Why Americans Love “Downton Abbey” (and why we wouldn’t want to live there)

The popularity of “Downton Abbey,” the brain child of creator/writer Julian Fellowes and ITV, is something of a cultural phenomenon.  While the show is universally adored, the fever pitch that fandom reaches on our side of the pond is somewhat surprising, considering the longevity of shows like Friends and Seinfeld.  By way of contrast, the […]

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Guitars on a Budget

Let’s face it. Not everyone can afford a six figure 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard or a $70K and up Fender Mary Kaye Stratocaster. Fear not. For those of us who have to collect guitars on a budget or may be new to the vintage guitar collecting world, there is still hope! You don’t need […]

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The Next Big Thing for LAIKA

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past few years, the Oscar nomination for LAIKA’s Boxtrolls will not come as a surprise.  The studio’s two previous forays, ParaNorman (2012) and Coraline (2009), both received Oscar nods for Best Animated Feature Film.  Here’s hoping third time’s the charm. The world of animation art is […]

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Women and Handbags: the Love that Dare Not Speak its Name

As romantic expressions go, even old standbys like candy, flowers, and an evening out have become hackneyed, requiring little thought or effort.  To be fair, no gift or romantic gesture can adequately express the depth of feeling for your beloved, and many women even tell their significant other not to make a big deal out […]

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The Kelsey Lake Mine: Colorado’s Hidden Gem

By Caroline Ervin: Many fantastic diamonds come across my desk to be catalogued and put up for auction. I often wonder about the exotic locales from which they were sourced…India, Brazil, Russia, South Africa (a name synonymous with diamond mining) or perhaps a more recent source, like Australia. I think about the incredible journeys these […]

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