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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

"Keep those cards and letters coming . . . " Looking Towards Twelfth Night

As my followers know, I like the personal touch. That's why I was happy to receive a "voice-card" from my seven year old niece and nephew (which is featured at the top of this blog entry) in honor of Twelfth Night. If you'd like to "hear" this card please click on this link to take  you to where the recording can be found in my Vimeo gallery. 

To me, recordable cards, although I've yet to create them, are an indicator that the need for a personal touch in communication is on the rise, so why not send a card that reaches someone for the twelfth night.

"In most churches the Epiphany is the climax of the Christmas/Advent Season and the Twelve Days of Christmas, which are counted from the evening of December Twenty-Fifth until the morning of January Sixth, which is the Twelfth Day," Dennis Bratcher writes."In following this older custom of counting the days beginning at sundown, the evening of January Fifth is the Twelfth Night. This is an occasion for feasting in some cultures, including the baking of a special King's Cake as part of the festivities of Epiphany."

Throughout the world, wherever Epiphany is celebrated on January the sixth, there is often a parade for commemorating Epiphany and the Feast of the Three King;, and tomorrow in New York City that parade will be on Fifth Avenue in East Harlem, as mentioned in a previous post.

The end of the Christmas Season has not arrived even — though the Rockefeller Christmas Tree's lights were outed on January Second. The end of the Christmas season, for many New Yorkers, is the third Sunday after Christmas, which will be January Ninth. However, some Russian cultures will celebrate on January the Nineteenth, in honor of their Orthodox roots, and some Europeans will celebrate until the Feast of the Presentation, which occurs  on February the Second.

I am aware of the celebrations of many occasions, as most of my readers and clients know, because I design cards that are about more than communication — invitations that preserve a moment in time  and event program covers that enhance an event.

In accordance with Thomas Mallon (author of Yours Ever, People and Their Letters which I've written about in posts that you can find by clicking here and here),I  will concede on The Morn of this Twelfth Night, that "lest we over-romanticize (card sending), letter writing, we should remember that it could sometimes be considered a drudgery. On January 14, 1958, C.S. Lewis reminded one of his correspondents, a bit churlishly, that his letter was to her the eighth one he'd already written that day, and at the end of the following year, he asked the same woman to join him in a pact that 'if we are both alive next year, whenever we write to one another it shall not be Christmas time. that period is becoming a sort of nightmare to me — it means endless quill-driving."

It is true, dear reader, the sending and receiving of correspondence can become a "drudgery," but hopefully the joy it brings to others is worth the effort. After all, the entertainer, Dean Martin, was known for ending every television episode with " . . . keep those cards and letters coming . . . " .

I encourage all of you to do what Mr. Dean Martin proposed in years gone by —keep sending cards and letters — and I promise to keep the high standards I've set for creating my cards, invitations, and event program covers. I look forward to sharing them with you.


I no longer actively produce event program covers, invitations and the types of greeting cards described here or on my website but arrangements might be able to be made under certain circumstances. My focus is on the Words In Our Beak book series, pictured below...

...whose stories are told from the point of view of Cam, a female cardinal, whose photo is on the cover of each book. Words In Our Beak’s goal is to open readers to a simple understanding of the winged world and their environment. Set in my rooftop urban garden in New York City. Words In Our Beak is directed to children and adults who are curious about birds, and want to learn about them from a unique perspective. The books include hundreds of images of flora and fauna, links to movies, as well as to informative narratives that have been created by the author. 

Please click here to go to my blog post that provides details as to where you can get these books.

Additionally,  I have rendered some images from these books into other formats and they are available via Fine Art America (FAA). Some of my other photographs (Black & White Collection, Kaleidoscopic Images and the famous Mandarin duck who visited NYC) can also be found on my FAA pages.

1 comment:

  1. Update by yours truly, as of today, August 16, 2011, I have had to come in and edit this entry. Prior to this time, the voice-card described in this blog entry was viewable via MobileMe, a service I purchased at the suggestion of Apple UWS, and one that is used by countless Apple members. Recently Steve Jobs announced that as of June 2012 there will be no more sharing with MobileMe as iCloud will be replacing it and nobody is sure of where things that have been posted will go, so to be "safe" I have moved projects to Vimeo.


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