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The Nazi Officer’s Wife

Dear Friends,

Today rather than recommend a play, we are going to tell you about a marvelous book called The Nazi Officer’s Wife.

It is a terrific read that tells the story of a young Jewish woman.  It is the story of her life in Vienna just before Hilter came to power through the end of the Second World War.

This book takes you on her journey—as a young woman at university to the slow demoralization and loss of everything familiar to her—including her family—as Hilter escalated his anti-Semitic laws in Germany, Austria, and conquered countries.

Even if you are not interested in WWII, this is an amazing tale about one woman’s journey and struggle to survive against all odds.

You can order it from Amazon by clicking on this link.

Best regards—and reading!
Philip & Marilyn

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Getting Into The Christmas Spirit

Dear Friends,

As we countdown the days until Christmas (5 more!), we thought we take some time to share with you some random facts about Christmas.  Today’s facts are brought to you by the History Channel:

For example, did you know that the first recorded mention of Christmas was in 336AD?  Prior to that the Epiphany (the celebration of the arrival of the Magi) on January 6th and Easter (the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus) were the focus of Christian celebrations.

In fact, church officials were the ones who selected the date of December 25th to coincide with the existing pagan holidays celebrating Saturn, the Roman God of Agriculture, and Mithra, the Persian God of Light.  Church officials thought it would be “easier to convince Rome’s pagan subjects to accept Christianity as the empire’s official religion.”

As time went on, the celebration of Christmas and the birth of Jesus spread through most of the Western world, except in part of colonial Puritan New England, where its observance was banned “because they viewed its traditions—the offering of gifts and decorating trees, for example—as linked to paganism. In the early days of the United States, celebrating Christmas was considered a British custom and fell out of style following the American Revolution.”  In fact, at one point anyone in Massachusetts caught celebrating Christmas was fined 5 Shillings! Christmas in America did not became a federal holiday until 1870.

Below is a video from the History Channel, if you’d like to learn more.

Stay well—and live a good life!

Merry Christmas!

Philip & Marilyn Langner

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Go Vote.

Dear Friends,

As you know, tomorrow will be historical in that for the first time ever The United States will have a woman on the ballot, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Is she perfect?

No, she is not.  No one is, especially when under the scrutiny that she has endured over the years.  But of all the candidates who are on the ballot is by far the most qualified for the position of President of the United States.

Hillary has spent her life trying to make this country better and that is why we are with her.


But that’s not entirely why we are here today.  We are also here to urge you to go vote.  Voter turn-out for Presidential Elections hovers at an appalling 50% of the population eligible to vote.  50%!  Unlike many countries where voting is mandatory, here in the United States it is not.  Thus, rather than electing officials that are a true representation of what the people want, we elect officials based on what 50% of the population wants.

If you truly don’t like the political path this country is on—and we think that was shown by the Republican shirking all their top party officials to nominate a businessman—then make the time to go vote.  Not just for President, but for Federal and State Congressman and Senators, for the Mayor of your town, for the County Judge.  It all starts with a vote—your vote.  Yes, lines will be long but isn’t it worth standing in line to have your voice heard?

We are voting at 4pm tomorrow, how about you?

Be heard.  Be a part of history.  Go vote.


Best regards,

Philip and Marilyn Langner

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The Beach is Calling!

Dear Friends,

It’s that fabulous time of year when summer winds down and we have only a short bit of time before the school year and theatre season starts.  So we do what we always do:  pack our bags and our granddaughters and head down to the beach!

It’s a little spot not too far away, however, it feels like it is a world away from the hustle and bustle of New York City.  We use the time to do a lot of reading, listening to waves, and spending time with the family.

Of course not to leave you without, we will be reposting some of our earlier stuff in case you missed it the first time around.

Until we return—we hope you enjoy these last few weeks of summer!

PL and MC

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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Going For Gold!

Dear Friends,

An absolutely marvelous happening occurred in the last two weeks:

The USA women Olympics team won more medals in Rio than the USA men’s team—61 for women, 55 for men!!!!

Not that we are trying to sound a bit nutty or anti-men, being so happy about this, but we think you know that we are extremely eager to see women’s Equality—or superiority (which our wives will tell you is already happening!).

This is only the second time in the 32 Summer Olympics where this has happened—the first being in London.  There is still a long way to go, so we must celebrate the steps along the way.  Today’s glorious happening: THE WOMEN WON!

To read more about this—hopefully—continuing trend, click here.

Of course, we also want to wish all of our Olympic champions the greatest congratulations!

Rio 2016

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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Dear Friends,

They say a picture is a worth a thousand words and we certainly think this is the case for the picture below!

We found it in one of our granddaughter’s magazines and we think it just fantastically depicts the role of women in our society.


Yes, women are closing the gap—but they still have a way to go!

Of course, we are hoping that this year’s election will help propel woman forward even faster!


Philip & Marilyn

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Much More Than 25₵!

Dear Friends,

Just wanted to share with you a fun article we read on our newsfeed—Rare Batch of 1970 Quarters Worth Much More than 25 Cents.

The gist of the article is that these rare quarters were printed in error and they are worth a tad more than 25₵–one recently sold on Ebay for up to $35,000!


Check your pockets—you could be sitting on a fortune!


Philip & Marilyn

Here’s how to do it:

  1. You look on the head side. At the bottom of Washington’s head there is a date.   If the date is 1970—you are miles ahead!
  2. Turn over the 1970 coin. If above the word “dollar,” there is a tiny “1941” THEN YOU HAVE WON THE JACKPOT—POSSIBILY $35,000!

NOTE: coins released after 1998 have a completely different layout (aka The State Coins—honoring each of the states).  Contact us if you need help!

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One Large Leap for Womankind

Dear Friends,

It looks like we are once again on the verge of history—and a giant leap forward for women in our country (since it’s already been happening in other countries!).

While nothing is finalized until the Democratic Convention in July, it appears that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic Nominee for President.

This is just simply extraordinary and we couldn’t be happier or more excited that our country is on the verge of making history.

Congrats Hillary—and congrats to America for bringing forward women’s equality!

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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Dear Friends,

We’d like to wish you a Happy Memorial Day!

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Having served during WWII, this day is poignant.  Marilyn and I are very thankful for all the soldiers who have served and fought to protect our freedoms.  While we haven’t always agreed with the politics of war, we have always supported our troops.  Today, we remember them.

Best regards,

Philip (US Navy)

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Crazy Arts Happening!

Dear Friends,

Today we are visiting a troubling subject.

It is the effect of The Puritans on all of our lives (here in the United States).  The latest example, unfortunately, is that a big NYC arts organization has let its CEO go—right as he was about to begin a multimillion-dollar fund raising campaign—because he was having an affair with another high ranking executive in the company.  Both were consenting adults and both were executives.

According to the company the reason he is being let go is that he didn’t report his affair to the company.

Can you imagine how the people in Europe—think France—are laughing insanely at us?!  Think of the hundreds of thousands of theatre-goers who may well be deprived of great theatre as a result of the Puritans landing here several hundred years ago!

It reminds me of a conversation with a great friend and London theatre owner—we were talking about the Puritans and their effect on life in America, like no drinking on Sundays and so many other matters—just look at all the Blue Laws in each state!  My English friend said to me:

“Well yes, you got the Puritans and we got rid of them!”  Good friends, our lives have been affected by these Puritans constructs in thousands of ways—many of which we are not even aware!

Would love to hear your thoughts about the effects of the Puritanism in your life.


Philip and Marilyn

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