Egg Press is doing a #writeon challenge encouraging us to send 30 letters in 30 days. Can you do it? I’m going to try, though I’m already a bit behind!
Wow. Time flies, doesn’t it? It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I still think a lot about “snail mail” and how to save it.
I moved in May to a new home, and that came with lots of unpacking and home projects and new visitors (because we now have a guest bedroom!) and these things filled the space I may have previously filled with letter writing and mail art.
But my creative space (a reclaimed formerly windowless basement room) is nearly remodeled and soon I’ll have a dedicated space to return to the handwritten pleasures of life. I’m hoping that means more fodder for this blog, too!
I’m writing now, because I read today this piece from Brain Pickings about Rebecca Solnit’s new book The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness in which she talks about how modern of tweets and texts are affecting our communication and also our expression of ourselves.
Here is a quote BrainPickings shared from her book.
As I ran my fingers over the lined paper, words subtly debossed by the pressure of my grandmother’s ballpoint pen, I wondered about the continuity of personal identity across this shift — my letter-writing self seemed to have entirely different things to say, and to say them entirely differently, than my email-writing self, and yet the two selves belong to the same person. Each appears to be a dormant potentiality, beckoned forth by the respective medium of expression — something that makes it hard not to notice, and hard not to worry about, how such shifts in medium might shape what parts of ourselves we manifest, which in turn add up to the sum total of our personal identity.
I’m going to go buy it now so I can read more!
Happy International Day of Happiness!!
Today, March 20th, people all over the globe are trying to increase happiness in the one way that works best, connecting with others.
Organizers of the event are encouraging us to connect with people by saying Say “Hi” to strangers, call an old friend, share with others something that makes you smile, go outside and talk to a neighbor, volunteer in your community. And then let this good feeling flow through you–brought on by connection!
So, today, follow E.M. Forster’s advice and “Only connect…” and if that connection is via snail mail, then all the better!
One of the joys of this blog is that occasionally people find it and send me letters saying they enjoy reading SSM and share a love of all things snail mail.
I love this. But the message is especially sweet when it comes with handmade snail mail cards!!!
Addie from Colorado sent these to me. I love her adorable, letter-focused snails.
Thanks, Addie! A real reply is headed your way via the USPS.
It’s International Correspondence Writing Month (according to these folks who call letter writing “vintage social media”), so participate if you’d like! InCoWriMo simply encourages people to post at least one letter or postcard a day for each day in February.
You can do that, right?