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If you think e-mail, instant messages and cell phones has cost society a measure of graciousness, you'll want to get acquainted with Nancy Harkins. There's no escaping the mundane, however; her obit appeared adjacent to that of a beer distributor.

Appointed by President Richard M. Nixon to the bench, Judge James Oakes then became so embarrassed by the association that he used adhesive tape to cover the signatures of President Nixon and Attorney General John G. Mitchell on the judicial commission that hung in his chambers.

We might not be the most popular blog around, but where else are you going to read this charming/spooky story about a woman who believes in filling the shoes, sweaters and hats of those who've died?

By Patricia Sullivan |  November 5, 2007; 12:48 PM ET
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