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The Art of Letter Writing

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As far as I’m concerned, receiving mail of my own is one of the great privileges of being an adult. I love the feeling of going to the mailbox, hoping there is something worthwhile inside. When I see the script of a dear friend marking a lovingly handwritten letter, it always makes my day. And I know that, if I take the time to respond, I can show her how much I care about and appreciate her. That’s why letter writing is a wonderful art to share with the people you care about. Read the rest of this entry

The Case for the Petticoat

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Petticoats—the undergarments that add shape to a woman’s skirt or dress—have been around for at least five hundred years. They’re currently out of mainstream fashion, but a petticoat is a wonderful addition to an woman’s wardrobe that adds a touch of elegance and fun. Read the rest of this entry

Vintage Marriage Advice from the Eve of World War I

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We modern women tend to be focused on our rights. So focused on them, in fact, that we occasionally forget that our rights also come with responsibilities. Healthy marriages aren’t built on the love, devotion, and selflessness of one partner alone. Marriage ought to be built on mutual love and sacrifice.

In her 1913 Don’ts for Wives, Blanch Ebbuttt unapologetically presents a simple picture of what marriage for women of her generation ought not be: neither spouse should dominate the other. Instead, she suggests that we keep our husbands’ needs and desires constantly in mind in the hope that they’re the ones looking out for what we need and want. Read the rest of this entry