Bears find themselves at the spot where two deep-seated but contradictory human impulses collide: the desire to feel protected from unforeseeable danger and the longing for unspoiled nature. —Bernd Brunner, Bears: A Brief History This lovely bear has been sitting in my “to be blogged” bin since February. Her name is Kaja. My Love Notes friend, … Continue reading Meet Kaja: The Lovely Bear
Love Notes 22 ended recently. As I reviewed the cards I received for the first prompt, I realized that we are less than two days away from the third month of the year. Eek! In case you’re new to Pics and Post, Love Notes is a postcard project coordinated by Jennifer Belthoff that “encourages slowing down, getting … Continue reading Things to Carry: Hope, Love, and a Sense of Wonder
One of the things I absolutely love about being an English professor is the regularity of my encounters with students who love language and literature as much as I do. I enjoy the connections we make over literature and the animated discussions that result from our (often divergent) readings of the same texts. Today’s post … Continue reading Guest Post: When I Fell in Love with Words
Love Notes participants are a creative bunch, and I always feel the love when someone crafts a card especially for me. That is exactly what Lori K did for the Love Notes 21, Prompt 2. After reading about my ❤ for sunflowers, she created a gorgeous autumn-themed sunflower card for me. Double love! Lori sent … Continue reading Because I Love Sunflowers…
Sometimes, we go through situations that make us feel unwelcome, unwanted, unloved. This Illustrated Faith postcard sent to me by Debra D, one of my Love Notes pals, is a simple reminder to stop the lie before it permeates your spirit and sullies your days. Need more proof? For the Lord your God is living … Continue reading You Are Perfectly Loved!
Building a snail mail relationship through (random) swapping isn’t always easy. Quite frequently, I receive from or send to a person knowing we won’t hear from each other again until years later when one of us is randomly selected as the other’s partner again. In some cases, never. A couple of years ago I hosted a four-week, four notes photography swap to deal … Continue reading 4-4-4: Four Weeks, Four Topics, Four Notes
I recall my glee the evening my hubby handed me the stack of postcards he had just retrieved from the mailbox and post office box. I placed them in my planner hoping to savor them later, but then life happened–illnesses, midterms, and life in general. Now, that the madness is less intense for a moment [Spring … Continue reading Quotes and Hearts: Love on Postcards
We completed the first round of Love Notes 2017 a couple of weeks ago. Again, I had a beautifully artistic soul with whom to exchange cards and messages. My partner, Carolyn D. of Garden City, Idaho sent handcrafted cards with elegantly handwritten messages. It was always such a treat to find one of her notes in my mailbox. For week 1’s prompt … Continue reading Another Round of Love!
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I did receive a number of extra postcards from Love Notes participants. The great thing about the Love Notes community is that the connections to other individuals are not just about getting postcards. Participants enjoy reaching out in their own way to other participants. Some make cards and notecards. … Continue reading More Postcard Love!
Shannan, a Love Notes participant, stopped by my office today. She traveled all the way from her office on campus to say hello. That’s right! One of the participants and I live in the same area and work at the same university. What are the odds? We discovered this just after the October round began. Furthermore, I had … Continue reading Postcards = Love