Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Tool Box Refills


I don't exactly panic when my stamp supply wanes. A handful of clicks and it's tool box "fill 'er up again" time. Trouble is, I tend to over-do it when there are new choices available, then try to justify my need and recoup from my lapse into "gotta have it" greed by writing more letters. *sigh* It really is a win-win for all involved.  





I forget which, but at least two of these new gems are pre-order. Don't you just like being surprised when they show up? I can expect to be so in April and May. Oh, joy. The seashell stamps are my least favorite, but my favorite of the four is number three. Succulents are forever favorites. And, with this order my postage tool box will be replete once more. Do you have such a tool box too? Where do you keep your stamps???


Note the date. April One. *grin*


The signature wax seal wasn't convincing. No, not at all. Funny things happen on April One. Okay, I recognized the stationery, but pretending was fun. "Pencil of unknown origin, but noble purpose" is noteworthy. Mrs. Duffy, thank you for the pleasure of reading your lovely letter. Your story is heartwarming, charming, and disarming. It could stand up next to any story in my new, little blue book.


The Moth Presents is one of the best, most well-made books I have had the pleasure of holding and enjoying in a long while. Book making is back, along with the pencil, and snail mail letters. Storytelling will never die. People love the art of telling, listening, reading and re-telling someone's truth or even a lie, convincingly. As long as it entertains, I'm in. 

The cover alone is worth the price. The book is a work of art you'll pass on or along to another book-lover because of the words within the covers. My only regret is having already read more than a few of the stories. It's what I get for being a greedy reader. But I wouldn't change my circumstances for love or money since I love a good story, and willingly spend my ducats on words. Good words, strung together like rare pearls of great price on a length of fine satin string.

This is from the foreword by Neil Gaiman: 

 "What's the Moth?" I asked. It was April 2007.

"The Moth 's a storytelling thing," I was told. "You talk about real-life things that happened to you, in front of a live audience." 

There's a Moth podcast. Hmm. Did you know about Moth and didn't tell me? I tell you good stuff. 


Like now. I'm going to tell you about why Oxford American is one of the best lit 'zines of all time. Note the sky and the horizon matches the book's cover. Hello! You're likely to hear some of the best voices  ever on paper right here. Reading one story at a time is more than enough with these storytellers. You have to cogitate and digest, regurgitate a little, and re-think until your thinker is sore. Most of the time anyway. I promise. 

One of my very favorite authors is in this Spring collection! She is so . . . everything! I'd give up new books for a year if I could meet her. A conversation would be enough. 


Oxford's cover mysteriously matches the blues on this cover. They're deliberately trying to mess with me. And yes, it's February's edition but I believe it hung around just for me. There's something really special inside that I'll share with you in the near future. Prepare to be impressed pleased. See? I'm not just another pretty face. I'm your word friend too. 

 . . . to be continued







20 comments:

  1. I guess I don't need any excuse to buy more stamps. The good thing is that in Morocco I don't have a big choice.

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    1. You mean you never run out of stamps? I'm annoyed when I run out and have to borrow from JC. He buys a roll or books of the boring American flag stamps. It's humiliating but when in need . . . LOL.

      Now I want to see your country's stamps. I Googled and am puzzled. Do you have a blog? Thanks.

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    2. I do. :) I read it often and even post occasional comments after looking like a kid whose nose is glued to a bakery window. I Googled stamps for your country and I didn't know which images are current. I'm slower than most to catch on. I'm still trying to figure out the A to Z challenge. Sometimes I overthink the most simple things. :D

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    3. You can see the latest issues if you click this link. However, in the main post office of thecity where Ilive in, usually they don't have the choice, just one kind of stamps.

      I'm not Moroccan, I just happen to be living here for a while!

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    4. Thanks. Such very different styles when it comes to graphic designs. Do you order stamps? Perhaps fewer letters are written in Morocco? :)

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    5. Ordering by e-mail doesn't work (I've tried). It is better if you live in a big city,like Rabat or Casablanca. People really don't care about stamps (except collectors, I guess), and most people here NEVER send letters :/

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    6. What a pity the world doesn't get to experience the joy of sending and receiving mail. If I lived in a small town I'd write a letter to everyone in the phone book. Wow. Do they still make phone books? Better yet I'd write a letter to every post office box holder at the post office. :) I'd do it anonymously though in case someone staked out the lobby to see who picked up mail for the return address box. LOL.

      Do you get much mail? Experience taught me that writing to 65 people in a week is hard. You fall behind eventually and never catch up. Then you have to file for mail amnesty. :)

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    7. That's a good idea. I've seen some projects like that, writing to random adresses... In a small town, everyone would know that it was you! But you would make some friends, sure! :)

      I don't count the letters, but... 65 in a week? That's beyond my possibilities. Probably it is 5 or 6 a week (postcards & letters). I still consider that a lot.

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    8. I wonder if someone would consider doing such a thing as stalking in today's world of weird. I think I'd rather choose a nursing home or an assisted living facility for such a project. There are so many lonely people on the planet. I wouldn't do it though. :) I have difficulty keeping up with my current mail backlog.

      I kept tally several times and it was depressing. One week I wrote 65 letters, notes, and postcards. Another time it was 64. It was overwhelming. I have some of the best pen friends ever. Some days a single letter is a lot. :) Some is better than none.

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  2. Oh I know you are my friend you see because you and I can talk about anything and not get mad at each other for such . Some people cant do that . In fact I remembered something that Tyler perrys madea says to her friends , if you tell a friend they keep doing something that makes you not like them and they keep doing it then we have a problem . I feel most people don't know what that means but you do . I just know you do . also let me ask you , do you know certain pen pals by their envelopes ? I seem to be able too here lately is that not fun ? well great post and I hope I did not type your ear off .

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    1. LOL. Made often says what some of us only think.

      Goodness, yes, you can tell a pen friend by their envelopes. Their envelopes are like calling cards, or second signatures. Creative people develop the own unique style.

      LOL. I hope I never type with my ear. ;) Most days are better than others, then most days blogging and reading posts take my mind off the things that ail and distract me just long enough to help me move on.

      You be well. And write on.

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  3. Are the succulents a pre order? I had to pick up some more international postage and it was still the globes. But our little town never seems to get very much postage in, and if they do it is SMALL quantities. Haha, I go to another post office and all of their stamps are in this HUGE 3 ring binder. When they see me they just hand the binder to me and I step aside so as not to hold the line up. Thats more like it, right?

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    1. Yes, the succulents are pre-order. I don't mind ordering online because new stamps go fast at our little post office. I rather like the globes now because they represent global mail. They grew on me, but I enjoy mixing it up to keep things interesting, don't you? I've seen your combinations. :) I get the binders offered too. :) And those ladies are great at reminding me when there are new stamps.

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  4. I have another recommendation for you on a book . The book is titled the personal history of racheal Dupree . I know you will love this one . It is by anne weisgarber . It is a fascinating book and they are supposed to be making a movie about it with Viola Davis who is an outstanding actress and whom I personally loved in the movie the help .

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    1. I Googled the book you mentioned on your blog. I've read the author before and am surprised by your review. I'll read more before making a decision but thanks for the heads up. I'll check in on Dupree and Weisgarber. Read on.

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  5. My P.O., which is full of lovely people, does not keep a great variety of stamps. I've asked for the Wonder Woman stamps twice with no luck. The last stamps I ordered got mangle in a machine somewhere, but I guess if I want Wonder Woman, I'm gonna' have to order and hope for better luck. I need more postcard stamps, too. :) I know that any Forever stamp will get a letter where it is going, but somehow the image on a stamp is important!

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    1. I wonder why? You'd think the USPS would do their best to encourage repeat business. I have to get the Wonder Woman stamps before the new movie premier. I like the actress chosen for the role. :) She actually looks like she might be from the Amazon. LOL. I hope you'll order them too.

      I agree with you. Image is everything. :) It irks me to have to make do when I'm digging in the bottom of the stamp box. I need those succulent stamps NOW for my circle campaign so I've held off on mailing them until I can go to the post office to seek a substitute. Am I anal? LOL.

      Right on, Jen! :D

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  6. It's so much fun to order new stamps online! Do you get the Philatelic Catalog? It has photos and sometimes stories on the stamps. You can order it for free on the USPS website. Look for it on the Postal Store page...in the menu on the left side of the screen, the link is at the bottom of the list. It comes out quarterly and is almost as fun as looking through the old Sears Wish Book Christmas catalog (alas, the stamp book isn't nearly as big)!

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    1. Are you ever disappointed when you order online and the stamp does not match your expectations? There's no such thing as refund. It's been awhile since I've had a Philatelic Catalog, if memory serves me well again. I don't remember what the last one was about. I keep them! Then I'll do a purge and toss half the first time. I like to use the images in my journals or even on envelopes. That's how I became such a paper hoarder! And a book hoarder. :)

      Ah, the good old Sears Wish Book. I liked them so much. My sister and I used to pick out the furnishings for our future homes from those catalogs. It was fun! And I wrote names by all the gifts I wished I could buy for everyone I knew. You're awakening some great memories. Thank you. :D

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