Faded and Threadbare Historic Textiles and their Role in Houses Open to the Public

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Many historic houses that open to the public in England and Wales – particularly those owned by the National Trust – preserve their contents rather than restore them to a particular period. The former owners of these houses often retained objects from various periods and this layering of history produces interiors that look aged and patinated. Although the reason for this preservation and lack of fashionable renewable can be attributed to declining economic fortunes in the twentieth century, there are many examples of families practising this method of homemaking over a much longer period. Taking National Trust properties as its central focus, this book examines three interlocking themes to examine the role of historic textiles. Firstly it looks at houses with preserved contents together with the reasons for individual families choosing this lifestyle; secondly the role of the National Trust as both guardian and interpreter of these houses and their collections; and finally, and most importantly, the influence of textiles to contribute to the appearance of interiors, and their physical attributes that carry historical resonances of the past. The importance of preserved textiles in establishing the visual character of historic houses is a neglected area and therefore the prominence given to textiles in this project constitutes an original contribution to the study of these houses. Drawing upon a range of primary sources, including literature produced by the National Trust for their sites, and documentary sources for the families and their houses (such as diaries, letters and household accounts), the study takes a broad approach that will be of interest to all those with an interest in material culture, heritage, collecting studies and cultural history.

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Nautica to Open Full-Price Store in SoHo

NEW YORK — Nautica is getting back into the full-price retail business in the U.S.
The nautical-skewed brand will open a flagship at 101 Prince Street in SoHo later this week. The 2,000-square-foot store, which is located between the Apple Store and J. Crew, marks the first Nautica store to open in Manhattan in over a decade. The company operates over 200 stores internationally, but only outlet stores in America.
The new store is part of the company’s repositioning strategy that was revealed in February. The plan revolves around the theme of “Reimagine Nautica — Inspired by the Sea, Designed in the City,” and includes a good, better, best pricing approach. The SoHo store will carry the higher-priced, more aspirational product and will include women’s wear as well.
Karen Murray, president of Nautica, said, “It is exciting for our brand and consumers to have a retail location in the city that we have called home for over 30 years.”
The SoHo store will offer a “reimagined nautical environment with references to a modern cityscape,” the company said. This will translate into a sophisticated, boutique-style store with nautical references including natural oak beams intended to be reminiscent of a boat.
The store will also include a “style bar,” which will feature an assortment

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Although men’s wear stores in Chicago are becoming more abundant, Zach Akers, a real-estate-agent-turned-retailer, thought there was room for a shop that showcased emerging designers. “I want Spruce to be a store that has a real vision,” said Akers, who owns the store and also runs another Spruce location in Door County, Wis., which stocks men’s and women’s apparel. The Chicago unit, which will open in June on North Damen Avenue, will carry brands including Deveaux, Chapter, CWST and Abasi Rosborough. “We pride ourselves on letting our customers know what’s happening next,” Akers said.

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Scotch & Soda to Open Additional Stores in New York and Los Angeles

Scotch & Soda is extending its U.S. retail presence.
The Amsterdam-based casual sportswear brand opened a Beverly Hills location this month and will open a Williamsburg, Brooklyn, unit in November.
The Beverly Hills location will be Scotch & Soda’s second Los Angeles shop — it has a store in Venice Beach. The 1,500-square-foot space at 365 North Beverly Drive carries both the men’s and women’s collections. The store features Scotch & Soda’s interior design signatures — brass fittings, glass cabinets and wooden herringbone flooring — with additions including a wall adorned with hanging plants and a facade made from handmade Moroccan tiles.
The Williamsburg store joins Scotch & Soda’s three New York City boutiques. The retailer opened a Greenwich Village shop in May. The 1,800-square-foot Williamsburg unit will be located at 240-242 Bedford Avenue and also carry both the men’s and women’s assortments. The store, which is housed in a former industrial factory hall, will boast high ceilings along with concrete and steel details.
In 2014, the brand recruited Ari Hoffman, previously of Gant and Benetton, to serve as chief executive officer of its U.S. operations. Hoffman was tasked with further developing the retailer’s U.S. business. Scotch & Soda has more than 150 stores

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Saturdays NYC to Open Store in Australia

Saturdays NYC is expanding its retail reach.
The men’s lifestyle brand, which started in 2009, is slated to open a store in Sydney’s Bondi neighborhood this October.
“We were able to visit Australia a few years ago and immediately had a strong connection to the country and the people,” said Morgan Collett, co-owner of Saturdays NYC. “As we discussed our retail expansion, Australia was on the top of the list. Once we found the right opportunity in Australia, we put all of our efforts towards making it a reality.”
The 1,044-square-foot store will be located within the Pacific Bondi Beach luxury residential and retail developments, which are set to open in late 2015. This development sits on Campbell Parade, an area that’s popular for its beach views and close vicinity to Gould Street, a popular retail strip.
Kelvin Ho of Akin Creative, an Australia-based design firm, will create the space, which he said draws from Bondi’s sidewalk culture and will feature furniture made by local artisans along with a coffee shop, which is a Saturdays NYC signature.
Saturdays NYC currently has two New York City locations in addition to four boutiques in Japan. Its most recent opening was in Osaka, Japan. According to Collett, no

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Shanghai in the 1980’s. A German man drowns his sorrows in the Seaman’s Mission bar and chats to Jim and Carmen. The day after tomorrow they will take the Trans-Siberian Express train from Beijing to Berlin. They are excited, but their new German friend has some words of warning for them. Their food, books and other valuables will be confiscated by the over-zealous border guards who board the train at various points along the way through the wilderness of Mongolian and Siberia. It is almost impossible to avoid. Jim however, takes this as a challenge and devises an ingenious method of deception. On the train, other passengers can be heard remonstrating with the guards, but to no avail. Two Americans are arrested and removed from the train. Miraculously though, Jim’s scheme works. The result, however is a matter of personal humiliation for Jim in front of his girlfriend.

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Do Open Marriages Work? How Dating Other People Brings Me Closer To My Husband

By Gracie X

For some people, perhaps, having an open marriage is a concession. Perhaps cheating comes to mind; you imagine that after infidelity, a couple has made a new vision of their marriage. These are marriages that “make- do” after the scar tissue has healed. But frankly, that isn’t the way it’s done in my polyamorous community, or my open marriage.

My situation is not at all about concessions. For me, sex with someone else is not a deal breaker. Being intentionally cruel, not taking care of our family, disrespecting me, and lying — all constitute deal breakers. But occasionally “stepping out” may just be part of our biology.

Right now, my marriage is mostly closed. Our lives are tremendously time-challenged. We have four kids and busy careers. But having some openness is one of many ingredients that keep the erotic life active in our marriage. Keeping an erotic charge can be challenging, given that almost every force in domestic life works against it. There are bills to be paid, kids demanding attention, and the endless, sexless grind of chores.

It all started a year ago, when my husband and I decided to go on an adventure. I wanted to have sex with a woman, not having done so in many years. The whole idea both titillated my husband and scared him a bit. We discussed what would make him feel safe and comfortable, and when he gave me the green light, I met a lovely woman online.

Bonnie, like me, was married and bisexual. We decided to meet at a local pub. There was an instant attraction. After half an hour of sipping martinis and flirting, we discovered that both of our husbands were parked close-by, nervously awaiting news of what was happening.

Sometimes, sleeping with new people is a measuring stick of how connected you are to your spouse.

Giggling, we texted them to join us. What followed was a new friendship between all of us. This is what I love about open marriage — the unpredictability. I was not expecting to be completely enchanted by her husband. Bill was so sex-positive and supportive about Bonnie exploring her newly confessed attraction to women. Bonnie had unintentionally “come out” at a BBQ the year before when she made out with her best friend — ironically, in a walk-in closet upstairs. While Bonnie’s best friend’s husband was angry and mortified, Bill was loving and supportive, encouraging Bonnie to explore this new part of her sexuality.

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The four of us had some great dates together. Eventually, time and family commitments slowed down our contact. But it was an adventure I’ll always cherish for many reasons — one of the main ones is that it heightened the love and trust between me and my husband. People assume that you get the excitement from the outside sexual encounters — and you sometimes do. But, as we explore who we are and what we desire, openness keeps the mystery alive between my husband and me.

The morning after our first date with Bonnie and Bill, my husband and I were snuggling and talking about how surprisingly fun and drama-free the evening had been. Our hearts were so open with the realization of how much we loved each other. Sometimes, sleeping with new people is a measuring stick of how connected you are to your spouse.

I am the last person alive who’d try extreme sports — I can barely grasp the need to risk your life in an effort to feel more alive. But there is an allure in the emotional skydiving of allowing your mate to be sexual with someone else. There’s exhilaration in moving through the fear of the potential loss of the relationship that, for us, is often followed by an all-consuming gratitude for each other; a gratitude that can get lost in the shuffle of mundane life.

I believe that the second wave of polyamory has a distinctly feminist bend to it. In most poly-marriages I know of, the woman is not a “victim,” but many times the initiator.

My open marriage improves my connection with my spouse. It is an intentional way to evolve together, a way to create spaciousness in our connection while also maintaining a deep bond.

Yesterday, I was talking to an acquaintance about my open marriage. She stated flatly “No one enters their marriage expecting they’ll open it.” She assumed I opened my marriage because it was flawed. Her concept of open marriage was that it was a patch job post “cheating”–a second best set up, built on the belief that passion fades, all relationships sour, and a series of necessary concessions have to be made, one of them being sex with other people.

Her thinking is fairly pervasive and a complete misread on most open marriages I know of. My open marriage improves my connection with my spouse. It is an intentional way to evolve together, a way to create spaciousness in our connection while also maintaining a deep bond. In my mind, the challenge of sustaining the vitality in long-term relationships lies in fostering the opposite qualities of passion versus stability, and wildness versus predictability. My interest lies in maintaining both ends of the spectrum, and openness in my marriage is one of the many tools I use to achieve this goal.

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Every open marriage is different, just as monogamous marriages are varied. People have different philosophies and motivations. For me, I want the freedom to create a marriage based on my value system — not someone else’s.

It’s a delicate balance to create stability and excitement in a marriage. There is a tipping point for me; to make it work I need trust, clear agreements, and lots of communication. I’ve often imagined if my house or phone were tapped by surveillance cops, they’d sit in a bored stupor listening to hours of my husband and I conversing about the nuance of our feelings, needs, fantasies, thoughts — they’d surely beg for the “good old days” of surveilling the mafia.

But it is this nuanced conversation that keeps my marriage fresh. Recently, my husband and I discussed what we would “allow” each other on separate upcoming business trips. After nearly an hour of checking in on how we both felt, the general state of our marriage, if the majority of our needs were being met sexually, emotionally, astrologically (kidding), we both agreed that we weren’t connected enough currently. What we really needed was a vacation together. The timing of our trips wasn’t good for us — and if we “hooked up” with other people, it could potentially cause hurt feelings. I only take calculated risks in my marriage. I am all about checking if there’s water in the pool before doing a spectacular high dive.

People have said to me, “Open marriage seems like so much work! I couldn’t be bothered to put so much time into an open marriage.” But the art of the relationship is something I feel devoted to. When you love something, you spend time caring for it.

Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” I want to be in the habit of investing energy into the art of love, passion, and a continued sustaining bond with my husband. And for me, that means putting sleeping with other people on the table.

Gracie X is the author of “Wide Open: My Adventures in Polyamory, Open Marriage, and Loving on My Own Terms “, available wherever books are sold in September 2015.

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PACO TIME: Paco Rabanne is coming to the Rue Cambon, the historic home of Chanel. Hoarding went up Wednesday at No. 12 on the famous Paris street, foreshadowing a return to retail for Rabanne more than a decade after its historic location on the Rue du Cherche-Midi went dark.
The target opening date and other details could not immediately be learned. The Puig-owned fashion house is being redeveloped under creative director Julien Dossena and executive Anouck Duranteau-Loeper.

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Open Letter to Same Sex People Getting Married in Red States

Dear Same-Sex Wedding Participants in Red States:

If you live in one of the 14 states that have to suddenly grant marriage licenses to same sex couples, you may be tightening your tie and singing Old Fashioned Wedding on your way to City Hall. I’d like to help you navigate a few of the issues you may face when you go to get your marriage license. In 2005, my partner and I traveled to Toronto, Ontario to marry — same sex marriage was as new then in Toronto as it will be today in your red state. Many marriage offices will be unprepared. Here are four tips for dealing with the processes and people you may encounter.

Rejoice if your clerk is kind and helpful. Of course you’ll feel a certain trepidation about coming out to your Marriage Court clerk. You may be surprised, then, when you catch a clerk — like we did in Toronto — who is excited to help a bunch of same sex people obtain the full liberty of government benefits. When you get a good one, celebrate them just like you celebrate the union.

Decide who is the “husband” — for the form. To talk to the government, you fill out a form — getting married is no different. Until today, only marriages comprised of a “husband” and a “wife” were eligible to fill out the papers, so the forms will be gender coded. It can be an uncomfortable moment when you’re standing at the clerk’s counter, pen in hand, one looking over the other’s shoulder, and that’s the moment you have to decide which name goes over “husband” and which goes over “wife.” In advance, flip a coin, have a heavy talk, allocate a gender between the top and the bottom. But, work it out on the way. Our clerk in Toronto picked for us, and I still disagree with his choice.

If you get a bad clerk, take a minute…. You may encounter a nasty clerk. Don’t jump to the conclusion that the nastiness comes from hate — he might be an indifferent government worker. Just this year, at a city hall “gay” wedding, we encountered a cranky clerk and an imperious officiant — in San Francisco. It’s not always bigotry — sometimes, it’s just bad manners. You should still push back, but on their conduct, not their motives.

Make Your Own Choice. You may get a bona fide homophobe, hissing, “You want to get married to each other?” Of course, if the clerk refuses to issue a license or an oath, call Lambda or your own lawyer and raise some hell. But, what if the knuckle-dragger starts the licensing process — with contempt? Should you stay and suffer? Or should you walk away, find another city hall, another clerk, another day? The answer is not as clear today as it was before Justice Kennedy spoke. When our rights were neither clear nor dependable, you owed it to yourself and our gay and lesbian ancestors to stare down disdain, stand your ground and get that license. But, now, the most powerful ally is on our side — the United States Constitution. Your dignity owes it to no one to take a punch, certainly not from a bureaucrat using the power of the counter to ruin your day – after all, you’re a human, a taxpayer, an adult and a fiancé. Those of us who came before you brought an edge of defiance on an undercurrent of rage to our ceremonies. Today, it is so ordered that you can feel the same jitters and excitement and doubts as every other bride or groom without the political angst. You’re like everyone else — you can take, leave or complain about bad customer service, because now that’s all it is.

Mazel Tov and Happy Pride!

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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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Looks like there will be a blank space where Taylor Swift’s “1989” album should be on Apple Music’s new streaming service.

After Apple announced on June 8 that it would roll out its music streaming platform, which will cost $ 9.99 a month following a free three-month trial, Swift took to her Tumblr page to write an open letter to the company to explain why she will not feature her new album on the service.

Swift writes that the free trial period, in which artists, writers and producers will go unpaid, is a “shocking, disappointing” move by Apple.

This is not about me. Thankfully I am on my fifth album and can support myself, my band, crew, and entire management team by playing live shows. This is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success. This is about the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought that the royalties from that would get them out of debt. This is about the producer who works tirelessly to innovate and create, just like the innovators and creators at Apple are pioneering in their field … but will not get paid for a quarter of a year’s worth of plays on his or her songs.

The “Style” singer’s sentiments on Apple Music echo her decision to pull her songs from Spotify. She told Yahoo Music in November 2014, “I’m not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists, and creators of this music. And I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free.”

In July 2014, the 25-year-old penned an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal about the changing music industry, in which she predicted that artists would have more control over the value of their music. “[I]ndividual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is. I hope they don’t underestimate themselves or undervalue their art,” she wrote.

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Dear David:

I know you really care about floors. I know because I’ve been to your Neues Museum in Berlin and your Saint Louis Art Museum extension, and both have exceptional floors.

And I know you were unhappy with the floors at your new Museum in Milan, the Museo delle Culture (Mudec). So unhappy that, after working behind the scenes to get the floors fixed, unsuccessfully, you chose to go public: first disowning the building, then releasing a letter in which you complained about some 60,000 square feet of sub-standard lavastone. In the letter, you said that the hundreds of slabs of volcanic rock displayed “a substantial lack of homogeneity”; that individual pieces had gaps, chips and cracks; and that the installation introduced bad joints and other defects.

But could the floors really be that bad? I was curious, so I made my way to the museum. And here’s what I think:

The floors are horrible, They are streaky and uneven and unworthy of a David Chipperfield building.

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But you should embrace the building anyway. Because it’s wonderful. So wonderful that no one will be looking down.

You were given a courtyard to work with — a courtyard in the formerly industrial Zona Tortona. A quadrangle of four-story buildings wraps around your site, hiding your building from the street.

What you created in that courtyard looks entirely utilitarian. Walking the perimeter of your museum, I saw nothing but galvanized metal and glass. The only “decoration” is the museum’s logo, made of thin, white neon tubes that are practically invisible unless you’re looking for them. Your restraint is impressive.

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The most amazing thing you did was make the roof appear to meet the walls without any kind or overhang or parapet. It’s an entirely flat, entirely uniform surface — a gift to the people who live or work in the surrounding buildings. Your strategy was to cover what’s on the actual roof with metal grates. The grates have enough depth that, unless you’re looking straight down from a helicopter, all you see if a continuous gray surface. A spectacular detail.

In fact, it must be infuriating that the roof, which few people will see, is more perfect than the floor, which lots of people will be walking on.

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But don’t worry, because you’ve created an interior that draws eyes upward. At street level, the museum is strictly functional –a large lobby opens onto a bookstore, a cafe, a children’s learning area, coat room and rest rooms. Everything is super-spare — except for the coffered concrete ceiling, which is beautiful and had me looking up.

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But the piece de resistance is the stairway. It’s an elegant single flight that leads straight up to an amoeba-shaped lightwell.

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The stairway

The lightwell, or the agora, as you call it, recalls other googly rooms, like the Hall of Science, by Wallace K Harrison, in Flushing Meadows Park. Harrison used concrete studded with dark blue glass. You’ve used light green glass set into aluminum mullions, creating a form that’s a perfect balance of a doodle and a grid.

Pinwheeling around the atrium are windowless galleries. The two current shows are beautifully installed. The curators know what they’re doing, and that’s to draw visitors’ attention to the objects on display.

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Entrance to galleries

I’m not saying floors aren’t important. I once had a contractor rip up a just-installed kitchen floor and start over because the tiles weren’t lined up properly. So I feel your pain.

And that was just my kitchen. Yours is a very public, $ 70 million, 180,000-square-foot building. But Zona Tortona is all about imperfection — the buildings surrounding your museum are covered in graffiti. This is a gritty urban neighborhood, not the Acropolis.

And you’ve succeeded in creating a fabulous museum in this tricky location. Your building has so much going for it that even bad floors can’t spoil it. You should put your name back on it.

Sincerely,

Fred Bernstein

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By Gwen & Lark for YourTango

Everyone has a secret. Things we don’t want people to know because we are embarrassed, too proud or too private. We keep secrets because some things are too intimate and special for anyone else to know. But sometimes we keep secrets because we may feel like we will be harshly judged and don’t want to invite the criticism that may follow. Often, we just simply don’t know who we can trust with sensitive information because it might illicit unwanted gossip.

For example, you would never know I have an “open” marriage. I’m not the lady in the 4-inch heels at school pick up that wears skin-tight jeans or has DD implants. I don’t have wild parties where people stagger home with someone else’s spouse because they picked their car keys from a bowl on the coffee table. I’m just another mom who drives a sensible car, does the grocery shopping, wears clothes from Ann Taylor, goes jogging to stay fit — and occasionally has sex with men who are not my husband.

If I ever told you about this part of my life — which I probably wouldn’t unless you were an extremely close friend — your first reaction might be “What? How? But what about your kids?”

Surely, you already have an image in your mind about what an open marriage is.

It’s often mistaken for polygamy, where a man lives together with multiple women like the show Sister Wives or Big Love. Or you might think that it’s a convenient excuse for a husband to have sex with other women without losing the security of having a wife or the social complexities of having a mistress.

What most people who have never experienced an open marriage might not understand is that every open marriage is different. And it’s probably not what you think, unless you know someone personally who has one. (And you probably do, you just don’t know it yet!).

Not everyone in an open marriage is some kind of sex-addicted freak show. Between household duties, raising children and having a meaningful relationship with my husband, I do not have a lot of time to dedicate to having sex with other people, even if I wanted to.

I do not have sex with every man I meet. I do not want to steal your husband. I do not even want to have sex with your husband. I do not have sex at the grocery store or soccer practice or bring strange men into our home.

My open marriage did not start out as such. It was very much closed with a big, iron door and the thought of that ever changing never once crossed my mind in the first 13 years of our marriage. My husband, on the other hand, had been making threesome jokes for at least 10 of those 13 years and often wondered out loud about all the sex he missed out on in his youth.

He grew up in a very conservative family where sex before marriage was considered a sin. I had a similar upbringing but had secretly given in to my desires and had been with someone before I met my husband. I felt incredibly guilty about it because that’s not what “good” girls do.

But eventually the reasons against experimenting sexually with other people were overshadowed by the curiosity — and the exhausting requests by my husband.

We didn’t know exactly how this kind of thing worked, so we took a risk and asked some friends who we thought might know. It’s a delicate subject to broach, but we felt like a few conversations we had in the past left us with some clues that they were, if not in an open marriage, at least open-minded people when it came to sex.

Our hunch was right, and they told us about a place in town where we could go — what you might call a “Swingers Club”. After talking about it for so long, I was ready to at least go and have a look and was excited and nervous to see what it was like. The club itself was dark with a lot of scantily-clad women and sharply dressed men dancing or milling around the bar sipping drinks while lights flashed and stage smoke puffed up from the floor. Some people were sitting on the vinyl couches in a separate area behind the dance floor, chatting and caressing each other.

The beat of the music was pounding as hard as my heart was pumping in my chest. What am I doing here? Am I weird for wanting to know what happens here? Am I depraved? While most people hired a babysitter to go to dinner and a movie, we had left our children at home so we could watch come here and … what?

Pretty much anything goes in a club of that nature, but it’s different for everyone.

For our first foray, we stayed together and only exchanged touches with other couples. We had agreed in advance this was more of a reconnaissance mission than a full-blown invasion into open marriage. But that night things happened — I won’t go into detail out of respect for my husband — that sparked a change in what the both of us wanted and needed in our marriage. Our curiosity (and the subsequent desire to satisfy it) came from a place of safety and security in the relationship we had fostered over the last decade.

It has been a few years since our first visit to that club and our relationship has changed and grown with time, as all relationships tend to do. The rules of our open marriage have evolved and developed over time, where we now both understand what the other person needs ,and we feel comfortable with that.

The key for us is communication and respect. It also means that our relationship comes first. We spend quality time together, we date each other, we clean the house on Saturdays and take the kids to dance and soccer. And occasionally, if one of us is on a solo business trip or a night on the town with friends, that big iron door is flung open and we let ourselves have fun. We’re young(ish), good-looking and in good shape. And we enjoy it when it feels right and safe.

None of our outside experiences are kept private from each other.

We both know what the other spouse is doing, and sometimes we do it together. I’m happy to share with my spouse the details of any sexual adventure I might have, just as he would do for me if I asked (although we don’t always want to know). An open marriage for me means having new sexual experiences without guilt or shame.

As “open” as we are with each other about this aspect in our relationship, we are not open about it with our kids. Just like we don’t talk to them about the complexities of getting a mortgage, why and how we invest our money or what kind of birth control we use, we don’t talk to our kids about this small but delicate aspect to our marriage.

They’re too young to understand that if mom sleeps with the mailman (just kidding — he’s not my type) that that doesn’t mean Mom and Dad are getting a divorce. They don’t understand about commitment, unity or loyalty on the level required when discussing an open marriage. They’re kids — and they need to stay that way.

So they play with Barbies, Legos and fight with each other and don’t ever have to worry about whether Mom and Dad love each other. Because we show them every day when we eat breakfast together or dance around the kitchen or cheer them on that we’re a family and that’s never going to change.

But if the day comes when one of them says to me, “You know, Mom, this one time I heard a rumor… ” I’m not going to lie.

I will sit down with my child and answer any questions they might have and explain that for us, this lifestyle works. Maybe then they will be ready to grasp the idea that you can love someone, spend your life devoted to them emotionally, be best friends, lovers… and have sex with someone else on the side. But until that day comes, I’ll keep the secret between me, my husband and, well, you.

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Many kids dream of becoming famous, but few do. Those who attempt to make their hopes come true in Hollywood are exposed to a very adult world while they are still very much children.

Amy Berg’s documentary “An Open Secret” looks at the sexual abuse of children in the entertainment industry, profiling five men (including Michael Egan, who accused “X-Men” director Bryan Singer of abuse last year) who relay their stories of misconduct at the hands of those they trusted to help propel them to stardom.

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Beautiful top grain leather padfolio with an 8.5 x 11 writing tablet. The Clava Tuscan Leather Open Padfolio has a pen loop and full-length vertical pocket with additional pockets for business cards or smartphone. Keep your documents well organized with this handsome piece. Clava has been designing leather goods for over two decades. Delivering affordable luxury, Clavas selection of leather totes, laptop bags, leather briefcases, womens handbags, wallets and more, are created by combining the natural beauty of leather with the freshest styles. Clava leather bags are destined to become your daytime essential, and while they’re stealing glances everywhere they go, they’ll also be developing character with each use. Dimensions: 13 L x 9.75 W x 0.75 H Weight: 3 lbs.

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Ben Hogan Masters US British Open PGA Champ Golf HOF Signed Autograph Oil Docume

Ben Hogan Masters US British Open PGA Champ Golf HOF Signed Autograph Oil Docume


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Etienne Aigner Tender Womens Size 8.5 Black Open Toe Slingbacks Shoes

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Knott’s “Special Ops: Infected” proves that wide open spaces can be just as scary as dark twisty mazes

It sounds like an interesting challenge. Staging an authentic-looking zombie apocalypse while — at the same time — not scratching up any of Grizzly Creek Lodge’s nice new furniture.

But that’s exactly what Jon Cooke has spent the past five-and-a-half weeks doing. Taking Knott’s Berry Farm‘s recently refurbished Camp Snoopy and — using the 45 minutes between when this Buena Park theme park closes for the day and when Halloween Haunt officially opens for the night — then transforming this family-friendly area into a six-acre wide kill zone.

“While Security is clearing the Park and sweeping the last few Guests towards the exit, myself and six or seven other Knott’s employees are backstage preparing everything. We have a box truck loaded up with bodies and barricades, different barrels and stuff. And as soon as we get a Park Clear, we drive onstage and immediately begin setting everything up,” Cooke explained during a recent phone interview. “Our goal is to have the entire area flipped and get all of our zombies in place before the first Guest wanders back to Camp Snoopy and then get in line for ‘Special Ops: Infected.’ “

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“And what is ‘Special Ops: Infected’?,” you ask. SOI is the multi-track, interactive, group participation experience that Jon — who is one of the leads in Knott’s Scary Farm’s prop department — has been trying to convince Cedar Fair officials to build for a number of years now.

“I’m a paintball fan. I love doing physical stuff, plus playing video games like ‘Left 4 Dead.’ But then when ‘The Walking Dead‘ debuted on AMC and then became this huge hit, it all just kind of clicked for me one day. That here was this perfect storm of elements that could now be combined to create a maze that was unlike anything else that had ever been done for Haunt before,” Cooke continued. “So I brought this idea up to Lara Hanneman, who’s the Director of Entertainment here at Knott’s one day. And she just kind of looked at me and said ‘Yeah, that sounds pretty cool. But how exactly are we going to pull that off?’ ”

And why was Hanneman concerned? Because what Jon wanted to do wasn’t really a maze. At least not in the traditional sense.

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“When you’re building a maze for a Halloween event like this, strictly from a design point-of-view, you always design the rooms for your maze with two things in mind: Where is each scare in that room going to come from? And where is the distraction going to come from that then sets up the scare in that room?,” Jon stated. “With ‘Special Ops: Infected,’ by placing a laser tag gun in each of the Guest’s hands, that’s our distraction.”

“What also helps here to give Guest a different experience is that ‘Special Ops: Infected’ doesn’t play by traditional haunted house rules. You’re not being sent into a maze two and three people at a time. Here, the Guests are grouped in 12-person squads. They’ve then assigned two squad leaders — actors that we’ve hired for Haunt specifically to play these roles — who then take each group out into what used to be Camp Snoopy but is now a fog-filled wide open space filled with 135 zombies,” Jon enthused. “Better yet, depending on which side of the land that these people began their mission on — the Alpha Side or the Bravo side — and which of the four variations of our basic Alpha & Bravo scenarios they wind up being assigned to, these people can have completely different experiences each time they enter the kill zone.”

Take — for example — the Bravo side. Where your initial mission is to head up high into the hills and find a secret laboratory. Once there, you’re supposed to rescue this scientist who may have found the cure to this horrible zombie virus. The only problem is — as you’re making your way back to Base … Well, it’s not just the zombies that you have to worry about. There’s also a rogue militia unit hiding out there in the fog who may try and capture your squad so that they can then …

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Ah, let’s not spoil the surprise. Especially since folks in Southern California still have a chance to grab a laser gun and go shoot some zombies this weekend. You see, rather than shutting down its annual Halloween event on October 31st, Knott’s officials opted instead to keep this year’s Haunt going through Saturday night, November 1st. Just understand that — if you’re driving out to Buena Park to experience “Special Ops: Infected” — that you could be in for quite a wait tonight.

“Right from the get-go, this particular maze has been hugely popular with Haunt attendees. The first week of this year’s Scary Farm, I actually had a Guest come up to me and say that he’d been back to the Park three nights in a row just so he could then try and do all of the variations of the ‘Special Ops: Infected’ combat missions,” Cooke stated. “I didn’t have the heart to tell him that we keep changing things up from night to night.”

“Take — for example — the combat mission you go on when you’re doing the Alpha track. You first have to get to this campsite and then rescue this camper who’s locked inside of a trailer,” Jon said. “Well, we change the location of where we hide that key every night. So even if you’ve done this particular mission before at Haunt, there are still different challenges, enough variations to keep ‘Special Ops: Infected’ fresh for Knott’s repeat customers.”

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So if you’d like to work off some of that Trick-or-Treat candy that you ate last night by working up a sweat running away from zombies, then you should definitely check out the closing night of the 2014 edition of Knott’s Scary Farm. Where you can then experience “Special Ops: Infected,” that unique Haunt experience which proves that wide open spaces can be just as scary — or even scarier — then dark twisty mazes.
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Windows Developer Power Tools: Turbocharge Windows development with more than 170 free and open source tools

Windows Developer Power Tools: Turbocharge Windows development with more than 170 free and open source tools


Software developers need to work harder and harder to bring value to their development process in order to build high quality applications and remain competitive. Developers can accomplish this by improving their productivity, quickly solving problems, and writing better code.A wealth of open source and free software tools are available for developers who want to improve the way they create, build, deploy, and use software. Tools, components, and frameworks exist to help developers at every point in the development process.Windows Developer Power Toolsoffers an encyclopedic guide to more than 170 of these free tools to help developers build top-notch Windows software from desktop applications to web services.To help you choose the right tools for solving both common and uncommon problems you face each day, this book follows a unique task-oriented organization, laying out topics in the same order that you and your team are likely to encounter them as you work on a project. Each tool entry features a solid introduction — a mini user''s guide — so you can get up to speed quickly and understand how to best use the tool in your environment. Inside, you''ll find:A guide to more than 170 tools covering 24 unique aspects of Windows and .NET software development, with many descriptions contributed by the tools'' authorsDescriptions of freely available ASP.NET and Windows Forms controls, object relational mapping systems, testing frameworks, and build and continuous integration toolsArticles on tools to help developers troubleshoot misbehaving applicationsGuides for utilities to boost productivity in the development environment as well as speeding up tasks in Windows itselfQuick pick lists at the start of each chapter to help you find and choose the right tool for your taskAt a Glance and In a Nutshell summaries to help readers more quickly narrow their optionsReferences to an online book site to keep you up-to-date with new releases and featuresForewords by Mike Gunderloy (Larkware) and Scott Hanselman (http://www.hanselman.com/tools), operators of the two most popular tools sites for Microsoft developers.Also, plenty of links in each article point you to additional detail online if you wish to delve more deeply into features and functionality. This one-stop resource covers a wide range of open source and freeware tools to help you answer questions around planning, developing, testing, and rolling out great software. Best of all, they''re free.
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MARTIN KAYMER Signed 2014 U.S. OPEN Pinehurst GOLF Tournament BALL Pga Ryder Cup

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Martina Navratilova Creates More U.S. Open Magic By Proposing To Girlfriend On Big Screen

Martina Navratilova still knows how to rise to the occasion at the U.S. Open. This time, she did it by dropping to one knee.

More than 25 years after the tennis legend won her fourth and final single’s title in New York, Navratilova surprised her girlfriend, Julia Lemigova, with a proposal. The heartwarming moment was shown on the big screen at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday, reported People.

“I was very nervous,” Navratilova said later, via The Associated Press. “It came off. She said yes. It was kind of an out-of-body experience. You’ve seen people propose at sporting events before, in movies, in real life. Here it was happening to me. It was like I was watching myself do it.”

The couple has been together since 2006, according to the Daily Mail. After #shesaidyes, Navratilova took to Twitter to thank her fans for the support.


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re:named Hawaiin Print Open Back Crop Top

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Shoe-In Unisex Blue Open Toe Overshoes 161 7772

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Open Range

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Not just a major vacation destination, Montana is a veritable melting pot of delicious grub. Add to it the wide-open spaces, outdoor living, and the riches of nature, and it’s enough to make any vacationer question the decision to go home! Prepare yourself for what the authors call great, honest, and authentically hearty chow you can prepare at home,” the Montana way. Open Range serves up generous portions of meat-including venison, quail, duck, elk, fish, pork, and beef-in near-excess, and all manner of favorite local steakhouse sides.The Mint Bar and Café in Belgrade, Montana inspired the book, but the recipes include much more than menu offerings. Far from dusty chuckwagon cuisine, Montana’s culinary influences are Cajun, Creole, French, and Italian. Standouts include Fried Meat Pies, Campfire Coffee Chili, Buttermilk-Fried Quail with Steen’s Syrup, Poacher’s Deer Leg, and more. The authors put their considerable knowledge of meat-eating to use: beginning with how the animal was raised through all the steps of choosing, prepping, marinating, cooking, and enjoying it. Follow the main course with basic potatoes and creamed spinach to stews,salsas, greens, and desserts: you’ll leave the table satisfied.

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Shoe-In Unisex Green Open Toe Overshoes 161-7771

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Whether you deliver groceries, install carpet or fix plumbing (not to mention lots of other tasks), you might have a reason to go into a stranger’s home. And when you do, you don’t want to hop around uncomfortably while you remove your grimy work shoes. We suggest you resolve this issue with Shoe In 161-7771 Unisex Forest Green Open Toe Overshoes instead, and leave the hopping to the rabbits. These dark green slip-ons slide right on over your regular footwear, so you can walk on even the most pristine of floors and carpets. Styled in an open-toed, flip flop design, these unisex overshoes are a shoe-in (get it?) for the title of Your Favorite Foot Accessory. There is no left or right shoe, only two that work perfectly for either foot. Clean your Shoe In 161-7771 Unisex Forest Green Open Toe Overshoes easily by simply rinsing them with water, removing debris so they may be worn anywhere.Manufactured Sizes: S, M, L, XLS: Men’s 5-8.5/ Women’s 7-9.5M: Men’s 9-11/ Women’s 10-11.5L: Men’s 11.5-12/ Women’s 12+XL: Men’s 13+
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Soda Dressy Sandals Womens Flats Open Toe Ankle Buckle Strap Shoes Heel Zippered Gold Snakeskin Size 9

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Zox Retro Open Face Half Helmet – Gloss or Matte Black – RETRO

Zox Retro Open Face Half Helmet – Gloss or Matte Black – RETRO


Meets or exceeds D.O.T. standards.AFCS Advanced fiberglass composite shell for your safety.2 shell sizes to ensure good fit 2XSS,M2XL.Revolutionary EPS liner system for narrower profile shell
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Yes, You Can Open Your Wedding Gifts Before The Big Day

The rules of wedding etiquette are constantly changing, making it difficult for modern brides, grooms and guests to find up-to-date and correct information. That’s why we’ve launched #MannersMondays, a weekly series in which we ask our followers on Twitter and Facebook to submit their most burning etiquette-related questions. Then, with the help of our team of etiquette experts, we get you the right answers to your biggest Big Day dilemmas. Check out this week’s question below!

We received a wrapped gift in the mail. We don’t know if it’s for the bridal shower or for the wedding! Do we open it and send a thank-you card or don’t touch it until after the wedding? – Kristin Pallozzi via email

Anna Post — great-great-granddaughter of etiquette guru Emily Post and author of Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette — is here to help us answer this week’s question. Find out what she had to say below:

It’s not only fine to open your gifts before the wedding, it’s a good idea. It gives you a head start on handwriting your thank-you notes, which should be sent within three months of receiving the gift — not the mythic year from the wedding date. And you need to unwrap the gift so that you know what exactly you are thanking the guest for. In your case, simply thank the giver for the gift, rather than identifying it as a “shower gift” or “wedding gift.”

If you know you won’t be able to write a thank-you note within a few days of a gift’s arrival, it’s thoughtful to make a quick call or send an email to let the giver know that the item has arrived: “Just got home and your gift was on my doorstep. Note to follow, but wanted to thank you right away!” Regardless of whether or not you thank the person verbally, every wedding gift must be acknowledged with a handwritten personal thank-you note.

Note that while any engagement, shower or wedding gifts you receive are fine to open, they traditionally aren’t used before the wedding itself. This is born of practicality: If the wedding is canceled, any engagement, shower or wedding gift must be returned to the person who gave it to you.

You can submit your wedding etiquette questions via Facebook or tweet them to us @HuffPostWedding with the hashtag #MannersMondays.

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Rickie Fowler signed auto 2013 Farmers Insurance Open tournament Titleist glove

Rickie Fowler signed auto 2013 Farmers Insurance Open tournament Titleist glove


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Strappy Buckle Open Toe Wedge Cow Leather Women Sandals 3Colors

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‘SNL’ Obama Resorts To Kissing Justin Bieber To Boost Health Care Sign-Ups In Cold Open

Well, you can’t get much more “buzzy” than booking the President of the United States on “Between Two Ferns,” so how else can President Obama spread the word about his health care plan?

“Saturday Night Live” explored his options in this weekend’s cold open sketch, which featured Noel Wells as an obnoxious social media expert with even more “totes viral” ideas on how get more people to sign up for Obamacare by the end of March.

When a photo op with Pharrell’s hat, Kim Kardashian and even The Pope can’t do the trick, they’re forced to bring out the big guns: a kiss with Justin Bieber.

Check out Obama (Jay Pharoah’s) hilariously passionate kiss with the Biebz (Kate McKinnon) in the GIF below, and check back for a video clip when available.


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Princeton Professors Take Down ‘Princeton Mom’ In Amazing Open Letter

The backlash against Susan Patton, aka “Princeton Mom,” has returned to the place where it all began – the school newspaper, the Daily Princetonian.
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The Hon Company HON626NL Brigade 600 Series Putty 6-Shelf Open Files

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Are You Ready to Open Up to Trust, Happiness and Joy?

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. — Omar Khayyam

I’ve had my share of profound unhappiness. When it hits, I’m always struck by its enormity and completeness, like a hurricane that moves in and devastates until there is nothing left of what was touched.

For the record, I’m not talking about depression. I’m talking about reliving low points, like family dysfunction, poisonous relationships, infertility, miscarriages and cancer, in the tar pit of your soul. I’m talking about going about your business and WHACK! Something comes up and, like an elephant, you remember and relive your emotions like it’s happening to you all over again.

I don’t remember exactly where I was or what I was doing when a thought recently struck me out of the blue. It moved me so profoundly that I stopped whatever it was I was doing and wrote it down:

“I just had a deep understanding of what happiness is — being joyfully, unabashedly in the moment and trusting that that is exactly where you belong… this moment (and ME) is enough, in fact, it is all.”

Mindfulness is conscious awareness of what you are feeling and experiencing in the present moment. But there is more. To get to joy it’s not enough to just be aware of the present. To get to joy you have to trust that the present moment is exactly where you belong.

Joy comes from the knowing, the trust, the deep understanding that you are, right now, enough. With that trust and the joy it brings, you can let down your defenses and stop seeking validation. You can lean into happiness, which is the bubbling up of little pieces of joy in the moment.

As adults with histories, we can’t know happiness unless we know its opposite and find it in our hearts to trust despite that knowledge. It takes vulnerability and reliance on forces outside of our control, but, mostly, it takes a commitment to creating live out loud joy for ourselves.

In the five years since my breast cancer diagnosis, I’ve experimented more and more with trust (because it finally took cancer to convince me of how little control I really have over life.) I’ve become more optimistic, more Zen and more patient. Who knew that trading the “safety” of mistrust, for the vulnerability of trust, would lead to joy.

The Dalai Lama said, “the purpose of our lives is to be happy.” Have you found yourself actively seeking out happiness and joy? Are you able to trust that you are exactly where you belong at the present moment?

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Ben Curtis Hand Signed Footjoy Golf Glove+coa 2003 British Open Champion

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Open Hearts

Open Hearts


If Your Heart Is Open, Love Will Always Find Its Way In. An open heart is a universal symbol of giving and receiving love. This precious keepsake companion perfectly compliments the elegant jewelry designed by Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Seymour for her debut line exclusive to Kay Jewelers. Open Hearts reflects lifes joys, heartaches, and inspirations and symbolizes that only when you can love yourself and keep your heart open are you able to give and receive love. This theme is celebrated through a collection of poems, essays, quotes, and Jane Seymours equally inspirational Healing Hearts paintings. The coalescence of words and art speak to every kind of love in peoples lives. They prove that its a force that flows unconditionally, because if your heart is open, it can never stay broken.

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An Open Letter To The Makers Of The Wolf Of Wall Street, And The Wolf Himself

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, dear Kings of Hollywood, but you have been conned.

Let me introduce myself. My name is Christina McDowell, formerly Christina Prousalis. I am the daughter of Tom Prousalis, a man the Washington Post described as “just some guy on trial for penny-stock fraud.” (I had to change my name after my father stole my identity and then threatened to steal it again, but I’ll get to that part later.) I was eighteen and a freshman in college when my father and his attorneys forced me to attend his trial at New York City’s federal courthouse so that he “looked good” for the jury — the consummate family man.
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Holiday Open House Musical Santa Green Stars Greeting Card


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Yellow Silk Open Rose Garlands Wedding Flower Arch Decors

Yellow Silk Open Rose Garlands Wedding Flower Arch Decors


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Konzeption und Implementierung eines Online-Shop-Systems auf Open Source-Basis

Konzeption und Implementierung eines Online-Shop-Systems auf Open Source-Basis


Das Internet hat sich mit der Entwicklung der Informationstechnologie zu einem Weltmarkt entwickelt. Mittlerweile stellt es einen Wirtschaftsfaktor dar. Um sich von der Konkurrenz abzuheben, sind immer mehr Online-Shops entstanden. Denn der Schwerpunkt des Wettbewerbes liegt heutzutage nicht mehr nur auf der Qualität bzw. der Funktion der Produkte, sondern auch auf den Leistungen in Kundenservice und -bindung. Nach und nach streben immer mehr Unternehmen danach, nicht allein den Erlös zu steigern, sondern auch die Kosten zu reduzieren und neue Wege einer besseren Kundenbindung zu finden. Meine Aufgabe in diesem Praktikum lautet: Konzeption und Implementierung eines Online- Shop-Systems auf Open-Source-Basis. Das Praktikum soll die Phasen der Einführung einer ECommerce- Lösung von der Anforderungsdefinition über die Lösungsauswahl bis zur eigentlich Implementierung durchlaufen. Um einen funktionellen Online-Shop aufzubauen muss man mehrere bestehende Online-Shops bzw. die im Internet angebotenen Open-Source-Shop- Systeme vergleichen und die Strategie des E-Commerce beherrschen.

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