Thursday, July 31, 2008


Mrpotani visited the Textile Museum while in Washington, D.C. and sent this card from the current 'blue' show.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

don't miss

Mrs. October, meanwhile, has gone back to baseball with this most recent card.

go reds

Another card from the road. Mrpotani picked up this ad card with its skewed graphics at the Cincinnati ballpark.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

seaside solo

This wonderful Moomin card came from a 17-year-old Finnish postcrosser named Leevi, who turns out to be a friend of Hanna's (see July 7). Leevi was on his way to an opera festival, then to go hiking with Hanna and her family. It all sounded just lovely.

meadow moomin

The Moomin card above came with this fitting Moomin stamp. Much appreciated!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

jazz by camp

This super fabric postcard arrived out of the blue from fiber artist Lauren Camp, who used her signature stitches and colors to create this riff on some jazz greats. If you don't know Lauren Camp's fab jazz series, check it out pronto at She also hosts a weekly jazz show on a public radio station in Santa Fe, writes about jazz, and does her part to keep the music going. Thanks so much, Lauren!

down to the postmark

Even the postmark became part of the design on the envelope Lauren Camp made to send her fabric card. Dig the name of the Calder piece.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

in the doldrums

A card for Mrs. October, who is undoubtedly fretting over her team. I made it with recycled parts and stickers and tags.

united nations post office

Wednesday, while taking care of some business at the UN, Mrpotani came across the United Nations post office. Who knew the UN had a p.o. with its own stamps and everything? Great find. I've got to check it out.

Friday, July 25, 2008

another cool athletics card

The A's always have interesting promotions and goods, and McAfee Coliseum sells Guinness on tap. What's not to like? This card was part of a set sold at the stadium. Each card comes with a specially-ordered stamp that bears the exact image on the card. Mrpotani sent this in May.


Pitchers, a local sports bar and grille, was handing out these postcard-sized gift cards the other day at Coca-Cola Park. I plan to use this one as a postcard. It shows the park. Would be nice if the IronPigs sold postcards of the park!

the red mile

Another stop along Mrpotani's roadtrip, this time from the Red Mile, an historic harness racing track in Lexington, KY.

romanian stamps

Two technologies side-by-side in these Romanian stamps.

greetings from bacau

A Romanian postcrosser named Leonard sent this card from Bacau. The city, he writes, is the birthplace of George Bacovia (shown on the left), one of five national poets of Romania. He adds that Nadia Comaneci and Bela Karoly, the women's gymnast trainer, were both born in his native Onesti, not far from Bacau. Many thanks, Leonard.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

cincy ball

A baseball card from Mrpotani, who is on a road trip in the Northeast. This is the ballpark in Cincinnati.

vote, vote, vote

This striking card is again from Jessie F. It's almost becoming a card-a-day from her. She seems to like making them as much as I like getting them.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

fireworks from brno

An American expat in Brno sent this postcrossing card showing fireworks over the city's famed cathedral of St. Peter and Paul. A perfect summer postcard.


No sooner do I think of Jessie F. (aka Mrs. October) than another card arrives from her.

Monday, July 21, 2008

utley vs. ny

Time to send a baseball card to Mrs. October. Chase Utley is her favorite current Phillie. He's sure to hear it from the boobirds this upcoming series in NY.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

leap into summer!

The Kaj Stenvall card (below) bore this free-spirited stamp, urging me to embrace the season. I'll think about it when the heat and humidity go down.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

a big coffee

This card from a Finnish postcrosser shows a disquieting image titled A Big Coffee. It's by the popular Finnish artist Kaj Stenvall. Something more than whimsy is in play here.

reassuringly dutch

A Dutch postcrosser sent this card featuring a trio of typical images from Holland. It works!

Friday, July 18, 2008

jurgen lehl's latest

I count myself lucky to be on Jurgen Lehl's mailing list. The German-born designer, whose headquarters are in Tokyo, always sends a long scroll to announce his newest lines. Shown are two panels from the latest, which came last week. Once the season wanes, I usually end up using the paper for stationery.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

lobster traps lll

Summer is Maine. Called Lobster Traps lll, this fab watercolor and collage image by American artist Hans Moller brings the state to mind. A friend in Arkansas sent the timely card.

hamburg bubbles

A German postcrosser named Evelyn sent these bubbly views of Hamburg. She writes that she loves living in the city.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

7th altered barbie

Mrpotani sent this card which shows her entry in the 7th Annual Altered Barbie Show at the Art94124 Gallery in San Francisco early this August.


Another cool card in the holiday vein from Jessie F. She incorporated a real ribbon into this one.

Monday, July 14, 2008

moving image: stealing a glance at the self

I, as reflected in the mirror,
was smiling like a Bodhisattva
only to find out suddenly that
I have become a hungry ghost
Am I really a Bodhisattva or a hungry ghost?

---Lee Kihyang

This is the final card from Lee Kihyang's Moving Image series. For more about this artist, go to

dutch coffee and stamps

These very cool stamps were affixed to the card below.

A coffee-loving Dutch postcrosser sent this clever card. The white circles are holes for your fingers. Even funnier, the woman's postcrossing profile specifies that she does not like free cards, though this is a free Boomerang ad card.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

moving image: hide and seek/revelation and disappearance

A pretty woman always welcomes me
If we throw a light on her,
her existence is immediately clear
Even though she fades away in the darkness,
I perceive her presence
and that despite the denial of many people

---Lee Kihyang

kotooshu banzai

Another envelope from the calendar. This one shows Kotooshu, the tall, dishy Bulgarian ozeki, at a practice session at his stable. In May, Kotooshu won a grand championship, the first ever by a European sumo wrestler. If he can do it again at Nagoya, he'll make yokozuna. Go, Kotooshu! The guy is seriously yummy.

The Nagoya tournament starts today and I've been making envelopes from a big (what else) sumo calendar sent by a Tokyo friend. These pudgy fellows look like dolls.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

moving image: insert here and there

I keep struggling in pursuit of rescue
and grab at a string of compassion
And I behold the Bodhisattva right in front of me

---Lee Kihyang

chihuly and thompson

Two cards arrived together yesterday from Mrpotani, evidence of a busy weekend. The bottom one is from the movie about Hunter Thompson and the top from the Dale Chihuly show now on at the deYoung.

Friday, July 11, 2008

moving image: discontinuity and continuity

Objects move constantly
and the once vivid image
disappears like smoke...

We do not make efforts
to see diverse appearances of the identical object
and believe only what can be perceived
within our perceptual reach to be genuine...

---Lee Kihyang


Another ukiyoe stamp, this time of a bijin, or beauty, from the floating world.

pushing tobacco

This retro card advertising cigarettes came from a Shanghai postcrosser. The woman in the ad looks like a sprite. That's quite a cigarette she's holding.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

moving image: far and near

Image 2 from Lee Kihyang's Moving Image series has to do with seeing and perception. Today the Dalai Lama starts a six-day teaching at Lehigh University, here in the Lehigh Valley. He will teach The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment.


It's not everyday that I get a card from Zagreb. This was from a Croatian postcrosser.

hong kong trio

These three birds were on a card sent by a Hong Kong postcrosser.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

moving image: desire and suffering

Artist friend Lee Kihyang was in the States last week from Seoul, but we were unable to connect in NY. Instead, she sent a beautiful little 'card catalog' from her March exhibition called Moving Image. I've several times written about Lee and her Buddhist-inspired works. Based on the Heart of Wisdom Sutra, the recent multimedia show featured Lee's fabric and body painting. Please see

19th street theatre

I picked up this ad card the other night at the IronPigs game in Allentown. This weekend the 19th Street Theatre, my fave indie movie theatre, is hosting a variety of events to celebrate the 8oth year of its repertory Civic Theatre. On Friday night is a Buster Keaton film, with five-cent admission.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Lush Card

A recycled card from an Austrian postcrosser. I love the images peeking through the bright yellow Lush wrapper!

Beady Eye

Wonderful bluebird stamp on a postcard from Finland.

Rainbow Snowflake & Hepburn

A Canadian postcrosser made this sweet snowflake card and enclosed it with a wonderful Audrey Hepburn stamp. Ponytails never looked so glam.

on the old tokaido

Some of my favorite Japanese stamps are the ukiyoe ones. Tokyo-based German designer Jurgen Lehl must have a lifetime cache of them. He always uses them on his annual mailings. One came yesterday with this 2004 stamp featuring a print from Hiroshige's famed series of the old Tokaido post road.

spirit of '76

Jessie F. keeps the cards coming. Spirit of '76: most appropriate for the native Philadelphian that she is.