My home office is a complete, utter mess. The books and papers are literally closing in on me. There is a narrow path from the door to the desk and my favorite thinking place–the window. Other than that, every space is covered with stacks of books and piles of paper.
At some point, I’ll spend a day or two getting things back in order. For now, I’m glad I kept the many beautiful works of art created by swap-bot and Love Notes pals separate from the madness–especially since I have a lot of “catch-up sharing” to do this summer.
Today, I’m sharing a couple of postcards that remind us of the [potential] role we play in the life of each person we encounter.
The first card came from Martha S. of Postcards in the Air.
Martha’s cheerful watercolor urges us to “be a light in someone’s life.” Her work has been featured on Pics and Posts many times. My favorites are her autumn leaves and the über cute raccoon watercolor. Be sure to check out her blog for more of her work and musings.
The card below, also a watercolor, came from Rae L. I hadn’t seen her in my mailbox in ages, so I was overjoyed to receive this pretty card.
Rae included a Mother Teresa quote with her flowers:
Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love. –Mother Teresa
I truly appreciate the messages of love and light. The world can be lonely, dark, and cold, so the work of light workers is critical. If you think you have very little to offer, remember, even the smallest flicker radiates tremendous light.
Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” –Lauren DeStefano,
As I was out and about yesterday, I noticed that autumn is hanging on fiercely in some places. The colorful display in mid-December compensated for the too cold weather we’ve been having lately. But the trees I glimpsed on campus when I made a quick stop at my office this afternoon proved that we are certainly facing the last days of autumn.
Of course, I cannot let the season end without sharing a bit (more) of it with you, so I’ve decided to dedicate (some of) my posts this week to my autumn bliss. I’ll try to contain myself and limit the season’s posts to three, but I’m not promising.
The mixed media postcard featured above was made by my penfriend Martha S. Life has kept her busy, so it was a too pleasant surprise to find this bit of autumn love in my mailbox. This beauty has found a home in my notes and quotes journal.
Thank you, Martha, for this lovely rendering of autumn bliss!
I received many beautiful and meaningful postcards the last few days, so at the moment I’m torn between posting something meaningful and something cute.
As you can see, cute won. Why? The last few days were challenging, and I just want to stop thinking for a moment.
The postcard is a reproduction of a watercolor by one of my new postcard pals, Martha. Martha is an artist and a writer. The watercolor was inspired by raccoons that used to live under her deck. She writes that they now “just travel through.”
Isn’t he the cutest?
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 been following her blog and never made the connection between the blogger and the grant writer who helped me with a recent grant proposal. The world is so much smaller than we think, and I’m always surprised by that reality. Anyway, her stopping by reminded me that I hadn’t written about my October Love Notes!
As you may recall from an October post, Love Notes is hosted by Jennifer Belthoff. Participants sign up for the swap on her website, and then she assigns partners–notified via email–who correspond with each other for three weeks based on a prompt she provides each Sunday.
My October partner, Martha Slavin, is an artist and writer who resides on the West Coast. She sent beautifully designed cards with well-considered messages.
In response to the week one prompt, “Imagine,” Martha wrote:
a word that resonates deep
words that connect us.
For the week two prompt, “Don’t forget to remember…,” Martha sent a community themed postcard that underscored the message she wrote on the back.
She reminded me of our connection to each other as humans and advised: “Don’t forget to remember…”
- that community is what makes us human
- that it takes at least two to be whole
- that you can reach out every day to someone who needs you
If you’re interested in the postcard art, you can find more information here: Syracuse Cultural Workers. It can be purchased in various forms–print, notecard, bookmark, t-shirt.
For the final week’s prompt, “Courage is…,” Martha sent a mixed-media piece she created:
She defined courage as:
- taking the next step
- seeing with new eyes
- living with you feelings
- reaching out to others
- getting help when you need it
Martha sent an extra piece with the final mailing:
What blows in the wind?
songs. leaves. smoke. dust. memories. seeds. scents. Mary Poppins. rain. sleet. snow. hail. storms. sailboats. birds. hats. thoughts. feathers. doors. whispers. bubbles. petals. curtains. longings.
Who wouldn’t love a poem in which “Mary Poppins” makes an appearance? Notice the mix of abstract and concrete?
Martha also tucked into the envelope her business card which features her artwork (on back):
A lovely reminder of the life-sustaining contribution of trees.
I also received cards from other Love Notes participants–Christine, Lorelei, and Jacki–but I’ll share those tomorrow (maybe). For now, take a few extra moments to enjoy Martha’s pretties. You can find more of Martha’s art and writing at: Postcards in the Air.
Save the date: The next round of Love Notes begins January 2017.