Postcard sent by Margaret Ripley to her mother in England, 19 November 1914

The instant nature of email and texts makes them popular choices for communication. Mary Steinbicker knows the value of getting a surprise by postal mail.

Last year, the Minnesota resident’s New Year’s resolution was to send one postcard a day to a friend, family member, or stranger. She succeeded. Steinbicker sent 366 notes of joy to others, many of whom she’s never even met.

According to Steinbicker, her goal was to let people know that someone was thinking of them. And she’s continuing the project this year.


Jodi Owan