VSM approves of this marketing strategy by Showtime to promote their new television series, HAPPYish. Postcards! I have not seen the show but Kathryn Hahn is one of the leads and she is my all time favorite. Loved her in Afternoon Delight and Transparent. And Steve Coogan is pretty great too.
Sunday is Mother’s Day y’all. Make some cards and send them to the moms in your life- you know that they will be appreciated. Get them in the mail pronto!
Look at these adorable hand sewn mom cards by Memory Threads that I saw at a Brooklyn fair this weekend. Jenna, the creative force behind Memory Threads, provided sharpies for kids to customize the cloth cards for their moms. Such a sweet idea!
Last week my family received live caterpillars in the mail as a spring gift from my mom! That was a first. Two plastic cups with lids arrived in a small cardboard box. Inside were tiny little black caterpillars and some brown food that we decided to call “pudding”. We designed an environment for our new pets to inspire them to grow.
Now we wait. In a few days we’ll transfer the chrysalides to a net habitat and a week after that, butterflies will emerge! When their wings are strong, we’ll release them in our garden.
We have loved this experience. If you want to give it a try visit Insect Lore; The Original Butterflies by Mail Company.
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…
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!
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!