19 Oct, 2018

Writing Postcards – A Tradition Continues

October 19th, 2018|Tags: , , |

Postcard carousel in the colonnade at Mariánské Lázně, Czech Republic (September 2016) Whenever I travel, I send postcards to my brother and sister. They do the same. This [...]

12 Oct, 2018

The Rainy Day File

October 12th, 2018|Tags: , |

One evening last summer, my brother and I lingered by the camp fire after the rest of the family had gone to bed. As the flames died down, we looked [...]

17 Aug, 2018

Why Handwritten Get Well Cards Are Special

August 17th, 2018|Tags: , |

I have blogged before about the special magic of handwritten letters and postcards. But now that I am recovering from hip surgery and have been largely housebound, I discovered just how [...]

12 Jun, 2017

Snail Mail Art

June 12th, 2017|Tags: , , |

I adore snail mail art. As a kid, I loved to draw. That pastime, along with several others, has remained in my childhood. Over the past few years, however, I've [...]

9 Sep, 2015

The Postcard Tradition

September 9th, 2015|Tags: , , |

I haven’t been around because I’ve been chilling, and before I was chilling, I was traveling—days crammed with stuffing suitcases, riding taxes and buses, making it to the airport on time, [...]

24 Feb, 2015

Interview with Sarah Wildman

February 24th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

In December I interviewed Sarah Wildman about her book Paper Love. This was a particular privilege because Paper Love is my kind of story: figuring out what happened in a [...]

19 Sep, 2011

Photo Essay: The Spoils of Travel or What Do You Bring Home from a Trip?

September 19th, 2011|Tags: , , , |

A month has passed since we returned from our road trip to the Southwest, and only today have I unpacked the last suitcase: mine. It always works like that: I [...]

9 Sep, 2011

Submissions: The Beauty of Snail Mail Submissions

September 9th, 2011|Tags: , |

Don't get me wrong: I love online submissions. But this morning, after submitting a few manuscripts online in a manner of minutes, I came across a literary journal that is not [...]

18 Aug, 2011

Writing Postcards

August 18th, 2011|Tags: |

This summer has revived the art of writing letters and postcards for me. While my daughter was at camp, the only way to communicate with her was to write her [...]

24 Jun, 2011

Writing Letters to my Children

June 24th, 2011|Tags: , |

Now that my kids are all away at camp, I’m doing an odd thing: I’m writing them letters. It’s an unfamiliar thing. It feels awkward to recount my daily activities [...]

12 Jun, 2011


June 12th, 2011|Tags: |

I just handwrote three thank you notes to friends who had been kind enough to remember my birthday with gifts sent in old-fashioned bubble envelopes, the address handwritten on them. [...]

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