the dog days of summer

the dog days of summer

So now that the sun has crossed it’s northern zenith and has headed once again towards the equator and farther south; it’s time to walk back into our archives, pull out the records, correspondence, charts and binders to organize a little and clean up as we push into the dog days of summer. Mostly a […]

“Croí na Teanga – It’s You!”

“Croí na Teanga – It’s You!”

From a land immersed in storytelling and as green as spring itself , we’re all encouraged to reach down and tend our delicate roots so that they may hold firm in the year ahead.

mardi gras

mardi gras

The last festival of the old year. We celebrate with the very best of our best in abandon. Fasnachts, pączkis, malasadas, blynai, laskiaispulla, vastlakukkel, fastlagsbulle, semla, faworki, blini, pancakes, sausage, pea soup, salted pork and peas. For it’s tomorrow the pierced, dismembered, scattered and buried body of the new god …the living gift of the old; begins […]

bem vindo a carnaval –

bem vindo a carnaval –

From its home on an ancient rocky hill just northeast of Kardzhali, Bulgaria, down through some seven-thousand years to its present exile – a balneario in southeastern Brasil – we all share in one of humanities greatest, most ancient and most potent celebrations, Carnaval. It’s the subterranean chaos of the underworld that provides us power for […]

Martisor

Martisor

There is winter and there is summer. Two extremes joined together on one side with a season of ripened bounty and harvest. The gathering up and storing of life’s wealth to nurture and care for us through the cold and hostile world of darkness. The one we see so often as an end. But today […]

Dragobete

Dragobete

The sun will soon crest the equator on it’s annual journey north and today the birds will begin their nests, trees prepare to bloom and nature wake from a long winters sleep. A season of tenderness and new growth. Sleep with basil under your pillow and give your loved ones your attention and presence. In […]

A thoughtful moment..

A thoughtful moment..

We received a comment this morning that caused us to step back a bit and reflect on a month of handwritten correspondence and think about what it might mean. Taking  a thoughtful moment is often a rare and special gift of time and consideration in the world we live in. Most certainly it’s our belief […]

Constantin Brâncuși Day

Constantin Brâncuși Day

Sculptor, painter and photographer  Brâncuși was a true pioneer of modernism, and one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th-century. Often called the patriarch of modern sculpture he saw the world with heart and soul as well as his mind. He was the first to establish that art did not have to look like […]

Lantern Festival – 元宵節

Lantern Festival – 元宵節

“Until people found a way to light the darkness, they could do little once the sun went down   …Gaze up at the stars that fired the imagination of your ancestors. In that darkness, in that quiet, you can hear your heart beat and your breath move.  After you let time pass leisurely, light one lantern […]

Saint Valentine’s day

Saint Valentine’s day

  It’s good that we love one another.  And best of all, is finding that one person that brings out the best in us. A partner that helps us learn the daily practice of caring, sacrifice, humility, respect, admiration, trust, honour, loyalty, compassion, willingness and forgiveness. Happy Valentine’s Day to all.

Vasant Panchami – वसंत पंचमी

Vasant Panchami – वसंत पंचमी

Nature at it’s best, sheds itself of lethargy and ignorance to chart a new years course. Bursting yellow fields and happiness light as air. We wish you friends as solid as diamonds and success as bright as gold as we welcome the spring season and Saraswati’s light of hope and peace    

Spring Festival – 春節快樂

Spring Festival – 春節快樂

As the ‘Earth Pig’ enters the scene with its extremely kind and thoughtful nature, remember they are also happy, sensible, realistic, energetic and enthusiastic. Combined with with their easy-going and co-operative social nature, they make the perfect representative for the wealth and fortune in the year ahead. Whether you are rejoining family to feast the […]

What’s in an address – part 3

What’s in an address – part 3

If you didn’t get a chance to take a peek at the high-speed optical letter sorting machine  in our last post about addresses ..you might want to click the link here  and take in the short video before we get started. While you may not be familiar with one of these and how it works. Your letters are […]

The ugly hidden underbelly of InCoWriMo expectations – and how to avoid them.

Sorry to say but one of the more common problems people seem to have with InCoWrimo is the “but I’ve written all these letters and I haven’t yet received any mail” complaint. This doesn’t mean you won’t get any mail when you participate, it’s just that it might not turn out like you planned it […]

What’s in an address – part 2

What’s in an address – part 2

As you can imagine, addresses are a very important part of a project like this. So much so that we devote a large part of our time and effort to making sure we get it right. For the most part we rely on the International Postal Union, an interesting organization itself and one of the […]

navigating the addresses – part 2

navigating the addresses – part 2

For all those who have been waiting for the second post in this series, we’d like to take a moment to introduce you to your new friends.  Without them as a guide, you’ll be as hard pressed as we are in finding your way around this years list of addresses. For quite some time […]