Charles Martin writes in a dimly lit office of his home in Jacksonville, Florida. In that room, Charles weaves stories for a world inundated with bad news. This week, the New York Times best-seller’s latest novel, Unwritten, will vie for the attention of readers distracted by deadly headlines, cynical social media and tabloid gossip. His words carry a very different message.
It’s back-breaking work that requires late nights, early mornings and a whole lot of faith that your effort won’t prove to be in vain. Throwing pottery – seen by many as a hobby reserved for art classes with pre-fabricated kilns – is more than just a craft. For Alex Matisse, a 28-year-old traditional potter based in Asheville, North Carolina, it’s his life’s calling.
In an age when more and more of our “books” have on-and-off switches, and we delete correspondence by a click or a tap without a second thought, physical objects and other tangible links to our memories and heritage are increasingly hard to come by and, thus, all the more meaningful.
It may be a month away, but if you want to give an unexpected and truly one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day gift, you’ll need to get started now. What we have in mind for you is a custom painting with a personal image – and possibly message – created just for her.
A Founding Father, philosopher-politician, inventor, farmer, author of the Declaration of Independence, leader in the Enlightenment, university founder – there are many accolades and attributes that can be extolled upon Thomas Jefferson. But as Pulitzer Prize-winner Jon Meacham reveals in his upcoming book, the third president of the United States may be our most overexposed and least understood.