One thing that sets Angela Addington apart from many other writers is her sincere interest in people’s stories. There’s a sense that she loves her work because it brings her into contact with so many fascinating people! When Angela reviews one of my clients’ CDs, for example, more often than not she becomes curious about the artist behind the music and is inspired to “go the extra mile” by pursuing an interview. Angela’s lucky readers learn not only about the music, but also about what went into creating that music. In my experience, it is rare to encounter a writer with such dedication to telling the whole story. Angela’s thoroughness and professionalism are to be admired. What’s more, she’s a joy to work with: good humored, organized, accurate, and, best of all, great fun. I recommend Angela Addington without hesitation and only wish I could clone her!
– Elizabeth Waldman Frazier, Owner, Waldmania Public Relations
After a long day or a hectic day, I find it hard to shut off my brain. I’m thinking of what I didn’t get done today and what all needs to be done tomorrow. If only there were a way to relax and wind down for the day so that I would sleep better! Well, there is – I would like to introduce you to a great product for helping people sleep and relax: SleepPhones.
SleepPhones are headphones in a headband that make it comfortable to listen to music, audiobooks, or whatever sounds that would help somebody fall asleep. They allow people the freedom to sleep on their side without worrying about painful earbuds or bulky headsets. They are also great for traveling in the car or on a plane. What a great way to block out the noise of the person next to you or drift off to sleep with a soothing sound. The fabric is cool, soft, lightweight stretchy material that is geared toward hot sleepers. These SleepPhones® are perfect for those who find the fleece fabric too heavy or live in warmer climates.
There are two main models: the Classic, which has a cord, and the Wireless. Personally, I didn’t want to sleep with something corded on my head, so I opted for the wireless. They cost $39.99 and $99.99 respectively. There is more information here at the SleepPhones store.
Surround yourself in an ultimate sound experience – without disturbing, or being disturbed by, the person next to you. This model utilizes Bluetooth® technology to wirelessly connect with compatible devices so you never have to worry about getting tangled up in cords. SleepPhones® were designed by a family doctor and provide wearable comfort that’s literally music to your ears.
From the perspective of a young child, author and teacher Joanna Rowland artfully describes what it is like to remember and grieve a loved one who has died. The child in the story creates a memory box to keep mementos and written memories of the loved one, to help in the grieving process. Heartfelt and comforting, The Memory Box will help children and adults talk about this very difficult topic together. The unique point of view allows the reader to imagine the loss of any they have loved – a friend, family member, or even a pet.
Explore skyscraper streets, museum miles, local food trucks and city parks of the United States of America and discover more than 2,000 facts that celebrate the people, culture, and diversity that have helped make America what it is today. From Anchorage to Washington D.C., take a trip through America’s well-loved cities with this unique A-Z like no other, lavishly illustrated and annotated with key cultural icons, from famous people and inventions to events, food and monuments.
For example — in New Orleans, did you know?
- City Park is one of the U.S.’s largest urban parks and has a carousal, putt putt, and botanic garden growing Romanesco cauliflowers within its 1,300 acres.
- In 1815, a New Orleans dentist recommended his patients use a thin silk thread to clean between their teeth—smile!
- Gambit, the fictional X-Men superhero with a Cajun accent who throws exploding playing cards is a NOLA native.
- Louis Armstrong Park was home to NOLA’s first jazz festival in 1970 and is named for one of the world’s greatest jazz musicians, a local trumpet player.
- The St. Charles Streetcar has been running since 1835, making it the longest operating streetcar lines in the world.
For each city, the book also shows kids tons of things to do in each city. For example, as featured in “Milwaukee.”
9 AM Start the day with gooey cheese curds famous for squeaking when you bite into them.
10 AM See the moveable sunscreen of the Burke Brise Soleil at The Milwaukee Art Museum. This moveable sunscreen has a 217-foot wingspan unfolds and folds twice daily.
11 AM Ride the world’s only polka escalator at the Wisconsin Center—just push the button to be accompanied by polka music on your way up or down!
12 PM Hunt for the Bronze Fonz along the Milwaukee Riverwalk. This statue honors the fictional Arthur Fonzarelli, from Happy Days, a 1970s sitcom set in Milwaukee.
1 PM Feast on a salad containing the state flower, wood violet, whose leaves are edible and have three times as much vitamin C as oranges.
2 PM Check out the 22-foot model of the Graf Zeppelin II, a German rigid airship build after World War I, at the Mitchell Gallery of Flight Museum.
3 PM Visit Uihlein Soccer Park and finesse your power kick like Wisconsin target forward Sarah Hagen.
4 PM Tour the Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility, where you can see poop recycled to be reused…as fertilizer.
5 PM Type a letter to a friend; after all, the modern typewriter was invented in Milwaukee in 1868. It was so big that some called it “a cross between a piano and a kitchen table.”
6 PM Buy some essentials at Kohl’s, which was first started at a grocery store in Milwaukee in 1946.
7 PM For dessert, choose between two local favorites: the Danish kringle, a pastry with fruit or nut filling, or yolky frozen custard.
8 PM Read the award-winning The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes, who was born in Racine and now lives in Madison.
Peep is so excited to go trick-or-treating with her friend Egg. She wants to visit the duck pond and the cow pasture to get treats. But Egg thinks Halloween is too scary, with frightening monsters possibly lurking everywhere! Peep tells her jokes because laughing helps you feel less scared. Egg is still not cracking. But soon Egg learns that maybe trick-or-treating is not so scary after all when you have a friend to hold on to.
All monsters love the autumn air,
just right to sneak and spook and scare.
But other seasons of the year,
they shift into a different gear.
Monsters get to work―paving roads, plowing snow, hauling muck―with their monster trucks in this fun, rhyming picture book. With a gentle bedtime ending, this not-too-scary story is perfect for young monster and truck lovers.
Do you have a fashionista in the family? Maybe a secret ninja wanna-be? This is a fun book that shows fashions that have a killer instinct. Just imagine being strangled by a scarf or the hub-bub a top hat can cause.
A beautifully illustrated book about deadly fashion—real historical stories of strangulation by scarves, neckbreaking high heels, and riot-causing top hats—from the author of the popular histories Get Well Soon and It Ended Badly
Isadora Duncan was Red
Put on a scarf; popped off her head
Fashion is silly, thought Stein
It may tear your head from your spine
A darkly comic book about some surprisingly lethal garments. Featuring stories like the untimely demise of dancer Isadora Duncan caused by her signature red scarf and the bloody riot that greeted the appearance of the first top hat, among many others, these bite-size accounts will frighten and delight. Killer Fashion includes over twenty of these short tales along with beautiful full-page illustrations. Both morbid and humorous, this book will appeal to fans of Edward Gorey and dark historical trivia.
About the Author
Jennifer Wright is the author of It Ended Badly: Thirteen of the Worst Break-Ups in History and Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them. She has written for numerous publications, including McSweeney’s, the New York Observer, Salon, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Popular Mechanics, Maxim, the New York Post, and more. She lives in New York City.
Girls Love Mail, the national charity featured on The NBC Nightly News, People.com and Today.com, is fighting breast cancer with sheets of paper and good penmanship. The mission of Girls Love Mail is to give the gift of hand-written letters to women going through breast cancer treatment. Since August 2011, they have handed out over 120,000 letters – that’s 120,000 women across the country encouraged by kindness anyone can do. Letters come in from around the globe and go out through 160 cancer centers across the country, and the numbers are growing.
In 2009, writer and founder of Girls Love Mail, Gina L. Mulligan, was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time Gina was working on an epistolary novel, a novel that is made up of all letters. While undergoing treatment and writing letters for her novel, she started receiving letters and cards filled with well wishes. Gina received over 200 letters, many from people she had never met. “Letters were all around me, and I realized letters are a precious gift with the power to heal,” says Gina. She wanted to give back and started Girls Love Mail with the goal to get a letter to every woman diagnosed – that’s 250,000 letters each year.
- Received over 120,000 letters since August 2011.
- Miles of Mail 2017 – goal to collect 26,000 letters this year. (20,000 letters collected as of Oct. 1, 2017.)
- Letter writers of all ages from over 300 cities across the US, plus Canada, Japan, Germany, Korea, Brazil, UK, Ireland, Australia, and The Netherlands.
- Letter writing is a great family and group activity.
To reach more women, Girls Love Mail has just released a gift book of letters. Dear Friend: Letters of Encouragement, Humor, and Love for Women with Breast Cancer (Chronicle Books). This beautiful collection of 100 handwritten letters offers strength, encouragement, and comfort to women living with breast cancer. Written by compassionate strangers – many of whom have gone through their own health battles – these heartfelt letters were gathered by Girls Love Mail to deliver words of comfort when they’re needed the most.
For more information, visit GirlsLoveMail.com.