... is online here. The first letter was originally much longer and detail-ridden in that way that indicates a fair amount of suppressed freaking-out-ness. I think it got cut a little too much for readers to get that. Believe me, when I say the LW sounded "thin of skin and frayed of nerves," she really did.
In letter #2 I got to cite one of my favorite quotes, from Thackeray's Vanity Fair:
"By humbly and frankly acknowledging yourself to be in the wrong, there is no knowing, my son, what good you may do. I knew once a gentleman . . . who used to do little wrongs to his neighbours on purpose, and in order to apologise for them in an open and manly way afterwards--and what ensued? My friend Crocky Doyle was liked everywhere, and deemed to be rather impetuous--but the honestest fellow."
Continuing in a literary vein, here is a small art project I made to welcome Mr. Improbable home from a trip once:
Happy Easter, Christians! Happy continued Passover, Jews! Happy Spring, everyone!
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