Time to Write a Letter

illustration of girl running with letter to mailbox

I love mail! Getting mail. Sending mail. Buying stamps. Perusing stationery sets and new note card sets. Writing letters and postcards. Reading and saving letters and postcards. It’s a wonderful hobby! One of the many positive factors for being a letter writer is that you can do it as much or as little as you’d…

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Letter Writing Ebbs and Flows

I have been a letter writer for over 50 years and I’ve seen the ebbing and flowing of this hobby throughout my life. Changes in life sometimes opens up the path to letter writing, while at other times they close it down. Moving, starting a new job, going back to school, starting a family, heartbreak…

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Pen Pal Kits on Etsy

Etsy is a wonderland of stationery and ephemera goodness including fun and unique postcards, papers, posters, postcards, envelopes and so much more! I recently connected with Lea Cadisch, owner of Postcards & Stories Etsy shop (Switzerland). She has a wonderful assortment of stationery and pen pal goodies that she ships for free. Lea was kind…

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Ferris Wheel Press Giveaway

The Scribe Ballpoint Pen Giveaway Ferris Wheel Press is sponsoring a giveaway where one lucky winner will receive the Scribe Ballpoint Pen in the color of their choice. (Value: $58 USD/$63 CAD) Due to shipping costs, entrants are limited to Canada and the USA. Entry is by mail only (see below). Each entry will be…

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Letters & Journals Issue 2

Magazine front cover features a cottage on a lovely summer day

It’s here! The second issue of Letters & Journals Magazine! You can read it online here. There are two giveaways in this issue so if you’re looking to win something, you may want to check them out! I’ll post the contest information in its own blog next week. Lots of good stuff in this second…

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Planning for My 2022 Planner

pink planner with coffee cup on table

Is it too soon to begin planning for my 2022 planner? Shall I go with tried and true or try something new? Do you know what you’re doing? As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been quite happy with my Erin Condren monthly planner. The selection and quality are exceptional. The only downside is that I like…

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Star Wars Droid Stamps 2021

Star Wars Droid Stamp

May the 4th be with you! Get this sheet of stamps at the United States Post Office. They will be available on May 4, 2021. You can pre-order online now or wait to visit your post office in person. I love to order online as soon as I see new stamps. It costs $1.30 in…

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Espresso Stamps Go on Sale April 9, 2021

coffee stamps

I love these new stamps! The Espresso Stamps go on sale on April 9, 2021, and can be pre-ordered from USPS.  New stamps are always released with a first-day-of-issue ceremony that includes speakers and other fanfare depending on the theme and location. Seattle, Wash., is the location of this stamp’s new release ceremony. In these…

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InCoWriMo 2021 Recap

desk covered with mailed envelopes

In 2021 I received 21 letters from InCoWriMo writers. I started receiving them in January and they continued into early March. In some past years, I have not received a single letter, so this is quite impressive! Although in most years, I have received a couple. I attribute receiving more this year because of our…

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The Journal of My 59th Year

leatherbound journal

There are two ways of looking at being 59 (or any age) – as if it’s the end of the world or the beginning of one. We all know the alternative of aging so with that in mind, it’s best to adjust our perspective, find the grace and the gratitude in our current place in…

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