Saturday, March 9, 2013

A Favorite Thing: Magazines

Unfortunately, there are no libraries in this country and very few bookstores.
The bookstores we do have are subject to censorship which means the availability of books and magazines is quite limited.
So you can imagine my delight upon finding some of my favorite magazines at one of our stationery shops recently.
I scooped them all up just as fast I could and have been flipping through them ever since.  A couple of them even made the trip to Sri Lanka with us and back again.
One of the articles in Cloth*Paper*Scissors entitled Artists Give Back is where charitable groups and individuals who use art to help others are highlighted.

The first one is Girls Love Mail (GLM) founded by Gina Mulligan who is a  breast cancer survivor.  

With the belief that a handwritten letter is a gift with the ultimate power to heal, she and several volunteers collect and distribute handwritten letters to women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Their goal this year is 5,280 letters and so far they've collected 733.
If you would like to be a part of this special movement of hope and encouragement, you can mail a letter or small piece of art to:
Girls Love Mail
2330 E. Bidwell Street, Suite 200
Folsom, CA 95630

To find out more about the cause, you can visit Gina's website Girls Love Mail.

And if you are tired of winter weather, Heart Home Magazine just launched its Spring issue.
So kick back and enjoy browsing through its pages.

Thanks Claudia for hosting.
Have a wonderful weekend!


Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Hi Tammy, I'm happy for you that you could get some of your favorite magazines. Enjoy!
GLM sounds like a wonderful project. Thank you for sharing.

Shane Pollard said...

Hi Tammy
What a wonderful selection of magazines you found!
The only one I've seen here is the UK Country Living and I occasionally get CPS from the library.
Girls Love Mail is another caring idea for women in the States.

I love a good magazine too Tammy!
Visiting from Claudia's 'A Favorite Thing'.
Shane ♥

Preeti said...

I always love colourful magazines. We do have lot of libraries and shops in India, but needlework magazine is only on subscription. But there are many on stands for home decor etc. you can subscribe or purchase single issues online as e version or hardcopy according to your choice if you don't have good bookstores. I always like hard copies, even if the iPad simulates the flipping of pages etc. it doesn't give the feeling of holding the beautiful stuff in hand :) isn't it?

kathyinozarks said...

I never thought about magazines being sensored in other countries-so happy for you to have found some-cloth Paper scissors is a good one too-

bj said...

Glad you got the magazines...:)
Enjoy them all.
xo bj

Everydaythings said...

oooh Ive never seen or heard of vintage style... so lucky you getting that one over there! Enjoy your read with those mags!

gardenbug said...

I too am happy that you located these fine magazines! I agree with Preeti that hard copies are quite special!
Long ago I experienced magazine censorship while in West Africa. Magazines like Time & Newsweek would have different editions than what was distributed at home in the USA.

Girls Love Mail is a wonderful caring idea! Thank you for sharing this.

summersundays-jw said...

I love the new Folk magazine. Don't know if you can get it but it's worth a look. They also have a blog. Happy weekend! Jan


Hello Tammy, How sad about the censorship of mag. I am so happy you found such a great selection of them to ponder over. I have a great addiction to magazine. LOL I have not heard of Heart Home Mag. interesting. Enjoy your news magazines. Hugs Judy

Susan said...

Hi Tammy....SOOOO happy you found such great magazines. I LOVE magazines of all kinds, too.

Hope you have a nice day today. Susan

Diane said...

Nice magazines! They are inspiring, aren't they?

Jill said...

Hi Tammy!
Thank you so much for visitng my blog and your lovely comments! I'm happy to be your newest follower.

My daughter hates the banana cookies too but I've developed a taste for them since I'm trying to lose weight. :)

JCDiTaranto said...

It's so interesting to learn little tidbits about the different cultures in which my blogging buddies live. Some, like the censorship you experience, remind me to appreciate things we take for granted in the US!

Betsy said...

Such beautiful magazines. I guess I hadn't thought about about the difficulty getting books and magazines, so your wonderful discovery makes me very happy for you.

What a thoughtful project GLM sounds like. I think when I return home next week it will be one of my first "projects".


Sherry said...

I too love magazines. It would be hard to not be able to just browse the magazine racks and buy the latest issues. We like many of the same titles. Sometimes I forget that there are not libraries everywhere as I have worked in libraries off and on (mostly on) since I was 16. Have a wonderful weekend.

Unknown said...

When we first moved to our small, rural town, I had to go into the city to find things like magazines (and art supplies, etc) but our small town has slowly grown up, and I'm always amazed when I find what I'm looking for at the corner store. I know what you mean about " snatching them up " ..... And how wonderful to have magazines on your vacation .... A perfect magazine reading venue :)

Gracey is not my name.... said...

Glad you found some favorite magazines..I can't imagine not having a bookstore...the Hubs and I spend hours in ours..even though we both have e-readers, we both still love actual books...and I love magazines

Dagmar said...

Hi Tammy,
We sure love the same things! happy weekend of reading and dreaming!

Createology said...

Ahh the simple pleasures we take for granted. Happy you found these wonderful magazines. I have sent to "Girls Love Mail" and will do so again. Folsom is within 50 miles of me...very close. Sunshine Smiles & Hugs Tammy Dear...

Yvonne said...

The differences in countries are many and sometimes surprising. Books, hand written letters and just print in general is going to be a lost art if not careful.

Acorn to Oak said...

I can feel your excitement as I read about your magazine find. How fun! Looks like you not only lucked out with finding magazines but they're good ones too. :-)

Anonymous said...

I subscribe to a couple of magazines, but am fortunate to have a wonderful library here in town (and one 30 minutes away) that have an extensive collection of magazines to pour over. Sometimes I'll just go and ready them on a cloudy quiet day. They are full of such wonderful articles and photos....taking me away!
Love the issues that you got, although I haven't seen one of them. I know you are in your jammies and devouring these! Lucky you!
Have a great weekend. It's snowing here but should be gone tomorrow. Then a warm up, so I hope to get back to hiking then!

Teresa Kasner said...

Oh, how nice for you to find some fun magazines! I subscribe to Country Living and Coastal Living and Sunset. Love them so much! Enjoy! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Blondie's Journal said...

I'm so happy you found some magazines to enjoy! Boy, I don't know what I would do without books. Can you order them from somewhere and have them shipped to you? The Girls Love Mail organization sounds wonderful. I am going to check out that blog.


Melanie said...

Not even a library? I can't imagine. Books and magazines are such a huge part of my life. I am so glad that you were finally able to get your hands on some of the best ones!

Gina said...

I'm glad you were able to find some magazines. Enjoy! I can't imagine not being able to get magazines or books.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

The magazines all look so lovely and glad that you were able to buy them in your local shop.
Girls love mail, is such a wonderful idea and many thanks for telling us about this.

Hope you are enjoying the weekend

Mistea said...

I can't imagine not being able to visit my local library, which is only a ten minute walk from me, regularly. Nice magazines. Enjoy.

La Tea Dah said...

What a wonderful find! And so inspiring. I'm so happy you found all these magazines!

Linda said...

Hi Tammy,
I had no idea you have to endure such censorship there and no libraries? I can't imagine. I know me and I wouldn't be able to live there because I'm too outspoken and would likely get into big trouble. :D

I love magazines though, similar to ones that you pictured. I just received my Living magazine in the mail today and I look forward to browsing it soon.


Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
Knowing about that censorship, exactly like it was in the early 90s when we lived and worked in Indonesia, I understand your JOY! We always did stock up on magazines while in Singapore, if I did not bring loads of them in my luggage already. Here in the US especially, all women are so spoiled as we do have probably the largest collection of magazines available without any censorship. Enjoy them and thanks for sharing another worthwhile cause!

Laurie said...

Hi Tammy, what a great surprise to find the magazines. Happy reading and have a great weekend.


Kit said...

So happy you found some great reads. Enjoy! Kit

Diane said...

What a find! How great to find some that you like, too. Enjoy them. Diane

Nancy C said...

No libraries? Amazing what we take for granted here in the U.S.

So happy you found some treasures to look through and find creativity Tammy.

Claudia said...

How do you get your books, Tammy? Do you order them through the mail? I'm curious! It's sad that there are no libraries there - sad for the citizens of that country. I'm so glad you got the chance to buy some bright, beautiful magazines!

Thanks so much for joining in this week!


Elna said...

It's always fun with new magazines and what a nice idea with the letters. Here we have cold, windy and more snow. You may have a good start to the week.


Sam I Am...... said...

Those "mags" are my fav's also although I've never seen Cloth, Paper, Scissors but it looks good too. I love magazines and I belong to a group for reading books we already own and was thinking of starting a group to read magazines I already own! I have 100's of them and need to get rid of them before I move or I will pay for them twice! LOL! Thanks for sharing the ezine with us! I'll have to browse that later....hope you had a great weekend.

Yarni Gras! said...

how lovely for you....but I have to ask....can you get subscriptions there?

Mary said...

Had no idea about the lack of libraries and book shops - how sad. Reading is so important for children especially - do they supply books for the kids in school, and if so what are they permitted to read for English Literature classes?

Enjoy your magazines - good choices Tammy!

Hugs - Mary

Haworth said...

How sad that you don't have access to bookstores or libraries, Tammy, but how wonderful that you found all those magazines! I love setting a Sunday afternoon aside to sit and look through magazines, tearing out recipes or book reviews or photographs of things I'd like to try in the house. I wish you hours of enjoyment with your stash of mags!!

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