Holiday Emergency? Here’s Your $10 Instant Gift Book!

December 23, 2012

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Instant Christmas Gift

Only $10*

Sale price effective December 23, 24, 25

Need a present in a hurry? Order the 87-page book Unfamiliar Territory and we’ll send you a PDF, which you can print on your own color printer or forward to as many recipients as you wish.

*Are you an Annagrammatica investor/sponsor? Pay just $4 and we’ll debit $6 from your sponsorship account.

Unfamiliar Territory is a lighthearted, pensive potpourri of poems and prayers, stories and songs, household hints and recipes, meditations and more, beautifully designed and illustrated with stunning photographs by Luc Viatour. See excerpts below.

  • Letter-size format
  • Print or email as many copies as you wish
  • Bind with comb binder, 3-ring notebook, other binder type, available at drugstores, supermarkets, office-supply outlets
  • Regular price: PDF download $15, spiral-bound $29

Order now via PayPal!

  • In the “PayPal preferred” box, click the “Add to Cart” button, change quantity to 10 (4 if you are a sponsor), click “update totals,” and check out as usual.
  • After your PayPal payment has been accepted, call or text 520-405-9867. If texting, simply enter “Book Order.” If calling, leave voice message indicating that you have a pending book order. We will confirm your order immediately by phone.
  • Questions? Call Mary at 520-405-9867.

unfamiliar

 

SummerOfGoingBarefoot

 

VegetableGarden

 

ArizonaArbor 

 

FruitSalad

 

Spitwad 

 

OnThisSide

 

AttentionDeficit

 

FallowField

 

CarryMeTo 

 

NearerMyGod

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On the Road with Annagrammatica

May 2, 2012

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Contents

Annagrammatica on the Road: “Follow Your Bliss”

  • Purposes: (a) visiting you (b) presenting the program “Follow Your Bliss”
  • Host organizations
  • Vehicle maintenance fund
  • Like us a lot on Facebook

Daily Spiritual Practice Podcast

  • Request prayer

Website, Product, Service Redesign

  • Save at our private sale

Annagrammatica on the Road

We at Annagrammatica International Headquarters are pleased to announce our first-ever nationwide tour.

Annagrammatica is taking its show on the road, traveling coast to coast — along the route highlighted in red on our clever, if slightly fuzzy, MAP — in a compact, fuel-efficient motor home, stopping as the spirit moves us.

Our launch date is “soon.” The aforementioned compact, fuel-efficient motor home has yet to “manifest,” but with the help of our good friends J.D. and Karen, and possibly Mike (if we need to expand our search into the Phoenix area), we are optimistic. Somewhere nearby, there is a vehicle with our name on it. If you see it before we do, please let us know. It will be a tidy six-cylinder Toyota pickup truck with a good-as-new slide-in camper attached, or a motor home similar to the sweet little Chinook we once owned and wish we’d never let go of; and it will be wearing a “for sale” sign.

For our journey, please send prayers and good wishes. They will make us lighter, literally. We will get incredible gas mileage and our tires will not wear out.

Eastern U.S. Click image for PDF

Our purposes are…

  • to visit friends and family. If you can offer us a parking spot and an electrical outlet, we’ll be in heaven. (Some of you will ask us to accept the hospitality of your guest room. With heartfelt thanks, we will decline. May we still use your shower?) … We understand that many people have barely enough parking for their own needs, or they live in neighborhoods that ban overnight motor-home parking. Whatever the situation, we will gladly stay in a nearby campground. We are eager to see you. We trust the circumstances to arrange themselves. Please contact us if you are on or near our route and would enjoy a brief visit.
  • to present our free 90-minute program, “Follow Your Bliss,” for churches and other organizations along the route. We have designed our presentation for family gatherings, with adaptations for other church groups (high-school youth groups, men’s and women’s fellowships, couples and singles groups, for example) as well as community centers, clubs, senior residences, convalescent facilities, detention centers, and prisons.

Host organizations

Western U.S., east-west itinerary; click image for PDF

Western U.S., east-west itinerary; click image for PDF

Our presentation is whimsical and lighthearted. As is evident on the “details” web page, its spirituality is eclectic but not, we hope, irreverent. Among churches, we expect that interest will come from the less conservative denominations – Unity, Congregationalist, and Unitarian are the ones that jump to mind. But we are willing to be wrong if you know of others that might receive us warmly.

We will be emailing potential host churches and organizations approximately three weeks in advance. If you belong to an organization that would like to host our program, please send us the organization’s contact information. Thanks!

Vehicle maintenance fund

In the Middle Ages, traveling minstrels could move about the countryside assured that their mules would receive a forkful of hay and shelter for the night. We intend to travel with the same level of confidence in our transportation. Thus we are developing an exigency account, should Old Jenny’s clutch wear out or her starter motor malfunction.

Books and cards for sale. We will carry a small inventory of the book Unfamiliar Territory, plus our exclusive Random Cards of Kindness and 10-packs of holiday cards.

Donations at event. With permission from the churches we visit, we will pass the plate for donations during the program.

Meditation class. For a fee (to be determined; tentatively set at $15 per person, $120 for a class of 10), we will offer a 45-minute meditation class immediately before or after the free event (or, if there is interest and if our schedule permits, the day before or after). As summarized on the “details” web page, the class will consist of

Besides improving overall well-being, mindfulness training helps with "a range of physical and mental health problems...."

…with printed take-home materials on grounding, meditation benefits, mindfulness and meditation for children, online resources, recommended reading, and a summary of the instructions given in the class.

Facebook pick-me-up

We are directing potential hosts to our Annagrammatica Facebook page for updates on our itinerary. Unfortunately our Facebook page is pretty pathetic. We have never quite gotten the hang of Facebook. We have allowed it to intimidate us. Rather than doing a little research or just diving in… and rather than abandoning it altogether… we have stuck our head in the sand.

No more! We are standing tall, wiping the sand from our eyes, scraping it off our tongue, and taking the bull by the horns. We are facing down our fears. We are boldly mixing metaphors. And we are asking for your help.

We are informed (please let us know if we have been misled) that the best way to energize our Facebook page is to induce you to “LIKE” it. Actually, the the sure-fire strategy for Facebook-page popularity, we’re told, is to give stuff away, but the only thing we have in quantity is a bunch of Disney-character pencil erasers.

If you have participated in our meditation classes, worked with us on children’s programs, or heard our original music or “moments with the children” in church, we would appreciate your tossing in a brief, enthusiastic sentence or two of approbation.

Flier-On the Road with Annagrammatica

Daily Spiritual Practice Podcast

A few months ago we inaugurated the “Annagrammatica Daily Spiritual Practice” podcast. We are still working our way up to “daily,” having been constrained by the need for funds that would allow us to purchase more storage space and features. Recently, however, we received a donation that will permit our publishing podcast updates more frequently in the near future.

Money changing hands

If you have specific prayers you’d like addressed, please post them at “Pray with Sister Alma Rose.” Thanks!

Website, Product, Service Redesign

Join Prayer GroupApart from the pages relevant to ANNAGRAMMATICA ON THE ROAD—FOLLOW YOUR BLISS, we have temporarily closed down most of our website. We are redesigning our greeting cards and discontinuing many of our services.

We are also updating our E-course How to Write Poetry and Live Poetically, which continues to be available at $840 for a full year. Finding the right sponsor will enable us to offer scholarships and college credit.

Private sale: Save on Christmas cards, writing workshops, meditation courses, and more

When we unveil the redesigned website, the prices for most of our cards and other products, as well as our public-speaking and training services, will have gone up. Before the site is made public, you – the recipients of this newsletter – will have an opportunity to purchase cards and services at the old prices. You’ll receive notice of this “private sale” late this summer or in the early fall – just in time to stock up on holiday cards! And writing workshops!

Remember…

We use 100%-recycled PCF (processed chlorine-free) cover stock for all our printed materials.

pastoral-summer-day

Annagrammatica is wishing you sweet, easy summer days and sending you bright blessings always!

Buy 10 Get 11 Free – 5 days only

May 16, 2011

Annagrammatica 2-for-1 card sale

Sale Extended — Ends May 21

Less than $1 per card in packs of 10!

Take another look! Did you see all our new cards? Did you know that this will be Annagrammatica’s last sale until 2012? Questions? Just E-mail ….

The St. Nick Story…

Zen Christmas…

Nifty new gift tags for any time…

…and for the Holidays

Plus new Victorian note cards…

and page 55 environmentally friendly products….

…with booklet

Come on in and browse our eclectic, elegant, and extraordinarily interesting site….

Lowest Prices of the Year

May 11, 2010
Mad About Annagrammatica -- for Cards (sale)

2-for-1 Sale... Buy 10, Get 10 Free plus FREE SHIPPING with PayPal purchase

 

Another Annagrammatica
3-Day Sale — ends May 12!

 

 

ALL cards and envelopes use 100% recycled paper processed chlorine-free

  • Moving to Tucson, Arizona
  • Need to reduce cover-stock inventory
  • Website fire sale — we’re mid-redesign…. If a link doesn’t work, just
    E-mail Mary@Annagrammatica.com
    … and pay no attention to graphics that indicate May 5-7 sale dates.
  • SALE ENDS MIDNIGHT, THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011

Buy one 10-pack of greeting cards for $20, get another 10-pack free

Stock up on Christmas-Solstice-Holiday cards, birthday cards, thank-you cards

 

PLUS…

  • Spend $25, get a $10 gift certificate for 1 cent, OR
  • Spend $50, get Annagrammatica’s new Page 55 Earth-Friendly Cleaning Kit with 4-page Green-Cleaning Guide (a $16 value) for 1 cent + shipping if applicable

 

Choose from sample cards illustrated below, or dozens more!

  • Most cards are 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (folded) with recycled unbleached envelopes.
  • All cards are printed on 100%-recycled PCF cover stock.
  • FREE SHIPPING if you pay via PayPal. Why PayPal?

Wedding Card--"Hey, Dad"

Graduation card--"Moving Up"

Congratulations card: Good for You

Missing You -- "The Whole World Passes By"Anniversary Card -- Bright BlessingsNew Baby Card: Welcome, Sweet Baby

Birthday Card -- The World is a happier place with you in it

Christmas Card -- Medieval Feast

Christmas card -- The Holly and the Ivy

  • Order now. Just click HERE to start shopping!
  • Remember… Card 10-packs (not individual cards or gifts) are 2 for the price of 1

Wishing you many blessings as ever… the entire staff at Annagrammatica International Headquarters….

Momhood

April 29, 2010
Mad About Annagrammatica for MOM

Moms love cards and gifts from Annagrammatica

 

 Find sample blogs on a gazillion topics at Alpha Inventions  

Celebrate the mothers in your life

In this issue

Blue Sheer Curtain at Bathroom Window

'The House in the Dream'

 

Announcement: Accepted for publication

All of us here at Annagrammatica International Headquarters are proud to announce that a short story and a poem by Mary Campbell will be published this summer:  

“Gutroach and Boogerdung” is actually a poem-within-a-story. You can read it on the blog Write Light. April 28 post, “Poem J: The Only Act in Town.”  

Rusted motel sign

On the road to the Sleep-Cheap-We-Peep Inn

 

Our Mother’s Day cards: from the heart 

Quote from a birthday card about motherhood

From an Annagrammatica birthday card, mother to daughter

 

“Of all the things I have done in my life, being a mother is by far the best.” This quote appears on one of our birthday cards, to a daughter from her mother. Being a mother is so visceral, and mothers sometimes have to fight every instinct to do the most loving thing for their children. When all that’s in them cries out to protect, they have to stand aside. Some mothers manage this only through surrender to a Higher Power. Others drink a lot of beer. We at Annagrammatica have tried it both ways and went with the Higher Power. Beer is too expensive.  

All our cards are printed on 100-percent recycled paper processed chlorine-free.

All our cards are a generous 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches, $2.25 each, 10 for $20, with free shipping if you use PayPal.

Gifts, in clip frames (“frameless”) with choice of glass or Plexiglas, are $14.95, with free shipping if you use PayPal blah blah blah.

Here’s a sample of our Mother’s Day selection: 

Mother's Day Gift, framed

"I'd Choose You Again" in "frameless" glass or Plexiglas frame

Mother's Day Gift, "I'd Choose You," detail

Mother's Day Gift, "I'd Choose You," detail

Mother's Day Card, "Old Mother Hubbard"

Notable Mothers, "Old Mother Hubbard"

 

Mother's Day Card, "Hey Dad," page 1 of 3

"Hey Dad," page 1 of 3

Mother's Day Card, "Hey Dad," page 2 of 3

"Hey Dad," page 2 of 3

Mother's Day Card, "Hey Dad," page 3 of 3

"Hey Dad," page 3 of 3

Mother's Day Card "To My Wonderful Mother" p. 1

"To My Wonderful Mother," page 1

Mother's Day Card, "To My Wonderful Mother," page 2

"To My Wonderful Mother," p. 2

Mother's Day gift from husband or parent

"You're a Natural," from husband to wife or parent to child

"You're a Natural" Mother's Day Card detail

"You're a Natural" detail; also available as a card

Mother's Day Card from a Snail

From a Snail, page 1

Mother's Day Card, From a Snail, page 2

From a Snail, page 2

We have more: a number of “Unusual Mothers in History,” another “Hey Dad,” and others. Please stop by and check them out!

Wishing you many blessings — All of us at Annagrammatica

Sale on Annagrammatica Cards: 3 for the price of 2

Buy any two Annagrammatica cards at $2.25 each, get a third card free

 

 

 

 

We Have a Winner

March 20, 2010

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Celebrate Spring with Annagrammatica

  • The first day of spring was once the time for taking the young virgins into the fields, there in dalliance to set an example in fertility for nature to follow.  Now we just set the clocks an hour ahead and change the oil in the crankcase.  ~E.B. White, “Hot Weather,” One Man’s Meat, 1944
  • Find sample blogs on a gazillion topics at Alpha Inventions
Easter-Spring-Equinox Cards

Order Easter-Spring-Equinox Cards Now!

Contents

Last Child in the Woods

Louv: Kids NEED nature time

  • Last Grownup in the Woods? A few thoughts on celebrating Easter and Spring, of which (thoughts) the Profound Underlying Message is: Buy Our Spring/Easter Cards at $2.25 each, 10 for $20, free shipping with PayPal
  • Hey! Why No  Jewish Cards? Glad you asked….
  • We Are Published— Again!
  • Website Sale — As low as $99 (That’s for the phone call where we’re not available and you leave a message and, gosh, we just keep forgetting to call you back) (Joking, here! Just kidding! We can get your site up in 48 hours or less) — See Our Newest Client Sites!
  • Music Heals! Listen to Feelgood Music free, any time, no signup, request your own favorites…
  • Plus dozens of meditation videos
  • Great Gift, with a Bonus—Unfamiliar Territory. We’re telling you, it’s perfect for Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations, weddings. Here’s the Bonus: Buy this beautiful book of prayers, household hints, poems, stories, and miscellany, and get Carry Me to This Enchanted Shore (A Morning Prayer) free
  • Subscribe to Our Blogs — It’s the Right Thing to Do
  • And a Final Word — In which the secret of life in the universe is discovered to be: Buy Our Stuff

It’s our nature

Here’s a book we all should read — Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.

Author Richard Louv persuasively cites “cutting-edge studies” that make a strong case for “direct exposure to nature as essential for a child’s healthy physical and emotional development” (from the back page, revised edition). Doesn’t hurt grownups any, either.

Not naming names, but there are a few here at Annagrammatica International Headquarters whose idea of  “exposure to nature” is “picking up the newspaper off the front porch.”

We do not happen to be pagans, but one pagan attitude we admire is the reverence for nature.

Wheel of the Year with Botticelli's Angels

Wheel of the Year; angels, center, by 15th-century painter Fra Angelico

Solstices-Equinoxes-Table

Solstice & Equinox Dates & Times 2010-2014

That’s why one of our Spring greeting cards features the Wheel of the Year with its eight festivals — the quarter days being the first day of spring, summer, fall, and winter (the solstices and equinoxes), and the cross-quarter days falling approximately halfway between.

Our pagan friends associate seasonal changes with personal changes —  in body, mind, and spirit — and with major life events. Some practice rituals tied to the phases of the moon, particularly the full moon and the new moon. In short… they pay attention to and honor the natural world, and the rest of us can benefit from their example.  Read the card to find out why. (It’s #7 on the page.)

The card featured below, “Hey, Dad!” is #3 on the “Easter & Spring Cards” page.

Please click HERE to see our other Spring & Easter greeting cards

Yes, we’d love to create cards for Jewish holidays and other observances, but…

A page from a replica of the Sarajevo Haggadah; the original (1350) is on permanent display at the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina

…were we to do so now, our cards would be Stupid, Clumsy, and possibly even (unintentionally) Offensive. We, ourselves, are not Jewish, though we have read a great deal about Judaism and we taught for a time, in our extreme youth, at a Jewish day school. Still, there are approximately 1,774 religious and ethnic nuances we’re sure we missed.

Take Passover, for example. The term refers to the tenth plague recorded in the Book of Exodus:

This is what the LORD says: ‘About midnight I will go throughout Egypt. Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the slave girl, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well. There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt—worse than there has ever been or ever will be again. —Exodus 11:4-6

As God had directed, Moses told the Hebrew people to mark their doorposts with lamb’s blood so that God would “pass over” their houses and their sons would not be harmed.

A form of the runic alphabet known as the Elder Futhark. We're not making this up

A form of the runic alphabet known as the Elder Futhark. We're not making this up

A few of us at Annagrammatica International Headquarters perused a dozen or so Passover greeting cards, and the covers of more than half bore the words “Happy Passover” and what we supposed, spotting no pictures of menorahs or fuzzy little yellow chicks, was suitable artwork. But what do we know? There were eight or ten additional cards on the display rack, but the messages were in (we are pretty sure) Hebrew, or they might have been shopping lists written in runes.

And, call us oversensitive, but we found the greeting “Happy Passover” a bit, well, pallid, considering the gravity of what might have happened had there been an undersupply of lambs (you can’t fool God with ketchup), and, to be fair, considering what did happen to a lot of little Egyptian boys, scrubbed for bed and all unsuspecting in their Dr. Dentons.

We like to be irreverent as often as possible, just ask the folks in the Annagrammatica Sick-Joke Division; but even we realize that some things just aren’t funny.

Please click HERE to see our other Spring & Easter greeting cards

In print again

The literary magazine Straylight has accepted “Sun Tea,” a poem by Mary Campbell, for publication in its next issue.

“Several members of our editorial staff continue to be ‘haunted’ (a direct quote!) by the lovely clarity of [Mary's] language,” the editor commented.

“Oh, wow!” we commented.

Huge gratitude to the incomparable Queen Jane Approximately for her moral support and dogged persistence in submitting poetry and prose throughout the literary world.

You can read the poem on the blog Write Light.

Website sale

Check out our happy Website clients the emPOWERment project and EcoSense Landscaping….

Website Sale

Sale Ends April 14

Music heals!

Annagrammatica's Feelgood Music

Better than Botox?

You’ll find information about the healing power of music on the Annagrammatica website, along with videos on healing meditation. If you’re really interested in the awesome power of music, go to iTunes U and listen to the Off-Campus course Music and the Brain, with Dr. Robin Sylvan.

If you want us to add YOUR Feelgood Music, fill out the little survey. We’ll include it in our collection unless it makes US feel AWFUL. When you take the quickie survey, we won’t place any “tracking cookies” on your computer. We don’t even ask for your last name, nor do you have to give us your REAL first name. You can call yourself “Sven,” unless your name IS “Sven,” in which case you could use “Raquel.” Or “Sven.” We don’t care. We just want to know what music lights you up.

Unfamiliar Territory: A Bargain at Any Price

Pages from "A Morning Prayer"

You'll find this and other books at Annagrammatica's Unusual Bookstore

For a limited time, receive Carry Me to This Enchanted Shore  (A Morning Prayer) FREE when you buy Unfamiliar Territory. But we should not have to bribe you this way. Unfamiliar Territory is a beautiful full-color book that is CHOCK (?) FULL of whimsy, wisdom, and pretty pictures. Buy one for yourself, one for your spouse, one for each of your children, especially if you have a large family, and one as a gift for someone who brings YOU an unexpected gift. (“Oh, thank you. And I’m so glad you stopped by! I have a gift I’ve been meaning to bring over….”)

See more excerpts and download substantial portions of our books, FREE, at Annagrammatica.com.

Please subscribe to our blogs…

…and a Final Reminder

Kids Enjoying Springtime

  • We use 100%-recycled PCF (processed chlorine-free) cover stock for all our cards
  • There’s always free shipping if you pay via PayPal
  • We love compliments! E-mail us your Annagrammatica happy-customer testimonials!
  • Start your Amazon.com shopping on our home page
  • Interested in link exchange? We’ll barter for links to our website and blogs
  • Help us decide which poems to submit for contests and publications. Go to Write Light to comment and rank….

…and big blessings to you, from ALL of us at Annagrammatica

Feelgood February

January 23, 2010
Annagrammatica Valentine's Day logo

Do your Valentine's Day shopping at Annagrammatica.com

Mental-health tip of the day: Let a yellow Labrador lick your face
Find sample blogs on a gazillion topics at Alpha Inventions

Contents

  • A Thoughtful Essay on Valentine’s Day, of Which the Profound Underlying Message Is: Buy Our Valentines at $2.25 each, $20 for 10
  • Music Heals! Listen to Feelgood Music Free, Whenever You Like, Including Movie and TV Themes, Including the Great Westerns of the Late 1950s and the song from The Rockford Files (and all the other Mike Post themes we could find); Dozens of New Meditation Videos Too
  • Unfamiliar Territory: Buy this Beautiful Book of Prayers, Household Hints, Poems, and Miscellany, and Get Carry Me to This Enchanted Shore (a Morning Prayer) Free!
  • Subscribe to Our Blogs  — No Skin Off YOUR Back, Since We Often Forget to Write Them, or, When We Write Them, We Forget to Post Them, but When We DO Write Them AND Post Them, They Are Truly Brilliant and Entertaining
  • And a Final Word, of Which the Profound Underlying Message Is: Buy Our Stuff *

Ignore all the arty magazine articles about How to Make Your Own Valentines; buy ours instead

Valentine’s Day can be a stressful time… even a cruel time. We know this from first-hand experience. (We have always wondered if there is such a thing as second-hand experience.)

Valentine -- What I Love About You

"What I Love About You"

When we were in elementary school, we decorated shoe boxes to serve as Valentine “mailboxes,” and then, at the designated time, we “delivered” the Valentine cards.

Children's Valentines

Children's Valentines

This was in that long-long-ago, unenlightened era when adults believed that if a child’s feelings were hurt, the child might survive and even learn something from the experience that caused the hurt feelings. So we were not required to give a Valentine card to every child. If we didn’t like Helga, we could walk right past her stupid shoe box without even a twinge of remorse. We could even flip Helga off if we wanted to, as long as the teacher didn’t see us.

Valentine Happy Dance

"Happy Dance"

Of course, if Chip gave a card to Hailey but not to us, as usually happened, we didn’t see how we could possibly make it through the day, or the rest of our life. But, as you can see, we have forgotten all about it, and we barely remember Hailey, who was BLOND and PRETTY and who could do CARTWHEELS in gym class whereas WE, lacking upper-body strength, consistently landed on our CHIN, and whose (Hailey’s) mother and grandmother sewed her BEAUTIFUL calico dresses and let her wear more petticoats than OUR mother let US wear, PLUS, WE wanted to be the smallest child in the class because that seemed to be the only way we could distinguish ourself, but on School Nurse Measures Your Height and Weight and Bleats the Numbers Across the Classroom to Your Teacher Day at school, it ALWAYS turned out that HAILEY was even TINIER than we were and made us feel like a PACK HORSE.

VALENTINE "Cherry Conditioner"

"Cherry Conditioner"

But we learned a valuable lesson from this experience. We learned that it was possible to bludgeon Hailey with a baseball bat at recess and make it look like an accident.

VALENTINE - "Snail"

"Snail"

Back to Valentines: If we were a child in today’s wussy politically correct environment, we would deposit a Valentine card in every child’s mailbox but we would give MONEY to the kids we really liked, maybe a crisp $100 bill, and THEN we’d see who Chip gave a Valentine card to….

Valentine's for girls to give

Valentine's for girls to give (Boys could give them too, of course, but all the boys WE know would refuse, absolutely REFUSE to give away Valentines featuring little boys wearing sailor suits or playing ring-around-the-rosie)

We are only joking, of course, except about the cartwheels and the baseball bat, but we really do love Valentine’s Day. We are grateful for anything, in a world that can seem cynical —  in a world in which one cannot say often enough “I Love You” or “I Like You” or “Be My Valentine” (whatever THAT means) — for days such as Valentine’s Day that remind us to show affection to and appreciation for the people in our lives. And we are perfectly serious. We Love You, Mom and Dad

P.S. We made a silly mistake on our Valentine web page, which we hope and believe has been fixed. We were offering the $20 ten-pack for Valentine cards such as “To the Love of My Life.” Of course, if you WANT ten such cards, we will give you the $20 bargain, but we must warn you, you’re playing a dangerous game….

Wishing the World a Happy Valentine's Day!

 Music Heals! Listen to OUR Feelgood Music or Watch the Videos, Vote for Your Own

OUR Feelgood Music includes “LaBamba” (Ritchie Valens), “Down in the River to Pray” (Hayley Westenra), “Orinoco Flow” (Enya)… a banjo free-for-all featuring Steve Martin, Béla Fleck, and Tony TrischkaAlison Krauss on the fiddle… Patti LaBelle’s “soul” version of “ABC” on Sesame Street… “Jump” by Van Halen… “Jump (for My Love” by the Pointer Sisters… and a whole lot more: hours of our favorite movie and TV theme music, including tributes to Elmer Bernstein (The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven, To Kill a Mockingbird) and other great film composers.

Béla Fleck

Béla Fleck

We suggest, especially for the television-show themes, that you gather your friends and play “Guess the TV Show” (you’ll have to look away from the monitor, of course); but then, our idea of a fun evening is playing “Go to the Head of the Class” with our grandchildren.

You’ll find all this music on the Annagrammatica website, along with dozens of videos on meditation.

If you want us to add YOUR Feelgood Music, fill out the little survey. We’ll include it in our collection unless it makes US feel AWFUL.

When you take the quickie survey, we won’t place any “tracking cookies” on your computer. We’re not sure what they are, and if we were, we wouldn’t know how. We don’t even ask for your last name. You don’t even have to give us your REAL first name. You can call yourself “Sven,” unless your name IS “Sven,” in which case you could use “Raquel.” We don’t care. We just want to know what music lights you up. 

Unfamiliar Territory: A Bargain at Any Price

"The Summer of Going Barefoot"

"The Summer of Going Barefoot"

For a limited time, you’ll receive Carry Me to This Enchanted Shore (A Morning Prayer) FREE when you buy Unfamiliar Territory. But we should not have to bribe you this way. Unfamiliar Territory is a beautiful full-color book that is CHOCK (?) FULL of whimsy, wisdom, and pretty pictures. Buy one for yourself, one for your spouse, one for each of your children, especially if you have a large family, and one as a gift for someone who brings YOU an unexpected gift. (“Oh, thank you. And I’m so glad you stopped by! I have a gift I’ve been meaning to bring over….”)

We here in the Printing Division of Annagrammatica.com tried producing Unfamiliar Territory on our own pathetic printer using 100-percent recycled paper, and the results were less than satisfactory unless you were our mother. So, at the moment, we are using the services of Lulu.com, and the product is beautiful but the paper is not recycled, and so, until Lulu.com gets with it, we are looking for another book producer.

A poem from Unfamiliar Territory

from Unfamiliar Territory

Two pages of household hints from Unfamiliar Territory

from Unfamiliar Territory

from Carry Me to This Enchanted Shore (A Morning Prayer)

from Carry Me to This Enchanted Shore (A Morning Prayer)

See more excerpts and download substantial portions of our books, FREE, at Annagrammatica.com

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  • We use 100%-recycled PCF (processed chlorine-free) cover stock for all our cards
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  • Help us decide which poems to submit for contests and publications. Go to Write Light to comment and rank….

 

* We are testing the Bud Cassiday Marketing Method

—Blessings from ALL of us at Annagrammatica

Missing Meditations

December 19, 2009

Annagrammatica Winter Logo

It’s good karma to say ‘thanks’ in style… with an Annagrammatica Thank-You Card

Well-mannered gift recipients say “thanks” with a card; it’s traditional. It’s appreciated. It’s good karma. You can use many of our thank-you cards (probably not the one pictured here, however) as “friendship cards” to send any time.

Thank-you card: "Nifty Gifts"

"Nifty Gifts" cover

Thank-you card: "Nifty Gifts" inside

"Nifty Gifts" inside

25%-off sale!

Through December 23, receive 25 percent off every item in our Holiday Store… including our unique thank-you cards. Pay only $15 for a pack of 10 cards, regular price $20! Hot damn!

What happened to our meditations and our music?

Until recently, you could find eight-plus pages containing hundreds of audio (and several video) meditation and music selections, all free, no signup,  on Annagrammatica.com. Well, the pages are still there, but the audio meditation instructions, the guided meditations, and the music are… mostly… gone. We’re publishing some great meditation videos, as fast as we can find them!

woman meditating by a streamWe were able to provide the audio resources through the service formerly known as imeem.com, which allowed us to embed imeem playlists on our own site. We created the playlists, using meditation materials of our own and others found on imeem.com. Then all we had to do was cut and paste a little piece of html code for each playlist.

With imeem.com hosting the playlists, the number of selections we could provide was virtually unlimited, since they weren’t using valuable space on our site. (Audio files can be quite large and take a long time to load.)

Gradually, our selections became unavailable except as thirty-second samples, but you could easily log on to imeem.com to hear the full selection. A few weeks ago, the audio playlists themselves disappeared… during, we suppose, the dead of night. Now you will find the following notice on our meditation pages:

Imeem - MySpace announcementUntil that happy day, we are searching for audio resources and additional videos. You’ll find, for example, four excellent instructional audio selections and an entire set of video instructions on our “How to Meditate” page. We’ll keep you posted as we, or MySpace, or both, restore the missing meditation resources.

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…and a Final Reminder

  • We use 100%-recycled PCF (processed chlorine-free) cover stock for all our cards
  • There’s always free shipping if you pay with a credit card via PayPal
  • We love compliments! E-mail us your Annagrammatica happy-customer testimonials!
  • Start your Amazon.com shopping on our home page
  • Interested in link exchange? We’ll barter for links to our website and blogs
  • Find sample blogs on a gazillion topics at Alpha Inventions
  • Help us decide which poems to submit for contests and publications. Go to Write Light to comment and rank….

—Blessings from ALL of us at Annagrammatica

Annagrammatica’s Cracking Up

December 6, 2009

We Crack Ourselves Up + 2 More Sale Days

A Medieval Feast

Page 2, inside left

Medieval Feast page 3

Here at the Annagrammatica Product Development Center, we love a good laugh… or, we’re not picky, we’ll take a not-so-great laugh, if we’ve had a bad day… which almost NEVER happens at the Annagrammatica Product Development Center, because someone usually has a great idea for a funny new card.

For the “Medieval Christmas” card above, we started with the stunning medieval artwork. The colors! The clothes! The pomp and circumstance! The POPE, for Pete’s sake!

But as gorgeous as the image is, it struck us as sort of a Middle Ages political cartoon, fashioned by a satirically minded peasant who was lucky to have chicken for supper now and then. So we made fun of it (the image)… but we didn’t make fun of Christmas. We take Christmas VERY seriously. 2 packs of 10 cards, $20 through December 8

Jenny Nystrom’s gnomes

We’ve also redesigned the popular “Tomte” card, which explains a lot about how Santa Claus became “a right jolly old elf.”

Jenny Nystrom's Gnomes -- Tomte

Jenny Nystrom's Gnomes, Tomte, pages 2 & 3

Inside, pages 2-3

All our fabulous Christmas and Solstice cards — 15 styles — will be sold as 2 for the price of 1, through December 8. After that, they’ll be regular-price: $20 for a pack of 10 cards with envelopes.

Or you might fall in love with our offbeat “Non-Christmas Card” instead.

It’s good karma to say ‘thanks’ in style… with an Annagrammatica Thank-You Card

Well-mannered gift recipients say “thanks” with a card; it’s traditional. It’s appreciated. It’s good karma. You can use many of our thank-you cards as “friendship cards” to send any time. (The card below will show you what we mean.) Some are funny, some are poignant, all are sincere….

Thank-you card: "I am grateful for asparagus"

Grateful for Asparagus,” like ALL our cards, is printed on 100-percent recycled PCF (processed chlorine-free) cover stock.

And, like all our cards, it’s on sale at 2-for-the-price-of-1 through Tuesday, December 8 (that’s only two days from today, Sunday). Regular price is $2.25 each, $20 for a pack of 10 with envelopes.

…and a Final Reminder

Don’t go outside today

It’s way cold. Shop at Annagrammatica.com instead.

—Blessings from ALL of us at Annagrammatica

3 More Sale Days + VOTE

December 3, 2009

3 More Days—Beautiful Christmas/Solstice Cards and Gifts Now 2 for the Price of 1

  • Rank the poems on Write Light
  • Poetry Magazine Publishes “Swaddled in Saturday Afternoon”
  • 2-for-1 PLUS sale held over: dozens of items to choose from
  • First 20 orders receive FREE Random Cards of Kindness
  • We love compliments!
  • Find sample blogs on a gazillion topics at Alpha Inventions

Help us decide…

…which poems to submit for contests and publications. Go to Write Light to comment and rank….

Selected for Poetry Magazine

Enjoy the poem “Swaddled in Saturday Afternoon” about the adventures and comforts of neighborhood. It appeared in the August-September issue of the poetry magazine Poetsespresso, published in Stockton, California. Special thanks to Queen Jane the Inscrutable….

Read the unabridged poem on Portfolio page 4 at Annagrammatica.com

Save $$ with 2-for-1 sale, HELD OVER…

We use recycled paper…at Annagrammatica.com through Tuesday, December 8. Beautiful Christmas and Winter Solstice cards, gifts, and more. See it all at our Holiday Store. Free shipping if you use your credit card via PayPal… and all our cards are printed on 100% recycled cover stock processed chlorine free!

Christmas card -- Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Baby Born on Christmas

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We love compliments!

Have you bought our products or used our services? Were you more than satisfied… even delighted… ecstatic? Send a little Note Of Praise to Mary@Annagrammatica.com and let us know if we may use your comment and your name in our promotions. Thanks!

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