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.

whale mail

Last week I had the honor of sitting in the audience while my daughter and my niece performed in an experimental production of “Moby Dick.” It was the culminating event in their week of camp at White Bird Productions and wow, that staff did so much with the campers in such a short amount of time!

So it was quite serendipitous that I received a Postmark’d package of whale related paper mail supplies just in time to write whale cards for my girls. The package included 4 lovely greeting cards and a postcard from a variety of makers, postage stamps, some tips on writing whale themed mail, a pen and pencil, and even some blue washi tape to seal up the envelopes! The presentation was lovely and I would recommend this subscription service as a gift to a loved one. It might inspire a child to embrace the art of paper correspondence or for an adult to remember its pleasures. I can’t wait to see what next month’s delivery brings!

Viva Snail (whale) Mail!

 

snowy day mail

Its snowing! My kids love snow and we had a great walk through the park today with plenty of snowballs and track making. Snowy days, which are such a rare treat, always make me think of Ezra Jack Keats‘ 1962 book “The Snowy Day” and of course, it was our bedtime story tonight.

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And soon we can make snowy day mail! With postage stamps featuring Keats’ artwork of Peter’s snowy day! When, you ask? USPS is keeping it vague by only telling us they will be released in 2017.

While you wait you can go out and buy Andrea Davis Pinkney’s beautiful book “A Poem for Peter.” My sister gave it us as a Christmas gift and I recommend it for fans of Keats. Its a lovely tribute to a trailblazing artist who broke a cultural barrier by creating the first African American main character in a children’s book. By writing and illustrating the character of Peter, Keats profoundly affected the lives of children, particularly black children who identified with Peter in a deep way, including Pinkney, who slept with the book under her pillow when she was a child.

peanuts stamps!

Ok I am not trying to rush you in to Christmas mode when we are in the glorious days of early autumn but I am just so excited about these newly issued stamps!

peanuts

 

If you like them as much as I do and are a Christmas card sender, order them now and then you’ll be all set in December. The one with Charlie Brown looking in to the mailbox? Its meta magic!

maya mail is real!

maya stamp

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!