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Cathy IslesHello there, Friend!

As long as I can remember, I have always enjoyed getting fun mail. When I was a young girl I often wrote letters to relatives, pen pals and friends that moved away and enjoyed getting their replies. I still enjoy getting mail. It brightens trips to the mailbox when all you are expecting are bills and junk mail. In today’s world when we receive so much information via our computers, it is nice to have something tangible to look at.

A few years ago, I wanted to own a business, so Bridging the Universe came to be. Because of my love for greeting cards and making people feel better and be positive, I started Bridging the Universe Greeting Cards. I wanted to reach out to people both to help them convey positive messages to their loved ones and to bring hope and healing thoughts to the receivers of the cards. Unfortunately, sales were very poor. It was hard to compete with the big players like Hallmark and American Greetings.

It has been a few years since the business closed.  I wrote a couple of children’s books on diversity (Faces Who Are We?) and healthy eating (Fruits and Veggies Aplenty), and had a couple of great summers reading to kids and doing art projects in classrooms and at libraries. Then with a dear friend, we attempted to publish a very cool bookazine, 365Being, without selling advertising. Contents were entirely creative articles from us and very talented contributors. Sadly it wasn’t cost effective and we had to close shop (but boy did we have fun working on that bookazine!!!!)

Now I want to do something different that combines all that I enjoy—art, mail, bridging to people—by reaching out  and encouraging participation in creating art, sending positive messages and receiving art and messages back from other creative beings. So with this website I want to “bridge” to people by hosting mail exchanges,  coordinating art card swaps, writing a blah blah blog, sharing recipes, recording travel adventures and who knows what else. I hope you will join me on this journey. I think it is going to be great fun.

So I invite you to visit my blogs and exchanges.  If you happen to like what you see and read, please let others know.  I especially want to encourage people to participate in the mail exchanges.  We are going to be doing some fun exchanges including mailable file folders, decorative envelopes, post cards, ephemera exchanges and my favorite—art cards and the more people we get to participate, the better. Creating art is very therapeutic and the exchanges will bring people together, so everybody wins! We certainly need more of that positive stuff in today’s world!

Thanks for your time!!

Hugs and Smiles,

Cathy Isles