pollinator mail

Guys, these postage stamps are just begging to be adhered to some bee and butterfly embellished envelopes! Viva pollinator mail art!

Let us now praise pollinating insects.

  • We need them so we can eat food!
  • Bees are endangered due to pesticide use!
  • My name, Melissa, means honeybee!
  • I made a short film about a rooftop beekeeper in Brooklyn a while back!
  • Lovely, gentle, helpful, bees often get mistaken for aggressive wasps and hornets!
  • Most “bee stings” are actually wasp stings!
  • Butterflies are wonderful, helpful, and endangered too!
  • Planting milkweed and other native, flowering plants that attract pollinators in your yard or stoop or window box can help bees and butterflies!

Not sure if all those exclamation points were needed but I do love bees and butterflies and am glad that the USPS has issued these Protect Pollinators stamps. Buy some!

Oh, there I go again.

self mail

A good friend’s mom recently died, after a long struggle with cancer. At her funeral she was eulogized by her children and oldest grandchild, with such love. One son recalled a Passover tradition she had. When packing up all her special plates from her family’s Seders, she would write herself a letter and tuck it on top of the Seder plate, along with letters from prior years, to be read again upon opening the box for next year’s Passover events.

This ritual moved me, particularly for a woman who was described as such a giver, so generous and open hearted. Within her Seder tradition, which was inherently a group activity, she imbedded some time with herself to reflect on her own life, in her own words.

I have never hosted a Seder but I do unpack and repack our Christmas decorations each year. Perhaps I will include a letter to myself as a way of recording the highlights of my family’s holiday season, to slow down and remember the richness of our lives because honestly, Christmas can sometimes feel like too much, too fast, and then its over. What a smart way to start off the following year’s season, with a hand written reminder to myself of what I love.