#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”

People of Note: Nicole Elizabeth, Founder, Owner, and Greeting Card Maker, Sent-Well

Ever since childhood, greeting cards have occupied a special place in Nicole Elizabeth’s world, and in 2011, her innovative vision of how handwritten cards could connect people in new ways manifested into her successful online business, Sent-Well.  Unlike most other greeting card companies that simply sell pre-made cards for customers to fill out and post,Continue reading “People of Note: Nicole Elizabeth, Founder, Owner, and Greeting Card Maker, Sent-Well”

#StationerySundays (11/8/20) – A Perfect Time to Give Thanks

Most of us have never been presented with a holiday season like this one in our lifetimes. At a moment when we especially long to come together with those we love, that’s far less feasible to do given safety, travel, and financial concerns. This year, there is an exceptionally large number of families with membersContinue reading “#StationerySundays (11/8/20) – A Perfect Time to Give Thanks”

#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 (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”

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 (8/2/20) – 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”

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