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Incoming Mail--Sue in North Carolina

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Mary Engelbreit card.

Current Little Pleasures

Cody Ege, friend of my niece from Iowa, called up by the Miami Marlins.  Guess I have to root for a Florida team now!

The Green Gateau sells their strawberry-apricot tea now, so I can drink my favorite iced tea at home.

Maya's volunteer experience at the Lincoln Children's Zoo.  She's learning time management, that there are good and "not fun" parts to her duties, and experiencing working alone and with others--just like a real job. 

Organic coconut oil--miracle moisturizer introduced to us by my niece from New Mexico.

Prince-related memories from back in the day.  Bittersweet.

Sweet William

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Using a straw with his sippy cup for the first time.

Incoming Mail--Sue in North Carolina

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Card that fits well with yesterday's rainbow photo.

Incoming Mail--Claudia in California

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Card that reminds me of my grandma's strawberry patch and letter.

Double Rainbow--4/24/2016

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RIP, Prince

RIP, Prince.  Thank you for being unapologetically you, a fantastic musician, honest about coming from a difficult family background, faithful to Minnesota, and sexy in purple.

Quotes:

"Every day I feel is a blessing from God.  And I consider it a new beginning.  Yeah, everything is beautiful."

"A strong spirit transcends rules."

"Despite everything, no one can dictate who you are to other people."

"There's a dark side to everything."

"There are people who are unhappy with everything."

"I have a writing addiction."

"I don't talk about the past."

"I like arguments."

"When I want to hear good music, I write it myself."



My favorite of his songs:

Darling Nikki

When Doves Cry

Purple Rain

I Would Die 4 U

Raspberry Beret



My favorite songs written or co-written by him and performed by others:

The Glamorous Life (performed by Sheila E.)

Jungle Love (performed by The Time)

I Feel for You (performed…

Incoming Mail--Steph in Minnesota

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Lang card featuring En Plein Air by Marsha Connell.

Incoming Mail--Keli in Nebraska

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The inside of the sweet card says "without a friend like you?"

Incoming Mail--Penny in Canada

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Cute card with great advice!

Incoming Mail--Sue in North Carolina

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Spring card.

Incoming Mail--Steph in Minnesota

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Decorated Flavia envelope with matching paper.

Recent Reads

Everest '96 by Ken Vernon (2015).  Summary of the South African team's experience during the tragic Everest climbing season of 1996.  Journalist Vernon, on the team as a representative of the sponsoring South African newspaper, confirms, yet expands, the negative image of Ian Woodall and Cathy O'Dowd presented in other climbing books about the season.  Despite the need of a good proofreader, the book should be of interest to anyone fascinated by the 1996 Everest tragedy.

Radio Silence by Alyssa Cole (2015).  First in a trilogy that includes Signal Boost and Mixed Signals.  Although no one knows why, electricity stops working, and polite veneer of society quickly disintegrated.  We meet roommates and best friends Arden and John in the woods, attempting to reach John's family's cabin.  What happens when they reach the cabin?  Are they safe now?  Interesting, well-rounded characters pulled me into quickly buying the other books in the trilogy.

Heartbreaker by Melody Gra…

Outgoing Mail--April 1-15, 2016

Postcards to Jenn in Texas, my nephew in Iowa, my nephew in New Mexico, Becky in Oregon, Dana in North Carolina, my niece in Iowa, my niece in New Mexico, Sue in North Carolina, Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, my great-nephew in New Mexico, my mom, Keli in Nebraska, Shane in Kansas, Billy in Wisconsin, my sister in New Mexico, and Joel in Arizona.

Letters to Wanda in Canada, Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, Barbara in South Carolina, and my sister in New Mexico.

Incoming Mail--Becky in Oregon

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park postcard.

Incoming Mail--Tina in South Carolina

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Fun handmade postcard.

Incoming Mail--Tina in South Carolina

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Cute postcard.

Incoming Mail--Becky in Oregon

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Cute card.

Incoming Mail--Sue in North Carolina

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Bright, spring-like notecard.

Incoming Mail--Tina in South Carolina

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Riverbanks Zoo and Garden postcard.

Sweet William

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William with his mom/my niece, Amanda, and the beautiful vegan cake William's dad made for Amanda's 24th birthday.

Write-On Reminder

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April is National Letter-Writing Month.  Don't forget about the Write-On Campaign this month.

Sweet William

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Outgoing Mail--March 16-31, 2016

Cards and letters to Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, my sister in New Mexico (2), and Barbara in South Carolina (2).

Letters to Claudia in California, Tami in Oregon, Sherri Kay in Wisconsin (2).

Cards to Sue in North Carolina, my sister in Iowa, Jenn in Texas, Greg in Nebraska, Becky in Oregon, Shane in Kansas, Billy in Wisconsin, Kym in Colorado, and my mom in Nebraska.

Postcards to Shane in Kansas, Barbara in South Carolina, Jenn in Texas, Kym in Colorado, Joel in Arizona, Steph in Minnesota, Becky in Oregon, Ann in Pennsylvania, Billy in Wisconsin, my niece in New Mexico, Dana in North Carolina, my goddaughter in Nebraska, Sue in North Carolina, and my nephew in Iowa, my sister in New Mexico, my niece in Iowa, and my nephew in New Mexico.