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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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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Valentine's writing supplies, postagestamps, pen

This is how I spent Sunday February 8. Even though I would send Valentine cards anyway, I am still counting this towards writing a letter (card or postcard) every day with International Correspondence Writing Month (InCoWriMo). Valentine Cards Stickers A nice pen Postage Stamps Vintage postage

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Celebrate postage stamp 2020

Here’s a sneak peak at the new first-class stamps coming out in the first half of 2020. As a reminder, effective January 26, 2020, the price to mail a postcard or 1 oz letter internationally will increase from $1.15 to $1.20. Some package mailings will see slight price increases too. All other prices for first-class…

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For an interactive, colorful, and engaging book on letter writing, consider picking up a copy of Karen Benke’s Write Back Soon! Adventures in Letter Writing (2015). Benke offers a plethora of ways to send mail including: Remember when (reliving a memory shared with a friend) A list of fun things to include with your letter…

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picture of the box set of 100 bookstore postcards

I hadn’t planned to get the World’s Greatest Bookstores: 100 Postcards Celebrating the Most Beloved Bookshops as I have so many postcards already. But when the set of 100 postcards went on sale for $10, how could I resist? Apparently, I couldn’t and now I am sending out more postcards than ever to justify my…

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I recently purchased this collection of Roald Dahl Postcards on Amazon and am having fun sending cards to people of all ages. This set of 100 Phizz-Whizzing postcards was created and published by Penguin – Random House (UK) and sells for $16.97 on Amazon. Many of the illustrations, including the one on the cover of…

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Postcards from the Minnesota State Fair are fun to find! I make a point of finding the featured postcard which is created from a poster used to promote the fair. Each year they commission a new print from a different artist. Here is this year’s print and a link to artist info. Like any state…

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I was recently visiting The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis when I came across this set of Mailbox Notecards published by Chronicle Books. The package was wrapped, so I couldn’t see the cards, however, there was a picture of the cards on the back (see below). I had already made my purchase and was on…

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envelope with flowers

A pen pal recently sent a postcard with a mention of this podcast episode featuring Naomi Bulger. I had not heard of the Tea & Tattle podcast which hails from the UK, but I sure did enjoy it. I am a fan of Ms Bulger and enjoy her work immensely. Her interview was a delight.…

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