Thursday, March 2, 2017

Yes, Mail Goes Marching On!

Mail, oh mail is coming to you!
Mail, oh mail is coming to you!
Mail, oh mail is coming to you!
Yes, mail goes Marching on!

It's March already. This new month just "marched" on in without warning or fanfare. I wasn't finished with February! I missed too many posts for Black Heritage Month. Black Mail never ran its course. President's Day? Gosh, I barely gave it a nod. My days have been too full of books and pencils, pencils and books! Both lured me into their trap with tempting promises of learning everything I'd need to become capable and confident enough to make 'em, write 'em, and illustrate 'em. That's a whole lotta 'ems for a gullible me, but the proof will show up in the rinse water. I believe a body can learn and do anything it sets its mind to. It just takes time and dedication, and missing out on doing other stuff that won't spoil if left on its own for a spell. Like the man once said, "There's always room for h-e-l-l-o!"



I wrote a single notecard last night--inside front, inside, and back. In pencil. I used one of my Paper (heart-heart) Mate, SHARPWRITER, No. 2 pencils for the pleasure of. I become more proficient at writing with them each time I do. I let everything go after the one letter to watch the PBS show, "Africa's Great Civilizations." It's . . . Amazing sounds trite and disrespectful because the show is so much more than  amazing. Parts of it feel familiar--like Gaines has shown us some of it before. I tell myself that I learned large chunks of the history on my own over the years--in bits and pieces from other shows, good books, and documentaries that did little more than hint at things that were proffered in last night's episode. And I thank Nat Geo, Natural History, other publications, along with such fearless writers as Robert Bauval and Thomas Trophy, Ph.D., among others who dare to tell our true history. 

I cannot fail to mention some of the dear pen friends who send articles, stories, photos, and lovely information about people of color and their histories. Our worlds intersect, and we are more closely connected than ever before. I say, "Hey? Can you see me now? 'Cause I always see you!" more often than you know. 


I shared Erin of my intent to send more Black Mail this year. I asked, "If I have to write with white ink won't that make it black and white mail?" She said, "If you send it internationally, it'll be black and white and read all over." What can I say to that? Her groaner made it a none-issue. So, I will write more Black Mail, and not only in February. I don't have all these black cards, stock, paper and envelopes for nothing. 


This fun envelope needs to find a new home before it disintegrates. What a magic carpet ride these two had! How high did they fly? Did they wish for sweaters? Were bugs in teeth a problem? Did they need glasses to protect wide eyes from flying "stuff?" 


The self-liner is just as lovely. Prettier than it is here. I keep finding reasons to write on. And on. In pencil. With ink. I think . . . Mail marches on. 







6 comments:

  1. yes indeed mail marches on and on and on .....I'm sorry I could not stop once I got started God bless you and stay safe and mail on my dear .

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  2. LOL. March is a good month for a mail march. Seems I'm in a mail state of mind lately. I find more that needs answering everywhere I look.

    May your March mailbox be manic this month.

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  3. I received one today. I am so inspired to find a pencil and write but don't be disappointed when my note care arrives written in pen already. Next one will be in pencil, I promise.

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    1. Thanks for letting me know. Did the graphite smear much?

      Pen is fine. I thought I'd give pencil some of the r-e-s-p-e-c-t it deserves, hence the graphite campaign. Reciprocity is good too, so thanks in advance.

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    2. Yes, the graphite did just fine in the mail all the way from your place to mine.

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    3. Thanks. I had a feeling the darker graphite would smear more, but will be more durable for mail.

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