International Day of Happiness

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!

 

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Dr. Seuss would have been 111 yesterday.  By total coincidence, my creative wife sculpted a Cat in the Hat around our mailbox after our recent big snow. My mailbox usually makes me happy, but it was almost magical for a few days!

 

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Snail Mail…It Matters!

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!!!

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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.

Christmas Delivery

I got the best wrapped present this year!

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And what was inside was even better! Hope you had a wonderful holiday and that 2015 brings full mail boxes!!

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InCoWriMo

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?

Ex Postal Facto

 

ex postal factoHave you heard of Ex Postal Facto?  It’s “a weekend event celebrating correspondence art, faux philatelics and postal modernism” which translates to mail art fun!

Events include:

  • A mail art show and reception at the San Francisco Center for the Book on the 14th
  • A vendor expo at the SF Elks Lodge #3 on the 15th, and
  • An afternoon of mail art & postal modernism lectures at the SF Public Library on the 16th.

I wish I could go!  I believe some fellow bloggers, and my pen pals, from The Well Appointed Desk and Craftgasm are going (Thanks, Melissa, for cluing me in.  I have been out of the loop!).

Save Snail Mail will be there in spirit! Please share stories with me if you go!

 

 

Glorious Mail Day!

I have had the most glorious mail day.  In my P.O. Box, I found a mail-art postcard, a letter from Ana of The Well-Appointed Desk, another note from someone who liked the article I was interviewed for in the Postal Record, and my handwritten letter from Mary Kate McDevitt’s project! Check out this AWESOME Q!

In my mailbox at home, I received another letter and two thank you notes.  I didn’t receive a single piece of unwanted mail!

When I started this blog only a year ago, I don’t think I had any idea that I could truly transform my mailbox experience so drastically…with a lot of help from my fellow letter writers and mail artists, of course! What a lovely rebirth I’ve experienced–writing letters to people who write back, meeting new people from varied backgrounds, digging more deeply into my creative talents and coming up with some great art I didn’t know I had in me.

I have a lot more in store for you as this blog enters its second year.  I hope you’ll continue to read and if you want to join in on the fun, please do.  It’s much more fun that way!

Yours in letters,

Dana