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Parenting is Tough – Educator Shares Step By Step Plan For Respect

St. Augustine, FL, February 11, 2022 — A passion to help others in these days of major social turbulence empowered Judy Harmon Holmes to complete her book, Responsible Kids: 6 Steps to Creating Them in an Irresponsible World, which was recently released by WC Publishing.

Available wherever fine paperbacks can be ordered, this book allows parents, teachers, and counselors, to recognize timeless scenarios of frustration and stress and put together a plan that works to transform that stress into respectful and compassionate relationships.

From two-year-old “bitsies” to upwardly mobile and freedom-seeking adolescents, these steps detailed by Dr. Holmes will have a powerful impact on the entire family, and their families someday, too.

“Earning degrees in Education, Counseling, and Professional Development taught me what to do,” says the author. “My kids taught me how to do it. The outcomes are worth it–a parent-child relationship that grows in love and respect, and children who become responsible, confident, loving adults.”

Dr. Holmes writes in Responsible Kids: 6 Steps to Creating Them in an Irresponsible World, “We do the best job we know how, and the irony is that many of our actions—as well intended as they are—promote irresponsible behavior. Too often, and to our deep frustration and disappointment, we experience our children as sloppy, self-centered, lazy, rebellious, stubborn, and angry. Often, we find ourselves feeling discouraged and ready to give up.”

The purpose of her book is to show parents through detailed examples, six effective steps to lead children and adolescents in learning how to become responsible and caring people. Each of those steps requires parents to spend a lot of time interacting with their children, and parents may find they feel challenged about their current communication styles. But, if those methods were working, the results would be different, right?

Periodically, Dr. Holmes who is a Professor Emeritus of Frostburg State University, teaches “The Art of Mindful Communication” through the Lifelong Learning virtual campus at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.

Dr. Holmes can be emailed at Dr.J@ResponsibleKids.org for more information regarding her book and speaking programs.

Holabird’s Massive Four-Day Western Trails & Treasures Premier Auction will be held Feb. 24-27, Online and Live in Reno

Reno, NV, USA, February 11, 2022 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC’s first major auction event of the New Year will be a four-day Western Trails & Treasures Premier Auction, Thursday through Sunday, February 24th-27th, online and live in the gallery located at 3555 Airway Drive in Reno. Start times all four days will be 8 am Pacific. Nearly 2,500 lots will cross the auction block.

The sale is brimming with important collections, to include Part 2 of the Ron Lerch Western directory collection; Part 2 of the Joe Elcano Nevada collection; more from the Ken Prag railroad stock collection; more from the Stuart MacKenzie Montana collection; the Bill McKivor mining, numismatic and Americana collection and more, plus great rarities from other private collections.

Day 1, on Thursday, February 24th, will be dedicated to general Americana, in categories that include general books, gaming, saloon and brewing, jewelry, furnishings, musical instruments and memorabilia, model train and car, badges, geographically sorted lots and miscellaneous.

Day 1 highlights will feature an archive of about 400 photographs of San Francisco and the Northern Redwood Corridor, taken circa 1932-1935 by photographer Russell William Angel, including many shots of majestic redwood trees (estimate: $2,000-$6,000); and a major archive of Hollywood movie posters, all printed in America, all of films from the 1970s and ‘80s and all original and folded as original releases, fit for a Hollywood collector (estimate: $2,000-$4,000).

Also offered will be a LaFemme branded ladies’ gold watch, marked “14k gold” on the back of the watch case and with a watch face that’s covered by a hinged gold disc which has a small diamond in the center (estimate: $2,000-$5,000); and an English Staffordshire “Delft” blue and white transferware jug, pattern unknown, about 7 inches tall and personalized with a name and date painted in cursive on the side: “Jane Bigwood / Feb. 24th, 1817” (estimate: $2,000-$4,000).

Day 2, February 25th, will feature stocks and bonds (in the categories of mining, railroad and transportation and miscellaneous); and numismatics (to include currency, scrip and ephemera; ingots and bullion; coins, medals and tokens). Over 625 lots will come up for bid on Day 2.

Expected Day 2 star lots include an Engelhard silver ingot, produced in 1970 or 1971, serial number 03018, marked “16.075 oz” (which equates to exactly 500g, or ½ kilo in ozt. specification) (estimate: $2,000-$3,000); and a complete set of Walking Liberty half dollar U.S. coins, 65 in all, dated 1916-1947, in circulated condition ranging from good to AU (almost uncirculated), nicely housed in a Deluxe Dansco album No. 7160 (estimate: $2,500-$5,000).

Day 3, Saturday, February 26th, will be packed with nearly 600 lots of minerals and mining; directories (featuring Part 2 of the Ron Lerch collection); militaria; and political memorabilia.

Top lots will include an archive of around 2,500 handwritten letters from 1850-1912, relating to Frederick Robert (Roderick) Merk (1833-1912), a businessman who developed several important mining camps in Montana, and his family (estimate: $8,000-$12,500); and a rare copy of Brown & Dallison’s Nevada, Grass Valley and Rough and Ready Directory (Calif.), 133 pages, with ads, compiled by Nat P. Brown and John K. Dallison (San Francisco) (estimate: $3,000-$6,000).

Also up for bid will be an unmarked T. A. Potts (New Orleans) Civil War Confederate bayonet, about 17 inches long overall, no scabbard, meant to fit any number of muskets, however poorly, but with a very sharp blade (estimate: $4,500-$6,000); and a scarce set of 25 Hitleriada Furiosa and Hitleriada Macabra cartoon prints by Stanislaw Toegel (1946), poking fun at German Nazis, compiled and published in limited quantities by Antoni Markiewicz (estimate: $3,500-$6,000).

The auction’s final day, Sunday, February 27th, will feature art, Native Americana, transportation (railroad and steamer passes, ephemera and artifacts); and bargain and dealer specials that will include general Americana, stocks and bonds and numismatics – a total of 625 lots on Day 4.

Art will be led by an original oil painting by Ernest Narjot, considered one of California’s 30 great artists, titled The Grandchildren, depicting three children, signed and dated 1865, in a gilt frame (possibly original) (estimate: $5,000-$15,000); and a classic oil on canvas Western cowboy hunting scene by F. W. Trautwein, titled on the frame, Meat’s Not Meat Til It’s In The Pan (1972), depicting a cowboy who’s just shot a mountain sheep (estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

Other Day 4 highlights will include a circa 1880-1900 Pacific Northwest totem pole, 15 feet tall, containing six figures, possibly from the Puget Sound region and the Shomamish Clan, which used owls at the tops of their totems (estimate: $5,000-$10,000); and an artisan pot by Montana artist Randall Blaze (b. 1949), titled Shields, 17 inches in height, with turquoise colored enamel dots for stars, multi-colored buffalo and striking gold lightning bolts (estimate: $4,000-$8,000).

Online bidding via iCollector.com, LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Auctionzip.com.

The full catalog can be viewed online now, at www.holabirdamericana.com. For those planning to attend the auction in person, regulations and protocols regarding COVID-19 will be enforced.

Color catalogs are available by calling 1-844-492-2766, or 775-851-1859. Also, anyone owning a collection that might fit into an upcoming Holabird Western Americana Collections auction is encouraged to get in touch. The firm travels extensively throughout the U.S., to see and pick up collections. The company has agents all over America and will travel to inspect most collections.

To learn more about Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC and the four-day Western Trails & Treasures Premier Auction, February 24th-27th, please visit www.holabirdamericana.com. Updates are posted often.

Multi-Talented Musician Joe Piket Wins The Long Island Entertainer of The Year Award for A Second Consecutive Year

Long Island, NY, February 10, 2022 — For the second year in a row, Long Island, New York songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Joe Piket has won the prestigious Long Island Entertainer of the year award in the piano entertainer category.

Piket has been described as “a more edgy Billy Joel” and “the Bruce Springsteen of Long Island” by music critics. Rave reviews for Joe’s CDs have appeared in Newsday, Good Times, Island Ear, Aural Fix, and other print publications, as well as hundreds of online publications.

Joe has worked with such diverse artists as Chuck Berry, Leon Russell, Jason Bonham, Dee Snider, Johnny Maestro, Renaissance, Alive and Kicking, Richie Cannata, Randy Jackson, and even TV personality/performer “Uncle” Floyd Vivino.

Joe’s first prolonged success came as frontman/composer for Joe Piket and the Storm, but more recently as a solo artist, Piket has released the acclaimed CD’s “EVERYTHING IS DIFFERENT” and “SONGWRITER, VOLUME 1”, as well as several music videos.

Joe’s music and videos, interviews, reviews, and fan comments can be viewed by googling JOE PIKET and YouTube, Instagram, Spotify, and many other platforms.

It’s rare to hear musical artists capable of covering a wide variety of sounds. Joe Piket has kept his options open. He is an original musician in Every way.

LA-Based Atlas Elite Entertainment Music Awards Announce the Nomination of RnB Superstar Rina Chanel to their Roster of Nominees

Washington, DC, February 10, 2022 — Rina Chanel’s career keeps booming to new levels each day. She was recently inaugurated as a top nominee in the RnB category for the prestigious 4th annual Atlas Elite Entertainment Music Awards in Los Angeles.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and residing there for ten years, until relocating to Virginia Beach, VA, Chanel’s latest single, Sweetest of Melody, is currently charting number one on many international radio charts. The formally trained artist cites her music influenced by Anita Baker, Mariah Carey, Natalie Cole, and Whitney Houston.

Chanel is no stranger to receiving music awards. Worthy, her debut single, received Spotify’s Daily Drive Award. The award provides the artist six consecutive weeks of Spotify airplay, among other perks.

Singer/songwriter Rina Chanel has captivated audiences through R&B, soul, jazz, swing, pop, ensemble, and opera performance experiences.

She fuses her smooth R&B vocals with various R&B era instrumental backings that highlight her unique sound to combine the best elements of Jazz and R&B. Her skillful songwriting and vocal delivery provide a refreshing classic take on the return of the future of R&B music.

With a strong music education foundation, Rina developed classical proficiency and skill, learning to sing in French, German, Italian, and Czech.

The Atlas Elite Entertainment Music Awards Platform is based in LA., and the Awards show presentation will take place in July and broadcast on Social Media and YouTube Worldwide.

Voting will be by a panel of professional producers, songwriters, label executives as well as some Grammy members. The music will be accessed by mainstream industry executives, experts, and worldwide audiences.

More Information On Rina: http://www.rinachanelmusic.com
More Information on the Atlas Elite Music Awards: http://www.atlaseliteentertainment.com/aee/index.html

Paintings by Maqbool Fida Husain, Roger Mühl and Robert Spear Dunning are in Bruneau & Co.’s Feb. 21 Online-Only Auction

Cranston, RI, USA, February 8, 2022 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Original paintings by noted, listed artists that span multiple generations and genres will headline Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ next online-only Estate Fine Art & Antique Auction scheduled for Monday, February 21st, beginning at 6 pm Eastern time. More than 350 lots, pulled from prominent estates and collections across New England, will come up for bid.

“Continuing on the momentum of last month’s sale, this catalog features an incredible single owner collection of 32 paintings by noted New England artists of the late 19th and early 20th century,” said Kevin Bruneau, Bruneau & Co’s president and an auctioneer. “Names include Robert Spear Dunning, George Whitaker, Charles Gifford, and Bryant Chapin, amongst others. It will be interesting to see how they perform today. The art market is red-hot right now.”

Travis Landry, a Bruneau & Co. auctioneer and the firm’s Director of Pop Culture, added, “While the antique art is sure to perform, this catalog does contain some great pieces of modern and contemporary art. The Roger Mühl oil on canvas is sure to attract interest, along with the Michael Steiner bronze. Also, we can’t forget about the two Maqbool Fida Husain watercolors. This auction is jam packed. Collectors and investors need to mark their calendars right away.”

The paintings by Roger Mühl (France, 1929-2008) and Maqbool Fida Husain (India, 1913-2011) are expected top achievers, each with estimates of $8,000-$12,000. The Mühl work depicts pale pink and red tulips in a celadon colored vase over polychromatic patches of color. Measuring 19 ½ inches by 20 ½ inches (canvas, less frame), the abstract painting is signed lower right and titled Tulipes Rouges on verso. It also retains the original label from Findlay Galleries (N.Y.).

Roger Mühl was a 20th-century French painter best known for his light-drenched landscape renderings of the south of France. His paintings often featured built-up impasto surfaces and utilized complimentary colors and neutral tones, creating both atmosphere and physicality in his subtle compositions. He studied at National School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg but spent most of his life living and working in Provence, while exhibiting worldwide.

There are two paintings by Maqbool Fida Husain in the auction, both of them watercolors. One is a polychromatic rendering, depicting a dancing Ganesha. Signed “Husain” lower left and measuring 20 inches by 14 inches (less frame), it was purchased directly from the artist by a prominent Ohio collector and comes with a certificate of authenticity from Husain’s son, Shafat.

The other is an equestrian painting, depicting a galloping, monochromatic horse in moonlight, lined with sepia and blue. Larger than the other work, at 33 inches by 24 inches (less frame), it’s also signed “Husain” lower left, is from the same Ohio collector and comes with a certificate of authenticity from Shafat Husain. Maqbool Fida Husain is often called “the Picasso of India.”

A still life painting of fruit by Robert Spear Dunning (Mass./N.H., 1829-1905), depicting peaches, a pear and bundles of red and green grapes glistening under light is expected to gavel for $6,000-$9,000. The 7 ¼ inch by 11 ¼ inch canvas (less frame) was pulled from a large Massachusetts estate and is signed and dated “R.S. Dunning 1896” on verso and lower right.

Dunning was a founder of the Fall River School in Massachusetts and is best known for his realist trompe l’oeil paintings. He studied at the National Academy of Design in New York and his work is housed in many public collections, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.; the Fall River Historical Society in Massachusetts; the Columbus Museum in Ohio and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.

A large, 17th century Flemish Old Master hunting scene, measuring 34 ½ inches by 43 ¾ inches, carries an estimate of $3,000-$5,000. The genre painting depicts a man on horseback and three men wielding spears chasing a deer across the river with hunting dogs. The scene is framed by full trees and neoclassical structures in the distance beneath a pink sky. The work is unsigned.

A fine Chinese silk gold thread dragon robe dating to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) is expected to change hands for $2,000-$3,000. The beautiful early robe of high quality, 29 inches long and approximately 22 inches wide at the shoulders, is finely decorated with raised gold thread five-toed dragons flying amongst clouds with bats and cranes, and with a lower crashing wave border.

An early 20th century round African Baule tribe Kplekple carved wood mask with two horns, protruding eyes, a low mouth and beard, decorated in red, black and white paint, 17 inches tall and deaccessioned from the collection of a cultural museum in Alabama, should reach $2,000-$3,000. The mask has a minor split bottom right and a few areas of wear and losses to the paint.

A preview is available by appointment the week of and day of sale, with doors opening at 9 am Eastern time. The auction will begin at 6 pm EST. Bidding is available via in-person, absentee, telephone or Internet, with a 20% buyer’s premium (or 18% with cash, check or wire transfer).

Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, Bidsquare.com, bidLIVE.Bruneauandco.com and the mobile app “Bruneau & Co.” on iTunes or GooglePlay. To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and the 357-lot, online-only Estate Fine Art & Antiques auction scheduled for Monday, February 21st, please visit www.bruneauandco.com.

About Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers:
Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions, with commissions as low as zero percent. Now would be a perfect time to clean out your attic. To contact Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers about consigning a single piece or an entire collection, you may send an e-mail to info@bruneauandco.com. Or, call them at 401-533-9980. To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, visit www.bruneauandco.com.

Color NASA Photo Signed and Inscribed by Wernher Von Braun Fetches $14,400 in Weiss Auctions’ 2-day Sale, January 26-27

Lynbrook, NY, USA, February 3, 2022 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Weiss Auctions burst into the New Year with a two-day, two-session sale on January 26th and 27th, with many lots sailing past their high estimates. A NASA photo signed by German-born American engineer Dr. Wernher Von Braun sold for $14,400, while a collection of 1916-1930 Standing Liberty quarters soared to $161,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

“2022 started just as 2021 ended – with a strong auction, one that topped $600,000,” said Philip Weiss of Weiss Auctions. “Day 1 featured historical memorabilia, Hollywood collectibles and advertising. Day 2 was dedicated to stamps and coins. In all, we registered more than 3,000 bidders for the online-only sale. Next up is a comic and comic art sale slated for February 23rd.”

The NASA photo signed by Wernher Von Braun had a conservative pre-sale estimate of $400-$600, but bidders fought fiercely for the 11 inch by 14 inch color photo showing a view of the Earth from the Apollo 8 spacecraft in orbit around the moon. It was inscribed, “To Dr. Herbert Friedman with highest regards, Wernher Von Braun.” The photo was the top earner of Day 1.

While in his 20s and early 30s, Dr. Von Braun worked in Nazi Germany’s rocket development program. He helped design and co-developed the V-2 rocket during World War II but was never charged with any war crimes. To the contrary, he was secretly moved to the United States, along with 1,600 other German scientists, engineers, and technicians, as part of Operation Paperclip.

The collection of 1916-1930 Standing Liberty quarters, missing only the 1927-S quarter, was expected to bring six figures and it did not disappoint, besting the $120,000 high estimate by another $40,000. The circulation issue set was PCGS graded and was listed as one of the top ten sets on the PCGS/NGC Registry (under “EMPIREAA”). It was the auction’s overall top lot.

Following are additional highlights from the auction. Internet bidding was provided by Weiss Auctions’ updated website (www.WeissAuctions.com) with Next Lot for interactive bidding. Bidding was also available through LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Telephone and absentee bids were also accepted. All prices quoted in this report include the buyer’s premium.

Another Day 1 lot that stormed past its pre-sale estimate (of $100-$200) was a group of 15 Russian military medals, representing various dates and events, that was sold on behalf of the New York County Public Administrators Office, from the estate of Rene Fuss. Once again, eagle-eyed bidders and collectors pounced on the group, driving it to a final price of $11,500.

A circa 1570 close helmet – approximately 14 inches tall and almost certainly English, possibly attributed to an Earl – sold within estimate for $9,300. Close helmets were worn by knights and other men-at-arms in the Late Medieval and Renaissance eras. They were a fully enclosing helmet with a pivoting visor, used by pistol-armed cuirassiers into the middle of the 17th century.

An archive of material pertaining to American actress Lillian Gish (1893-1993) changed hands for $6,325. Included were expired passports, invitations, many letters to-and-from (including Ronald Reagan, Roddy McDowell, Patricia Nixon, John Gielgud and others; an Audrey Hepburn letter; a letter and photos from Eva Marie Saint; a letter from Sir Alec Guinness; and more.

Lillian Gish’s acting career spanned 75 years, from 1912 (in silent film shorts) to 1987. She was called “The First Lady of American Cinema” and is credited with pioneering fundamental film performance techniques. She had a leading role in the highest-grossing film of the silent era, D. W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation (1915). Her final film was The Whales of August (1987).

On to Day 2, where the runner-up top lot to the Standing Liberty quarters collection was a stamp album filled with MNH (mint, never hinged) United States stamps, from the years 1855-1959. The album, from the South Bay Collection, went for 15,500, against an estimate of $8,000-$12,000. The stamps were collected as listed in Scott: blocks of four, panes, strips and more.

A fabulous estate cover collection of 19th to mid-20th century stamps, housed in a three-drawer file, finished at $10,050. Included were examples from South and Central America, Europe and Asia – no British covers, but a nice selection of 1920s-1950s European first day covers, 19th century European covers, 1950s-1960s European first day covers, and flight and zeppelin covers.

A lot of five Morgan silver dollars, all from the Carson City, Nevada Mint and dated 1881-1885, each one graded highly at MS66, gaveled for $8,475 against an estimate of $4,000-$6,000. Morgan silver dollars were minted from 1878-1904, in 1921, and beginning again in 2021. The coin was named after its designer, George T. Morgan, and today is highly prized by collectors.

For more information about Weiss Auctions and the Comic & Comic Art auction slated for Wednesday, February 23, visit www.WeissAuctions.com.

About Weiss Auctions:
Weiss Auctions is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign an item, estate or a collection, you may call them at (516) 594-0731; or, you can send an e-mail to Philip Weiss at Phil@WeissAuctions.com. For more information about Weiss Auctions, please visit www.WeissAuctions.com. Updates are posted frequently.

Items Signed by History’s Brightest Luminaries are in University Archives’ Online Auction, Feb. 16th

Wilton, CT, USA, February 1, 2022 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Two letters signed by Albert Einstein (one typed, one handwritten, both in German), a recognizance bond signed by Sir Isaac Newton when he was Warden of the Royal Mint in 1699, and two items signed by Abraham Lincoln (one an autograph album, the other an early legal brief drafted in 1854) are just a few of the expected highlights in University Archives’ online-only auction slated for Wednesday, February 16th, beginning at 10:30 am Eastern time.

The Rare Autographs, Manuscripts, Photographs & Books auction features historical material from multiple collecting categories. The catalog, with all 455 lots, is up for viewing and bidding now, on the University Archives website (www.UniversityArchives.com), plus the platforms LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Auctionzip.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. The auction marks nearly a year since University Archives’ relocation to a modern new facility in Wilton.

“Our February auction is just a few days shy of George Washington’s 290th birthday and the Presidents’ Day holiday is certainly appropriate, since our catalog features many outstanding presidential items ranging from Washington to Biden,” said John Reznikoff, the president and owner of University Archives. “Other well-represented collecting categories include Science and Technology, Aviation and Space, Sports, Literature, and the Civil War, to name just a few.”

The list of major categories is indeed extensive, to include Science (Einstein, Newton, Richard Feynman, Stephen Hawking, others); Presidents (from Washington to Biden); Sports (Babe Ruth, Muhammad Ali, Larry Bird, others); Aviation & Space (Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Orville Wright, the Enola Gay, the Apollo and Mercury programs, Soviet Cosmonauts, others).

Other categories include Civil War (Robert E. Lee, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, J.E.B. Stuart, William T. Sherman, Jefferson and Varina Davis, many generals, others); Early American (John Hancock, Arthur Middleton, others); Literature (Samuel Clemens, Oscar Wilde, E. E. Cummings, Jack Kerouac, others); and World Leaders (Brezhnev, Kim Il Sung, Giuseppe Garibaldi, others).

Both of the Einstein letters carry identical pre-sale estimates of $45,000-$55,000. A typed letter in German signed by Einstein, addressed to close friend Michele Besso, recalls how the two collaborated to formulate the theory of special relativity over 35 years earlier. In it, Einstein compares the process of scientific theorizing to God’s creation of the world, both a “pointless luxury” but nevertheless essential to pushing the boundaries of understanding and existence.

The other letter, handwritten by Einstein and signed “A. Einstein”, is dated June 19, 1919 and is addressed to Professor Georg Lockemann concerning the origins of special relativity in the “ether question”. Einstein suggests that its current state can best be understood if one considers it historically. Before Maxwell, it was an “all-pervading inert substance”, with its “transverse waves” manifesting themselves as light. A full and complete English translation is included.

Sir Isaac Newton, in his role as Warden of the Royal Mint in early 1699, signed a recognizance bond relating to the criminal case against William Chaloner, a recalcitrant counterfeiter (and Newton’s nemesis) who was convicted of high treason and hanged at Tyburn two months later. The bond was meant to ensure the future appearance of Nathaniel Peck as a witness against Chaloner. The beautifully signed document should gavel for $24,000-$28,000.

A Civil War-era scrapbook album compiled by Union Army Major John S. Schultz contains 214 bold and mostly high-grade signatures, including those of four presidents (Abraham Lincoln, James Buchanan, Millard Fillmore, and Franklin Pierce); current and future Lincoln cabinet members (Hamlin, Colfax, Seward, Cameron, Welles, Bates); and a myriad of other important American politicians and military leaders. The album is expected to realize $15,000-$17,000.

An early legal brief drafted by Abraham Lincoln on May 15, 1854 features his signature as “Lincoln for defendant” in the case of Coventry and Warwickshire Banking Company vs. William Whorrall. The fascinating document, loaded with international intrigue and 316 words written in the hand of Lincoln as a young lawyer, has a pre-sale estimate of $10,000-$12,000.

A Revolutionary War-dated manuscript letter twice signed by George Washington and relating to new military draft resolutions passed by the Continental Congress in 1780 provides detailed information about the number of soldiers who had survived the past winter at Morristown, N.J., harsher than even Valley Forge. Continental military commanders Henry “Lighthorse” Lee, Hazen, Webb and Lamb are explicitly mentioned in the document (estimate: $30,000-$40,000).

George Washington boldly signed a three-language ship’s passport on July 7, 1794 for a St. Bartholomew-bound schooner named Nancy, commanded by Captain Abijah Potter. Just one year later, Captain Potter was fatally axed during a shipboard slave uprising. The document printed in French, English and Dutch, is signed by Washington (as President), Secretary of State Edmund Randolph and Collector of Customs Jeremiah Olney (estimate: $12,000-$15,000).

A first edition copy of The Babe Ruth Story, as told to Bob Considine, complete with its original dust jacket and a 1948 letter of provenance, signed by the Sultan of Swat just six months before his death from cancer, should bring $7,000-$8,000. Also, a turn-of-the-century diary and address book signed by Virgil Earp, Wyatt’s older brother and a fellow participant of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, very rare and with impeccable provenance, is estimated to realize $12,000-$14,000.

A slave reward poster issued in Baltimore and dated Sept. 7, 1857, offering $500 for the capture and return of Adam Smith, measuring 7 ¾ inches by 12 inches, should sell for $30,000-$40,000. The broadside reads, in part, that Smith “ran away, or decoyed, from the subscriber on Saturday, Sept. 5, 1857”. Smith escaped with the help of the Underground Railroad, then returned to free his family, thereby earning a permanent place in the annals of American freedom.

A signed manuscript copy of John Howard Payne’s wistful song Home! Sweet Home! — one of Abraham Lincoln’s favorite melodies—inscribed “to my friend Miss Alice Stetson” and dated Aug. 6, 1850, is expected to fetch $10,000-$12,000. Also, a scrapbook of inscriptions from 100 of the legendary World War II African American aviators known as the Tuskegee Airmen, for their flight instructor Milton T. Hall, gathered from 1943-1945, should garner $9,000-$10,000.

For more information about University Archives and the Rare Autographs, Manuscripts, Photographs & Books auction slated for Wednesday, February 16th, please visit www.universityarchives.com.

About University Archives:
University Archives has become world-renowned as a go-to source for rare items of this kind. It is actively seeking quality material for future auctions, presenting a rare opportunity for sellers. Anyone who has a single item or a collection that may be a fit for a future University Archives auction may call John Reznikoff at 203-454-0111, or email him at john@universityarchives.com. University Archives was founded in 1979, as a division of University Stamp Company, by John Reznikoff, who started collecting stamps and coins in 1968, while in the third grade. Industry-wide, Reznikoff is considered the leading authenticity expert for manuscripts and documents. He consults with law enforcement, dealers, auction houses and both major authentication companies. University Archives’ new offices are located at 88 Danbury Rd. (Suite 2A) in Wilton, Conn. For more information about University Archives, please visit www.universityarchives.com.

MRHB DeFi: Successful US$5.5M Fundraise to Fuel Vision of Bringing Ethical DeFi to Excluded Communities Everywhere

Dubai, UAE, Jan 31, 2022 -/ExPressRelease UK/- MRHB DeFi, the world’s first decentralized finance ecosystem platform focused on ethical, sustainable and halal crypto opportunities, has successfully raised a total of USD 5.5 million through a series of private and public funding rounds which culminated in an initial DEX offering (IDO) that was oversubscribed on the DODO and ZeeDO launchpads.

Prior to its IDO, the startup gave the community direct access through two public sales on its official website, which saw tremendous support from its community of over 50,000 members.

“Our funding rounds have surpassed our expectations and prove beyond doubt the huge demand for ethics in the cryptoverse,” said MRHB DeFi CEO Naquib Mohammed. “We want to take the opportunity to express our heartfelt appreciation for our valued partners and loyal supporters, without whom we would not have made it this far. These are just the first steps of our ambitious multi-year journey that we have begun, together with our community, to ensure that everyone can participate in building an ecosystem where trust and values matter – hence giving access to the growing opportunities of the crypto-economy.”

The ethical startup is also backed by investors and partners which include Polygon Technology, Sheesha Finance, Australian Gulf Capital, Mozaic, NewTribe Capital, Blockchain Australia, Contango Digital Assets, Masary Capital, ZKSync, Acreditus Partners, EMGS Group, Sinofy Group, Sukhavati Protocol and MKD Capital amongst others.

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

MRHB began as an idea 15 months ago, when Naquib, who was at that time working on Enterprise Blockchain use cases, was interviewed by a crypto news agency about the general trends of DLT.

The questions came around to the acceptance of crypto within the muslim communities in the Middle East, an interesting angle which led Naquib to delve further into the DeFi world, where he noticed the absence of halal projects. Understanding that there was a gap, he started putting down ideas and developing conversations with tech friends and like-minded connections, all of whom saw the immense possibilities with crypto but were disheartened by the absence of projects and protocols that were halal and consistent with their financial and ethical principles. The immense complexity of the cryptoverse as a whole also stood out as a further deterrent.

Resident in Saudi Arabia, he soon realised through various community discussions – both in the middle east and farther afield – that many fellow Millennials and Gen Z’ers were facing the same challenges and were hence avoiding the entire cryptoverse. This meant that many communities – especially Muslims – were excluded from the opportunities in this new tech frontier. Thus began his journey of taking on the challenge and goal of building a landmark halal project in the DeFi ecosystem.

Over the course of six months, Naquib assembled a team that included not just developers but reputable industry professionals and Shariah experts, all of whom shared his vision of creating an ethical DeFi ecosystem that reflects community values and beliefs. It would be the first to fill a major gap in the crypto space and address the needs of communities that number more than a billion, who have all thus far been excluded due to ethics, faith, fear and complexity.

While the DeFi offerings were aimed at adhering to ethical investment and financing principles rooted in Islamic Finance (primarily the prohibition on interest-based lending and income, and sectors deemed unethical or exploitative like gambling, pornography etc), MRHB would also be focused on removing technological complexity. Thus the overall objective was to build a more empowering and ethical community-focused platform that would also cater to those new to crypto while addressing the negative perception created by extensive instances of fraud, risk and opacity in the crypto space.

The Islamic Finance sector is the first target and is the largest and most active faith-based market. It is currently sized at around USD 3 trillion – attracting even a small portion of Islamic liquidity into DeFi will represent a major boost to the total value of the DeFi sector worldwide.

Community Focused and Community Supported

Approximately 85% of the funds raised came from the MRHB global community which spans from Canada to Australia – all of whom are looking for an ethical and halal entry into the cryptoverse. The inclusive startup is aptly named, with MRHB being short for “Marhaba”, which means “welcome” in Arabic, as the project ushers in entire crypto newbie communities.

The platform’s $MRHB token is now available for trades on PancakeSwap, one of the leading decentralized exchanges on the Binance Smart Chain (BSC) network and remains above the launch price in spite of overall bearish markets.

To reward the community and encourage more market liquidity, a 5 million pool of MRHB token rewards has been set aside for token holders who provide liquidity to the MRHB/BNB pool on PancakeSwap. These rewards are for the next two months and apply on top of their share of trading fees earned. Token lockups for early project supporters will begin soon, allowing liquidity providers to invest their $MRHB tokens and receive additional rewards.

MRHB DeFi is already moving forward with their production roadmap, having recently launched its Souq NFT Marketplace, the first NFT marketplace guaranteed to contain halal-only content. The launch of Sahal Wallet, a non-custodial mobile wallet featuring filtering technology that will allow for frictionless access to halal tokens, is slated for the middle of next month. The pioneering Liquidity Harvester, MRHB’s passive and stable crypto income product, will be launching in Q2 and the project is currently in advanced discussions with pioneering regulated institutional partners to offer halal crypto-wealth products. More decentralized and centralized exchange listings are also coming up in the near future, welcome news for the MRHB community.

About MRHB DeFi:
MRHB DeFi is a halal, decentralised finance platform built to embody the true spirit of an “Ethical and Inclusive DeFi” by following faith-based financial and business principles, where all excluded communities can benefit from the full empowerment potential of DeFi.

The diverse team is comprised of researchers, technocrats, influencers, Islamic fintech experts & business entrepreneurs, who came together to ensure that MRHB DeFi prevails in a manner that will impact society as a whole, essentially bridging the gap between the faith-conscious communities and the blockchain world.

MRHB DeFi Official Channels:
Website: https://mrhb.network
NFT Marketplace: https://souq.mrhb.network
Twitter: https://twitter.com/marhabadefi
Telegram: https://t.me/mdf_official
Telegram Announcements: https://t.me/marhabadefi_ANN
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/MarhabaDeFi
Medium: https://medium.com/@mrhbdefi
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/marhabadefi
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MRHB-DeFi-105893235209147
Telegram (Arabic): https://t.me/mdf_arabic
Telegram (Russian): https://t.me/marhabadefi_russia
Telegram (Turkish): https://t.me/MarhabaDefiTR
Telegram (Persian): https://t.me/mrhbdefi_persian
Telegram (Urdu/Hindi): https://t.me/MRHBDeFi_Urdu_Hindi

Virtual Influencer Shawn is The Star of Upcoming Educational Animated Television Show for Children

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, January 31, 2022 -/ExPressRelease UK/- A virtual influencer named Shawn has been announced as the star of an upcoming educational animated television show for children. The TV show, called Life of Shawn, will be based on an 18-year-old virtual influencer named Shawn who enjoys drinking coffee, socializing, and attending events with his virtual buddies, Lea and Ziggy the Sloth. Shawn will share his experiences, thoughts, and educational stories with viewers to teach them important values about life.

The creator of the show, Zera Ng, realized that it’s essential to educate children as young as four years old about values. “As a mother of two children, I know how vital it is to instill good habits amongst young ones during their developmental years,” said Ng, fashion designer and mastermind behind Life of Shawn. “When the pandemic started in 2020, I realized that the media consumed by children does not do enough to educate our young ones, which gave me the idea to create Shawn, a virtual influencer who can teach values to children.”

The first season of Life of Shawn is expected to release by the end of 2022. Viewers can tune in to the adventures of the virtual influencer Shawn, and his friends Lea and Ziggy the Sloth, as they educate children on important values and good habits. The team behind Life of Shawn has already released the first official music video to promote the character and his show. In the music video, the character Shawn is depicted taking safety precautions, such as mask-wearing, handwashing, and social distancing, in order to educate children about protecting against the COVID-19 virus. Currently, the music video has already received over 80,000 views since its recent release.

Download high resolution images:
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To watch Life of Shawn’s first music video, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wo0SIJpo97A
To keep up with the latest updates about Life of Shawn, visit the show’s Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/lifeofshawnofficial

Maximum Value Partners, Small Business Coaches, Launches Landscaping Division

Independence, OH, January 28, 2022 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Maximum Value Partners (MVP), a small business coaching practice owned and operated by Adam Sonnhalter and Jack Mencini, recently announced the creation of a landscaper division of its small business coaching practice. The new division will offer consulting services specific to the landscaping businesses in the areas of sales, marketing, operation and finance.

“The seasonal nature of a landscaping business—particularly the ones we’ve worked with in the greater Cleveland area—make it rather unique from the other trades,” said Jack Mencini, who began MVP with Adam back in 2003. “A large component of coaching landscapers is teaching them how to be more operationally efficient during busy season and more productive during the ‘off season’ in the winter.”

Part of MVP’s work involves recruitment and training seasonal staff. Many landscapers had previously utilized the H-2B visa program for seasonal workers. With increased restrictions over the past few years, landscapers have had to find and develop staff on a local basis—a large challenge in today’s job market.

MVP also helps landscapers develop a transparent work culture featuring frequent staff meeting and sharing business plans and goals and making employee satisfaction part of the company brand. That includes utilizing social media pages to showcase the work of staff members.

Adds Adam, “I guess it’s not much of a coincidence that we’ve worked with so many landscapers. Jack and I actually met when I was a caddie and he was a wannabe scratch golfer. More than 30 years later—20 of those as business partners—we still gravitate towards finely manicured lawns and the people who make that happen.”

The pair also take a caddy-like approach to coaching small business clients like landscapers. Working as a tandem—clients will meet with both Adam and Jack—the pair employ their MVP Playbook—featuring the 7 Keys to Success and the 3 Circles—while helping small business owners get unstuck from the endless “how” questions that come with running a business. This formula has elevated the games of businesses ranging from landscapers to IT consultants, body shops to marketing firms.

“Many landscapers start as solopreneurs and consequently don’t have somebody to talk to about running the business—except maybe other landscapers who are, in fact, competitors,” said Jack. “We provide that resource to landscapers with the added wisdom that comes from more than 20 years of working with small business owners plus being small business owners ourselves.”

Typically, MVP will meet once or twice a month with clients. During Covid that’s largely been by video conference. At each meeting, clients have action items to report back on. This holds clients accountable and creates a collaborative process that has benefited clients in a wide range of businesses.

“By asking questions and really getting to know clients before we start working with them—prospects must take and pass a coachability test—we can help landscapers and other small business owners address such issues as improving efficiency, increasing profitability, defining management structures, buying/selling a business, preparing for transitions and more,” said Adam.

For more information about MVP’s landscaper division and its other services, visit or call (877) 849-0670 https://maximumvp.com/. You can also get to know MVP’s dynamic duo by tuning into its podcast, Dirty Secrets of Small Business on your favorite podcast player and its website.

About Maximum Value Partners:
Adam Sonnhalter and Jack Mencini began Maximum Value Partners (MVP) back in 2003 as a business coaching practice dedicated to small businesses. Based in the greater Cleveland, Ohio area, the duo takes a different approach to coaching, employing their MVP Playbook—featuring the 7 Keys to Success and the 3 Circles—while helping small business owners get unstuck from the endless “how” questions that come with running a business. This formula has elevated the games of business ranging from landscapers to IT consultants, body shops to marketing firms.

Since their inception, MVP has worked with hundreds of small businesses with a myriad of issues: improving efficiency, increasing profitability, defining management structures, buying/selling a business, preparing for transitions and more.

For more information on MVP—including Adam and Jack’s long-running podcast, Dirty Secrets of Small Business visit https://maximumvp.com/ or call (877) 849-0670.