Worldwide unrest is causing fear and angst in many of us. In these unprecedented times, we are all affected and we are all concerned. We may feel lost, helpless, hopeless, afraid. The stress and uncertainty affects all areas of our lives- health, finances, relationships, spirituality, education, creative expression, disruption to routines, disruption to services, disruption…

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daily planner cover

We are almost halfway through 2020 and, like most of you, I have some thoughts about the current planner I’m using to manage my day to day activities. At the end of 2019 I wrote this blog post about the planners I had selected to use for 2020. For my regular daily planner, I went…

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red journal with gray pencil next to it

I began keeping a Pandemic Journal on March 13 after seeing a recommendation on Twitter.  I selected a red Leuchterm1917 journal that I had on hand. I love the smooth pages, the heftiness, dual page markers, pocket folder in back, the rounded corners, and the dotted lines. This journal measures 5.75 x 8.25 inches. Things…

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photo of US postal service trucks front ends

Times are tough for everyone during a pandemic and the United States Postal Service (USPS) is not exempt. Suffering from a myriad of issues (staff shortage, sick workers, tight schedules, lack of income to pay bills, etc.), the monolithic institution has been in the news a lot recently. Most of the articles ask the same…

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color illustration of houses and town

We all want to make a difference in this world. During a pandemic our options and resources are limited, and that’s why it’s more important than ever to do what we can to help others along the way. This does not have to equate to money, although it can. Money. Time. Talent. Resources. These are…

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hands holding envelope surrounded by stamps and stationery

Finding things to do while staying home can be a challenge. But if you’re looking for something to do while reaching out and helping someone else feel less alone, then writing a letter is your absolute best bet! No fancy tools or exotic supplies needed, although if you have them, now is the time to…

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It is March 2020 and we are in the midst of a pandemic and have no idea how things will turn out. The fear and uncertainty is overwhelming. Even just managing through the constant changes and challenges can take their toll. Venues closing. Stores out of stock. New concepts being introduced: self isolation and self…

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drawin of woman, water paint

A Junk Journal is a notebook filled with scraps of paper (think labels, train tickets, concert tickets, parts of a letter or envelope, etc) mixed in with some art (drawings, doodles), some writing, maybe a list or two, cutouts from newspapers/magazines, printouts of memes and cartoons from the internet, a tag, a birthday card. Most…

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illustration of woman with human sized envelope

Sharing some letter love that I came across in my internet travels and searches. Previously, I shared these types of articles on Facebook as a way of connecting with others interested in letter writing and journal keeping. Now I will regularly post them in a blog post like this. #LifeWithoutFacebook Beatrix Potter’s Love of Letter…

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mini mailbox with tag letter

I believe there are hundreds of different ways to send a letter. Consider used envelopes, outdated flyers, free ad cards, magazine and calendar pages. You get the idea. In this missive Annie used manila shipping tags to write her letter. In addition, she used rubber stamps to write Dear Jackie and Your Friend, Annie. She…

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