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By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,SUN STAFF | December 24, 1999
About letters:"Or don't you like letters," Ernest Hemingway wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925. "I do because it's such a swell way to keep from working and yet feel you've done something."Or as Lord Bryon wrote, "Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude and good company.""Letters," Lisa Grunwald and Stephen J. Adler wrote in 1999, "are what history sounds like when it is still part of everyday life."After four years of work, four years of "browsing through time," journalists Grunwald and Adler have assembled "Letters of the Century," a 676-page collection of quite famous and quite ordinary letters of the 20th century (Dial Press, $35)
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts announced that New York-based Stephen Powers , known for his public art projects, will create a series of large-scale murals as part of a project called "Love Letter to Baltimore. " Permanent and temporary murals will appear at various locations in East Baltimore and Southwest Baltimore. The object, BOPA says, is to concentrate the murals "around high-traffic transportation corridors, visible to people on the street as well as travelers and commuters passing through Baltimore by car or train.
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By Jane Turnis and Jane Turnis,Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph | March 4, 1994
If cats could correspond, they would do it the old-fashioned way.No faxes, e-mail or telephones for these contemplative creatures.They would dip a claw in an inkwell and craft lovely phrases filled with sentiment, adding a touch of mystery, a -- of playfulness.So says Leigh W. Rutledge, 36, author of "Cat Love Letters: Collected Correspondence of Cats in Love," ($14.95, Dutton) released this month.Mr. Rutledge should know -- he shares his three-acre home on the edge of Pueblo with 30 formerly abused, abandoned and unwanted cats, some of whom inspired the romantic stories in his book.
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August 13, 2014
Soft love doesn't belong in education, but it is often a motivator in allowing our youth to proceed in the system without achieving the required knowledge. Yes, love may be a motivator in allowing a student to "do a project" instead of qualifying, although such compromises also cover up the failure of the system to have the student qualify. "Do a project instead of qualifying" is one of many examples of demand compromise which have spared some young people the hurt of a current failure while dooming them to future pain of inability to cope as adults.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Staff Correspondent | November 6, 1990
WASHINGTON -- A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters," currently at the National Theatre, is exactly what the title says: a collection of love letters.Describing it as an epistolary drama would probably be going too far. The playwright's instructions require two actors to sit side by side at a table and read -- not memorize -- 50 years of correspondence.Devotees of the dying art of letter-writing will probably be drawn to it as if it were a shrine. And well they should since this is glorious writing.
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By Devon Spurgeon and Devon Spurgeon,SUN STAFF | May 27, 1999
The twisted tale of Elizabeth Feil -- the prison psychologist accused of helping an armed robber escape from state prison -- got even messier yesterday, as her husband handed over more love letters to state police, saying they indicate the pair plotted the escape for eight months.Standing in front of the state police barracks in Glen Burnie at a news conference he called, Glenn Bosshard said he prays for his wifebut believes she should be behind bars.She is charged with two counts of harboring a prison escapee, being an accessory and obstructing justice.
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By Judy Reilly and Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 11, 1996
YOU DON'T HAVE to drive to Baltimore or refinance the house for expensive tickets to see some wonderful theater. Starting tomorrow evening and running for seven performances, Love Letters," a play by A. R. Gurney, will be performed by and Harry Langmead in our own back yard, at the Baust Church parish hall. Tickets cost $10.Immanuel Baust United Church of Christ in Tyrone is sponsoring the play to benefit the restoration of the stained-glass windows at the historic church. The actors are performing free of charge.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic | June 30, 1993
To a significant degree, A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters" is a gimmick play. And the Maryland Arts Festival at Towson State University has added an extra gimmick.The script's gimmick is that, according to the playwright's own instructions, productions consist of two actors seated side by side at a table, reading aloud -- oblivious to each other's presence.What they read, as the title indicates, are letters -- a lifetime's worth, beginning when their characters are in second grade and ending when they are senior citizens.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | January 6, 1995
When the Spotlighters Theatre obtained the rights to A. R. Gurney's two-person epistolary play, "Love Letters," the theater's artistic director, Audrey Herman, thought it would be zTC fun to have a series of different couples perform it. Ed Perry, the show's director, not only agreed, he cast Herman as half of one of the six couples appearing in the play in rotation.There is precedent for multiple casting in "Love Letters"; in fact, there are multiple precedents. All of these stem from the unusual nature of the play.
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By Nancy Pate and Nancy Pate,Orlando Sentinel | January 10, 1993
A BOOK OF LOVE: WRITERSAND THEIR LOVE LETTERS.Edited by Cathy N. Davidson.Pocket Books.285 pages. $22.We don't write letters much anymore, even to those we love. We reach out and touch someone by phone. Or we say it with flowers, or a greeting card. If Miles Standish had had Hallmark, he wouldn't have needed John Alden to do his wooing for him and, who knows, may have ended up winning Priscilla Mullins' affections for himself.The latest wrinkle in courtship communication is via computer networks.
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By Pete Pichaske | October 15, 2013
The Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington might seem an odd place for a play memorializing a Howard County couple. But on a pleasant summer evening earlier this year, that's exactly what was showing. The play was “Unforgettable: Letters from Korea.” It was written by the couple's daughter, Susan Thompson, a professional actress and playwright, and staged July 25 at the Korean War Veterans Memorial during a week of events commemorating the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. Thompson wrote “Unforgettable” after discovering hundreds of letters her parents had exchanged during their courtship while her father served in Korea.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2013
Maryland's top court upheld the convictions this week of Karl Marshall Walker Jr. a former Columbia elementary school worker whose love letters to an 8-year-old girl at the school led to precedent-setting convictions on charges of sexual abuse of a minor and attempted sexual abuse of a minor. Walker acknowledged that his behavior was inappropriate, but maintained that he neither molested nor sexually exploited the girl, nor had he tried to, and his lawyers said he was the first person in the state to be convicted of sexual abuse without evidence of physical sexual contact.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2012
We all know singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer Joan Jett loves Rock and Roll; she's proclaimed that plenty of times since her breakout hit in 1982. She also has proclaimed her love for the Orioles for years. It's hard to forget when she donned an Orioles “Jett” jersey in the front row at Yankee Stadium in the 1980s. Well, now the 54-year-old rocker who grew up in Rockville - yes, very appropriate - wanted this generation of Orioles to know how much she's enjoying their resurgence.
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By Brandon Weigel | September 16, 2012
If electronic musician Dan Deacon is anything, he is fiercely loyal to his adopted hometown of Baltimore. Last night's sold-out show at the Ottobar wasn't so much a coronation; that ship has long since sailed. Rather, its familiar dance party feel, high energy and many nods to Charm City made it seem more like a warm hug from an old friend. As he and his three-piece backing band worked through old staples and many of the songs from his most recent album, "America," Deacon's performance showed the dynamical qualities of his newest works and the maintained ability to create ecstatic dance parties with manic blasts of electronic noise.
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September 3, 2012
It was somewhat of a foregone conclusion that Maravene Loeschke would take center stage this coming week as she is inaugurated as the new president of Towson University. But Loeschke, a Towson University theater major and later dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at TU, will make that spotlight literal - she'll perform on stage in a production of the play, "Love Letters," on Sunday, Sept. 9, to kick off the weeklong inaugural celebration that will culminate with a Sept.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2012
"It looks like a big, sweaty, sexy mess of people out there," said Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine to the Preakness InfieldFEST crowd. His eyes did not deceive him. The Los Angeles pop-rock group proved to be an excellent choice for the InfieldFEST crowd, with its handsome TV-judge frontman (Levine is on NBC's "The Voice") and earworm pop. Throughout its 80-minute set, Maroon 5 kept reminding the large crowd how surprisingly deep its 10-year catalog runs. There were old favorites ("This Love" and "Sunday Morning")
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January 31, 1994
Howard Community College will present a production of "Love Letters" at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 in HCC's Smith Theatre.Proceeds will benefit the HCC Educational Foundation, which provideds financial aid and educational services.The play will be directed by HCC performing arts division Chairman Valerie Costantini.County residents Kingdon and Mary Gould will star. From 1969 to 1972 and from 1973 to 1976, Mr. Gould served as U.S. ambassador in Luxembourg and The Hague. Mrs. Gould chaired the Howard County Public Health Service and currently serves as director of the Columbia Bank, which she founded.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Special to The Sun | September 30, 1994
I'm a month shy of my 42nd birthday and I still feel giddy when I find a letter in the mailbox addressed to little old me. Call if you must, but write me if you want to make my day.When it comes to communicating with each other, Melissa Gardner and Andy Ladd felt the same way, for the saga of their compelling friendship scorched the U.S. mails for some 50 years. That's the premise of "Love Letters," the A. R. Gurney play in production at the St. Martin's Community Theatre in Severna Park.
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By Mary Johnson, Special to The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2012
For this Valentine's season, the folks at Bay Theatre are offering A. R. Gurney's 1989 off-beat near-classic, "Love Letters. " This two-person play is ideally suited to Bay's intimate space, as well as its intention of extending the Valentine season through March 4. Contemporary playwright Gurney describes his work as, "a sort of play which needs no theater, no lengthy rehearsal, no special set, no memorization of lines and no commitment from its...
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