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Letters to the Editors That Were Never Published is a collection of unpublished letters to the editors of the New York Times.

Houses of New Orleans is a photo book that showcases the beautiful domestic architecture of New Orleans.

The Houses of Key West is a photo book that features the historic architectural designs of Key West in the state of Florida.

Letters to the Editors that Were Never Published

Over the course of the last ten years, Dr. Alex Caemmerer has written well over one hundred letters to the editors of the New York Times, the Record (of Bergen County, New Jersey), and Psychiatric News, a journal aimed at psychiatrists and other behavioral health providers. The letters, arranged in chapters, represent his response to articles on a variety of topics, including psychiatry, psychoanalysis, religion, priests and bishops, depression, violence, homosexuality, and miscellaneous subjects of general interest. He was also inspired to write in on a variety of subjects, including the business of “Big Money” the American automobile and its role in American culture, the symbolic meanings and needs the automobile satisfies in one’s psychology, and the practice of psychiatry (including a few examples of what brings one to a psychiatrist). He shared his opinions on business newscasters and their use of language, specifically the words and phrases aimed at scaring the public with frightening metaphors. Over the decades of his career, Dr. Caemmerer has been a witty observer and commentator on how people and society are changing-and not always for the betterment of either. These letters capture his unique perspective and his creative solutions to get things back on track.

Houses of New Orleans

(A collection of colored photographs of the historic architecture of the Garden District, the French Quarter, and the Faubourg Marigny of the city with a treatise on the subject and detailed description of the architecture of the individual houses.)

Soak in a little New Orleans history while enjoying a visual tour of her homes. Known for beauty and style, New Orleans delivers as much in its architecture, even the simple shotgun houses in working neighborhoods. Houses of the Garden District and plantations beyond are simply stunning. A foreword by John Michael Vlach, Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., traces the roots of New Orleans signature homes to their origins in Africa and Haiti. Author Alex Caemmerer takes care to point out the rich detailing that was lavished on even the most simple structures, and how tastes changed and homes evolved over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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The Plantation House

San Francisco is a strikingly unusual plantation located 20 miles west of New Orleans. Built in 1856, As an interesting addition to a book of New Orleans houses, it includes a potpourri of Victorian, Classic Revival and Gothic styles. Edmond Boozier Marmillon hoped it would resemble a Mississippi steamboat. He managed to build strikingly ornate unique,mansion like no other along the Mississippi .

Creole Cottage

This is perhaps the best example one can find in New Orleans of a double creole cottage with dormers dating back to the early part of the nineteenth century. Parapets frame the gable-ended roof. The 6 over 6 lights in the dormers are typically very early. Brackets under the overhang are typically Italianate. It is truly an elegant example of the typical and distinctive early domestic architecture found only in New Orleans.

Shotgun House

Here’s a busy, dressed-up double shotgun Victorian lady sporting some Italianate fashions: brackets, millwork, extra mini-gables, decorated with sunburst motif and triple lights under the main gable and apparent bustle The house is a camelback, with a 2 story addition in back. Many of these houses were painted with a variety of colors. This paint job is an example of a more modern sophisticated designer iik.It ismy favorite of New Orleans double shot-gun houses.

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The Plantation House

San Francisco is a strikingly unusual plantation located 20 miles west of New Orleans. Built in 1856, As an interesting addition to a book of New Orleans houses, it includes a potpourri of Victorian, Classic Revival and Gothic styles. Edmond Boozier Marmillon hoped it would resemble a Mississippi steamboat. He managed to build strikingly ornate unique,mansion like no other along the Mississippi .

Creole Cottage

This is perhaps the best example one can find in New Orleans of a double creole cottage with dormers dating back to the early part of the nineteenth century. Parapets frame the gable-ended roof. The 6 over 6 lights in the dormers are typically very early. Brackets under the overhang are typically Italianate. It is truly an elegant example of the typical and distinctive early domestic architecture found only in New Orleans.

Shotgun House

Here’s a busy, dressed-up double shotgun Victorian lady sporting some Italianate fashions: brackets, millwork, extra mini-gables, decorated with sunburst motif and triple lights under the main gable and apparent bustle The house is a camelback, with a 2 story addition in back. Many of these houses were painted with a variety of colors. This paint job is an example of a more modern sophisticated designer iik.It ismy favorite of New Orleans double shot-gun houses.

The Houses of Key West

(A collection of colored photographs of the domestic architecture of the historic district of the island with a treatise on the subject and description of the architectural details of the individual houses.)

Perfect for anyone who loves to look at charming old houses and imagine their histories, this book offers a selection of what are probably the most historically interesting, aesthetically appealing, and photogenic of the nineteenth-century houses in the Key West historic district. It includes full color photos, as well as a variety of charming anecdotes about old Key West gleaned from interviews with descendants of the families who built houses there.

Key West was an industrial town and many of its houses were for workers who had little to spend on housing. The shotgun houses are simple, undecorated houses, many of them built by cigar-makers for their workers. Then, of course, there are the great houses―the Heritage House, the Cosgrove House, the Hemingway House, and the Southernmost House―large and famous houses with unique and proud histories. Then there are the eyebrow houses, shotgun houses, and “Conch Victorians”―many of Key West’s houses were built by ship’s carpenters, who built strong, tight, shiplike houses, most working without plans other than memories of vessels and seaport homes from their own past. Widow’s walks were borrowed from New England, overhanging eaves (eyebrows) from the West Indies. Builders added details from architectural fads of the time―from Greek Revival columns to Creole trellises.

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Classical Revival House

This Classical Revival eye-brow house is the best example of this uniquely Key West style.The rear section is one story —-, the front, two story. The roof overhangs the upper story protecting those rooms from the sun—hence the “eyebrow “ effect.” There are 30 some houses of this variety in Key West

Southernmost House

The Southernmost House. built in 1900, is  perhaps the most famous and well-known of Key West houses.  It is a  Queen Anne variation of the Victorian theme.  It was, in fact the southernmost house n the USA prior to Hawaii’s becoming  the 50th state of the union in 1959. which  is now our southernmost state.

Hemingway House

The Hemingway House was given to Pauline Hemingway ’s by her uncle and where they raised their two sons, After their divorce,  Hemingway lived and worked in the house until the late 1940s. It’s the only house in Key West of a New Orleans style with  many of its decorations —pillars, verandas and  balusters  of French Colonial style seen  in the Vieux Carre’ and shipped to Key West during construction.

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Classical Revival House

This Classical Revival eye-brow house is the best example of this uniquely Key West style.The rear section is one story —-, the front, two story. The roof overhangs the upper story protecting those rooms from the sun—hence the “eyebrow “ effect.” There are 30 some houses of this variety in Key West

Southernmost House

The Southernmost House. built in 1900, is  perhaps the most famous and well-known of Key West houses.  It is a  Queen Anne variation of the Victorian theme.  It was, in fact the southernmost house n the USA prior to Hawaii’s becoming  the 50th state of the union in 1959. which  is now our southernmost state.

Hemingway House

The Hemingway House was given to Pauline Hemingway ’s by her uncle and where they raised their two sons, After their divorce,  Hemingway lived and worked in the house until the late 1940s. It’s the only house in Key West of a New Orleans style with  many of its decorations —pillars, verandas and  balusters  of French Colonial style seen  in the Vieux Carre’ and shipped to Key West during construction.

Excerpts of the Book

1. The Pope was quoted in The New York Times as saying that the Catholic Church must address the sin of abuse within the wider context of sexual mores. What the Pope doesn’t get is that while the sexual abuse of children is viewed by him and the Church in terms of sin, the rest of society condemns this evil least of all for its sinfulness. In the United States sexual abuse of children is a felony crime punishable by imprisonment. It can be devastating for the child victims, often causing lifelong psychological damage.

2. Before the enactment of Roe-vs-Wade, (1976) approximately 15,000 women died each year in the United Sates from botched illegal or self-induced, coat-hanger, abortions. This means that over 600,000 women’s lives have been saved in the last 40 years. This statistic is conspicuous by its absence in the ongoing debate over abortion.

3. Sarah Palin’s question: What’s the difference between a hockey-mom and a pit bull? Answer: Lipstick. My question, What’s the difference between Sarah Palin and Pat Robertson? Answer. Lipstick: Pat Robertson says God, let 9/11 happen, and a Sarah Palin says the war in Iraq is God’s plan. As the famous theologian, Reinhold Niebuhr said, there is no more dangerous person than one who claims to know what God is thinking,

4. Billy Graham asserted that in addition to the world, God created all the other planets, stars and galaxies. He also claimed that Natalie Holloway’s death in Aruba and the death of 3 children in an automobile trunk in Camden are a sign that the end is near. I believe that God is warning us, he said.

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