Were the Good Old Days That Good?

A question online asked whether kids in the U.S. today, with cell phones, social media, and other technology, have childhoods that were better than ours were, or worse. Almost everyone who replied said absolutely that our childhoods, in less technologically connected times, were way better that childhoods are today. I was one of the fewContinue reading “Were the Good Old Days That Good?”

Postcrossing: My Greatest Hits

In the nearly 12 years that I’ve been a member of Postcrossing, I have sent out more than 5,200 postcards to other members around the world, and have received about the same number. But while I often post images of Postcrossing cards I’ve received, but I’ve seldom displayed the cards I send. The website providesContinue reading “Postcrossing: My Greatest Hits”

Postcards From the World: Cool Stamps

Today’s featured Postcrossing postcard is one I received a few days ago from a college student in Hefei, China, about 300 miles west of Shanghai. The picture on the card (right) is cute enough, but what really blows me away is the magnificent stamps, above. The sender tells me the stamps describe “how ancient peopleContinue reading “Postcards From the World: Cool Stamps”

Reading Challenge: the First Quarter

As of the end of March, I’ve read my way through the first quarter of the 2021 Goodreads reading challenge, and am actually a few books ahead right now. This is a challenge I’ve taken part in since 2015. You set your own goal for how many books you want to read each year. WhenContinue reading “Reading Challenge: the First Quarter”

Postcards From the World: Two Old Ladies

Today I want to show off a Postcrossing card I received recently from Terhi, who lives in Lohja, Finland. The card is from artist Inge Löök’s “Merry Aunties” series, often called simply, “Two Old Ladies.” These whimsical cards are wildly popular in Europe, and are especially coveted on Postcrossing. They all show the two charmingContinue reading “Postcards From the World: Two Old Ladies”

Thursday 13: Thirteen Books

I just noticed a Facebook Memory from 2010. It was a “Thursday 13,” a meme that asks participants to make a list of thirteen things on Thursdays. I chose that day, eleven years ago today, to compile a list of the last thirteen books I’d read. (I specified then that I was not including booksContinue reading “Thursday 13: Thirteen Books”