J.T. Ellison’s “So Close the Hand of Death”

J.T. Ellison is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of seventeen critically acclaimed novels.  One series of thrillers stars Nashville homicide detective Lt. Taylor Jackson, who hunts down serial killers – sometimes with the help of her love interest, FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin. It was a thrill for me to read this passage in chapter […]

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Celia Tewey academic year planners video

Celia Tewey is an award-winning young filmmaker, artist and musician. Her videos are so pleasant to watch, they are a little bit addictive! She recently did a short video demonstrating our academic year day per page Textagenda and weekly Scholar planners. You can see her video featuring the academic year planners here. She also did […]

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Jacques Herbin 1798 Ink – “Amethyste De L’Oural”

For the last five years, J. Herbin (now “Herbin”) has introduced a new 1670 ink over the summer.  1670 inks are known for their deep, rich colors and gold sheen. This year, Herbin is introducing a new color and a new collection:  Jacques Herbin 1798 Ink.  The color chosen to inaugurated the collection is “Amethyste […]

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The Diaries of Miss Anne Lister

Anne Lister (1791-1840) was a wealthy heiress who inherited Shibden Hall in West Yorkshire from her uncle in 1826. Shibden Hall had been in the family since 1420. Throughout her life, she kept diaries in which she chronicled the details of her everyday life, including her financial concerns, her industrial activities, her work improving Shibden […]

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The Peppermint Pig

Smashing a Peppermint Pig is an American Christmas tradition that goes back to the early 1880s. At that time the pig was a symbol of prosperity.  Sharing the pieces of the pig was supposed to bring good luck and health. Saratoga Sweets, based in Clifton Park, NY, makes the Peppermint Pig using molds from the […]

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