Last night, while reaching for a purse on my closet shelf, an old Nike shoe box, un lidded, fell to the floor. Picking it up, I realized it was my collection of old letters and assorted greeting cards, some dating back as far as 1973. Giving my age away there, but I spent my teens and twenties in the pre web era, and there was no such thing as just shooting someone a quick e mail. No, when you wanted to do something other than make a phone call, and especially to someone special or far away, you actually take the time to select a card or nice stationery, pen deep or random thoughts with your best handwriting, then secure postage and locate a mailbox. Sure, these days you can pick out a nice background, theme or font for your electronic exchange, but you still wind up with communication that has a hint of impersonality. As I went through that old box, I found birthday cards from first crushes, one with a snuggling couple with afros and outmoded fashions on the front. There were newsy letters from old high school and college friends sent during vacation breaks. Some were written on personalized stationery, some of the tri fold, letter envelope combo variety, and several strange, thin overseas mail my best friend had sent during her school year abroad in France. There was even some old, yellowed French toilet paper she included in one of them, to show me how inadequate it was for its intended purpose. The most touching letters in my box were the long ones sent to me by my late father when I was away at boarding school. He always included the time in the upper corner, and often they were written in the early morning hours when he couldn sleep, worrying about his baby girl being homesick. My father was an artist, and a closet poet. I soon found myself weeping over the physical beauty and the eloquence of those heartfelt letters. I hadn appreciated those things as much the first time around. And that one of the best things about letters sent with effort and care. Reading them again and again, savoring the sensual nature of the familiar handwriting, recapturing moments in time that will always be it magical, in a way. Up until three years ago, I never realized how much of my ancestry consisted of written language lovers. Tucked away in several trunks in the basement of my grandparents former home, I found a treasure trove of correspondence spanning four generations. Looking at the dates and sheer volume of what was there, it became clear that they posted mail to one another frequently, and about everything under the sun and moon. There were love letters, business letters, attempts at humorous letters. Old telegrams, formal invitations, and holiday cards were among them. There were even some college term papers written by the first members of our family to attend college in the 1920s. Pretty impressive stuff The handwriting of my ancestors was impeccable, as if diligently studied and practiced for hours and hours. I discovered a few family secrets in the process of my rummaging, and some fairly salacious tales I never tell. I developed a whole new appreciation for my heritage while reading those letters. The value of such a tangible and thorough history is immeasurable, especially for a family with roots in slavery. I pass along these letters to my children with great pride, and hope they cherish and gently care for them as their forbears did over the years. 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The line may be bond welted, but I am not sure off the top of my head. I have never seen it mentioned on MFA, and very rarely on other men fashion forums. They were made in the same factory as the Alden Cape Cod line, which is made in one of the Maine factories, once again I not sure off the top of my head which factory it is now, but it may be the factory that became Rancourt. Other than that, the market is scarce. In the $150 $250 range the only luxury shoe is Allen Edmonds seconds, maybe some Walk Over, Rancourt, (but styles are limited in that price range, and most are $225+), you definitely not going to get an American goodyear welted wholecut at an affordable price. Your best bet is to buy shoes on the secondary market like Ebay or SF B close this windowyou'll need to or register to do thatcreate a new accountall it takes is a username and password. 384664 130 Air Jordan Retro 6 Olympic 2012 White Midnight Navy Varsity Red First came the woman on a Sydney train calling a bloke a who could get a gook for a girlfriend. As if public transport isn unpleasant enough. Then there was the video of a bouncer out the front of a Darwin strip club telling a young fellow he was not Australian because he even fing white and that he should go back to where he came from. No points for originality there, champ. And then there a selection of comments courtesy of our Federal Government. The recent highlights package includes Tony Abbott claim that he was being blackmailed by suicidal female asylum seekers and that Australia was not settled until the British arrived; and Scott Morrison can barely get through a day without contributing some Pythonesque double speak to the debate. A telling sign that we seem to have reached the height of dickheadedry is that we live in a country that has to advertise on television that racism isn cool. It like advertising that killing puppies isn great. No kidding. But what all of these recent episodes have shown is that Australians generally are becoming less tolerant. Of racism. And NAIDOC Week is the perfect time to draw attention to the groundswell of humanity that has arisen as more Australians seem to be standing up and saying racist behaviour is unacceptable. As the buffet of bigotry continues to serve up dishes seasoned with hate, these last few weeks I have begun to notice more fair minded people taking a stance. While these awful episodes of enmity saturated the media, so too did comments of outrage and anger that racists were wandering around free in society disguised as normal people. Or the Prime Minister. Darwin is a strange mix of acceptance and alienation. On one hand we embrace our multiculturalism and are a laid back and tolerant bunch. On the other hand there is a terrible tendency for some to apply appalling stereotypes to those who are more local than most of us could ever possibly be. Many Territorians have at least witnessed racism in this town, if not been a victim of it. No matter how tolerant and loving your friendship circle, it likely you would still have found yourself feeling slightly uncomfortable at a barbecue when a casual acquaintance who up until that point had been masquerading as a decent human being declares themselves as a dickhead through a series of prejudiced and misinformed comments. And, as footy legend Adam Goodes says in that anti racism ad, sometimes it hard to know what to do when confronted by a racist. fun to make fun of people being horrible, he told me. what I love about the Left: we a bunch of funny smartarses as opposed to a bunch of terrified bigots. is our superpower and that what we need to communicate. might not really seem fair to have a battle of wits with unarmed people, but Andrew has a point. And he acting on it with a brilliant plan to make up anti racism bumper stickers to counter the sadly more common pro racism ones with hilarious intellectual slogans like off we full intending to create an add on that says racist dickheads And a positive one reading are awesome that can be stuck right over the top of those charming xenophobic messages. Sadly, the suggested heart Today Tonight sticker will not be going into production for fear the message is too subtle. Andrew says: need to point out how ridiculous this stuff is. people are dumb and loud. We need to be not dumb, and louder. This could be Scott Morrison legacy making people awesome. has long been an effective racism fighting strategy. ABC recently aired The Redfern Story, which touched on 1970s Aboriginal comedy series Basically Black. A skit showing an Aboriginal cape and tights wearing superhero fighting against racism was pretty excellent. As were the two Aborigines watching the First Fleet arrive, one saying to the other: know what, in the long run, I reckon we be better off with a more restrictive immigration policy. one of the great things about satire and ridicule I think it great stuff, Dr Foley said. And earlier this year, comedians Charlie Pickering, Libbi Gorr and Meshel Laurie, along with activist and filmmaker Richard Frankland, put on an anti racism comedy event Racism the New Black? in Melbourne, using humour to talk about the sensitive subject. Lyn Brodie from the Lowitja Institute, who hosted the event, said: about racism will ensure that there is a voice that provides an alternative thinking. Those who have experienced racism will no longer feel alone and bring to the fore ways to change our society for the better. will find new ways to address racism and promote diversity within Australia. I am naively optimistic, but I like to think that Deranged Train Woman, Bogan Bouncer and Tony the Terrible have all, while showing the worst of some of us, brought out the best in the rest of us who can no longer sit quietly and pretend this isn happening. Speak up against racism. Use your humour. Be awesome.
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