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From the pen of Benjamin Franklin comes a furious letter, written in 1775 to William Strahan — a British Member of Parliament who had, until that point, been a friend of thirty years — as the American Revolutionary War took hold. Franklin quickly had a change of mind after penning it, and it was never sent; however, word of its content later circulated and it soon become famous.    If anything, it's a lesson in how to sign-off with style:

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Jeremy Smith is raising funds for The SnapRays Guidelight by Snap Power : Illuminate your life on Kickstarter! A guidelight designed to look like and replace the standard outlet cover plate. It installs in seconds with no wiring or batteries.

Mark Twain's "new fangled writing machine"

Mark Twain's 1874 letter to his brother, the first typed on his "new fangled writing machine"

Lilac Irises - Claude Monet

Lilac Irises by Claude Monet. I chose this painting because it has my favorite type of flowers. I also didn't know that Monet painted irises.

Illuminating Quotes, Visualized series: “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.” – James Baldwin

Illuminating Thoughts and Quotes by Maggie Appleton

Illuminating Quotes, Visualized series: “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.” – James Baldwin

Correspondence deserving of a wider audience

Correspondence deserving of a wider audience

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The power of the 1934 Smith Corona typewriter. “ Chris Hardwick sent Tom Hanks a vintage typewriter along with a request for him to be on the Nerdist podcast. This was Tom Hanks’ response, proving.

Blessed Mother Teresa's Humility List (Interesting discussion and journal topics for character education)

Mother Teresa’s Humility List - worth reading every day. Humility is extremely hard to master. Most of us aren't even trying, in fact many live intentionally against these principles having mastered selfishness, pride, and entitlement.

Observe, collect, analyze, compare, notice patterns. [source unknown]

How to be an Explorer of the World Paperback. Encouraging readers to explore the world around in the roles of artists and scientists, an interactive handbook explains how to observe and document the science and art of everyday life.

In June of 1945, this striking letter arrived at the home of 3-year-old Dennis Helms in Washington, written on a sheet of Adolf Hitler's letterhead. It had been penned by his father, Lt. Richard Helms, an intelligence operative with the OSS who, following Germany's surrender the month before, had managed to acquire some of the recently-deceased Nazi leader's stationery from the Reich Chancellery. He then wrote to his son.

In June of this striking letter arrived at the home of Dennis Helms in Washington, written on a sheet of Adolf Hitler 's le.

Here’s the first page of George Orwell’s original manuscript of his masterpiece 1984 It is covered in pen and writerly scribble, and seeing ...

First page of original 1984 manuscript revealed to be covered in doublethink - Us Vs

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On December of the Japanese Navy carried out a devastating attack on the U.& naval base at Pearl Harbor, and ultimately seale.

Following the 1946 release of The Wild Flag  (a collection of essays previously published in The New Yorker ) author E. B. White  - now best...

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