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Letters Against Isolation — Notes to Cheer Self-Isolating Seniors

As a stationery publisher, we love creating beautiful greeting cards to spread inspiration, comfort, and cheer. We know that a handwritten note has the power to brighten someone’s day — a small act of kindness that can transform.

Sisters Shreya and Saffron were doing their best to support their self-isolating grandparents by calling them every day during the COVID outbreak. Then they had an idea to do something more. Here’s an excerpt from their website Letters Against Isolation:

We realized that without visitors or the ability to interact with the wider world, many senior citizens may be growing lonely. Senior loneliness is a well-documented issue and has effects not only on seniors’ mental health but on their physical health. We believed that we could do something to help this situation. We decided to spread some joy and write handwritten letters to residents of assisted living facilities and care homes. When growing demand for letters outpaced us, we started Letters Against Isolation.

I am Saffron, a 10th grader attending high school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I absolutely love volunteering and getting involved with my community! Prior to the pandemic, I was volunteering at our local science museum, hospital and STEM club on a weekly basis. Since I have moved countries and states a few times already, I find volunteering to be my way of getting to know my community and feeling connected. Once the pandemic started, I missed going to my volunteer programs! I was eager to find a new way to build a community and help people in need.

My sister Shreya just graduated from high school a year ago. She is taking a gap year before heading to Washington University in Saint Louis in the fall. Shreya also enjoys volunteering and is very close to our grandparents. She is interested in entrepreneurship and is always searching for ways she can make an impact or improve the community.

Letters Against Isolation started as a small-scale project for the two of us. My grandma who has been self-isolating for almost 4 months was feeling a bit lonely. A friend of hers wrote her a letter and she was so happy to receive it. Shreya and I saw firsthand how something as simple as a letter can remind you that someone is thinking of you, and can really boost your mood. We thought that it is likely that many seniors were also feeling a bit isolated, and sending them a letter could lift their spirits. We contacted a local care facility and asked if we could send their residents a few letters. They told us that the residents were thrilled to receive them! We knew that we wanted to spread the love and that we needed help to do it. We enlisted the help of friends, family, and volunteers online. In just a few days, we found a huge number of people willing to take a bit of time out of their day to bring some joy to a senior.

Their website has wonderful information on participating as well as great ideas for what to write and share.


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Celebrate Thinking of You Week: Create a Wave of Happiness

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Amber Lotus Publishing is celebrating Thinking of You Week with a greeting card bundle giveaway.  

Thinking of You Week (September 24 – 30, 2018) is coming to the United States this year, thanks to the Greeting Card Association. First launched in the U.K., this weeklong celebration seeks to create awareness for the positive impact a handwritten greeting card can have on the recipient—especially when it’s unexpected—and to encourage a wave of more meaningful connections and caring throughout the year. USPS is getting in on the fun with a special postmark for all first-class stamped mail in September.

Greeting Card Giveaway

To celebrate the week, we’re giving away 3 greeting card bundles. Each bundle contains 5 of our bestselling designs. You can enter to win by liking or commenting on this post on Facebook. We’ll randomly select 3 winners (US address entries only) at 12:00 p.m. (PT), Tuesday, September 18.

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Writing by Hand: Nourishes the Soul and the Brain

Our Kwan Yin journal featuring artwork by Duirwaigh Studios

Our Kwan Yin journal features artwork by Duirwaigh Studios

Last week we shared a couple of posts on our Facebook page about the benefits of writing by hand. WOW. We were surprised by the number of views. Something really resonated with our friends.

Human beings have long known and cherished the power of writing by hand to nurture the soul. Poets, scholars, authors, and educators the world over have historically shared their wisdom through writing. Many writers use journaling to capture ideas, dreams, sorrows, joys, and more. In The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron extolls the effectiveness and inspiration of “morning pages” —  hand writing 3 pages each morning — in removing creative blocks. The list of examples could go on. Continue reading

Artist Spotlight — Kinuko Y. Craft

“Discipline yourself to polish skills, nurture your own imagination, know what you want and guide yourself towards it. Never stop learning.” — Kinuko Y. Craft

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Click image to see the complete series of Kinuko Y. Craft greeting cards.

Kinuko Y. Craft is one of the most widely respected and versatile female artists in the United States. Her past commissions have included editorial art for major national magazines such as Time, Newsweek, Forbes, National Geographic, and many others; book jacket art for a number of well-known authors; opera poster designs; and illustrated picture books. Her work appears throughout the world in both private and public collections, in galleries and exhibitions, and in her illustrated books. During her career she has become known for meticulous attention to detail, a passionate love of fine art, and a deep knowledge of art history. Ms. Craft was born in Japan and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from the Kanazawa College of Art in Japan. She came to the United States in the early sixties as a graduate student, where she continued her studies in design and illustration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. By the late sixties, her work was in wide demand and she had begun a long and successful career that continues to this day. Her original art can be seen at Borsini-Burr Gallery in Montara, CA. Continue reading

New Greeting Card Arrivals

Our warehouse is bursting with new greeting cards from Ram Dass, Kinuko Y. Craft, Duirwaigh Studios, Renée Locks, and Kristina Swarner as well as new additions to our best-selling Illuminating Spirit card series. Sampler packs — six different cards in a series — are now available.

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Mystic Heart

For most of us to this life born, the heart takes no great comfort in its own company but yearns for its completion in another. And so it is that it becomes a hungry hunter and wanders the world in search of its counterpart. The tales told of this human enterprise see no end.

Two Hearts – One Soul greeting card

Two Hearts – One Soul greeting card

We live in an age with more than its share of sorrow and loneliness, and so it is a goodness and a mercy when two hearts meet, and a greater goodness when they surrender one to the other and declare themselves as bound and joined.

But the sages declare that the happiness of this union is given to us as example and foretaste of a greater bliss which is the perfect Unity of the soul. There is no need to search for this in far and distant realms, for it is the nearest of all things. The soul is here for its own joy, and it abides always in the Great Unity and the mystery of No Other. So it follows, then, that all souls are in truth just one soul. Thus is the simple secret of the ages laid bare for all to see, but alas, there are but few to hear, and fewer still to seek.

Blessed Be.                               

by Michael Green