Postcards, Postcards, Postcards

I collect postcards.

About two weeks ago now I put up an installation in the student art gallery at MHC. The installation, entitled Postcards, took my extensive collection of over 1,000 postcards and put them on display. Some were framed, others were not. Some were on mobiles; others were not. Some you could read a message; others you could not.

The idea behind the installation was to examine how we think about communication and how we remember our lives. Some postcards, for instance, were sent by my grandmother to my mother. These are special to me but to other people, their significance could be lost over time. Other postcards were sent between complete strangers. I found these postcards in an antique shop, which is the last place I would ever want my collection to end up.

Some pictures:

The installation also featured a video, Postcards. I am working on uploading to YouTube. But as it is nearly 20 minutes long I am going to have to edit it down. The video was also designed for the installation space (it is mostly audio that was overheard while someone perused the postcards). For the YouTube audience, the video will have to modified.

Now that I have revealed myself as a deltiologist (postcard collector) I’m going to blog about the various postcards that make their way into my collection. I receive about one to three postcards per week. So this is the beginning of an exciting project for me.

Heading For The Hills on Mountain Day!

Today is quite probably the greatest day of my life because its Mountain Day!!!!!

Mountain Day is Mount Holyoke’s oldest tradition; it dates back to 1838, a year after MoHo was founded. Mountain Day is further proof that Mary Lyon was a genius.

On one fall morning, Abbey Chapel’s bells ring for five minutes at 7:00 am, signaling the cancellation of the days classes, the academic buildings are locked, and students, faculty, and staff are told to go enjoy nature. Usually this means climbing to the top of Mount Holyoke and enjoying ice cream, served to us by college president and deans.

It is quite possibly the best tradition a college could have. Yesterday a Hampshire student told me she was jealous of Mount Holyoke because of Mountain Day. Other colleges do have their own version of Mountain Day: Colby, Williams, Smith (they “borrowed” the idea from us) etc. but Mount Holyoke has celebrated Mountain Day the longest.

As for me, my five hour environmental science lab was postponed, my Islam paper was postponed, and I got to sleep for two extra hours!!

I’m off to hike Mt Holyoke.

Enjoy your day, you know, working and being stuck inside.