Coming Soon: InCoWriMo!

Each November, aspiring fiction authors plunge into an intensive month-long novel-writing sprint known as National Novel Writing Month — aka NaNoWriMo. But for those who are more inclined to write letters and cards than novels, there’s InCoWriMo — or International Correspondence Writing Month — every February. First introduced in 2013, this initiative bills itself asContinue reading “Coming Soon: InCoWriMo!”

#StationerySundays (1/3/21) – Building Stronger Ties in 2021

Illustration © Madame Treacle One of the many lessons of 2020 was that finding safe ways to meaningfully connect with others is more important than ever for our mental health, both individually and as a society. While videoconferencing platforms have been popular choices for doing so, people have also been turning to good old-fashioned snail-mail.Continue reading “#StationerySundays (1/3/21) – Building Stronger Ties in 2021”

#StationerySundays (12/13/20) – Six Resources for Managing the Holidays in 2020

Before I get to the actual “stationery” component of this “Stationery Sundays” post, I want to offer some tips that may be helpful in facing what will be a very difficult December for so many. On one hand, the holidays are infusing brightness and cheer into a largely dismal year, which in itself can beContinue reading “#StationerySundays (12/13/20) – Six Resources for Managing the Holidays in 2020”

#StationerySundays (10/25/20) – Stamping Out Winter Dread

As Game of Thrones fans have heard many times, Winter Is Coming. In October, with days getting shorter and temperatures getting cooler, some people who suffer annually from Seasonal Affective Disorder are already starting to feel their symptoms kick in. A few parts of the U.S. have already gotten heavy snow, and it’s not evenContinue reading “#StationerySundays (10/25/20) – Stamping Out Winter Dread”

#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 (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 (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”

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