way that’s going to allow you all to escape this doomed marriage with the least amount of headache. I’ve outlined a simple plan below.

Daisy, read up on Pope Francis. Being Catholic, I know you have your issues with divorce, which seems to be the reason you’ve stuck it out with Tom for as long as you have. But, in a brilliant plot twist, the Pope has let us know with a slight chuckle that remarrying is actually fine! They were just kidding before.

Daisy and Gatsby, stop sleeping together. Just for a while. Since Tom was having affairs long before you were, Daisy, and you’ve got the utility receipts from his Fornication Condo to prove it, you’ll probably be all right–but just to be extra careful during the divorce, keep it in your pants until the papers are signed.

Daisy, get character witnesses. That is, if you want custody of your daughter, who is fortunately still young enough that she won’t remember any of this if you act now, have a list of people lined up who can vouch for you being the primary caregiver (and for Tom being, well, Tom).

Tom, prepare to pay up. You’re filthy rich and I’m inclined to believe no judge is going to find you a sympathetic character. Behold: your wife is embracing the liberté of the Roaring Twenties! And it’s going to cost you a pretty penny.

Gatsby and Daisy, keep my card. I sense you’ll be needing it in five to seven years. To quote your great wisdom, Mr. Gatsby, “Repeat the past? Why of course you can!”

Tobey Maguire, get the hell out of there. Just go. This is a tangled web (get it?!) and these people are crazy.

Respectfully,
James J. Sexton

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An Open Letter To My Ex-Husband

When writer Susan Campos and her husband Bill divorced in 2004 after eight years of marriage, her goal for their parenting relationship was progress, not perfection.

Years later, Susan and Bill have made some incredible progress for the sake of their teenage son: They’re neighbors, connected by their adjoining backyards. Below, the LA-based former TV anchor writes a letter of appreciation to her co-parenting partner in crime. 

Dearest Bill,

When you first suggested moving across the street shortly after our divorce, I’ll admit, I had my reservations. OK, I thought you were nuts. But not only was it the best thing for our now teenage son, it made both our lives so much easier. When you called a few years later to say the house behind me was available — and that our son would now only need to walk some 15 steps between adjoining backyards — I knew it was a brilliant move, even if it took a few days for me to consider.

To be honest, most of that time was spent coming up with quips to use when people raised their eyebrows and asked questions. “Yes, there’s privacy,” I’d tell them. “No, it’s not some Big Love compound with Bill and his new wife.” 

Like any divorced family, issues would arise but maybe our atypical thinking has helped us avoid some of the pitfalls that trip up other divorced parents. Time has taught us that negotiation, compromise and out-of-left-field ideas go a long way in peacefully raising a child after the big D.

So before I live to regret agreeing to sing your praises publicly, allow me to rattle off three of your qualities (you have a dozen for me, right?) that have made you a good match for co-parenting.

1. Your martini-dry sense of humor.

Thankfully you’re funny when hashing out problems that arise and once the issue is settled, we can usually tease one another about it later. But you’re especially skilled at slyly calling out some of my more memorable parenting gaffes. A few years ago, when our son peppered me with questions after a human development class (“How old are people when they start having sex?” “How old were you when you first had sex?”) I remember thinking, “Ugh, I hope he doesn’t go and ask Bill this one, too.” Hours later, you sent a text with the ultimate bust: “28, huh?” That will teach me to try to pass myself off as a prim Victorian when I should have just passed on answering the question.

2. You’re man enough to be a great gal pal when I need it and a ghost when I don’t.

You’re much more sensitive than you let on. Besides having smart discussions with our son, you’re pretty solid with dating advice, and most importantly, you only advise if I ask first. Your quiet approval from a respectful distance of my more serious relationships is much appreciated.

3. Your measured parenting skills are impressive (and well-matched to my occasionally overprotective ones)

OK, I’ll admit it: the freedom you give our son when sometimes I might clip his wings does often end well. Where I’m afraid of him playing football or, frankly, any sport with any contact whatsoever, you encouraged him to try a sport he ended up truly loving. And when I get a little neurotic or infuriated with the classic teenage backtalk, you’re there to provide backup.

So in closing, thank you for stepping up and creating an environment where our son only has to take a few steps when he needs not just one, but both of us.

Your parenting partner,

Susan

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On November 5, 2001, Dr. Andrew Bagby was murdered in a parking lot in western Pennsylvania; the prime suspect, his ex-girlfriend Dr. Shirley Turner, promptly fled the United States for St. John's, Canada, where she announced that she was pregnant with Andrew's child. She named the little boy Zachary. Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne, Andrew's oldest friend, began making a film for little Zachary as a way for him to get to know the father he'd never meet. But when Shirley Turner was released on bail in Canada and was given custody of Zachary while awaiting extradition to the U.S., the film's focus shifted to Zachary's grandparents, David & Kathleen Bagby, and their desperate efforts to win custody of the boy from the woman they knew had murdered their son. What happened next, no one ever could have foreseen…

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A Letter To My Uncle Who Isn’t Dealing Well With SCOTUS’ Marriage Equality Decision

Last week, a relative reached out on his own accord to assure me that although he disagreed with the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, he still loved and respected me as a gay family member. Drawing on my own experiences growing up in the Church, our collective family history, and my eventual coming out in a conservative religious culture, I sent the following response to him.

Dear Uncle G,

Your letter expressing your love and respect for me even though you disagree with the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling speaks to the heart of our current national dialogue regarding marriage equality and civil rights, specifically within religious communities and families. Please indulge me as I respond.

Within the Church, we are taught that we can (and should) “love the sinner and hate the sin.” In doing so, people of faith disassociate themselves from any harm or accountability to those whose identity is deemed inherently “sinful,” specifically: gay people. My understanding when I attended church was as follows:

If we can accept someone and yet not accept their “sin,” we’re effectively demonstrating love while still not condoning sinful behavior. Any confusion or hard feelings from outsiders due to this practice are misplaced. We’re merely maintaining God’s will on earth and adhering to His instructions as to how we should live. If our actions translate to prohibitive politics, reformative therapy, or the repression and rejection of someone’s identity, the church bears no responsibility for simply carrying out what we’ve been instructed to do. Furthermore, as sinners ourselves, we recognize that we all have to work to achieve salvation and it’s not on us to water down what is required of us as followers of Christ. Any dissension from those on the outside is often an instance of persecution for our faith.

Here’s the truth: that’s not the case. To ascribe to as much essentially passes the buck for some severely damaging policies and attitudes. Whatever the genuine, faith-based intentions of the church have been over the last five decades, their actions through anti-gay marriage campaigning and legislation have been inarguably prohibitive, discriminatory, and scathing to the American gay community.

During the decades in which churches have claimed to uphold a “standard” by campaigning and asserting the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman (even regardless of sexual persuasion), countless gay men, women, and couples have been shut out and left federally unrecognized. They’ve paid higher taxes than married couples with comparable assets, have been denied medical benefits, willfully withheld from visiting their partners in the hospital due to the fact that they aren’t “family,” and experienced countless inequalities on a consistent and massive scale.

Furthermore, the gay community has suffered an extraordinary amount of persecution and violence towards them in a country that bears responsibility for as much by consistently denying gays rights and, therefore, basic human value. Compounding that violence, churches have passionately preached and characterized gay folk as harmful, synonymous with pedophiles, and in danger of hell no matter what their personal actions demonstrate. Lastly, churches have ruthlessly preached the fearful ideology that legalizing gay marriage will rob America of its morals and values and fundamentally compromise the American family structure.

I alternately witnessed and felt every one of these examples in my childhood. When my parents told me at the age of eight that Uncle John was gay and had AIDS, it was intensely confusing and traumatizing to try to experience John’s love, affection, gifted nature, and presence in my life, yet have the legitimacy of that called immediately into question because of what I had been negatively taught about gay people as a child in church. Thankfully, my parents chose to keep my brother and I close to John until the end, as tragic as it was. However, after John’s death, you can imagine my sheer terror when my first substantial attractions leaned towards the other boys at school. This is not okay, I told myself. What have I done wrong? I felt betrayed by my own body, worthless, that I had done something terrible to cause these feelings which had to be rectified, and, of course, that I was in danger of hell. I hadn’t yet turned thirteen.

To make matters worse, just a few months after John’s passing our church began holding intensely emotional and distraught “Town Hall” meetings during Sunday night services in response to local petitions from gay men and women seeking legal recognition as couples (not even marriage, at that point). During these meetings, our leaders vehemently warned the congregation that this petition heralded the church’s darkest hour: that the passage of such laws would bring an assault on the church, hail the end of morals and values, and that the church MUST stand in the way of such destructive legislation. This only struck further terror into me and intensified my self-loathing.

School was no better: Taunted for being artistic and effeminate (the latter I effectively beat out of myself by high school), I received consistent harassment both physically and verbally for being “gay.” Truly, from school, to church, to John’s horrific death, there was no worse thing to be called or to be. And even, John, I wondered, did he bring this on himself? Was his death God’s punishment for being gay? Did his extraordinary mind, talent, his noteworthy contributions to the computer industry, generosity, love, and struggle with his identity not count for something in the eyes of God…?

Guess not.

After a painful and confused adolescence with some pretty self-destructive behavior, I moved into the present. The world finally opened up to me as I came out. To say “opened up” does not mean that life became easier, but gradually became clearer as I eventually found the integrity and honesty I thought I could never possess due to my attractions. The precept that I was doomed to a life without integrity because I was gay was the most insidious lie taught to me as a teenager, relentlessly communicated over and over again through church and church-influenced culture.

Much to my relief (and theirs), my immediate family didn’t pull away when I came out. Though we’ve moved through a few issues over time, they’ve got my back. There’s not merely an understanding between us, but a joyful acceptance of my identity. Something I know they’ve been longing for since they felt their own internal struggles with Uncle John when he came out to them in the ’70s. Being gay has become a welcome and celebrated part of me and my nuclear family.

Over time, I witnessed firsthand the frustrations, inequalities, and discriminations fced by my gay friends who were partnered. Gradually, marriage equality passed into legislation state by state and granted the couples in those states with equal rights regardless of their orientation. Few of these gay couples who benefited were religious. They sought a purely legal recognition of their partnership, even refusing to accept “civil unions” which still denied gay couples in certain benefits and rights afforded to those straight couples who were married.

As conservative opposition increasingly mounted from the naysayers in California, and in every state where this swiftly came to the forefront of the political stage, the overriding sentiment among my current community was one of befuddlement and incredulity. “What is their PROBLEM?” we asked. “The majority of us don’t WANT to get married in a church and aren’t TRYING to infringe on anyone else’s rights! MY rights have been infringed upon for the last 10/30/50 years! I want equal standing!”

So finally, after a battle spanning several generations, the Supreme Court cited the Constitution to recognize gay married couples as federally legitimate in all 50 states. Every marriage, regardless of orientation, now receives equal treatment under the law, granting victory to those who have worked tirelessly for their own benefit and the benefit of others for decades. As I walked jubilantly to work that Friday morning, I felt a weight lift off my shoulders that I hadn’t realized was there: I was finally an equal citizen in this country and no longer needed to fear that equality being threatened or taken away.

I took a moment to reflect on Uncle John and his legacy. I thought about the terror and uncertainty he had experienced growing up all the way until his death and considered my own traumatic history. Taking a breath, I reached toward John to share the hope and promise that this landmark decision would eradicate from the experiences of future generations of gay men and women the fears and abuses he had suffered. Nor did those fears hold a part in my story any longer. This ruling not only guarantees us equality, it dignifies and legitimizes us in a way we have not been prior to this moment. Whether marriage is a prospect for any one gay individual or not (and though there are certainly still battles to fight) we are equal and we are free. I thanked John for his and his generation’s part in that.

I know, and have known for some time, that you have not sided with gay Americans on this issue and further, your church has actively campaigned against marriage equality. Knowing this has not affected how I’ve interacted with you or the warmth I’ve shared when seeing you over the last few years. While I’ve not wholly ignored your stance on this issue, I figured a conversation regarding it would happen at the right time. Until such time, I didn’t feel we should hold back any of the love and affection we feel toward each other in the so few times we’re able to visit. I hope none of this will change.

However, I also hope this letter gives light to my confusion when you express that you love and respect me even though you disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision. The SCOTUS ruling, as I’ve detailed it, gives my community and I legal recognition and validation in a way we have never had. It extends my rights, legitimizes me and a prospective partner should we choose to marry, and affords me equal standing with my parents, brother and sister-in-law, likely my nephew, and you.

To hear you say you love me and yet disagree with that is confusing. In fact, as frustrating as it may be to hear, to say as much is discriminatory. That’s not an accusation, it’s a clear-cut fact. You can’t say you love someone (which assumes you want the best for them) and then disagree with a positive movement for their civil rights.

I love you. Sometimes when I visit with extended family on either side, there’s a distance from one or two people that’s never articulated. I can sense they feel awkward due to my sexuality and yet, they want to be warm. As a result, much to their own bewilderment, when they share that they’re proud of me and love me they’re also keeping an emotional distance.

This annoys me. Not because I think less of them for not having it all figured out or because I think they’re stupid, but because they don’t have to feel that way. Their confusion is completely fear-based and obstructs the positive energy they’re naturally trying to express. I’m guessing they’re annoyed, too. Not to mention fearful and sad.

That’s a crime. I should never have felt sweat-inducing fear for Uncle John’s soul at the age of eight and no one should feel fear for me (and you can be sure my nephew won’t feel any such fear, even if I have to strong-arm it). These fears only cause distance, which is needless and tragic. If you hold any of these fears within you, I hope you can find a way to process and move through them because distance isn’t fun, it’s not family, and it’s not necessary. Let me know how I can help.

Thank you for reading. I hope this provides an avenue for further dialogue.

All my love,

Colin

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The Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Genre: Classics

Publish Date: February 25, 2011

Publisher: Bookbyte Digital

Seller: Somerset Investments, Inc.


The scarlet letter means infidelity. To wear it marks you as a sinner, a corruptor, and an outcast. The scarlet “A” that Hester Prynne is forced to wear not only marks her as an adulterer, but to her it becomes something more: a spiritual a wakening.  In a mid-17th century Puritan colony in Massachusetts, Hester walks out of prison carrying her daughter, Pearl, born behind prison walls. Her husband, thought to be lost at sea, arrives in town secretly watches his wife’s shaming from a distance with a heavy heart. Hester’s lover is tormented with guilt over his affair and over the daughter he will never be able to raise, and he reveals a dying act of regret for the entire town to witness.  A marvelous depiction of haunting memories, sin, and the consequences thereof, The Scarlet Letter is one of Hawthorne’s greatest works of art. 

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An Open Letter to Cinderella: How to Divorce Prince Charming.

Dear Cinderella,

You might be surprised that I’m writing you this letter, considering that you are one of the world’s most prominent examples of a happy marriage. But, as a seasoned divorce attorney, I’ve learned to spot the ones whose marriages are on the way out–and frankly, Cinderella, I’ve seen that look in your eye.

You probably don’t want to admit it. You’re probably thinking, If I get a divorce from Prince Charming, will I be letting the world down? Will I be disillusioning thousands, nay millions of little girls whose dreams of finding fairytale romance hinge on my prime example? Cinderella, we can only hope.

With this in mind, I’m going to advise you now as if you had wandered into my office, impractical shoes and all, asking “How do I divorce Prince Charming?”

Lesson One: Get a prenup.

I’m not going to sugar-coat this, Cinderella: You, like most ill-advised Disney princesses, have been operating under the assumption that a Prince will make you happy. I’m guessing based on the fact that you were roughly sixteen when you got married, and that your decision to marry was doubtless driven by a desire to escape a life of indentured servitude, you were probably more focused on the door than you were on arranging a prenup.

I mean, let’s be blunt here: Prince Charming has substantial assets, and this was probably part of the attraction. But, as you’ll find out in the process of divorcing him, the Prince’s assets–his royal inheritance etc.–are what we in the divorce business call “pre-marital assets”–in other words, you can’t touch them. Thus, like so many women before and after you, you were in a financially disadvantaged position at the start of the marriage, you thought it would be rude to ask for a prenup, and now at the end of the marriage here you are in a financially disadvantaged position once again.

I know, it’s unfair. Considering how you’ve spent your life looking after Prince Charming and your royal children, how you’ve smiled and waved when you were supposed to, fulfilled your responsibilities (even indulging his fantasies of having you dress up like a house wench and tickle his feet with your feather-duster)–even with all that, now you’ve been left in a position where you probably can’t touch his royal monies. Such is the law–it’s a prenup or nothing, for you.

Lesson Two: Commingle your assets.

Considering your lack of a prenup, my advice to you now is to secure some assets for yourself by “commingling”. In effect, commingling assets means mixing joint money, or your personal accounts (for example, what you get from renting your father’s house to those wicked stepsisters of yours) with your husband’s inherited money (the palace bank account). The idea is to make it difficult for Prince Charming’s lawyers to show clear separation of accounts in the court, therefore making a case that the money from said accounts should be split down the middle.

In short: open a joint bank account. Make big financial outlays (country house, jewels, angel investment in a Talking Mouse Circus) using mixed moneys. Avoid making big joint purchases from your husband’s inherited funds whenever possible, because you won’t have any claim to those in the divorce. And so on.

Contrary to the widespread belief among legendary damsels in distress, marrying royalty isn’t generally all it’s cracked up to be. Without a prenup, frankly it doesn’t matter that you caught him in three different broom closets with three different scullery maids last year; his pre-marital assets are still likely to stay with him.

Cinderella, you understand the complications of the fairy tale marriage; you, more than anyone, know what it really means to live “happily ever after.” I urge you to take that knowledge, along with your glass slippers and your wits, to the bank.

Respectfully,

James J. Sexton

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An Open Letter to Cinderella: How to Divorce Prince Charming And Keep Some Money

Dear Cinderella,

You might be surprised that I’m writing you this letter, considering that you are one of the world’s most prominent examples of a happy marriage. But, as a seasoned divorce attorney, I’ve learned to spot the ones whose marriages are on the way out–and frankly, Cinderella, I’ve seen that look in your eye.

You probably don’t want to admit it. You’re probably thinking, If I get a divorce from Prince Charming, will I be letting the world down? Will I be disillusioning thousands, nay millions of little girls whose dreams of finding fairy tale romance hinge on my prime example? Cinderella, we can only hope.

With this in mind, I’m going to advise you now as if you had wandered into my office, impractical shoes and all, asking “How do I divorce Prince Charming?”

Lesson One: Get a prenup.

I’m not going to sugar-coat this, Cinderella: You, like most ill-advised Disney princesses, have been operating under the assumption that a Prince will make you happy. I’m guessing based on the fact that you were roughly 16 when you got married, and that your decision to marry was doubtless driven by a desire to escape a life of indentured servitude, you were probably more focused on the door than you were on arranging a prenup.

I mean, let’s be blunt here: Prince Charming has substantial assets, and this was probably part of the attraction. But, as you’ll find out in the process of divorcing him, the Prince’s assets–his royal inheritance etc.–are what we in the divorce business call “pre-marital assets.” In other words, you can’t touch them. Thus, like so many women before and after you, you were in a financially disadvantaged position at the start of the marriage and thought it would be rude to ask for a prenup, and now at the end of the marriage here you are in a financially disadvantaged position once again.

I know, it’s unfair. Considering how you’ve spent your life looking after Prince Charming and your royal children, how you’ve smiled and waved when you were supposed to, fulfilled your responsibilities (even indulging his fantasies of having you dress up like a house wench and tickle his feet with your feather-duster)–even with all that, now you’ve been left in a position where you probably can’t touch his royal monies. Such is the law–it’s a prenup or nothing, for you.

Lesson Two: Commingle your assets.

Considering your lack of a prenup, my advice to you now is to secure some assets for yourself by “commingling.” In effect, commingling assets means mixing joint money, or your personal accounts (for example, what you get from renting your father’s house to those wicked stepsisters of yours) with your husband’s inherited money (the palace bank account). The idea is to make it difficult for Prince Charming’s lawyers to show clear separation of accounts in the court, therefore making a case that the money from said accounts should be split down the middle.

In short: open a joint bank account. Make big financial outlays (country house, jewels, angel investment in a Talking Mouse Circus) using mixed monies. Avoid making big joint purchases from your husband’s inherited funds whenever possible, because you won’t have any claim to those in the divorce. And so on.

Contrary to the widespread belief among legendary damsels in distress, marrying royalty isn’t generally all it’s cracked up to be. Without a prenup, frankly it doesn’t matter that you caught him in three different broom closets with three different scullery maids last year; his pre-marital assets are still likely to stay with him.

Cinderella, you understand the complications of the fairy tale marriage; you, more than anyone, know what it really means to live “happily ever after.” I urge you to take that knowledge, along with your glass slippers and your wits, to the bank.

Respectfully,

James J. Sexton

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A Letter To The 21-Year-Old Girl I Was On My Wedding Day

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Jennifer Bateman’s divorce was finalized in January 2015.  Below, Bateman writes a letter to the woman she was when she walked down the aisle 19 years ago. 

 

Hey girl! You made it! This the day you’ve been dreaming of, I know. Congratulations!
You’re beautiful. Remember that.

I know you only see the flaws in your appearance right now: the hair out of place, the veil askew, puffy eyes from crying tears of joy mixed with fear. But you’re only 21 — believe me, you’re beautiful. 

 As a married woman, you feel validated. You can finally start living your life. You can finally say you’re an adult. 

That feeling doesn’t last long but it returns when you give birth to your first child in about three years. Then you’re a real adult, you tell yourself – a mom, with all the honor and respect that comes with the title.

And while the feeling fades again, it returns in a few years when you and your family move out of state for the first time. Now this is adulthood, you tell yourself: true responsibility, creating new connections and establishing roots somewhere new with a toddler in tow. It’s exhausting work, especially when the only one you can lean on is your husband and he’s busy with work.

When you move again the week of your 10th anniversary, it doesn’t matter that you don’t really celebrate. You’re six months pregnant with your second child. You have no local family or friends for support but at least you have your husband to lean on.

The kids get older. You start feeling like you should’ve finished school all those years ago. When you go back, your husband is supportive and encouraging. With a degree, you can help ease his burden of being the sole breadwinner. With a degree you’ll finally be a real adult.

Things have been difficult for a while now. Family life is challenging. Once school is done, you tell yourself you can focus on rebuilding the connection you’ve lost as a couple. You’ll struggle through the difficulties together, no matter the cost because that’s what marriage is. That’s what you both agreed to do 20 years ago. That’s what adults do.  

But then on the week of your 19th anniversary, your husband finally tells you he wants out. And just like that, the bottom falls out. The rug is pulled out from under you, the earth opens and threatens to swallow you whole — and you realize you’ve been adult-ing all along.

You learn you can handle your shit. You don’t run away, no matter how overwhelming things get. Even when you feel like you’re the only one in the game because everyone else has called a timeout. Even when you’re faced with an unknown future on a shaky foundation with the kids.

You are an adult.

 And you know what? You’re going to be OK.

 

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News in Brief: Informal Tone Of Cover Letter Sets Job Applicant Apart From Seriously Considered Candidates

MILPITAS, CA—Saying his casual writing style made him “stand out immediately,” sources at Redding Media reported Monday that the informal tone of Michael Yanover’s job application had set him apart from the candidates under serious consideration. “As soon as I read his cover letter greeting of ‘Hey there,’ I could tell Michael was much different from the applicants we’ve brought in for interviews so far,” said head recruiter Anne Peabody, adding that Yanover had quickly captured her attention with the line “This job and me are meant for each other.” “I didn’t even have to get all the way to the end—after he called himself a ‘social media maven’ and a ‘certified data junkie,’ I fast-tracked his résumé to a separate pile reserved for people we won’t be getting back to.” At press time, Peabody had reportedly given Yanover’s application a second look …



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An Open Letter To The Woman I Was On My Wedding Day

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Jennifer Ball was 26 when she married. Thirteen years later, she and her husband divorced. Below, Ball, who blogs at Happy Hausfrau, writes a letter to the woman she was on her wedding day.

Oh hey there, 26-year-old pregnant bride: I see you there, in your black velvet dress from Banana Republic, with the tag tucked into the back so you can return it later. I remember the flutters you felt that day: some were caused by the baby but most were the result of nerves.

jennifer ball

I know all you want is a happy ending. Up until now life has been an unsure, scary ride with plenty of party pitstops along the way. When you and that handsome young man standing next to you found out the hard way that birth control pills are only 99 percent effective, both of you did what most people would do: you freaked out.

But together, you came up with a plan: You’d both grown up with divorced parents and had seen the good, the bad and the ugly that came with it. You had seen the outcome when a bad stepparent enters the picture, your betrothed had experienced being schlepped from school to school by his divorced parents.

That baby you’re carrying? This marriage? It was a fresh start. A new beginning. A crisp, clean new chapter.

Oh, young me. I hate to break it to you, but despite the best intentions…there is no happy ending to this wedding tale. Don’t get me wrong! You do give that baby, and his three siblings-to-be, a really good life for a really good stretch of time.

You get to be a stay-at-home mom for a dozen years. Driving the minivan to Target and picnics at the park? That’s you (although your former party-girl self will struggle to believe it).

The busy days blend together and become years. You and your husband lose touch. You find out how long and deep the crevasse between two people can be, despite the fact that they’re sleeping right next to each other. Both of you may have had nothing but high hopes for this marriage, wanting so badly to create a life neither of you were able to experience, but it doesn’t happen.

You know what happens? Like Led Zeppelin said, communication breakdown happens. You focus on the kids and your husband focuses on work. Resentment builds up while your relationship falls apart. You’re exhausted at the end of the day. He’s frustrated. It almost seems comical, how stereotypical it is when he ends up falling for someone else.

Younger me, I’m not going to scare you with all of the gory details. But I will tell you this: It sucks, going through a divorce. You’re going to hurt more than you’ve ever hurt before. The sting of betrayal, the slashes of guilt and blame, the deep cuts of fear. You’re going to travel to hell and back and repeat that journey a few times before you’re done.

The key word in that last sentence is this: Done.

Everyone survives. Your kids not only survive, they grow up to be stable, well-adjusted, kind, happy people. There are scars, sure. But doesn’t everyone accumulate a few of those along the way?

What about you? Oh, girl. You do more than survive. You learn things about yourself and marriage and men and relationships. You discover unbelievable strength in yourself and those around you. You realize, a little late in the game, that we are all responsible for our own happy endings.

And guess what, 26-year-old me?

I don’t know for sure at this point if we get that picture-perfect happy ending, but I can tell you this: We’ve had an incredible start.

Now, go enjoy that cake.

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An Open Letter to the LA Parking Bureau

Dear LA Parking Violations Bureau:

Yesterday morning I was ticketed after misreading a ten foot totem pole of parking signs that Steven Hawking couldn’t decode, let alone a hungover blonde.

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That night I got another ticket because I didn’t notice they had spontaneously painted half my block red for no apparent reason apart from ruining my life. I now spend more a year on parking tickets than I do on healthcare. ObamaParkingCare, please. I would definitely start budgeting in parking tickets, if I was the sort of person who budgeted. Day and night I live in a state of constant panic that my car is about to be ticketed. Unlike some cities, you even give people trivial parking tickets on Sundays reinforcing my theory that you are satanic devil worshipers.

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All this would be manageable if I had money, which I don’t. I’m flat broke and any money I do have gets immediately stolen by the savage, circling vultures you employ. Tickets around town range from $ 64 to $ 84 which feels discriminatory against the poor considering it’s we who can afford neither garage nor valet — just the sort of robbing the poor to feed the rich situation Robin Hood fought. Can you really fine someone for being not the brightest crayon in the box? Should I be so gravely and frequently punished for having a rare mental condition that allows me to believe it’s Monday on a Friday? Sixty-Four dollars may not be a lot to you but I sometimes have to eat the free cheese at Whole Foods for dinner so each ticket is a lancing blow to the kidney.

Who strategizes your parking rules? Tywin Lannister? Whoever it is deserves some kind of genius award because they foil me every single time, not that it’s hard because I also have other brain disorders like thinking I’m only going to need 60 minutes at the hair salon and believing no one would have the heart to fine me for crossing half a fingernail into a red zone.

On another note, you should really congratulate your meter maids. They take their job EXTREMELY seriously. If all government employees took their jobs as seriously we would have world peace and the American dollar would be worth £12. What are you doing to these people? Waterboarding them if they don’t hit the daily quota?

Look. I’m an idiot. I know I’m an idiot. I take responsibility for the majority of the stupid tickets but here’s the thing: I’M DOING MY BEST. I’m honestly and truly doing my best. Can you at least make the parking signs readable? A sliding scale to ensure that I don’t pay more in parking tickets annually than my crap Pontiac is worth? Stop giving your employees free yachts for every 1000th ticket they issue?? I hear a rumor that you are considering being merciful enough to rethink your laws and make it easier. PLEASE do. If you do, it will greatly increase the quality of life of Angelenos, especially lower income drivers and especially, especially, me. If you don’t, I’m going to send a glitter gram to every single person in your office.

Sincerely,

Kelly MacLean

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An Open Letter To The Woman I Was On My Wedding Day

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Jennifer Ball was 26 when she married. Thirteen years later, she and her husband divorced. Below, Ball, who blogs at at Happy Hausfrau, writes a letter to the woman she was on her wedding day.

OOh hey there, 26-year-old pregnant bride: I see you there, in your black velvet dress from Banana Republic, with the tag tucked into the back so you can return it later. I remember the flutters you felt that day: some were caused by the baby but most were the result of nerves.

jennifer ball

I know all you want is a happy ending. Up until now life has been an unsure, scary ride with plenty of party pitstops along the way. When you and that handsome young man standing next to you found out the hard way that birth control pills are only 99 percent effective, both of you did what most people would do: you freaked out.

But together, you came up with a plan: You’d both grown up with divorced parents and had seen the good, the bad and the ugly that came with it. You had seen the outcome when a bad stepparent enters the picture, your betrothed had experienced being schlepped from school to school by his divorced parents.

That baby you’re carrying? This marriage? It was a fresh start. A new beginning. A crisp, clean new chapter.

Oh, young me. I hate to break it to you, but despite the best intentions…there is no happy ending to this wedding tale. Don’t get me wrong! You do give that baby, and his three siblings-to-be, a really good life for a really good stretch of time.

You get to be a stay-at-home mom for a dozen years. Driving the minivan to Target and picnics at the park? That’s you (although your former party-girl self will struggle to believe it).

The busy days blend together and become years. You and your husband lose touch. You find out how long and deep the crevasse between two people can be, despite the fact that they’re sleeping right next to each other. Both of you may have had nothing but high hopes for this marriage, wanting so badly to create a life neither of you were able to experience, but it doesn’t happen.

You know what happens? Like Led Zeppelin said, communication breakdown happens. You focus on the kids and your husband focuses on work. Resentment builds up while your relationship falls apart. You’re exhausted at the end of the day. He’s frustrated. It almost seems comical, how stereotypical it is when he ends up falling for someone else.

Younger me, I’m not going to scare you with all of the gory details. But I will tell you this: It sucks, going through a divorce. You’re going to hurt more than you’ve ever hurt before. The sting of betrayal, the slashes of guilt and blame, the deep cuts of fear. You’re going to travel to hell and back and repeat that journey a few times before you’re done.

The key word in that last sentence is this: Done.

Everyone survives. Your kids not only survive, they grow up to be stable, well-adjusted, kind, happy people. There are scars, sure. But doesn’t everyone accumulate a few of those along the way?

What about you? Oh, girl. You do more than survive. You learn things about yourself and marriage and men and relationships. You discover unbelievable strength in yourself and those around you. You realize, a little late in the game, that we are all responsible for our own happy endings.

And guess what, 26-year-old me?

I don’t know for sure at this point if we get that picture-perfect happy ending, but I can tell you this: We’ve had an incredible start.

Now, go enjoy that cake.

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Taylor Swift Writes Open Letter To Apple Music

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The Cisgender Gaze: An Open Letter to Those Who Stare

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It’s funny how obscure you act when I enter a room. Yes, I see you glancing up casually from eating your burrito to examine me as I wait in line. You forget to finish chewing. I notice you in theaters, your eyes locked upon me as if sitting was a crime. Every time I look down at a magazine, there are your eyes, in the corner of mine just looking for whatever it is you expect from me. To be honest I’m quite content with myself. I’ve worked so very hard to become this person you gawk at rudely in the waiting room. It’s taken me so many years of affirmation and strength to love myself, and it’s something I continually work to re-affirm. Self love and self care are a daily uphill struggle for most of us, so why is it your place to deny me with the only contact we make? I love myself damn it, and I will not apologize for it. I’m tired of saying sorry.

One of the first things I always wonder is if you remember manners. Those old things? Yes, manners. I know they say chivalry is dead, but general respect and saying thank you never goes out of style in my world. My mother taught me that it’s rude to stare. She told me how disrespectful it comes off to suddenly start ignoring the person in front of you having a conversation. Despite what you may have been convinced, I do not enter society everyday to pass your test. I do not dress myself in accordance to your mandates, and I refuse to console you because this isn’t about you. Yet here you are, staring at me. Your gaze burning a hole through my being, casting a judgement upon my soul. I constantly wonder if you realize how you look, how others see you.

When you’re frozen there for about 30 seconds, you turn into a lifeless statue. Unlike you, I know how people see me. I’ve spent more than enough time watching people watch me. People of all ages, young and old alike. It’s funny, children never seem to notice me that much. I drift on by. It’s usually middle aged adults. Some gaze, look at me and see a beautiful woman. Some see a man in a dress. Some just stare and don’t know what to think. However you see me, I don’t want to know. It’s not fair for you to invade the sanctity of my body with your complete contempt of human decency. Next time when you’re out in the world and you see someone like me, keep your gaze to yourself. I don’t want your opinion, your validation, and I don’t care to cater to your audacity. After all, didn’t your mama teach you any manners?

Love,
an unapologetic trans girl.

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Kim Kardashian’s Letter To Her Future Self Asks The Big Questions

Kim Kardashian gets thoughtful, penning a letter to her future self in a video for Glamour — and it’s kind of like looking into the reality star’s soul.

A lot can change in 10 years, but Kardashian seems to have everything planned out. When she’s 44, Kardashian wants to remind herself, “When it comes to how you feel about your body, remember to be kind to yourself and enjoy how you look now because you’re not getting any younger.”

She also writes, “Since North is now 12, I hope you remember that pre-teens are going through a lot. I know Junior High is really tough, so remember to have a lot of patience!”

Still, Kardashian knows who she is, and doesn’t think a decade will change that.

“I trust that you will still be the queen of contouring,” she writes, adding, “May science invent a mysterious and delicious green juice to keep you tan forever.” (We would totally invest in this technology, if someone wants to make that happen).

And because Kim Kardashian ponders only the big questions in life, she wonders:

“Are you still filming ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians? … Are selfies still a thing? Are the terms ‘bae’ and ‘on fleek’ so 2015? If not, am I still ‘on fleek?'”

And lastly she writes to her future self, “If you haven’t broken the 100 billion mark on Instagram followers, I’ll be very disappointed in you. Bible.”

Well, it’s good to have goals.

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An Open Letter to Jerry Seinfeld from a ‘Politically Correct’ College Student

Dear Jerry Seinfeld,

Recently, I’ve heard about your reluctance to perform on college campuses because of how “politically correct” college students are. You also further made remarks that college students are quick to use the words “racist,” “sexist,” and “prejudice” with little reverence for what those words really mean (which you felt was proven by a remark made by your 14-year old daughter.)

As a college student that loves and appreciates offensive, provocative comedy, I’m disheartened by these comments.

While I do agree with you that college students today are more sensitive to issues of race and gender politics, it’s simply because that’s our job as learners. As college students who are engaged in a myriad of social, economic, and political issues, it’s our duty to be actively engaged and educated about issues of sexism, racism and prejudice. While, respectively, your daughter might not quite know what’s considered “sexist” yet, I can say with confidence that most college students can distinguish the boundaries of what’s considered appropriately sexist or not.

But, I’d like to refocus the conversation to the state of comedy that you feel like we would call “racist” or “sexist.”

We need to talk about the role that provocative comedy holds today in a progressive world.

It isn’t so much that college students are too politically correct (whatever your definition of that concept is), it’s that comedy in our progressive society today can no longer afford to be crass, or provocative for the sake of being offensive. Sexist humor and racist humor can no longer exist in comedy because these concepts are based on archaic ideals that have perpetrated injustice against minorities in the past.

Provocative humor, such as ones dealing with topics of race and gender politics, can be crass and vulgar, but underlying it must be a context that spurs social dialogue about these respective issues. There needs to be a message, a central truth behind comedy for it to work as humor.

Take Amy Schumer for example.

A rising comic in her own right, Schumer has become a muse in being able to tackle difficult social commentaries of sexism and racism through her comedy. During the premier of the newest season of Schumer’s comedy sketch show Inside Amy Schumer, Schumer and her writers managed to make a topic that most could never conceive of even making humorous: rape.

The sketch, Football Town Lights, a parody of the football series, Friday Night Lights, told the story of a football coach who boldly decides to reform the local town’s losing football team by instilling a strict anti-rape rule for his football players. Throughout the sketch, the players and the town folk are simply flabbergasted at the very concept of not being able to rape. One of the players asks the coach, “What if she thinks it’s rape, but I don’t?” Another player asks, “What if my mom is the district attorney and won’t prosecute me? Can I rape?”

Underlying the joke of it all, of course, is the horrifying truth of rape culture existent in high school football, and an even more horrifying reality of the parents attempting to justify it. Earlier this year, we heard of a horrifying case of a gang rape committed by five Florida high school football players and realized the underlying culture of violence and male domination that inhabits high school football.

While it’s not the sole role of comics to be social commentators on every issue through their comedy, I believe there is a responsibility, especially when a well-known comic is talking about sensitive topics like race and gender politics, to have an underlying message to be said.

This doesn’t mean that the funny aspect of the bit has to be compromised for the sake of social commentary. As countless comedians have proven before, it’s very possible to have a message and be hilarious at the same time.

This translates to stand-up comedy as well. Take it from your fellow male comics.

Stand-up comedian, Louis C.K’s bit about how much he loves being white can be, at first glance, construed as being “racist” in a traditional sense. He says in his set, “I’m not saying that white people are better, I’m saying that being white is clearly better, who can argue!”

Doesn’t that sound a little “racist” to you? But, view it within the context of what he says, Louis C.K. constructs another valuable dialogue about white male privilege, and the historic injustices that this system has created.

A bit that could have been potentially disastrous was made even more hilarious because of the underlying social context of what Louis was saying.

George Carlin, who was revered by many as being one of the comedy “greats,” frequently used crass, vulgar and potentially offensive humor in his acts. While by today’s standards, some of Carlin’s material can be considered sexist and offensive, many of his bits are still appreciated today because of his strong opinions and the underlying context of what he said. Sure, he was offensive when he tried to justify using racial slurs, but as he said a bit, “it’s the context that counts. It’s the user. It’s the intention behind the words that make them good or bad.”

Stand-up comedian Todd Glass argued passionately on comedy podcast Sklarbro County, that young comedians who shy away from offensive humor lack the courage to use the medium as a way to create social commentary and dialogue, as Carlin did. Glass called for comedians to be more offensive, but within the right context.

You can be crass, you can be vulgar, and it’s not about worrying about offending people. Fuck offending people. Offend the right fucking people. Don’t let this fake argument that makes you not want to grow [as a comedian] and say, ‘Oh, you’re always going offend somebody.’ No one said you shouldn’t! It’s your fake argument! Offend the living fuck out of people! But make sure you’re doing it to the right group. Because, I’m sure George Carlin, most of the time, was offending the right people.

So, yes, Mr. Seinfeld, we college students are politically correct. We will call out sexism and racism if we hear it. But if you’re going to come to my college and perform in front of me, be prepared to write up a set that doesn’t just offend me, but has something to say.

There’s no reason you can’t do what other comics are doing. You have an amazing legacy, both in stand-up and on television, because you do your job well.

But, there’s a generation in college right now that hasn’t seen your comedy, and there’s a demographic that yearns for laughter. College students today are looking to be provoked, to be offended by comedy, and to think about these issues within the context of comedy.

So please, take the first step and come to a college campus with a set that will make us laugh.

Offend the fuck out of college students. Provoke the fuck out of me. We’ll thank you for it later.

Sincerely,
College Student

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An Open Letter to Caitlyn Jenner

Congratulations, Caitlyn!

No matter ones station in life, coming out as transgender in a world where misogyny and heteronormativity is used to police women and women’s bodies, is truly a heroic act.

There are few of us who have been publicly outed by the media, and none of us can know what you went through as a trans woman while entertainment-based outlets such as TMZ presented your story in such a way as to deliberately berate and demean you. The fact that you are still with us, despite suffering with dysphoria is testament to your courage and your strength of will — the same qualities that helped you win gold in the ’76 Olympics.

There are some within the community who will be not as welcoming as others; pointing to your privilege over the vast majority of trans women, and excluding you for it, forgetting that just as in the cisgender population, there are women of all social classes, shapes and sizes who are transgender. I understand that you’re not a spokesperson for the community, you said this yourself in your brave ABC interview, but your privilege and celebrity affords you the opportunity to be heard in a way in which most of us will never experience. Even if you choose not to embrace advocacy, and it’s definitely not for everyone, please be mindful of how fortunate you are and use your voice to lift the voices of others and draw attention to the plight of trans women of color, anti-transgender discrimination, transphobia and the fact that the vast majority of your sisters do not have access to transition related care, and in many cases, basic healthcare. One of the most powerful messages in your ABC interview was when you mentioned the violence against trans women of color on primetime TV. Never before has there been any mention in national media of the violence and murders that plague the transgender community. This was a hugely pivotal moment, and hopefully just the beginning of using your visibility to help others.

There will be those on the outside who will seek to tear you down and denigrate you, and some who will try to use you for their own political and financial gain. Jill Soloway, writer of Transparent, has come under critical attention for her use of a cisgender man to portray the transition of a transgender woman. The actor in question, had previously been in a show in which transphobic punchlines and jokes were the norm. Her wanting to build an episode of Transparent around you is an attempt at silencing some of her critics, especially after her own transphobic comments about you and will likely not be well received by a large portion of your sisters, who will view taking part in Transparent as being out of touch with the community. We are fighting for acceptance and look to those who have visibility to take a stand. While the benefits to the community through someone with your visibility portraying a trans woman authentically on TV would be truly groundbreaking, please ask yourself whether Transparent is the right vehicle now that you’re more familiar with the show’s backstory.

Sadly, despite your celebrity — and in some ways because of it — now that you are out as a transgender woman you will quickly find out that you may no longer be welcome in spaces that you once were. Regardless of your political leanings, as a trans woman you have become a target for the majority of those who share the same political views as yourself, as evident in the way in which Neil Cavuto, Nicole Russell, and Fox stations in general throughout the U.S. have mis-gendered you and reported on your transition. Please don’t be discouraged, there are plenty of us in the middle or to the left that would welcome you with open arms and a hug.

Finally, and most importantly, thank you for your bravery in starting to live an authentic life under the constant scrutiny of the media. Regardless of what the Russell’s and Cavuto’s of this world might say, you are brave and you are an inspiration to others.

In your Diane Sawyer interview, you stated:

I would like to work with this community to get this message out. They know a lot more than I know. I am not a spokesman for this community. I believe we can save some lives here.

I would like to tell you that, yes, Caitlyn, you can. More than that, I sincerely hope that you do. I hope that you choose to become more active in the community and speak out against the very things that kept you hiding yourself for so long — too long. Caitlyn, you are arguably the greatest athlete America has ever seen, a seemingly honest and sincere person, a father, role model, possibility model, inspiration and above all else, a woman.

Caitlyn, honey, welcome to the sisterhood.

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An Open Letter to Caitlyn Jenner

Where do I begin? As the mother of gender non-conforming children, I just do not know where to begin.

Thank you just doesn’t seem to be enough. But it’s a start.

Thank you for having the courage to be who you have always felt you were meant to be. Thank you for breaking the gender norms that so many were too afraid to break.

Thank you for paving the way for my children to be who they truly feel they were meant to be. Because of you, my children will not have to live a lie. Because of you, my children will struggle less. Because of you, my children will be happier.

Thank you for showing the world that this is real. It really is possible to be born into the wrong body. It is possible to live an entire life too afraid to be who you feel you were really meant to be.

Thank you for being the world’s most awesome athlete. Thank you for being a sex symbol. Thank you for being such a man’s man. It just makes your transition all the more amazing.

Thank you for giving my children a voice. Thank you for putting my mind at ease. Before you, I was terrified at what the future held for my children. Now I know they will be okay.

Thank you for doing all of this so publicly. It had to be a difficult decision to make. But as I mother I can’t thank you enough for making it.

Thank you to your family for being supportive. Thank you for showing the realness of it all. It’s a very hard thing to come to terms with a family member struggling with gender issues. No matter who you are.

Thank you for starting this conversation.

I now have a person my children can look up to. I have a person my children can look at and think, I can be whoever it is I feel I was meant to be.

Thank you for single-handedly paving the way for my children and children everywhere. Thank you for being a new type of role model. Thank you for having the courage to do all of this.

A man transitioning into a woman is not the end of the world. It’s just the beginning.

Thank you for being Caitlyn.

Eileen O’Connor is an amazingly talented woman, wife, and mother living on the mean streets of Chicago’s south side with her equally adorable family.

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An Open Letter to Caitlyn Jenner

Where do I begin? As the mother of gender non-conforming children, I just do not know where to begin.

Thank you just doesn’t seem to be enough. But it’s a start.

Thank you for having the courage to be who you have always felt you were meant to be. Thank you for breaking the gender norms that so many were too afraid to break.

Thank you for paving the way for my children to be who they truly feel they were meant to be. Because of you, my children will not have to live a lie. Because of you, my children will struggle less. Because of you, my children will be happier.

Thank you for showing the world that this is real. It really is possible to be born into the wrong body. It is possible to live an entire life too afraid to be who you feel you were really meant to be.

Thank you for being the world’s most awesome athlete. Thank you for being a sex symbol. Thank you for being such a man’s man. It just makes your transition all the more amazing.

Thank you for giving my children a voice. Thank you for putting my mind at ease. Before you, I was terrified at what the future held for my children. Now I know they will be okay.

Thank you for doing all of this so publicly. It had to be a difficult decision to make. But as I mother I can’t thank you enough for making it.

Thank you to your family for being supportive. Thank you for showing the realness of it all. It’s a very hard thing to come to terms with a family member struggling with gender issues. No matter who you are.

Thank you for starting this conversation.

I now have a person my children can look up to. I have a person my children can look at and think, I can be whoever it is I feel I was meant to be.

Thank you for single-handedly paving the way for my children and children everywhere. Thank you for being a new type of role model. Thank you for having the courage to do all of this.

A man transitioning into a woman is not the end of the world. It’s just the beginning.

Thank you for being Caitlyn.

Eileen O’Connor is an amazingly talented woman, wife, and mother living on the mean streets of Chicago’s south side with her equally adorable family.

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An Open Letter to Caitlyn Jenner

Where do I begin? As the mother of gender non-conforming children, I just do not know where to begin.

Thank you just doesn’t seem to be enough. But it’s a start.

Thank you for having the courage to be who you have always felt you were meant to be. Thank you for breaking the gender norms that so many were too afraid to break.

Thank you for paving the way for my children to be who they truly feel they were meant to be. Because of you, my children will not have to live a lie. Because of you, my children will struggle less. Because of you, my children will be happier.

Thank you for showing the world that this is real. It really is possible to be born into the wrong body. It is possible to live an entire life too afraid to be who you feel you were really meant to be.

Thank you for being the world’s most awesome athlete. Thank you for being a sex symbol. Thank you for being such a man’s man. It just makes your transition all the more amazing.

Thank you for giving my children a voice. Thank you for putting my mind at ease. Before you, I was terrified at what the future held for my children. Now I know they will be okay.

Thank you for doing all of this so publicly. It had to be a difficult decision to make. But as I mother I can’t thank you enough for making it.

Thank you to your family for being supportive. Thank you for showing the realness of it all. It’s a very hard thing to come to terms with a family member struggling with gender issues. No matter who you are.

Thank you for starting this conversation.

I now have a person my children can look up to. I have a person my children can look at and think, I can be whoever it is I feel I was meant to be.

Thank you for single-handedly paving the way for my children and children everywhere. Thank you for being a new type of role model. Thank you for having the courage to do all of this.

A man transitioning into a woman is not the end of the world. It’s just the beginning.

Thank you for being Caitlyn.

Eileen O’Connor is an amazingly talented woman, wife, and mother living on the mean streets of Chicago’s south side with her equally adorable family.

Follow her blog No Wire Hangers, Ever
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A Letter to Jennifer Garner

Dear Jen,

The buzz is atwitter with news of your possibly impending divorce. Come on, if Ben and Jen can’t make it past the ten-year mark, is there hope for anyone else?

Traversing the breakup scenario is hard enough without the media frenzy and those three adorable kids. Take a deep breath, step up the yoga classes and surround yourself with real friends.

Tune out those who pepper conservations with “Honey, marriage is hard work.” Those of us who’ve been there know we’ve tried just about everything we could before we reached this point.

No matter who wants out, divorce is sad. It’s the loss of an expectation you’d still be together for your kids’ dance recitals, school plays or sports, graduations. Remember no matter what the configuration, you’re still a family. Create new traditions.

All of us single moms have a bit more downtime when the kids are with dad. Reach out to friends. Learn to love the silence. Create, relax, stay up till 1 am reading a book!

You aren’t alone. Despite recent stats, about half of us end up on a divorce agreement. Find a support system of other moms who’ve been through the process. We’re happy to meet for a glass of wine!

So, Jen, no matter what the outcome, take time to heal. Explain to your beautiful daughters in an age appropriate way. You two will always be connected through your children, who will never cease to amaze you.

Best,

All the Single Moms

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My Letter of Resignation

Dear Pope Francis,

I am writing to announce my resignation from the Catholic Church. I would give you two weeks notice but feel under the circumstances that would be unnecessary as a fortnight of additional faithless faith would not do you or the church any good.

As you, or the cardinals, or the bishops, or the colonels, (I’m sorry I never caught on to the hierarchical ranking system) know, my two Jewish daughters have now completed their high school education at St. Monica’s Catholic High School.

They had a wonderful experience. As Hebraic outsiders, they were accepted by the faculty. And embraced unconditionally by the student body. Except for the occasional minor foolish inquiry from less-than-wordly students.

“Do you have horns?”

“Do you all marry your cousins because you all tend to look alike with the big lips and the large noses?”

“Why did you kill Jesus?”

I also want to thank you for indulging my daughter’s conspicuous atheism. I know it must have been difficult to accommodate doubt and dissent, particularly in settings designed to nurture and promote faith and religiosity.

For instance, on the annual spiritual mountain retreat, around the introspective campfire, one of the teachers asked the students to describe the many ways Jesus has led and instructed their lives. It could not have been easy when my daughter responded:

“I don’t believe in God. Are there any more S’mores?”

And yet, through it all, there was never any pressure to jump the fence. Which is good because as people who have grown up in the shadow of the Holocaust, witnessed the horrors of ISIS and spent an entire evening on the tarmac at Denver airport because the tower couldn’t find a gate, we have a hard time believing in a God. Much less three.

Again, my understanding of the Trinity and the holy unification is sketchy at best.

With that, we are leaving the church.

I’m pretty sure there won’t be a counter-offer or even an exit interview. But I would like to leave you with a suggestion on how to improve the organization for the future.

Your Holiness, I’m glad you are moving forward with a more progressive view on homosexuality, but you need to go even further and ditch this whole notion of eternal Celibacy. That can’t be good, for you, or any of the clergy. The body needs to get those fluids out. It’s just not natural.

I suggest you speak with one of the rabbi’s at my temple — a stunningly handsome man. The female congregants, and possibly some of the males, call him Rabbi McDreamy. Between his encyclopedic knowledge of the Talmud, his jutting jawline and his soothing voice, this guy gets more ass than a Beverly Hills Proctologist.

Let me know if you need me to make the introduction. It’s the least I can do.

Yours in gratitude,

Rich Siegel

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A letter written by George Harrison has been sold for $ 20,000 by L.A. rock collectibles seller Record Mecca. In the missive, dated 1966, Harrison writes to Atlanta DJ Paul Drew in the lead up to the recording of Revolver. He says that the Beatles considered dumping longtime producer George Martin in order to record with Jim Stewart at Stax Studios.
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Black Family Gets Racist Letter Demanding They Move Out 84 Percent White Neighborhood [PHOTOS]

Ronica Copes of the village Lindenhurst, New York got an unpleasant surprise in her mailbox last week and it wasn’t from some bill collector or The Maury Show.

The Black resident of the East New York community received an anonymous letter stating that her family’s presence wasn’t welcomed in the “84% white population.”

“Sooooo, I’m checking my mail and when I come across this I can’t help but laugh..wait, it’s not funny though,” an astonished Copes wrote on her Facebook page, Thursday, May 21. “Where they do that at? Oh yeah Lindenhurst. Unbelievable but then it’s not…our daily reality, I’ve just never seen it in this form.”

According to the New York Post, Copes 37, a freelance publicist and caterer, have been living in their residence since 2013 so it appears the racists just now mustered up enough courage to speak out.

The Town of Babylon, the hub for Lindenhurst, got wind of the letter and issued a statement denouncing its message.

The Town of Babylon was made aware that an anonymous letter was delivered to an African-American family in Lindenhurst that espoused racist hateful views. Elected Officials from the Town of Babylon and Village of Lindenhurst have issued the following statement.

“We strongly condemn this hateful letter and are working closely with the Suffolk County Police and our Anti-Bias Task Force to investigate this incident. The best way to fight bias is with solidarity and we stand with all of our residents in declaring that there is no place for this type of intolerance and hatred in the Village of Lindenhurst, the Town of Babylon, or anywhere in our community. We are, and always will be, a strong diverse community that does not cede ground to hostility, ignorance, or hatred, wherever it may appear.”

– Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer
– Lindenhurst Village Mayor Tom Brennan
– Babylon Deputy Supervisor and member of Babylon Anti-Bias Task Force, Tony Martinez
– Babylon Town Councilman Tom Donnelly
– Babylon Town Councilwoman Jackie Gordon
– Babylon Town Councilman Lindsay Henry
– Babylon Town Clerk Carol Quirk
– Babylon Town Receiver of Taxes Corinne DiSomma
– Lindenhurst Village Deputy Mayor Michael Lavorata
– Lindenhurst Village Trustee Joan Masterson
– Lindenhurst Village Trustee Darrel Kost
– Lindenhurst Village Trustee Maryann Wecerkle

The Suffolk County Police Department are also investigating the letter as a potential hate crime.

Hit the next page to read Ronica Copes’ racist letter in full. Also, check your calendar to make sure this is still 2015.


Photos: Facebook/Ronica Copes

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An Open Letter to President Obama: Kelly Rutherford’s Custody Case

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Dear President Obama,

I know that you are a busy man, but by now I’m sure you’ve heard about Kelly Rutherford’s plight to bring her children home to the United States of America? As you are probably aware, Kelly Rutherford and Daniel Giersch’s children (two American-born citizens) were ripped from the arms of their primary parent by Judge Teresa A. Beaudet in an unprecedented move designed to cater to Daniel’s inability to enter the United States of America.

You see, Mr. President, Daniel’s visa was revoked due to suspicions and swirling allegations that he is an international drugs and weapons dealer. I ask you, if the United States has deemed this individual suspicious enough to ban him from our country, how are we allowing these two young children to be removed from their country and be shipped off to a foreign land where neither parent actually has citizenship? Plot twist: Daniel is a German citizen and Kelly is an American citizen yet the children are residing in France.

In an interview with People Magazine, Kelly was asked about the moment that she heard Judge Teresa Beaudet’s decision, Kelly replied,

I remember when she made the ruling, I just thought, ‘There’s something wrong here. Not because of their father and I or anything — I’ve always wanted my kids to have a relationship with him, and I’ve really only encouraged that all along.

When I went into court, I never asked for money, and I never asked for full custody. I just wanted what was right for them and their well-being moving forward.

In a statement released by Kelly’s attorney, Wendy Murphy, she explained the driving force behind this new petition which will be landing on your desk very soon,

This is a political problem for President Obama and a constitutional problem for the courts. The president recently issued an executive order declaring that children born in this country to illegal immigrant parents must be allowed to remain in this country.

Mr. Obama specifically talked about the importance of mothers and children being allowed to stay together in America. How could Kelly and her children not be entitled to at least the same legal protections?

If Kelly’s children are not rescued from involuntary expatriation to France, it would mean that President Obama believes non-citizens are entitled to greater rights than citizens in this country.”

Labeled by legal consultant, Dan Abrams as “The worst custody decision in United States history,” this is a your opportunity to correct a heart-breaking situation which continues to baffle and terrify American’s across the country. I encourage you to bring Hermes and Helena back to their home in the United States of America.

Click here for Kelly’s petition

Sincerely,

Tina Swithin — Family Court Advocate

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To The Person Who Is Reading This Open Letter About This Open Letter

Let me first say, thank you.

This open letter hasn’t had an easy life. It started out as nothing. The bills were piling up. Family and friends had lost faith in its ability to get done.

And slowly with the help of a few good samaritans like yourself, it’s blossomed into the series of words that you’re reading right now.

You saw this open letter hitchhiking around on the information super highway and instead of driving past it, you stopped and you gave this little open letter a chance. Counted out by so many, this open letter had no one to turn to, and you stepped up.

You didn’t clap for my super un-athletic kid playing sports. You didn’t pay for my expensive Starbucks drink which, let’s be honest, I only get on the slight chance someone in front of me will pay for it. And you didn’t leave me a smile as a tip, which my student loan officer continues to refuse as payment.

The truth is, you didn’t have to click on this open letter at all. And you didn’t have to read this open letter, which thanks you for reading this open letter you didn’t have to click on. But despite the adversity placed in your path, you forged ahead and proved that you did read this open letter.

It’s not a perfect open letter, and will never claim to be. And yet, like people, that’s what makes open letters great, the imperfections. But you know what is perfect? Your curiosity.

Thank you.

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Taylor Swift was able to offer some comfort to one of her fans who opened up to the singer about the loss of her mother. This hit close to home for Swift as her own mother was recently diagnosed with cancer. "I love you so much and can't imagine what you must be feeling today," the 25-year-old singer wrote on her Tumblr page after Kaileen, a.k.a. Iced Coffee Girl, contacted her saying she "could really use a hug." "Today is Mother's …
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47 Republican Senators Write Letter to Queen Demanding Congress Approves Royal Baby Name

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The 47 letter writers, otherwise known as virtually all the Republicans in the Senate, have put pen to paper again.

Led once more by self-proclaimed international law expert Tom Cotton, the Senators have written to the Queen of England to express their profound displeasure at not being consulted about the new royal baby name.

Their latest missive was delivered to Buckingham Palace today and stated the following:

Dear Queen Elizabeth II, or if you prefer, dear Supreme Ruler of Great Britain,

It has come to our attention through leading diplomatic sources — People Magazine, The National Enquirer and The New York Post — that Her Royal Highness, Kate the Duchess of God-Knows-Where, has given birth to a child and named it Charlotte, Elizabeth, Diana without our permission.

We Americans would have undoubtedly chosen Jolene, Mary Lou or Tammy Fay. Thus, we consider the names that you have picked to be nuclear options and reflective of the growing proliferation in your country of names that are too British-sounding, to say the least.

This is unacceptable to us and may fundamentally undermine diplomatic relations between our two great nations. (Well we’re great. You however, are not, despite the fact that you still use the word “Great” in your country’s name.)

We are therefore writing to remind you that as you are a signatory of the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance — the entente that established NATO just in case you didn’t know — you will have to obtain agreement from the US Government before this baby’s name becomes official.

And although you may be tempted to deal with our lame duck and chicken-livered President, Barack Obama, on this matter, please be advised that Congress alone has the power to approve royal baby names! Which means dear Madam, you are going to have to negotiate with us!

So given our declared opposition to your chosen names, we would urge you to submit alternatives for our consideration. If Jolene, Mary Lou or Tammy Fay do not pass royal muster, we are prepared, in the interests of diplomacy, to consider Billie Jo, Peggy Sue, or Trixie Bell. At a push, we might even be persuaded to approve Chardonnay.

We hope this clarifies our position with regard to the royal baby name and we look forward to hearing from you forthwith.

As news of the letter to the Queen reverberated around Washington D.C., and outrage about it increased, 46 of the 47 Republican Senators who signed it ran for cover, leaving Tom Cotton holding the bag — or as Brits like to say, holding the baby.

Cotton, in a desperate attempt to avoid an international incident, said: “OK, OK, Chardonnay might be a name too far. Trixie Bell it is then! I will introduce a bill to that effect tomorrow and I expect it to be passed quickly by my colleagues in the House and the Senate.”

In a statement released by Buckingham Palace, the Queen also made her views known on the letter from the 47. She said: I would like to thank the 47 Republican Senators for sharing their thoughts with me on this matter. And I would particularly like to thank their ancestors for the American Declaration of Independence.”

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An Open Letter to the President of France

Dear President Francois Hollande,

I want to start by thanking you for caring enough about women’s well-being to make changes in France’s policies. Banishing pro-anorexia websites and not allowing dangerously thin models to walk your nation’s runways could help minimize the epidemic of body-hate and responsive self-harm that runs so rampant. I’m also grateful for the conversations your campaign to stop anorexia has spurred, and feel compelled to offer my own thoughts.

I realize I’m one voice amid countless, and it’s likely this won’t even reach you. For this reason, I’m sharing this letter publicly, with hopes its message might make a positive difference — if not for a country or industry, then for someone.

These issues are dear to my heart. I modeled for years, and nearly died of anorexia while working in Paris. I’ve since fully recovered, and spent over eight years as a nutritionist, offering dietary therapy for people struggling with eating disorders and related issues. Now, as an experienced health writer, radio host and public speaker, I routinely interview experts in psychology and medicine, as well as women who’ve overcome severe self and body shame. As someone who can speak from multiple sides of the body-shaming epidemic, I thought my insight might prove helpful.

On BMI as the Determining Factor

Others have expressed concerns about your new law, prohibiting anyone from hiring a model with a below healthy BMI. I share those concerns. (For those who aren’t familiar, Body Mass Index is a tool used to determine body fat content based on weight and height.) BMI is sadly inaccurate as a measure of health for many people, and I imagine many models will find ways to falsify their results.

Secondly, I’ve known models who were tall and lanky naturally, to the point of being bullied in their youth. Modeling gave them a sense of empowerment; finally, they weren’t being ridiculed for their atypical thinness, but celebrated. These women would undoubtedly fail the “healthy” BMI test. Ostracizing naturally thin women isn’t right.

Many women with eating disorders, including models, partake in dangerous tactics to maintain a slimmer physique — yet aren’t underweight by BMI standards.

In some ways, focusing on “the numbers” perpetuates the damaging notion that they matter most.

It’s understandable why you and your associates have taken this route, given the fact that anorexia diagnostics are based on such numbers. (They shouldn’t be, in my opinion.) But I side with others who’ve suggested alternate means of determining models’ wellness, such as thorough health exams. While helpful, however, I don’t think such measures would suffice.

More Effective Steps Toward Positive Change

Attempting to regulate the health of models, but still allowing the standards of thinness over all to carry on, won’t solve this epidemic. The standards need to change. While this is a huge task, it’s doable, in my opinion. Here are some powerful steps that would help:

  • Require fashion shows and magazines to depict a broad range of body shapes and sizes, as well as ages.
  • Encourage fashion designers to create clothing for those shapes, sizes and ages.
  • Don’t merely show women seducing cameras in editorial shoots. Show them working, creating art, raising kids, being human.
  • Require medics and other health/safety measures at fashion shows and photo shoots. (Show models that their safety and wellness matters as much as that of Hollywood actors’.)
  • Discourage modeling agents from making harsh comments about models’ weight.

Placing the pressure on those who hire models actually puts more pressure on the models themselves. If someone had landed in jail for hiring me when I was anorexic, I’m not sure I would have forgiven myself — and most women with anorexia are already crippled with shame.

One of the most important ways we can all contribute to a world that empowers, rather than shuns, women is by embracing ourselves.

I’ve personally boycotted fashion shows, publications and work I find de-powering. (The narrow definitions of “beauty” were a major reason I quit modeling, even though I had an ongoing career after healing.) I’ve stopped saying anything negative about my body, which has cultivated more positive thoughts. I’ve embraced my sexuality — a lack of which is another issue underlying many women’s body hate. And I’ve learned to pursue my passions, to stop living up to anyone else’s standards, knowing that in doing so, I can live a happier and more meaningful, impactful life.

Here’s hoping that no matter what efforts you and your administration prioritize moving forward, more women will start questioning whether those “extra” pounds are worth the time, tumult and energy making ourselves smaller requires — and that living largely means recognizing the existing real-beauty inherent in ourselves.

Sincerely,

August McLaughlin

This post originally appeared on August McLaughlin’s blog.

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A Letter to Myself As a Trans Teenager

I knew from the age of about 4 that I was ‘different’. I had a wonderful family, and early childhood but went through a tremendous amount of bullying in middle and high school. I was suicidal throughout much of high school, and actually survived a suicide attempt at the age of 18. I began the process of transitioning when I was 28 years old, and I am now 45 and living a life I hadn’t thought possible. I wrote this letter to show other young people that it truly does get better, and for those who may be on the bully side of things, to see that their behavior affects real people — good people. I want to live to see an end to people being mistreated because of who they are, and for kids to be able to go to school and feel safe and accepted, and for diversity to be celebrated.

Dear Lori,

I know things are terribly rough right now. I feel so bad for you, that every weekday right now carries such an overwhelming feeling of dread and confusion for you. I know you’re afraid to go to school, I know you feel sick every morning and you think it’s hopeless, like it’s never going to stop hurting to face each new day. I know it seems like the taunts will never stop…the things other students, even teachers say to you; “amazon,” “dyke,” “freak,” “linebacker,” “lezzy,” “why do you look like a lezbo?”, “why can’t you just stop trying to be different, and try to fit in?”, “do you just like pissing people off?” It seems like it will never stop and that no one sees how sad you are all the time — or that they do and just don’t care.

That girl that just spit on you as you walked past the water fountains, the one who likes to slam your locker door against your head when she walks by you, the guy that walks behind you every time he sees you, yelling insults at you and making everyone else laugh, the girls that sneer at you when you walk into the bathroom and then laugh at you, the coach that asked you if you like to check out the other girls in the locker room, the teacher that told you when you reported a physical assault, to “work on fitting in and to stop going out of your way to be different” — none of them know how kind-hearted you are. None of them know how much your family loves you, and how much you love them. They don’t know that you’ve known you were different since you were a very small child. They don’t know that you want so badly to be normal. To have friends, to be like them. They don’t know how badly you want to be able to enjoy Friday night football games, and be invited to parties. To walk through the halls smiling and laughing with a group of friends. They don’t know that you skip lunch and go hungry most days because you’re afraid to sit in the lunchroom with them. Or maybe they do know, and are just that heartless. I don’t want to believe it’s that though. I want to believe that deep down they’re decent people, who just don’t get it.

These next few years, as hard as they might be for you, will pass quickly. I know you want to end it all right now; I know you feel like it’s the only thing that will stop the pain. But you have NO idea how wonderful the future is going to be! Not long after you graduate, you’ll move away and find a wonderful community of people who will accept you with open arms. You’ll fit in, you’ll be invited to parties, and you’ll have a big group of friends who’ll laugh with you, not at you. You will start to recognize yourself in the mirror and know who you are. Sure, you’re still going to go through some hard times, but you’re going to have so many more good times than bad. You’ll learn that you aren’t the only one like you in this world, and that there is a path to the person you’ve known you were since you were so little. You’ll meet other guys like yourself and you’ll travel all over the country meeting people like yourself and you’ll become who you were meant to be. And that little girl you dreamed of when you were little, the one you wished you could meet, and fall in love with… guess what? She’ll find you, a little later than you would have liked, but she’ll sweep you off your feet and you’ll swear you’re caught up in a real life fairy tale. And she’ll bring a whole family with her! You’ll have kids that love and adore you, and make you smile and laugh every day. You’ll be excited for the future, you’ll feel like a king, and you’ll look back on these years with a touch of sadness, but more than that, with pride. Pride in yourself for being a survivor, and for not giving up. You’ll realize that these things made you stronger, and that you’ll draw on it for inspiration to help others, and to educate other people, so that maybe someday, no one else ever needs to write this letter. You’re going to grow up to be a good man, a very happy man. You’re going to inspire others to keep fighting, and you’ll be strong enough to stand up and face your detractors and be a leader. You’re going to be so thankful that you didn’t allow hate to push you over the edge. So hang in there, keep your chin up and be proud that you’re being true to yourself and not trying to fit in. Be proud that you’re finding the strength to be you — the you no one else sees yet. Whatever you do — don’t let them win, don’t give up the fight. Because not only will it get better… it will be AMAZING!

Love,
Mike
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Gwen Stefani — Obsessed Fan Went to My Dad’s House to Read a Creepy Letter

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Man Writes Hilariously Civilized Letter To Newspaper Thief — And Gets Results

Newspaper thieves, you better hope your victim is as civilized as Richard Nagler.

After more than a decade of having his Wall Street Journal stolen in Berkeley, California, Nagler caught his bandit in the act this month on a newly installed surveillance camera, news website Berkeleyside reported.

But instead of seeking justice, Nagler wrote the thief just about the sweetest, smartest and funniest note any thief could hope to ever get. And he placed it outside his Skylight & Sun business where the paper is delivered.

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Nagler told The Huffington Post that his missive — which became “the note read round the world” — got results.

“Since he read the note, the ‘perp’ has stopped his perping,” Nagler said. “I have gotten the WSJ every day since. The problem I now have is reading the damn things. They are starting to pile up like my New Yorkers and other guilt-inducing subscriptions. I may have to hire a designated reader.”

Nagler said the letter perhaps “reinforces people’s stereotypes of Berkeley, good and bad,” but there’s a method to his politeness: “It’s conflict resolution without the conflict.”
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ReThink Review: Danny Collins – A Beatle’s Letter, A Better Life

Al Pacino is rightfully considered one of the world’s greatest living actors, though you couldn’t be faulted for not remembering a truly great Pacino performance in the past decade or so. Part of that is because, even now in his mid 70s, he keeps getting cast as detectives, gangsters, and other loud tough guys that might be better played by non-senior citizens. But with Danny Collins, we get a terrific, hilarious, and utterly age-appropriate Pacino as an aging pop singer who shares Pacino’s penchant for chewing scenery, but in the most charming way possible in a film that totally won me over. Watch the trailer for Danny Collins below.

Pacino plays the titular Danny Collins, whose acclaimed first album and comparisons to John Lennon had him destined for singer/songwriter superstardom. But the pressures and trappings of fame spun him on a more commercial path, and forty years later, Danny is a depressed, cheesy (albeit profitable) nostalgia act playing greatest hits for aging sold out crowds who don’t care that Danny hasn’t written a new song in thirty years.

But on his birthday, Danny’s longtime friend and manager (a sage Christopher Plummer) gives Danny a reminder of the artist he could have been in the form of a letter John Lennon sent to a scared young Danny (who never received it) inviting Danny to call him while encouraging him to stay true to himself and his music. Realizing the impact the letter would’ve had on his life, Danny decides to sequester himself in a New Jersey Hilton and write new songs that recapture the songwriter he used to be. This will also give him a chance to finally meet his struggling adult son Tom (Bobby Cannavale), his wife (Jennifer Garner) and their adorable chatterbox of a daughter Hope (Giselle Eisenberg, who you’re sure to see more of soon). Annette Bening is excellent as the Hilton’s manager, keeping the film emotionally grounded while providing the outsider’s perspective of someone who likes Danny but is wary of his charms and wholly unimpressed with his stardom.

While Danny Collins is a comedy that’s not trying to change the world, it’s a film that manages to do everything right, which is not easy for a film that wants you to feel sympathy for a rich, famous, beloved celebrity who never bothered to meet his only child. However, all that is tempered by the fact that I’ve never seen Pacino as funny and likable as he is in Danny Collins, with plenty of room to make such an original-feeling character his own as he rides the highs and lows of the life he’s created. Instead of the shouting and raving that has turned Pacino into a popular comedic impression, we get a smooth-talking, charm-oozing pro who knows that a joke or compliment from him could be a story someone tells for a lifetime, which makes the suspicion and rejection he feels from his own son that much more painful.

Yet as extraordinary as Danny’s life is, the emptiness he feels for spending the majority of his life singing the same songs into the ground feels oddly relatable, as does the sting and resulting galvanization Danny feels upon discovering the alternate path his life was seemingly supposed to take. Danny Collins can be enjoyed by just about anyone, but it’s older audiences who can most likely relate to the grind of years of unsatisfying work and questioning whether it’s too late to create a different destiny. And these days, it’s amazing how refreshing it can feel to watch a movie unabashedly made for adults.

But Danny Collins isn’t just about showbiz. It’s about family, regret, second chances, friendship, inspiration, perseverance, and artistic integrity in a film where all of the actors give some of their best performances I’ve seen in years, or maybe ever, punctuated by a soundtrack made up almost exclusively of John Lennon’s original songs. Amazingly, the premise of Danny Collins is based on the true story of a British folk singer who received a letter from Lennon 34 years after it was written. But even more surprising for me was how much I enjoyed this film, which thoroughly delighted me and even left me with a tear in my eye. It’s probably the most fun I’ve had at the movies so far this year.

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American Sniper Chris Kyle’s Wife Pens Love Letter On Their Anniversary: I’ll ‘Love You All The Days Of My Life’

“Today, I have a choice. I can bury myself under the covers and acknowledge the pain of missing you and mourn the future anniversaries without you. Or, I can celebrate never having a day without you in my heart because you loved me enough to leave me a lifetime of memories and beauty.”

Those are some the words penned by Taya Kyle on March 17, the day that would’ve marked 13 years of marriage to her husband, the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.

Kyle, who was credited with being the most lethal sniper in U.S. history, was shot and killed at a Texas gun range in 2013. His life story became the subject of the Clint Eastwood film “American Sniper,” which was based on the best-selling autobiography of the same name.

To mark their wedding anniversary, Taya posted the poignant love letter on Facebook. It has since gone viral, with more than 530,000 likes.

Read it here:

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Rodner Figueroa Pens Apology Letter To Michelle Obama, Accuses Univision Of Humiliating Him

Less than 24 hours after being fired over his “Planet of the Apes” remark toward Michelle Obama, former Univision host Rodner Figueroa has penned an open letter apologizing to the first lady and firing back at Univision for how they handled the situation.

In the lengthy letter, Figueroa addresses Obama directly and offers a formal apology while explaining that the comment was taken out of context. The former “Sal Y Pimienta” host also said his dismissal was a direct result of a complaint by the first lady’s office to the network and that Univision publicly humiliated him.

“I want to clarify that I’m not racist and in no way was my comment directed at you, but rather the work of the [make up] artist, which left much to be desired,” the letter says.

Rodner said in the letter that he comes from a biracial family, was among the first openly gay television personalities on Hispanic television and voted twice for President Barack Obama.

The apology comes after a segment by the fashionista on Univision’s entertainment show “El Gordo Y La Flaca,” in which Figueroa was analyzing images of make-up artist Paolo Ballestero transforming himself into different female celebrities, including the first lady.

While reviewing the image of Ballestero as Obama with a side-by-side image of the first lady herself, the host said: “Mind you, you know that Michelle Obama looks like she’s part of the cast of “Planet of the Apes,” the film.”

This post originally appeared on HuffPost Voces and was translated by Carolina Moreno. It was adapted for an English-speaking audience.
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Shirley Manson’s Facebook Letter Was Not Aimed At Kanye West [UPDATED]

UPDATE: A rep for Shirley Manson told Us Weekly that the singer’s Facebook post this weekend addressed to “He who shall remain nameless,” was not, in fact, aimed at the rapper.

PREVIOUSLY: Shirley Manson and Kanye West are not on good terms.

After the frontwoman for Garbage slammed West for his post-Grammys rant about Beck, he apparently sent her a less than friendly email. While the 37-year-old rapper has since publicly apologized to Beck on Twitter, it seems that nothing has been settled between Yeezy and Manson.

This past weekend, the 48-year-old Scottish rocker took to Facebook to write a scathing letter addressed to “He who shall remain nameless,” aka Kanye West.

“What alarms me more than anything about your nasty little barbs is that you are in the business of representing artists interests and yet you are clearly unaware that not all musicians are obsessed with the charts or being famous,” she wrote, adding, “That some of us just enjoy making music and having a long lifespan of a career without having to dance as fast as we can, or be the loudest clown in town or be having to hitch ourselves to the latest, greatest, freshest sound in order to remain ‘on top.'”

Later in the lengthy letter, the singer wrote:

“Clearly you are unable to wrap your head around the idea that some musicians actually prefer NOT having to perform on Children’s TV shows. Who do NOT want to be gossiped about in the popularity contest columns. Who most definitively do NOT want to be chased by paparazzi and who do NOT want to put their family name to some shitty, poorly made product in order to build a “brand” and who most definitely do NOT want to go out every night, dressed up to the nines to the opening of an envelope.”

Manson wrapped up her blistering remarks in a way that only further drove home the point that there doesn’t seem to be any hope for a reconciliation between the two in the future. “So now then sir, that all said, Go F#CK yourself,” she wrote.

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YouTuber Andrea Russett Gets Real With Her Future Self In Cute Video Letter

YouTube’s #DearMe campaign has women posting video letters to their younger selves. Andrea Russett uploaded something similar, but she’s going a few years in the other direction.

In a sort of video time capsule, the YouTuber talks to her future self about her favorite things, her current goals and her fear of not knowing the future.

“I’m pretty freaked out by the fact that I have no idea what I’ll be doing in five years, 10 years, even a year from now,” she said in the video.

She hopes her future self will listen to the same bands and finally learn how to park, but she also has some advice for herself years down the road: take your time to accomplish your goals and wait for the right guy.

Looks like Future Andrea has someone pretty cool looking out for her.

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Somebody Give This High Schooler An Award For Her (Fake) Harvard Rejection Letter

The “Harvard rejection letter” that went viral earlier this week? Yeah, it’s fake. But you should still read it.

Molly McGaan, the letter’s author and a student at Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, wrote the cheeky piece of satire for her school’s humor publication, “Citizen Poke,” and it viral — for obvious, hilarious reasons:

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The letter purported to come from the Harvard College Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. It regretfully informs Ms. McGaan her application, which rested on a solid foundation of “proficiency in ‘dank memes’” and a respectable level of “$ wagg moneyyyy,” wouldn’t be enough to earn admission despite a solid GPA and test scores.

“We also suggest obtaining recommendation letters from teachers or trusted mentors,” the letter advises, “not ‘my #4 side ho Derek’ or Chief Keef, who submitted a picture of a dinosaur drawn in crayon on a rolling paper.”

McGaan told The Huffington Post she was inspired to lighten the load of applying to schools.

“I’ve had a lot of friends … really stressed out about college admissions,” McGaan said, “and I just wanted to make some people smile.”

She said she never expected the letter to resonate so much outside of her friend group. But it clearly has, racking up millions of views across Reddit, Tumblr, Facebook, and elsewhere since she posted it to the Citizen Poke Facebook page on Tuesday.

“To me it was just this very juvenile little joke that I wrote,” she added. “I couldn’t believe it got picked up so fast. I write this magazine at my school, and the most amount of ‘likes’ [a story has had on Facebook] before this was about four.”

The 18-year-old has actually applied to Harvard, and is slightly concerned the tongue-in-cheek letter may harm her admissions odds. School officials told The Boston Globe they have indeed seen McGaan’s handiwork, but declined to comment further.

“People legitimately think it’s real, which is so bizarre to me.” McGaan told the Globe. “It’s just so insane.”

McGaan doesn’t expect to hear back from Harvard for another couple weeks. Thankfully, the stress of admissions season doesn’t seem to have affected her sense of humor:



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An Open Letter to My Ex-Wife: I Thought You Were the Most Beautiful Thing in the World

I never imagined you and I, out of all the people in this world, would go through something so devastating as we did.

Throughout the years, we created the most beautiful memories. We climbed all the way to the top together, only to slip and fall as soon as we got there. And though I may have contributed to that fall, I tried so hard to hold on to you.

My heart shattered into a million pieces. Eventually, I realized I couldn’t save us.

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I couldn’t undo what had been done, and I let you go to find your true happiness.

All I ever wanted was my own family. Every day, I dreamed of falling in love with a woman, getting married, buying a beautiful home and one day bringing our own little bundle of joy into the world.

I guess it goes without saying that you made all of that feel real for me; you helped make most of those dreams come true. I wanted nothing more than to be the best husband, a romantic lover, the most selfless provider, and one day, the world’s best dad.

Our relationship wasn’t perfect, but I loved you so much.

All those things I wanted to be, I couldn’t imagine with anyone but you.

Our life together — it was like Disney World. We ran carefree in this theme park we call life. Holding each others’ hands, we laughed, cried, loved, and we were in awe of everything we experienced. We were children with dreams, and together, we thought about the day when all of ours would come true.

Eventually, though, those roller coasters stopped.

The music died down, the lights shut off, and our magical journey came to an abrupt halt.

You were gone.

Suddenly, everything that was so familiar about life felt so foreign. I was lost without you. All I had left were my memories and dreams of us that I knew would never come true.

There are a few things that I never had the opportunity to tell you …

Every time I called you, I looked forward to hearing you answer the phone. You would say “hey” in this voice that sound so innocent and so loving. And it never changed. It always reminded me of the beginning of our relationship and all of the reasons I fell in love with you. Who would have thought something so simple could be so powerful? It’s what made you unique.

Remember all the times you yelled at me when I was looking at you? You’d ask me why, and I would either laugh or get angry because you had this “sass” about you. You know what? I looked at you because I thought you were the most beautiful thing in the world. I didn’t care what you were wearing — whether you had makeup on. I’d look at you and get lost in your laugh and your smile. Whatever flaws you believed you had, I loved — how you’d look in the mirror and always suck in your stomach; how you always analyzed every picture we took together and made me delete them, nine times out of 10; how you’d pace around on the phone when you were nervous. Or how about how you hated to be on video? I noticed everything. But I loved it.

How about Valentine’s Day in Atlantic City, when we arrived at the hotel and got the keys to our suite, only to find out it was disgusting. You wouldn’t even sit on the bed! We both laughed until we got our room switched. Once we got there, you started jumping up and down like a maniac (I have it on video), and then eventually, you crashed and took a nap, like you always did. I sat there on that cloudy afternoon, lights off in the room, and just watched you sleep. I kept thinking about getting to marry you one day and having the opportunity to enjoy that moment over and over again. You looked so peaceful, and it reminded me of the responsibility I had to protect you, always.

Then there was that warm summer afternoon in June. The commute home from work that day was the most exciting drive of my life (and the longest, too). I will never forget picking up the phone and calling you, asking you to get ready and meet me at the house so we could grab dinner. It was spontaneous, I know, and in hindsight, not very well-planned. I didn’t care, though.

I wanted to ask you to spend the rest of your life with me, and I guess I just couldn’t wait anymore.

Your ring had been sitting in my room for three weeks in its blue Tiffany box, wrapped with a white ribbon. Every time I looked at it, I would think back to that night in May 2004 when I first laid eyes on you.

I thought about us being kids, not having anything but each other. I thought about the dreams we shared, and how I was so ready to spend the rest of my life with you. You helped shaped me into the man I was becoming, and this was a representation of my love and appreciation for you.

I was so nervous walking onto that beach in Long Branch — my hands were sweating, my heart racing. When I got down on one knee in the sand, I remember the look on your face. The sun was beating down, your hair was blowing in the wind. I could hear the waves crashing behind me. I’ll never forget you putting your hands over your mouth, saying “YES!”

It was one of the happiest moments of my life. When I slipped that ring onto your finger, I was certain it would never come off.

That leaves me with our wedding day.

June 10, 2012, the greatest day of my life. I looked forward to that for 27 years, but I never imagined it to be as beautiful as it was.

I was in awe of everything — the cameras, the flowers, the people, the church, the venue. Everything was beyond my wildest imagination, but nothing could compare to the excitement I felt about becoming your husband.

I couldn’t wait to make you Mrs. D’Ambrosio.

Here we were, two teenagers who met on the Seaside boardwalk eight years prior, with no idea about life, love, and where it would take us. We finally created this day. We had built our lives, our careers, our home, and now it was time to build our family.

I stepped out to the altar and waited for you. My heart was filled with so many emotions, but I just wanted to hold your hand for the rest of my life.

When those doors opened, every dream, wish and prayer I ever had came marching right toward me, more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.

You were my best friend. I wanted so much more for the both of us.

Sometimes, though, we have to accept the unexpected.

Our worlds need to fall apart, so we can put them back together the way they were meant to be.

There’s nothing more important to me than your happiness, and knowing you have that means the world to me. Our lives took different paths, but that can never take away from the memories we shared.

As for me? I’m happy. I’ve found peace. I am busier than ever with work, I found a new passion with writing, and I’ve been rebuilding a life that was once in a million pieces. I still dream of having a family. I still dream of holding my own child. Of course, I still dream of falling in love and finding my true happiness.

I’m much of the same Anthony you knew, but so much different.

You see, too many people live with hate in this world. Those same people live with anger and fear.

I’m not one of those people.

I’m disappointed we never got to finish writing our happily ever after, but I’ll never be angry. I’ll never hate you, and I’ll never be dishonest about my emotions. God gave me this amazing opportunity to love. It brought me to so many beautiful places, taught me so much about life and gave me memories I’ll cherish forever. How can I ever be angry about that?

To your parents, sister, grandparents, aunt and uncle — tell them I always loved them as if they were my own, and I’m sorry if I never lived up to their expectations. I knew how much they loved you. I knew what kind of man they wanted for you, and God knows, I did everything I could to make sure I was just that.

And finally, to you — I’m sorry for anything I may have ever done to hurt you. More than anything, I wanted to spend forever with you by my side, and to one day add our own little peanut who would join us for the ride. Everything I did in my life was to ensure yours would be all you dreamed it to be. I wanted to give you the world.

Unfortunately, I fell short.

If I knew then what I know now, I would have held you tighter during our first dance and picked a song that never ended.

I’m not perfect, and I never want people to think that I am. I’ve made mistakes. I’ve done things I’m not proud to admit, and I’ve made decisions I wish I could take back. But I loved someone with every bone in my body, with every beat of my heart and every inch of my soul. It wasn’t perfect, but I know for sure I loved with everything I had; I loved in such a way that your happiness was always mine. And I’m thankful for that.

I once told you I wish I could put into words how much I loved you and share it with the world; here’s my best shot at that promise.

Losing you may have been the most painful experience of my life, but it made me stronger than ever. It somehow made life feel real.

While on paper I lost my wife, in reality I lost so much more.

I lost a piece of me that I will never get back.

Take good care of it.

All the best,

Anthony

A version of this post originally appeared on AJD Publications.
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A Christmas Letter From This Burnt-Out Mom to Her Single Mother of 6

Dear Mom,

I don’t know how you did it with six kids at Christmas. It’s only December 15th, and I’m already exhausted.

I know you always tell me the same thing about being a mother — “I don’t know how you manage it these days” — but really, Mom, you had a virtual baseball team on your hands, with three times the load I’m carrying. Working full-time while raising six kids AND creating a magical, holly jolly Christmas on your own, every season (without the Internet), well… it’s a tad mind-boggling.

And it’s not the first time this has occurred to me. I just happened to be up late last night organizing my seemingly long holiday to-do list in my head, and for some reason, this year, it really struck me just what a superhero you turned into each December. Here’s the way I see it:

December 1

Me: I have my two kids each create their list for Santa. The next morning, I knock out some writing assignments (at home), spend a couple hours shopping online, maybe run out to Target for a few essentials, then get back to my Christmas shopping (on the couch). I’m interrupted by the school bus, homework and dance class, but it’s OK because I’m basically done, other than some research and a few items I’ll put the hubby on. He comes home from work, we make dinner, and then we wait for the majority of our packages to be delivered to our doorstep in the coming weeks.

You: You take your six different Christmas lists (four girl, two boy, with six completely different tastes/interests) as you head out in your overworked and under-washed VW Rabbit to drop us at two different schools before going to your 9-5 office job. At lunchtime, you rush to the dreaded mall for a 45-minute shopping sprint, then back to work. After work, you cart us around to one too many soccer and football practices, maybe sneak in a little more Christmas shopping (because you haven’t even put a dent in the first list), make a satisfying meal for all seven of us, then stay up late transferring presents from the trunk of your car to any little nook or cranny you can find in our already overcrowded house, attempting to “hide” the presents you very well know we are going to tear the house apart trying to find. The next morning, you get up and do it all over again.

December 15

Me: By this time, we’ve made the quick trip to Home Depot to grab a cheap and modest (but otherwise nice) Christmas tree, along with our other hardware necessities for the month. We have a relatively quiet evening at home, just the four of us, trimming the tree, sipping hot cocoa and nibbling candy canes. And yes, we still have Hanukkah to prepare for in our household, but since most of my shopping for the kids is complete, I can now focus my Christmas efforts on a few friends and teachers, finding the perfect gift to show my appreciation for their friendship and hard work all year.

You: You nix the friend and teacher gifts, because who has the time (or money)? In between two weeks of the same work/shopping routine, you take the family to the quaint neighborhood Christmas tree lot to somehow get all six of us to agree on the perfect tree (without breaking the bank), and then get it decorated in some sort of tasteful fashion (without breaking half of your family heirloom ornaments). You stay up late every night behind locked doors, wrapping and fluffing bows, trying to maintain some sort of order and system of “who gets what” and “keeping it all even.” Of course, you also find the time for some Christmas cookie making with at least three or four of us, if not all six, wrangling us all around the small kitchen island and putting up with the incessant whining and nit-picking about who gets to use the big silver ball candy sprinkles next. And during all of this, in some sort of Norman Rockwell-ish scenario, I seem to remember John Denver and Andy Williams constantly crooning in the background, with you singing along, paying little attention to the fact that you have nine more days of holiday parties and outings to carpool, three school programs to sit through, 10 more gifts to track down, and one big decision to make about whether or not the “peekers” (which you know about because you have eyes in the back of your head) get their presents.

December 24

Me: I make a reservation at our favorite neighborhood spot for Christmas Eve dinner, because I’m tired, and after the umpteenth holiday function, I don’t feel like cooking or baking another darn thing. I’m looking forward to relaxing over some good food and a big glass of wine, and our after-dinner tradition of driving around town to look at Christmas lights. We then go home to set out cookies and milk for Santa, and tuck the kids in bed, with sugarplums and not a creature, and all that. While Dan keeps a lookout, I’ll spend about 10 minutes putting out the gifts, then we’ll curl up for another cocktail by the fire, and maybe a movie.

You: While we spend the day with Dad, you spend all day in the kitchen preparing for a big family Christmas meal with all the trimmings. With last-minute wrapping still to do and a frantic visit to the store because you forgot about five things on your list, you can’t believe it’s already time for us to be back, and spend the next two hours trying to herd six rambunctious kids off to bed. Ready for bed yourself, you then stay up half the night, dashing endlessly from hiding spot to tree, gathering and piling gifts, and stuffing six stockings to the brim — all the while jumping at every little peep you hear coming from four different bedrooms.

Still, somehow, by Christmas morning, you pull it all off. Not only do you pull it off, but you manage to personalize the holiday for each one of us, miraculously delivering exactly what each child asked for, and showering us with more gifts than most of us probably deserve that year (and which, likely, you will be paying off until next Christmas, when it’s time to do it all over again). And find the rare opportunities in the midst of all this indulgence to impart the real meaning and spirit of the season, along with a whole bunch of warm memories.

And you do all this with a smile. With little sleep. With virtually no complaining. With the bravery of a woman who spends all this time and energy to create the perfect Christmas for her family, yet who every other year spends the entire day alone, while her children are with their dad and stepmom for the holiday.

But I know you, Mom. You will downplay the work and the loneliness, saying “you did what you had to do.” And maybe you don’t see it the way I do (and maybe I exaggerate, but only a little), or maybe the joy of the season and the love for your kids filled your heart to the point that you’ve now forgotten the juggling and the exhaustion and the overall monumental holiday undertaking.

But I want you to know that I haven’t. And that as I “rush” around myself over the next few days, I will remember to focus on the warm moments and, like you, to do it with a smile. And with love and gratitude for the chance to pass on to my children the kind of special, magical Christmas you always created for me.

Merry Christmas, Mom!

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(Apologies to my baby sister Deb, the youngest, who never
seemed to make it into a family photo!)

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The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne

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The Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Genre: Fiction & Literature

Publish Date: January 1, 1864

Publisher: Public Domain

Seller: Public Domain


The story begins in seventeenth – century Salem, Massachusetts, then a Puritan settlement. A young woman, Hester Prynne, is led from the town prison with her infant daughter, Pearl, in her arms and the scarlet letter “A” on her breast. The scarlet letter “A” represents the act of adultery that she has committed; it is to be a symbol of her sin for all to see. She will not reveal her lover’s identity, however, and the scarlet letter, along with her public shaming, is her punishment for her sin and her secrecy.

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Dear Mom: My Son’s Hilarious Summer Camp Letter

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Last year my 8-year-old son went to summer camp. It was the first time he had been away from home for more than a night. An hour after he left, I missed him. By the time I went to bed, I found myself wandering into his bedroom, just to feel close to him. As the days passed, I wrote to him daily. Each hour dragged as I’d wait for the mailman, hoping and praying for just one letter from him. By that point I missed him so much, I began to imagine what he might write to me. I fantasized I’d receive a letter something like this:

Dear Mom,

Thank you so much for letting me go to camp. I have learned so many cool things, like how to take a fish off the hook, tie sailing knots, and even how to groom a horse. Thanks for packing the sunscreen. I’ve been out on the lake a lot, so it has really come in handy. You sure think of everything! Since it’s been so hot, I’ve been drinking tons of water! See? I really listen to all your good advice.

The other boys here are really smart and nice. I’m making some lifelong friends I will cherish forever. We’ve had fun learning camp songs, playing cards, and catching frogs in our free time. During quiet time, I read the book you sent along. What a great selection! And just because you’re my mom, I made a special gift for you in arts and crafts!

I’m trying a lot of new foods, just like you suggested. You were right, the oatmeal at breakfast really isn’t bad when I add raisins. And don’t worry, Mom, I’ve been using all the manners you’ve taught me over the years.

We are camping under the stars tonight. I hope to see fireflies.

I love you,

W

xxoo

P.S. Tell my brothers I miss them!

Yesterday I received a letter. It’s just slightly different from what I imagined:

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This year I’m sending a whole book of stamps. I can’t wait for more letters!
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A Letter Home: A Conversation with Neil Young

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A Conversation with Neil Young

Mike Ragogna: Neil, your new album A Letter Home, might be the most personal album of your career. You recorded singer-songwriter classics that are dear to you with an old Voice-o-Graph recording booth that was popular during the forties and fifties. What inspired you to take this approach?

Neil Young: Well, I was visiting with my friend Jack [White] in Nashville and we were using his studio for a Willie Nelson tribute that we did for Willie’s birthday. Jack and I share a love of gizmos. We like mechanical things. So Jack was showing me some of his old gizmos and at the same time he was recording. People were coming and recording on the booth because it’s like from the state fair or something so people used to make records and send them to their friends, you’d put in a quarter or whatever and be able to record a record and send it. It was kind of like the email and voice mail of the day. So he was showing me this and people were coming in and making records, and the limit of the duration is two minutes and twenty seconds. I was working with it, and I put something down on it, just a little bit of song that I’d written or something. I listened to it back and I said, “Okay…all right! Why don’t I make an album on this thing?” He said, “Yeah, we can make an album!” I said, “Give me a little time to think of what it is,” but I’d also been working in the back of my mind on a roots project–“roots” being, “Where did I come from? What made me who I am? What music has effected me over the years? What feelings have I gotten from music that really made a difference? Where did the music that I love come from? What did it sound like?”

As all of this was percolating in the back of my mind, Jack was recording on his little machine that he has and I thought, “Ah, this all comes together for me.” So that’s when the idea came to do the album. It took me three months to locate the right songs and learn them and transcribe the lyrics. So I would find the lyrics somewhere and I would copy them out by hand, because that’s the way I remember things really well, as well as I do remember things, which is not that well, but that’s another subject for another time, probably the medical part of Huffington Post. But anyway, I did that and I created this record just singing those songs. I had a list of songs and I went in with Jack three months later after I had compiled the right list of songs that I really believed in and I practiced and I learned the chords really got used to what the little intricacies of the songs were. There are some great songwriters here. It’smore of a tribute to songwriting and to those folks that wrote those songs and to the art of singing a song and having it be what it is instead of it being a big production. So that’s kind of what it is.

MR: You cover a couple of Willie Nelson songs, Gordon Lightfoot songs, a Tim Hardin song… These are all songs that resonated with you strongly, right?

NY: Oh yeah, that’s the only reason I do them. They have to resonate with me personally in my life and what I believe and how I feel, on a personal level and on world levels. “On The Road Again” is kind of a world-level song for me. It’s like, “Yes, I love this, this is how I feel, I’m that kind of guy, I AM that guy.” Then there are other songs in there that are extremely personal and loving songs that are about relationships and my life at the time. I was living those songs, so they all work for me.

MR: There are songs on this album that seem to relate to other periods of your life or even other songs you recorded. For instance, “Needle Of Death,” “Needle And The Damage Done,” of course, comes to mind.

NY: Yeah, and “Ambulance Blues,” which is another song that I wrote is based on Bert Jansch’s “Needle Of Death,” it’s almost the same chords, you can see how I copped all the changes, I was so influenced by him I basically rewrote his song with a different theme. That’s the folk process, which is something that some people are still into. I am, so it means a lot to me.

MR: Over the years, when you wrote for your various albums, were you inspired by some of these songs?

NY: Oh yeah. These songs meant a lot to me, the feelings in these songs, more than maybe the style–with the exception of Bob [Dylan]’s songs, of course, which I was extremely influenced by. I was mostly influenced by the sentiments in the songs and by the inner feelings in songs and the way they resonated with me and my own life and how I felt, the oneness with the writers of these songs.

MR: I know your mother passed and this is basically a “letter” to her. If this letter had been sent home a little earlier, what do you think the reply would have been?

NY: Oh, she would’ve liked it. She would’ve loved it, just the fact that I was communicating and it was for her. I didn’t plan that thing. Jack told me, “You know, they used to send messages on these records. It wasn’t always just music, there’d be a message.” Rather than write a letter, because maybe some people couldn’t write, they used these recordings to say what they thought and send a message. So that’s how that worked.

MR: You show the essence of the song with these recordings, it doesn’t rely on technology or production values for its level of quality. It interesting how popular music has progressed in the exact opposite direction, relying more on technology than ever before.

NY: I have deviated now and then on different projects, but for me, it’s mostly about the feeling and the performance. If you’re talking about the performance of the song and getting the feeling out, there’s no reason to even listen to it after you’re done if you felt it when you sang it. If I feel it when I sing it and I go, “I did it, that’s it, that’s how I feel, that’s what I did and that’s what the song meant to me, I got the message out,” then I don’t even have to hear it. I don’t care what it sounds like because I’ll never be able to do it as good as that again, so it doesn’t matter. I just move on. The whole idea of a singer-songwriter singing the song from the heart, singing a song that means something to them and actually singing a song that’s good enough to stand up on its own without any accoutrements, without any production, without any machines supporting it, without any formulated beats, without any computer making sure that all the rhythms are justified so that everything is perfect, you take all those things away and put a great song there with a great performance, even if it’s not by the greatest vocalists in the world or the greatest guitar player or instrumentalist in the world, if that person is believing what they’re singing and it’s truly there and the song is great and the song is written from a real place, then the song’s going to resonate with anybody who wants to listen to it.

MR: Neil, it’s also interesting that your PONO system celebrates the audiophile approach, the other extreme of what you did with this project.

NY: Well, it does. It celebrates something else. This project, released through PONO, will be clearer than anything anyone’s heard of this project. Even if it’s the vinyl version of this project where you can hear the clicks and pops and surface noise, the sound of it will be more. In the digital realm, copying this song and playing it back on PONO will be clearer than anything anyone’s ever heard, with more depth than ever before and with more of the emotions of the song revealed than they got the first time because there’s just more there. When you’re dealing with feelings and you’re dealing with the ears, which are clearly the window to the soul–there’s nothing like the ears, everything else is pretty well surface, although smelling is good, but visualization is mostly just a temporary rush. Feeling from the soul, coming in through the ears, that’s what PONO’s all about. It reveals everything that the song has to offer, everything that the original recording of the song contains is revealed and PONO will be a revolution for music as far as being able to actually enjoy it. It’s for music lovers. It’s for people who really enjoy listening to music because finally, they will get what they deserve. It will a revolution for those people.

MR: You’re still very passionate about the PONO.

NY: Well, I’ve put a great deal of my time into it because I feel that the art of the recorded sound is the history of music and everything needs to be preserved in a way that it’s worthy of.

MR: Do you think there will be more letters home? Are you intrigued to do more of these kinds of projects?

NY: You know, the future’s a huge, gigantic place. I have no idea what’s going on out there, I’m just going to walk into it and see what happens.

MR: Well you are the master of the creative process. Do you have any advice for people who want to pursue those kinds of paths?

NY: They just have to do what they feel like doing and not listen to anybody else.

MR: Is there any guidance that these future artists might need?

NY: Inner guidance. Listen to yourself. Everybody’s got their own.

MR: Cool. Is there anything in your near future that we also should be excited about?

NY: I hope so! I don’t know what it is, but I’d say, “Better be ready for it.”

Transcribed By Galen Hawthorne
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