Item 1 - "Casa November @ Playa del Carmen"

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Thinking about going somewhere warm and beautiful next winter? This 3 bedroom apartment is waiting for guests! Located two blocks from the beach and and just steps from fabulous restaurants and stores. Incredibly easy to get to and fun for everyone!

Blackout Dates: Christmas holiday, President's week, Easter.  All other times are negotiable but dependent on whether the apartment has already been rented. For more pictures and information visit:

Item 2 - "Melica"

Margaret Watson is an abstract painter living in Seattle and New York.  Her acrylic and oil paintings emerge from memories of landscape which over time, evolve into abstract forms and color relationships.

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Melica is from a series entitled Meadow based on lines and planes of meadow grasses observed during autumn walks in the Pacific Northwest. The painting is built up, layer by layer, and the graphic quality of the collage becomes a counterpoint to the physicality of the painting's surface. 

Her hope is that the work ultimately has a familiarity of time and place but at the same time allows an ambiguity that invites the viewer's imagination. More information available at artist's website: 

Item 3 - "Lunch with Philip Gourevitch"

Philip Gourevitch is an American author and journalist, is a longtime staff writer for The New Yorker and a former editor of The Paris Review. He became widely known for his first book, We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families, which tells the story of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide and was widely acclaimed.

Gourevitch became interested in Rwanda in 1994, as he followed news reports of the genocide. Frustrated by his inability to understand the event from afar, he began visiting Rwanda in 1995, and over the next two years made nine trips to the country and to its neighbors (Zaire/Congo, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania) to report on the genocide and its aftermath.

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This is your opportunity to sit down for lunch with a man who has been described by the British newspaper The Observer as "the world's leading writer on Rwanda". If you are interested in the cultural and political dynamics of Rwanda post-genocide or just want to pick the brain of a New York Times Bestseller, this is the item for you.

Restrictions: For two people, lunch will take place at mutually agreeable time and place