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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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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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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handmade envelope

I love handmade envelopes and sometimes find myself creating some out of paper bags, old maps, scrapbook or calendar pages. This week I received some letters through #InCoWriMo and was so pleased to have handmade envelopes included in the mix. Like this one from Mass. Or this one from Texas. It’s not unusual to find…

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I have been duly tracking what I send and receive for my participation in InCoWriMo 2021. I must say it’s my best year yet for receiving mail. Loads of fun stuff has come my way! I have received mail from 11 participants so far. I’ve responded to about half and have also been sending mail…

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four different barn stamps

The price of a regular size (4×6) postcard in the US went from .35 cents to .36 cents. Of course, the previous postcard stamps are still good since they are forever stamps (one of the benefits of having stamps be forever stamps. This is the trade-off we get by not having the face value of…

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B&W illustration of a collection of letters

Are you ready for InCoWriMo 2021? Every February people from around the world send mail to each other via this website. There are usually hundreds of participants leaving their name and address in the comment field hoping to connect with others through a one-time correspondence or, in some cases, regular correspondence. If you’re new to…

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mailed envelope with calligraphy and christmas stamp

I received this unexpected delight in my mailbox recently. It was sent by Stefan from England. I just love the colors, the calligraphy, and the beautiful design. I took a calligraphy class years ago. I think we met for an hour once a week for four to six weeks with lots of practice in between.…

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woman holding a letter on at desk

After years of dreaming and planning, the premiere issue of Letters & Journals magazine is here! It went through more than a few revisions these past few years, and, while I envisioned a print magazine, that just wasn’t feasible at this time (hopefully, the future will see the print edition of Letters & Journals). Currently,…

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illustration of letter writing

Even for an introvert, too much time stuck at home can be a problem. What to do with all of this time? For me, the answer is to write more letters, to write about writing letters, to organize said letters, and to find new uses for old letters. No matter how you say it, it’s…

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