It seems as though penpals are making a comeback. Or perhaps the activity never decreased but is only more visible now due to the Internet and social media sites. The Internet certainly makes it easier for one to find a penpal, especially to find one in another country. Here are some websites to help you find a new long distance friend.
- InterPal PenPals bills itself as “the premiere online community for meeting penpals, language partners, travel buddies or just plain old fashioned friends.”
- Postcrossing is the “postcard crossing project.” If you enjoy postcards and would you like to exchange postcards with folks around the world the Postcrossing is the place for you. Addresses of postcard recipients are randomly chosen, and the exchange is only one postcard — you aren’t starting a penpal relationship. But one could if one desired, so Postcross also has a penpal forum for those who wish to engage in long-term correspondence.
- PenPal World — “where people become friends”
- Penpals Now — “Penpals for everyone. Fast, Free, Now!” (A personal note: I encountered a lot of ads when I viewed this site — so many that the ads interfered with reading the text of the site. YMMV)
- Penpal International
- Christian Penpals
- Students of the World — kid-friendly site
- PenPal Party — “NO Romance! NO Dating! Friends ONLY!”
May fortune smile on your new friendship.
Moleskine had a contest for National Handwriting Day which required the creation of a handwritten social media update tagged with #MHday. The Moleskine blog has the winner and runner-ups. You can also view all the entries should you wish to do so. Some of the entries are very nicely done. This was an interesting promotion, and I hope Moleskine sponsors it again next year.
“Sending a handwritten letter is becoming such an anomaly. It’s disappearing. My mom is the only one who still writes me letters. And there’s something visceral about opening a letter – I see her on the page. I see her in her handwriting.”
Someone is reading an old scroll — what’s newsy about that? Well, what’s newsy is that these scrolls were damaged in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. (That’s the same eruption which destroyed Pompeii.) The heat from the eruption turned the scroll into a charred mass which couldn’t be unrolled. New x-ray technology is allowing scientists to image the ink on the scrolls. This is very interesting technology and extremely useful for archaeologists. It could lead to exciting and important discoveries. Read about the scrolls, Herculaneum, and the technology in this article in the New York Times or this article in Nature.
Moleskine is celebrating National Handwriting Day with a giveaway. The
Moleskine Creativity Challenge is a fairly simple contest: To enter, handwrite your social media posts and submit the images to myMoleskine with the hashtag #MHday. The winner gets a box full of Moleskine writing and drawing tools.
Visit the web site for more information.
Pantone has announced that the 2015 Color of the Year is Marsala, a red brown named for a wine which typifies the color. You can read about the color and why it was chosen on Pantone’s web site. If you want to be fashionable, you can get the color formulas, or download wallpaper for you computer or phone. Marsala is a nice, neutral, earthy color and will work well with many other colors in a design. It is much more versatile than the 2014 Color of the Year Radiant Orchid.