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An Inspirational Influence of Andy Warhol in Autumn Photography

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While Andy Warhol, successful commercial illustrator turned pop art icon, is not among my top favorite artists, he sure has made his imprint on our culture. I was thinking of this Marilyn Monroe portrait when the fall leaves started to turn colors and my nieces were coming up from Florida to visit Pennsylvania.

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The goal was to be able to take photos of my nieces against different colors of fall foliage. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green. I wasn’t able to find a good orange tree when they were here. NOW there is a perfect specimen right across the street from my house. Still the photos of them against some other colors came out great. AND… there was the added bonus of them being so good at striking the same pose multiple times. Very impressive to one like me~! (Well… 98% of the time I blink…. so I guess I can hit the same pose, too. But, not with such charm as “the sorority pose”.)

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We went to South Street as part of a day in Philadelphia. I was able to take some shots of these gals in the urban environment, too. (I wish we had found a good blue back ground in the urban montage. I worked blue into the frame. to break up some too similar colors.) This was such a great time. It was last year, and now that the leaves are changing again, I am thinking of my Florida family with a warm heart. But, I thought these photos might inspire someone else to get out and find all the right colors~!

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The Lawyer and the Senior Citizen

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A lawyer and a senior citizen are sitting next to each other on a long flight.

The lawyer is thinking that seniors are so dumb that he could get one over on them easily.

So, the lawyer asks if the senior would like to play a fun game.

The senior is tired and just wants to take a nap, so he politely declines and tries to catch a few winks.

The lawyer persists, saying that the game is a lot of fun…”I ask you a question, and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me only $5.00. Then you ask me one, and if I don’t know the answer, I will pay you $500.00,” he says.

This catches the senior’s attention and, to keep the lawyer quiet, he agrees to play the game.

The lawyer asks the first question. “What’s the distance from the Earth to the Moon?”

The senior doesn’t say a word, but reaches into his pocket, pulls out a five-dollar bill, and hands it to the lawyer.

Now, it’s the senior’s turn. He asks the lawyer, “What goes up a hill with three legs, and comes down with four?”

The lawyer uses his laptop to search all references he can find on the Net.

He sends E-mails to all the smart friends he knows; all to no avail. After an hour of searching, he finally gives up.

He wakes the senior and hands him $500.00. The senior pockets the $500.00 and goes right back to sleep.

The lawyer is going nuts not knowing the answer. He wakes the senior up and asks, “Well, so what goes up a hill with three legs and comes down with four?”

(drumroll for the punch line………..)

The senior reaches into his pocket,

hands the lawyer $5.00,

and goes back to sleep.

Envelopes as a Form of Fine Art

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Envelopes as a Form of Fine Art

I found a delightful shop online today. I was delighted because I appreciate the medium of art. Stamped envelopes that are ready to mail~! Please look at the photos below. Don’t you totally want to send these to people you love? Or aren’t you inspired to start collecting stamps? I agree with him that writing letters is an art form that MUST be kept alive. (Thank you Patrick for the inspiration, and the legacies you will play a part in~!)

I will let this shop owner tell his own story, as he does it quite well. I will also let every image be a link that goes to his shop. At this moment, he has 96 different sets of envelopes for sale, and they have holiday or color themes. He also will take custom orders.

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Dear Pen Pal,

Patrick my name is and I live in beautiful Minneapolis, Minnesota – a land of ten thousand lakes and ten million dreams.

My love for vintage postage is genetic. My grandfather Earl (a WWII Vet and small-town Iowa farmer) was an avid life-long stamp collector. His postage collection is vast, and I have followed in his footsteps by carefully curating a collection of my own.

But unlike Grandpa who kept his collection buried in thick catalogs and dusty boxes deep inside his study, I want to share my vintage stamps, dispatching them through the postal system and beyond, with your help. Grandpa explored the world through his stamps but I want to share my stamps with the world.

The internet, for all its efficiency and convenience, has made communication something you cannot touch, cling to, keep, and pass down. When is the last time you received a thoughtful hand-written letter, a tactile note or a party invitation in your physical mailbox?

Postage is a beautiful but dying art form. Our mailboxes have been relegated to the status of junk depositories and checking the mail has become a chore rather than the adventure it once was, fueled by anticipation. I want to help change all this in my own little way… and I’m thinking maybe you do too.

Regards,
Patrick

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Christmas Ball Ornaments made with stamps

“Edelweiss Post is, with your help, keeping real mail alive and well, one stamp at a time.”

Click here to Link  to my other article on stamps and letter writing made more beautiful.  Join Patrick and me as we celebrate SNAIL MAIL~!