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Sending the Card

Today is Valentine’s Day.  As a child, I rather dreaded this day as would have to laboriously write 30 names of my fellow students on their cards.  I did however cherish the cards I received in return and still have some from 1983 in my memory box.   Cards can make you feel so very wanted and loved. As I worked this year with my son Isaac on his Valentine’s cards for his third grade classmates, we discussed the many ways he could show his friends that he cared for them.  We also began a rather deep conversation about subtext.  We talked about the facing message that is obvious in a card but there is often a deeper subtle message underneath. In February of 2013, I began a campaign on Change.org and on Twitter to encourage Hallmark to have a line of hospice cards.  The idea came out of a tweet…

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Flying

This is February.  In a few days from now thousands of people will flock to New York for Toy Fair 2015.  These are the people who spend their year focused on the wants and needs of children.  There will be the store buyers who will look for new the toys that will make a child squeal with glee.  The manufacturers and the designers will listen closely to the buyers and think of the ways they will redesign in 2016.  Marketers will spend countless hours focused on informing Mommy bloggers about all the wonderful items that will educate and inspire the future generation.  In the bright and whirling cacophony of commerce, design and creation everyone will focus on the child. While all of this transpires, I will take off my artist smock and for day go back to Barstons Child’s Play, the store I have worked in for over 16 years. …