tree mail

Read this sweet article! In Melbourne, Australia the city assigned email addresses to their trees so people could report problems. But instead, tree enthusiasts wrote love letters to their favorite trees. Thousands of them. And the trees wrote back!

In this instance email is probably a better medium for communication than paper, unless one uses recycled paper. I mean, would you try to woo a cow by taking it out for a steak?

human mail

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My sister sent me these photos with this caption:

In 1913 it was legal to mail children. With stamps attached to their clothing, children rode trains to their destinations, accompanied by letter carriers. One newspaper reported it cost fifty-three cents for parents to mail their daughter to her grandparents for a family visit. As news stories and photos popped up around the country, it didn’t take long to get a law on the books making it illegal to send children through the mail.

That may be true but according to Snopes.com these photos are staged. However there is a great children’s book called Mailing May that is apparently based on a true story. Set in 1914, A little girl travels by postal train to visit her grandmother. Much cheaper than buying a regular train ticket!

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I Love the Post Office.

There was an essay in the New York Times Sunday Review last week by Ethan Hauser called I Love the Post Office that I want to pass on to you. Hauser articulated something I have written about before, the harshness of NYC post offices. They can be frustratingly inefficient, even for a snail mail loyalist like myself. Especially for a snail mail loyalist like myself! In fact, when I travel I love to visit post offices. They’re consistently much nicer than the ones here.

After I read the essay I realized that I went to high school with Ethan Hauser.

Well done, Ethan!

mom mail

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!

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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!

metamorphosis mail

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.

caterpillersAnd grow they did! They ate a lot of pudding and within a week were huge and starting to transition into their chrysalides.

transitioningThis guy actually transitioned before our very eyes! It was fascinating and also a little gross- from black and fuzzy to smooth and brown in a matter of minutes. I loved every second of it.

chrysalidesNow 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.

Viva Metamorphosis!