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An Open Letter To The Helpers

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“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” –Fred Rogers

Dear Helpers,

This quote has been a constant presence on Facebook and Twitter and Tumblr the past few days. Every time I read it, I feel myself exhale, slowly and cautiously, and in that moment I realize I’ve been holding my breath ever since the first terrifying details started spilling out of Newtown, CT.

Twenty children and six teachers were murdered at school on Friday. Three days before that, a masked man walked into a mall a few miles from my house and murdered two people. I have no idea how to process that reality. I think of the victims, and I am overwhelmed with grief. I can hardly bear to think of the pain and fear they experienced in their last moments on Earth, and worse, how they were robbed of the chance to live. I think of the killers, and I am overwhelmed with anger–sadness, too, but mostly anger. I think about the cultural factors that contribute to tragedies like this, and I am overwhelmed with frustration and hopelessness.

Then, with a gentle nudge from Mr. Rogers, I think of you, the helpers, and I am overwhelmed with gratitude. Keep reading »

Hot Guy Trend: Cardigans

We’ve long been fans of cardigans for ourselves, especially the oversized, boyfriend-style ones. But since Mr. Rogers (may he rest in peace), we hadn’t seen too many gentlemen geeking out in button-down sweaters. However, over the last few months, several of our guy friends have asked our opinion about the sweaters, and British store Asda has sold more cardigans in the past two months as they have in the last three years put together — they sold 226,000 in January alone. We love smart guys, and cardigans are a little like glasses in that they both have that Clark Kent-style, hidden-sexiness allure about them. Plus, Johnny Depp and David Beckham have been buttoning up lately, and as Johnny and Becks go, so goes the rest of the world. [Telegraph.co.uk and J.Crew] Keep reading »

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