AP War Photographer Anja Niedringhaus shot dead in Afghanistan

Veteran Associated Press photographer, and personal hero,  Anja Niedringhaus was killed and an AP reporter wounded Friday when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan.  As EPA’s Chief Photographer, Niedringhaus spent the first 10 years of her career covering the wars in the former Yugoslavia.  She was the only woman on a team of 11 AP photographers awarded the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography.

Although Niedringhaus leaves behind a body of work that won awards and broke hearts, her sacrifice is too high a price to pay.

RIP Anja

View a slide show tribute to her work on this Yahoo News page

In his darkroom he is finally alone
with spools of suffering set out in ordered rows.
The only light is red and softly glows,
as though this were a church and he
a priest preparing to intone a Mass.
Belfast. Beirut. Phnom Penh. All flesh is grass.

He has a job to do. Solutions slop in trays
beneath his hands which did not tremble then
though seem to now. Rural England. Home again
to ordinary pain which simple weather can dispel,
to fields which don’t explode beneath the feet
of running children in a nightmare heat.

Something is happening. A stranger’s features
faintly start to twist before his eyes,
a half-formed ghost. He remembers the cries
of this man’s wife, how he sought approval
without words to do what someone must
and how the blood stained into foreign dust.

A hundred agonies in black-and-white
from which his editor will pick out five or six
for Sunday’s supplement. The reader’s eyeballs prick
with tears between bath and pre-lunch beers.
From aeroplane he stares impassively at where
he earns a living and they do not care. – War Photographer by Ann Duffy

 

 

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In Praise of Librarians

What The Librarian Did by Karina Bliss

What The Librarian Did by Karina Bliss

April is School Library month, and tucked inside that is National Library Week from April 13-19. So in honor of librarians everywhere (and my mom :-)) I gathered up some recent and slightly older Harlequin titles featuring librarian heroines for us to enjoy. Please note there’s a selection of print and ebook to suit everyone’s reading tastes.

So if you like books, go thank a Librarian today….thanks Mom!

Jayne

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From the Mouths of Babes

This brilliant PSA style video puts Rob Ford’s words in the mouth of a child to chilling effect….

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Why Harlequin’s Logo is RED!

What does your company logo say about your brand?

Fast Company published a fascinating infographic on the use of color in corporate logos. Read the article to see how each individual colour is interpreted by consumers (complete with brand examples) Although Harlequin’s logo is omitted from this list, it seems that our graphic designer/s got it right with it’s choice of scarlet to shoot straight to the heart of our dear readers.

 

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Red

Red is often associated with the heat of sun and fire and is considered a high-arousal color, often stimulating people to take risks, according to color think tank, Pantone. It has also been shown to stimulate the senses and raise blood pressure, and it may arouse feelings of power, energy, passion, love, aggression, or danger.

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Swimming With Pigs

Wait…stop everything, there’s a place in the Bahamas where you can go to vacation and swim…

WITH PIGS!!

If the picture alone isn’t enough to make you call your travel agent, click through on this link to watch a video!

 

 

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Welcome to The Chatsfield

Welcome to The Chatsfield

Step into the opulent glory of the world’s most elite hotel, where the clients are the impossibly rich and exceptionally famous.

For years, the children of global hotel entrepreneur Gene Chatsfield have shocked the world’s media with their exploits. But no longer! When a new CEO is appointed to bring them into line, little does he know what he is starting. Will they rise to the challenge set by a man who hides dark secrets in his past?

Your room has been reserved. Explore the hotel to discover all the passion and scandal The Chatsfield has to offer….

Don’t miss a single book in The Chatsfield miniseries! Collect all 8 fantastic titles and download the ebook prequel, coming soon.

Never miss a Harlequin Presents book! Sign up for a 4, 6 or 8 ebook subscription and your books will be conveniently delivered to your bookshelf each and every month.

Visit the I Heart Presents blog for more about alpha heroes, decadent glamour and jet-set stories from Harlequin Presents.

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Get to know New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins!

“Higgins [offers] strong storytelling and a refreshing, sarcastic wit…thoroughly entertaining.”-People Magazine

Kristan Higgins delivers another delightful contemporary romance with her latest,  Waiting On You.  Watch an exclusive interview with the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.

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