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League of Extraordinary Penpals

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Laura of Please Deliver To and Julie of Penpal of the Week created a new group for those interested in writing letters and finding pen pals.  Of course, I had to join!

For more information on the cost of membership, which is actually discounted until February 1, and how to join, go here.

This and That

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Dinner at Applebee's and Maya's meeting for Brownies are on tonight's agenda.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Incoming Mail

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 Postcrossing postcard from Holland of klompen (clogs).
 New Year's card by Thomas Kinkade and letter from my sister in New Mexico.
 Postcrossing postcard of St. Isaac Cathedral in Saint Petersburg from Russia.
 Letter over the Christmas holidays from Wanda in Canada.
Longtime pen pal Ellen in The Netherlands always sends the most beautiful stamps on her letters.

Incoming Mail

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Part of our holiday cards.  I rotated the display.  Have you noticed that every year seems to bring fewer Christmas cards?  That's my experience, anyway.
 Postcard of McMinnville, Oregon, from Becky in Oregon.
 Letter from Claudia in California of Moncy3.  Stop by her Etsy shop to purchase cute envelopes and stationery like this one.
Card from Becky in Oregon featuring William S. Rice's Moonrise--Eucalyptus Grove (1925).

Post Office Box

My Christmas present to myself--a post office box.

Maria
P.O. Box 5964
Lincoln, NE 68505
United States

Hope some of you decide to drop me a line!

Recent Reads

Warriors series and Seekers series by Erin Hunter (various 2000s)--Chapter books.  Maya is deeply into Hunter's books about the Warriors (cats) and Seekers (bears).  I'm not nearly as enamored with the writing style (slow, slow, slow-moving stories), and my disinterest makes for a hard time remembering which unusual name corresponds with which character.  I think Maya enjoys reminding me when I ask, "Who is that again?"  Recommended for the younger crowd.

Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos (2004)--Fiction.  This is next month's selection for my hospital book club, and I hope we can generate a lively discussion at our meeting.  I'm a little "meh" on the book, which is about Margaret, an older, seriously ill, wealthy woman who rents a room to Wanda, a thirty-something artist.    Both women have difficult pasts, including "parent issues," as we learn about through flashbacks, and form a deep friendship.  Okay read.

Semper Fi: An Erotic Romance

A Month of Letters Challenge 2013

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Author Mary Robinette Kowal is again hosting her A Month of Letters challenge, and I plan to participate.

See her post about the challenge for more information.  Don't forget to sign up while you're there, too, as I plan to do once I have my new post office box.

The basics, as copied from her post:


In the month of February, mail at least one item through the post every day it runs. Write a postcard, a letter, send a picture, or a cutting from a newspaper, or a fabric swatch. Write back to everyone who writes to you. This can count as one of your mailed items. 
Happy mailing!

Celebrating a New Year

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Maya's happy to have a second set of piercings for her ears. She said she thinks having two holes in each ear looks more "grown uppy."

Hope good things are also happening for you in 2013!

Happy New Year!

"One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise about the little things."  ~~John Burroughs
"New Year's Day... now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual."  ~~Mark Twain
“Hope
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering 'it will be happier'...”  ~~Alfred, Lord Tennyson
"I don’t really have a New Year’s resolution to go on a diet or anything like that. I am who I am, and I don’t want to be somebody else."  ~~Karolina Kurkova

"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day." ~~Edith Lovejoy Pierce "We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… n…