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G & T’s, Pretzels and Paper Goods

In my 20’s I worked for Northwest Airlines as a Video and Film Producer and traveled quite a bit. It was a fabulous job. And even when I flew to destinations as exotic as Detroit to interview and tape an Executive, I always loved to fly. Even then, with no obligations back at home, the uninterrupted time in the air forced me to pause, make lists, read and write to my heart’s content. In this day and age, these moments with no connection to the internet, texts, email and social media can feel like a small gift.

So when I found myself headed to and from Portland, Oregon this past weekend, I was elated. The sweet, young woman, Tasya, sitting next to me, holding her one novel, was a bit thrown when I pulled out my half-dozen magazines, journals, and paper goods which might last me through a flight to Asia and back. Oh yes, I was prepared for my unplugged flying time, watch out! And if Tasya didn’t think I was crazy at first, my handy waxed canvas clutch from Spring Finn and Co. (a.k.a. mommy’s letter carrier) full with load of stationery and postcards, stamps, pens, and more, she did now.

Mail carrier

Here’s my deal. I am completely dedicated (and adore!) writing letters and in order to keep this love manageable, it’s necessary to keep a selection of cards, a few dozen stamps, pens and my address book on hand and, ultimately, in one location. It’s actually quite simple. My letter carrier holds a variety of stationery including birthdays, celebrations, condolences, thank you’s and blank cards for all occasions.


 Merci Beaucoup for Thank You’s


YAY for Congratulations or Birthdays


Spring Onion for Everyday, Thank You’s or Happy Spring!


Lilac and Magnolia for Condolence or an apology

I make time for my letter writing, but, (without sounding too Type A!) it only works if I am prepared with the needed goods. It makes flying a whole lot enjoyable…add in ear plugs, a gin & tonic, and pretzels to the experience, and I’m ready for the friendly skies.

Spinning Mind

This afternoon, while my tooth was being drilled for a crown fitting (good times), I took my mind off the chainsaw noise and zoned out to orchestral music on a headset provided by the dentist assistant. Oddly enough and bit scary to admit, this was the first time I took a breath and relaxed for a moment since returning home from vacation. It’s been nonstop movement.

I realize I can’t complain. It was a sheer gift for the five Browns to spend two weeks in the little town of Manzanita on the Oregon coast, leaving nearly all commitments back at home. I had time to read, play hard, rest well, and write often in the half-dozen journals I lugged with me (you can’t think I’m joking, can you?). Actually, one of my highlights was Oliver asking for his very own journal, to “hold memories from the trip.” Big smile.

Which leads me to today. With too many topics spinning in my mind, I’m going to leave you with a few of my latest and favorite finds.

I found this brilliant book, Post Secret, at the local Cloud & Leaf Bookstore on the coast (it now sits on our coffee table.) The author, Frank Warren, asked strangers to write down their inner secrets on a postcard and then send his way. His mailbox has been full ever since. Frank now runs the blog, Post Secret, where he displays his recent favorite cards, Sunday Secrets.

While attending the Stationery Show in May I met the Holstee folks, a company who focuses on mindful living.  Their latest project is a handmade, wooden frame to display any 5×7 card, turning stationery into art. Another worthy Kickestarter! (only 5 days left, so check it out)


Dalton H. Ghetti began sharpening his own pencils by hand as a little boy. As an adult, he’s turned his talent into both art and a meditation for himself.

Image of What to Pack Card Set

While in Portland for the night, I visited my favorite store Alder and Co and found a fabulous stationery line, Small Adventure, new to my eyes. (thanks for the tip Yas at Quill and Fox!)

Image of Slingshot Notecard

Finally, with the chorus of crickets chirping outside my window, summer is coming to an end. Enjoy.


P.S. Cheers for school teachers who still handwrite cards!