This week the USPS released its Maya Angelou stamp! Our petitioning worked! But in the words of my dad, there is a “kerfufel” over the text used on the stamp. Apparently its a verbal quote from Angelou but she was paraphrasing the text of a poem by Joan Walsh Anglund, published 2 years prior to Angelou’s autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. Oops. Just what the USPS needs, negative media attention…
To be honest, the mis-quote bothers me less than the artwork. I don’t love it. But I do love the idea of a Maya Angelou stamp so I will be buying some right now to honor that Phenomenal Woman.
Viva Maya Mail!
Ok its a stretch to post a link to the Three Miles episode of This American Life on VSM but it explores an issue very close to my heart, educational inequality. And there IS a reference to letters! Students from two very different high schools in the Bronx, just three miles apart, exchanged letters to learn about each other’s lives. But that’s just the beginning of the story.
Its really worth a listen.
I found the book, A Letter for Bear, by David Lucas at our local library. The VSM aligned title and the cute illustration style caught my eye. It reminded me of A Letter For Leo, as it is another children’s book about an animal postal worker who diligently delivers the mail yet does not receive mail himself. The two books end differently (sorry for the spoiler!) but clearly Bear and Leo need to find each other in a sequel. They were meant to be best friends and life long correspondents!
Here in New York City its been the coldest February since 1934. That was a long time ago, so long that the political scandal of the year had to do with air mail.
In 2015 The USPS delivers too much wasteful, junk mail and not enough nourishing real mail. But what if junk mail could heat our homes? If I had a yard and a wood stove I would love to turn all our junk mail and other household paper waste in to recycled logs to burn. Free heat!
Too cute! I mean, snails are cute but a squirrel postman? This Cindy Hendrick card was sent by my sister, who is on her way to visit us for real right now on this snowy February day! I hope you received some valentine paper love by post or by hand and you’re not feeling too beat up by winter.
Its February and you know what that means in the Northeast, right? Cold. Grey. Snow. Slush. And.
Colorful, cheerful, love filled mail traveling coast to coast, mailbox to mailbox!
Yes Valentine’s Day is next week and it is the most beloved of VSM opportunities! Not the chocolate and teddy bears commercial holiday that makes people feel bad if they don’t have a mate. But the handmade holiday when you get to make and send your favorite people a token of your affection. Ok and enjoy a bit of chocolate. Let’s do this!
I love when I discover a new stamp by actually receiving it in the mail! A holiday card from my dear comrades at Hootenanny Art House was adorned with this fantastic, elongated ( I mean, he was 7’1″) Wilt Chamberlain stamp.
Did you know I play basketball? Did you know a podiatrist just recommended that I give it up? Oh well. Wilt would probably tell me otherwise.
Viva Snail Mail + Basketball!
I hope you had a great holiday! I appreciated all the holiday cards that we received as well as the Rudolph postmark that the USPS used this year.
Viva Snail Mail in 2015!
I received a seriously good birthday gift from my husband, a print by the very talented Stephen Powers! I have been a fan of Powers since way back in the 1990’s when he was known as the graffiti artist, Espo. In 2009 I wrote a post about his love letter to Philadelphia mural project and I recommend a great, companion movie to the murals, A Love Letter for You, directed by my friend Joey Garfield that you can view on iTunes.
So to bring it back to snail mail, Powers made greeting cards! And they’re rad. Buy this excellent boxed set of 12 greeting cards as a holiday gift. Just make sure the recipient has someone to send the cards to- they’re all pretty flirty.