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Cards and Letters Roll #InCoWriMo

February 1, 2017 5 Comments

On my first day of International Correspondence Writing Month I was completely surprised by my friend in New Jersey. He started early and mailed a letter to me so that it arrived on the very first day—way to go, Marc. You completely shocked me.  I started to unpack my desk drawer full of cards, writing paper, and postcards and found that the situation is much more serious that I thought it was.  I knew I had hoarded some paper goods, but I drastically underestimated the volume of my stash.  I have removed less than half of the contents of the drawer and have a selection on the table of at least 200 different ways to send mail in February.  I found 7 plain vintage postcards of unknown age, that my mom left me with 2 cents postage printed on the front.  I am going to send one of those to the Postmaster General in case it has some value.

I have cards from all over the world, and I still think they are as artful as the day I bought them.  I found 2 copies of my high school graduation invitation, so for the first day I gave my neighbor an invitation to my graduation.  We joke about having too much stuff stored in our houses all the time, so she was the perfect recipient of this 49 year old card for which nobody has any earthly use.  I found another copy and wish I could find somebody who went to that high school to be the surprise recipient of the other.  I might work on that because it would be funny.

Maybe I will just get into mailing things and keep sending them until they are all gone, but that would take years of daily diligence.  This is a crossroads, for sure.  I need to use these paper goods or release them to another more loving home where they will be used and appreciated.  I am now even more pleased to have decided to join the correspondence challenge in February now that i review my vast collection.  I realize the people to whom I mail these cards will get a charge out of them, and I have the possibility of freeing up a large drawer in my desk to use for other purposes.  Win/win.  If you want to help me win the battle of the paper drawer send me your mailing address, gentle reader.  Thanks.

Rock, Paper, Paperwhite

December 11, 2013 1 Comment

I am a recovering reading addict. I will probably be an over-reader for the rest of my days, so the question is where why and how to read. I received my Kindle Paperwhite yesterday and am very pleased with it.  It has a very adjustable screen that allows you to fine tune the font and the backlight to suit all situations.  It is light and I find it is much easier to hold than an iPad, where my first Kindle books resided.  There has been much thought and design work put into this creation.  It is for reading, without distraction.  It is a noticeable upgrade from paper.

People used to hold newspapers up to read, and some still do.  This is a kind of space divider that lets others know (or think) that we are busy reading, learning and becoming more informed.  I used to read the Wall Street Journal almost every day with the small print and big ads.  If you hold that paper up to read at the Starbucks you are making a statement about your interests.  I used to read Architectural Digest and Yoga Journal all the time.  I still have  subscription to The Week  magazine which I am much more likely to read in the digital version, while the paper one sits around unopened.  I just cleared out years of them from my magazine rack, most with almost no pages read.  I bought a 5 year subscription, and I do love the reporting/curation because it features articles from journalists around the world rather than an American only perspective. While Newsweek is returning to print for subscribers only, my involvement with paper publications is dwindling. If I have a burning news question I ask twitter what is happening. My conversion to digital makes my life easier and better because:

  • The Paperwhite and it’s cover fit nicely into my purse
  • The entire Amazon Prime lending library is available to me on it
  • The advanced comfort and ease of the adjustable settings is stellar
  • I can store books in it for reading with no Wi-Fi
  • I have nothing to return to the library or eliminate if I don’t like the book
  • The screen stays on for recipe use, which is a problem with iPad
  • It has a super long better life so I can read for days without recharging

In the kitchen or on the go, the Paperwhite is the tiny portable but unlimited library I always wanted.  I am sure I will return some day to the Pima County Library, but for now I am perfectly happy to have my library in the cloud.

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