#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 (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”

#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”

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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