UNDELIVERED LETTERS SHED LIGHT ON 17TH CENTURY LIFE

by Maev Kennedy, curated from The Guardian Thousands of pieces of correspondence, many still unopened, were stored away by Dutch postmaster and are now being examined by academics. An appeal for help from a desperate woman has been opened and read more than 300 years after the man it was sent to refused to accept…

WHAT MY MOTHER WANTED US TO PACK

by Julie Schumacher, curated from NY Times After our mother died last year at age 91, my four sisters and I gathered to clear out her apartment. We didn’t imagine the work would be onerous, since our mother — a modest, orderly person determined never to be a burden to her kids — had consciously downsized…