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Calico Critters Silk Cat Family
Calico Critters Silk Cat Family
Price: $24.99
25 used & new from $22.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Tiny critters for tiny hands and big imaginations, March 16, 2016
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I am buying these Calico Critters (house, families and room settings) for a four-year-old granddaughter and she is in love with them. We started with the small house and have been adding on month by month. The critters are so well made- moving joints, sweet faces, nice outfits- and I will continue sending her additions while she enjoys these toys. I was tired of all the Disney and Barbie options and wanted something for a young girl that would be more interesting than the usual. The Calico Critters caught my eye and though they are not inexpensive, they are well worth the investment. I love that she will open each new arrival with a smile on her face. What could be better? LG/2016


1200 Thread Count 4 Piece Cotton Blend Solid Sheet Set, Full, Ivory
1200 Thread Count 4 Piece Cotton Blend Solid Sheet Set, Full, Ivory
Price: $68.37

4.0 out of 5 stars A good night's sleep, March 16, 2016
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What’s important in choosing sheets? Some people have very particular tastes, the right thread count, wrinkle free, light weight and comfortable. The single ply Impressions Sheet Set certainly meets all the usual requirements. There are specific laundering instructions, cold water wash, tumble dry low, etc. The cotton/ polyester blend may make them a bit warmer that all cotton sheets, but hopefully not significantly. The sheets are smooth to the touch and seem perfect for a guest room. I don’t think my guests will have any complaints. I’m certainly happy to put them on the guest room bed. LG/2016.


Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O'Keeffe
Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O'Keeffe
by Dawn Tripp
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.01
72 used & new from $12.44

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Art is a separate country.", March 12, 2016
Georgia O’Keeffe finds her muse one afternoon in a Texas classroom, realizing all of her artistic endeavors are derivative, inspired by the work of others, none drawn simply from her singular imagination. She spreads a piece of paper on the floor, begins drawing anew, letting her intuition move her hand. It is the inception of a new language in art, a direction not yet taken in the second decade of the 20th century, the art teacher not yet thirty years old. Eventually, Georgia’s efforts will find their way to New York, where noted photographer Alfred Stieglitz has a gallery. Stieglitz begins a correspondence with the young teacher, encouraging her to pursue her unique vision: “The letters were never who we were. They were who we wanted to be.” Buoyed by his encouragement, in 1916 O’Keeffe packs up her work and makes her way to New York City, Alfred Stieglitz and the beginning of her life as an artist of the new century, drawings and paintings that change the face of Contemporary Art: “I paint it as I want it to be felt.”

There is no question that Stieglitz is a seminal influence in O’Keeffe’s evolution, validation for her nascent hunger for expression, the creative minds of artist and photographer blending in common purpose. Georgia is seduced by “the promise of his vision” and, ultimately, the man himself: ”It was all smashed together back then- art, sex, life mixed into the perfect color, every shadow had a substance, shape and tone.” A free spirit at heart, with intense devotion and loyalty to family, Georgia flourishes in Stieglitz’s inner circle, expanding the parameters of her work as he shows the latest work of contemporary artists, including a series of nudes he has done of Georgia (her face cropped), inspired by the lush body of his lover when they are alone.

Drawn like moth to flame, the lovers are inseparable, often spending time at his family’s country home, where she finds inspiration in nature’s extravagant beauty. Time and experience mature her vision; the idyllic romance fades into familiarity. One story becomes two, two versions of O’Keeffe, one the woman herself, the other a carefully constructed illusion, groomed for acceptance into the art world through a gradual unveiling of her work. Georgia straddles a painful crossroads, her identity as an artist at risk of misinterpretation and compromise, the couple’s harmonious voices sometimes slipping into dissonance, both unwilling to acknowledge the fissures in their foundation.

Tripp literally inhabits O’Keeffe, both creative persona and the woman finding her voice, the passionate lover and the rebellious artist who will not be defined by others. A woman forced by genius to face painful choices, to demand the solitude that breeds artistic vision, O’Keeffe craves the solitude of work, quiet in the midst of chaos, always seeking that which feeds her soul, the vast blue sky, a shining star in the blackest night, a painting stripped to its essence, nature’s bountiful feast and ever-changing palette. Despite the genius of his photographs, the purity of his eye, Stieglitz is predictably male, perhaps a luxury Georgia cannot afford. After all: “he is just a man whose sunlight is behind him”.

The author renders this extraordinary woman in vivid color, her artistic evolution, her fated relationship with Stieglitz and the inner voice that drives her paintings. O’Keeffe takes nothing at face value, pushing to the farthest edges of perception where true beauty lives, from the skylines of New York City to the vast canvas of the New Mexico desert: “A life is built of lies and magic, illusions bedded down with dreams. And in the end what haunts us most is the recollection of what we failed to see.” Tripp’s prose seems infused with O’Keeffe’s own spirit, the artist telling her own story, claiming that definition of self without apology. Luan Gaines/2016.


OtterBox PROFILE SERIES Slim iPad Mini 1/2/3 Case - Retail Packaging - MOONLESS NIGHT (BLACK)
OtterBox PROFILE SERIES Slim iPad Mini 1/2/3 Case - Retail Packaging - MOONLESS NIGHT (BLACK)
Price: $39.95
2 used & new from $39.55

2.0 out of 5 stars I Otter know better, March 2, 2016
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The OtterBox Profile Series cover for an iPad mini, mini 2 or mini 3 has all the right features: drop protection, slim profile, screen cover, multi-position stand, auto wake/sleep and camera-ready folio. It would seem to meet all my needs, providing space for a keyboard, different options for positioning the iPad when using it, even the security of knowing an accidental dropping won’t be the end of the iPad. I was especially interested in the camera-ready folio aspect, an ongoing issue with my old cover. Everything’s perfect, right? Wrong. Unfortunately, the handy lock that snaps shut for safety won’t open again once it’s secured. No matter how I tried to pry my way into my iPad in its handy new cover, there was no way I was ever getting in. So, fabulous features or not, this product is a loser for me until it is made more user friendly. One bad design feature spoils all the others and makes them useless. LG 2016.


Belkin MIXIT Lightning to USB Keychain with 2.4 Amp Lightning ChargeSync Cable for iPhone, iPad and iPod (Silver)
Belkin MIXIT Lightning to USB Keychain with 2.4 Amp Lightning ChargeSync Cable for iPhone, iPad and iPod (Silver)
Price: $29.99
9 used & new from $9.05

3.0 out of 5 stars Shoulda, coulda, woulda., February 12, 2016
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Belkin MIXIT Lightning to USB Keychain with 2.4 Amp Lightning ChargeSync Cable for iPhone, iPad and iPod (Silver):
While this product is well built, the cost and the limited functionality make this a non starter. It works fine as advertised, but you can only use it while charging your phone with your laptop. There is no easy way to charge your phone with a wall charger, or even from a power strip. The build is awesome! The flexible heavy duty rubber charger is protected by the aluminum case and seems quite sturdy. It should last a long time, but its limits will keep me from depending on it much. This has not earned a spot on my keychain! LG


Wild Weather 2016 Square 12x12
Wild Weather 2016 Square 12x12
by Browntrout Publishers
Edition: Calendar
Price: $14.99
7 used & new from $5.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Weather at its most unpredictable, January 20, 2016
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I buy a new calendar every year for a weather-obsessed son and have never been disappointed in my choice. I want a calendar that is colorful, but with great photos of extreme weather, so each month shows another face of nature's fury. The quality is excellent and the images stunning. The item always arrives promptly and in excellent condition for gift-giving. Wall calendars are a vanishing species, but I appreciate having a calendar nearby for appointments and reminders without having to access a devise. LG


Logitech Logi Focus Flexible Any-Angle Case for iPad Mini 4, Black (939-001448 )
Logitech Logi Focus Flexible Any-Angle Case for iPad Mini 4, Black (939-001448 )
Price: $49.99
11 used & new from $35.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Mini protection in an iPad age, January 20, 2016
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For anyone enjoying a new iPad mini 4, the Logi Focus Any-Angle Case is just the ticket. It’s sturdy, well-designed and features the usual protection from accidental bumps, scratches and spills and the wear and tear of everyday use. The case is specially designed to place at any viewing angle with a 50-degree range. You can also flip the case for screen-sharing. Your Mini 4 goes to sleep when you close the case (saving battery power) and wakes when you open it, ready to use.

Without being bulky, too weighty or unattractive the Logi Focus Any-Angle Case is perfect for anyone who carries their Mini 4 around, but wants to protect it from random damage. It’s easy to clean, easy to fit and the perfect addition to a growing “i” collection. I carry my Mini iPad everywhere and have found this protective, flexible case the right solution to my needs. I’m very pleased with this product. LG/2016


Brother Wireless Digital Color Printer with Convenience Copying and Scanning (HL-3180CDW)
Brother Wireless Digital Color Printer with Convenience Copying and Scanning (HL-3180CDW)
Price: $269.99
48 used & new from $199.00

4.0 out of 5 stars The new face of a home office, December 9, 2015
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The Brother HL-3180 CDW copier/scanner has the best features of a home office printer: fast-printing, holds a 250-sheet paper tray and connects via wireless or USB cable (not included), features a touch-screen display for easy scanning and copying. The two-sided feature saves paper and improves efficiency- but best of all- this printer handles card stock weight as easily as standard copy paper. Though not meant for photo-quality copies, the images are bright and crisp, of high quality, perfect for greeting cards, announcements, flyers, etc. So what I expected to use for standard office tasks has become, instead, a cost-efficient way to print my own cards and still produce a near professional-quality product. This is a bonus and expands the copier/scanner’s appeal for school projects, personal use and office tasks, especially multiple, two-sided documents.

I’ll use someone more technically qualified to set up , because the things I have described only touch the surface of this machine’s capabilities (including copying to cloud services (DROPBOX, GOOGLE DRIVE, EVERNOTE, etc.). There are more features than I am able to appreciate- I welcome the instruction of someone who will walk me through the special features that are not yet familiar to me. This is the perfect blend of home printer convenience with state of the art technology to take advantage of the many options now available, an expansion of services and possibilities beyond the former limitations of home office equipment. I expect to have a few challenges in utilizing all the features, as this is a more elaborate printer than my other one. I am looking forward to getting to know my Brother HL- 3180 copier/scanner better and take full advantage of the options it offers. Merry Christmas to me! Luan Gaines/2015.


Lucien Piccard Men's LP-40025-02S Del Campo Analog Display Japanese Quartz Black Watch
Lucien Piccard Men's LP-40025-02S Del Campo Analog Display Japanese Quartz Black Watch
Price: $69.99
4 used & new from $66.49

5.0 out of 5 stars An elegant, masculine timepiece, December 9, 2015
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The Lucien Picard Men’s Del Campo Analog Display Japanese Quartz Black Watch is the perfect gift for a man who likes a classy, but tasteful watch, not too flashy, but certainly a quality timepiece. Vintage-inspired, this traditional men’s watch features a numberless multi-pattern dial and a date calendar. Outside the face is polished stainless steel, accessorized by a crocodile textured leather strap. For daytime or evening, this is a timepiece to wear proudly and enjoy for its features, perhaps for that special man on your gift list. Luan Gaines/2015


Baby Alive Play 'n Style Christina Doll (Brunette)
Baby Alive Play 'n Style Christina Doll (Brunette)
Offered by Franklinsky
Price: $26.35
50 used & new from $26.35

5.0 out of 5 stars Sugar and spice and everything nice!, November 10, 2015
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Little girls love to play dress up, put on makeup and style their hair- just like mommy. The Baby Alive Play n’ Style is a great way to share the experience with your little one, a doll complete with her own special brush, barrette and hair extension. Outfitted in a colorful dress and shoes, Christina is ready to get dolled up, maybe even add her hair extension for a more glamorous look. Her soft brunette hair is easy to brush and her size is just right for a little girl to handle. Her bright eyes are wide open. My four-year-old granddaughter is already in love with this new addition to her “family”- she loves to brush her hair and twist it into different styles to match her own. This is a good quality purchase, well made, durable and guaranteed to please. LG/2015.


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