April 1st, 2018 will mark the fifth year of Write_On a campaign of letter writing led by the creative geniuses at Egg Press & HelloLucky and co-hosted by Mohawk Paper & Sakura Of America. And it all happens during National Letter Writing Month. And for the third year, Soul Paper is on board in Saskatoon.
“Didn’t we just write letters in February?”
“What was InCoWriMo?”
InCoWriMo did just happen in February and was a very, very successful “International“ event. But the National Letter Writing Month campaign is the brain child of Scholastic and the United States Parcel Service (USPS) to promote joy, connections, artistic expression and sharing through hand-written correspondence. It is a way for us to unshackle ourselves from technology and put our souls into something that will mean the world to the recipient.
“So why is Soul Paper doing this?”
We believe in Happy Mail. It is one of the founding cornerstones of our little shop. One of the disappointing things in our lives, is going to the mailbox every day to find … un-happy mail. Flyers. Bills. Summons to appear in court. Tax forms. You know the depressing, trivial, mundane mail. The stuff that we want to forget.
But Happy Mail is, that card from Auntie Gertie for your birthday or pictures and a notecard from your son away at camp or that touching letter from a lost friend traveling the world reaching out to reconnect. These are the letters we save in a shoebox for safe keeping and further reflection. Happy Mail creates moments that touch our souls. We believe in the cause, and want to promote it here in Canada.
“So why should I write?
There are oh so many reasons. Remember the shoebox? Wouldn't it be great for your grandchildren to happen upon it long after you are gone, and learn about you? Or even the mysterious pen pal you had in Sarikei?
How about for the simple fact that you truly wish to keep old school correspondence alive. Emoji’s have their place, but there is nothing quite as personal or heartfelt as a hand written letter. It shows that someone actually cared for you enough to write to you, and not simply email.
Or are you upset with the way the world is today? Write a letter that saves, makes a change or speaks for those who cannot. Use your words to make a change.
A great example for "why", is an excerpt of an article by Samara O’Shea for Huffpost in 2011;
“A text message that says: I Luv U
A letter that says: My dear Girl I love you ever and ever without reserve. The more I have known you the more have I loved. In every way--even my jealousies have been agonies of love, in the hottest fit I ever had I would have died for you.
(Excerpt from a letter written by John Keats in March 1820).”
“I want to get in on this! What can I do?”
1. Participate. Commit to writing a letter every day for 30 days. Even if you just put them in a shoebox for your great grandchildren to find.
2. If you are in Saskatoon and wish to participate, follow the link for more information about our Kick-Off & Stationery Swap. If you can join us, be ready to trade stamps, washi, envelopes, etc.
4. The official Write_On website.
5. Also, please connect, follow and share with these great folks too;
6. Have fun with this. It may well change your life for the better.
Is this the world you want?
You’re making it. Every day you’re alive.
You change the world.- Switchfoot
February 21st - California Typewriter
We love our city, community and tribe!
You and your love of what we do, is what gets us out of bed every morning.
We have always been drawn to anything old school. Stationery, pens, paper, typewriters and going out to the picture show, just to name a few.
Is there a better way to celebrate all our loves, than with a movie about typewriters!?
So ... as a way to pay it forward…On February 21st, Soul Paper, Paved Arts and the Broadway Theatre are proudly presenting a nostalgic look at our past with the special screening of California Typewriter at 7pm.
Tickets are only $10 - available at the Broadway Theatre box office or swing by Soul Paper...we will have a few for sale as well.
But wait, there's more... Soul Paper will also be raffling off not 1 ... but 2 – “The Typewriter” books (by Janine Vangool – editor of Uppercase Magazine) in the lobby right before the show! What?! Yes, you heard right.
What is the Typewriter book? Check this out...so cool…
Raffle tickets are 1 for $2 or 3 for $5, and the winner will be announced and the end of the movie along with another surprise from Paved Arts!
But this is the part we are most excited about. ALL Soul Paper raffle proceeds will be given to the Lymphedema Association of Saskatchewan! Win, win, win.
Please, take a moment to find out what Lymphedema really is and why we need to get behind this!.