#StationerySundays (8/16/20) – Support the USPS Posthaste

(Image credit: Stamps from the USPS website) The continued underfunding and undermining of the United States Post Office that began this spring is deeply disturbing. An essential business at even the best of times, the USPS is even more so during the COVID-19 crisis and a pivotal election season. For so many people, the mailContinue reading “#StationerySundays (8/16/20) – Support the USPS Posthaste”

#StationerySundays (8/9/20) – In Praise of Drawing a Blank

Sometimes a search for the right birthday card — or anniversary, wedding, congratulations, or sympathy card — leaves me downright frustrated. I scour the shelves, and nothing seems quite suitable for the person I have in mind. Everything on offer that’s occasion-specific is to neither the recipient’s taste nor mine. What’s a card sender toContinue reading “#StationerySundays (8/9/20) – In Praise of Drawing a Blank”

2020 Card Industry Webinar Answers 5 Timely Questions

Attending my first National Stationery Show at New York City’s iconic Javits Center as part of Sent-Well‘s crew in 2018 opened a door for me to the vast — and welcoming — community of stationery makers, suppliers, and retailers. From industry superstars like Papyrus to one-person indie startups, a huge range of talents, styles, andContinue reading “2020 Card Industry Webinar Answers 5 Timely Questions”

#StationerySundays (8/2/20) – Older and Wiser

When we hear about elderly people, it’s far too often in the context of frailty: health conditions (especially high susceptibility to COVID-19 these days), declining cognitive functions, chronic pain, and/or loneliness. Less emphasized yet also prevalent among older individuals — sometimes to a much greater extent than in the young — are vast reserves ofContinue reading “#StationerySundays (8/2/20) – Older and Wiser”

Happy International Friendship Day!

In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly established the International Day of Friendship — which falls on July 30 each year — in the spirit of strengthening trust, finding common ground, and mitigating conflict. Per the U.N. website, this special day is based on the idea that “friendship between peoples, countries, cultures, and individuals canContinue reading “Happy International Friendship Day!”

Arts and Letters…and Quarantine

This year has been exceptionally tough for humanity, and it’s only July. COVID-19 has been infecting and killing people around the world at alarming rates, and healthcare systems are exceeding their capacity. Entire segments of the business and nonprofit world are imploding, and unemployment is through the roof. Schooling is upended. The deep fault linesContinue reading “Arts and Letters…and Quarantine”

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