#StationerySundays (10/18/20) – Eco-Friendly Greeting Cards

Illustration © JacquieLawson.com While the production of greeting cards ranks relatively low among current threats to nature, the paper, plastics, inks, manufacturing, and printing it typically involves do have an environmental footprint via the harvesting of trees and the toxic byproducts generated from the creation of inks and dyes and from the manufacturing, printing, andContinue reading “#StationerySundays (10/18/20) – Eco-Friendly Greeting Cards”

#StationerySundays (10/11/20) – Embracing Halloween’s Lighter Side in a Dark Time

By any account, 2020 has been a truly frightening and horrific year for most people in one respect or another, so at first blush, now would seem like an awkward time to celebrate a holiday that revels in the spooky and macabre — especially since there will be far fewer trick-or-treaters wandering about. However, IContinue reading “#StationerySundays (10/11/20) – Embracing Halloween’s Lighter Side in a Dark Time”

#StationerySundays (10/4/20) – 5 Ways to Help Your Mail Carrier

As discussed in my August 16th post (not to mention countless news outlets, of course), the U.S. Post Office is struggling mightily at the moment. As the organization grapples with an array of woes, legions of essential workers are processing and delivering our mail every day in the midst of a global pandemic while soContinue reading “#StationerySundays (10/4/20) – 5 Ways to Help Your Mail Carrier”

#StationerySundays (9/27/20) – “Sealed with a…”: The Art of Wax Sealing

Shortly after I joined Instagram to promote this blog, snailmailkatie‘s amazing handmade wax seals on the outside of her envelopes inspired me to level up my notecrafting skill set by learning how to create my own wax seals (two of which are pictured above). Prior to seeing Katie’s feed, I had thought of wax sealsContinue reading “#StationerySundays (9/27/20) – “Sealed with a…”: The Art of Wax Sealing”

#StationerySundays (9/20/20) – Celebrating “Thinking of You” Week

When I attended the U.S. Greeting Card Association (GCA) webinar described in my August 7th post, I learned about “Thinking of You” Week, which began in the U.K. in 2014 and reached U.S. shores in 2018 with the GCA’s sponsorship. Observed annually toward the end of September, it takes on special significance this year (September 21-27,Continue reading “#StationerySundays (9/20/20) – Celebrating “Thinking of You” Week”

#StationerySundays (9/13/20) – Homeward Bound

Around the world, “home” has been front and center in people’s consciousness over the past six months — whether as a source of comfort and safety, frustration and hardship, or some combination thereof. With most of us experiencing extended confinement, we have been forced to reckon with our immediate surroundings. In many cases, people haveContinue reading “#StationerySundays (9/13/20) – Homeward Bound”

#StationerySundays (9/6/20) – Postcards from the Edge

After nearly six months of U.S. travel remaining at a relative standstill, many of us have been forced to rethink our idea of what constitutes a “destination.” Particularly in densely populated urban environments like New York City — where most residents lack access to private space, nature, and a car, and the safety of publicContinue reading “#StationerySundays (9/6/20) – Postcards from the Edge”

#StationerySundays (8/30/20) – Just When You Least Expect It…

We all know that sending a thoughtful note, card, or letter is a wonderful way to make someone’s day, especially in these trying times. Of every recipient you could imagine, though, somebody who’s probably the last person you would ever consider writing to might really benefit from your support right now. If you haven’t figuredContinue reading “#StationerySundays (8/30/20) – Just When You Least Expect It…”

People of Note: Jennifer McGillan, Archivist

Photo by Megan Bean, courtesy of Mississippi State University, February 2020 For Jennifer McGillan, letters are far more than a pleasant surprise in the mail.  For close to two decades, they’ve also helped to advance her career as well as the fields it intersects, including library science, law, medicine, and history.  Equipped with a Bachelor’sContinue reading “People of Note: Jennifer McGillan, Archivist”

#StationerySundays (8/23/20) – Scholastic Voyage

With cooler breezes starting to loosen the stifling grip of summer’s “dog days,” I recall the feeling as a student of my spirits likewise stirring with the potential for new adventures. In my youth, entering the next grade every fall felt momentous, prompting so many questions: What would my classes be like? Would I makeContinue reading “#StationerySundays (8/23/20) – Scholastic Voyage”

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