Flashback Monday! I ran across something from a few years ago and thought you might enjoy reading it again. I know I did. It’s such a magical story about synchronicity …

This just in from Carol Hill, my BFF, lead graphic designer, MaryJanesFarm magazine editor, fashionista, ukelele player, Northwest Best Laugh Contest winner …

Take it away, Carol!!!!

In our Aug/Sept 2010 issue, “Lay of the Land,” we published a story from Aimee Steiner, a MaryJanesFarm reader living—of all places—on a tiny, remote Pacific island named Rota. At the time, we were astounded that our magazine had reached such faraway places. But the story had just begun.

Not only did that article result in our readers sending over 10,000 books to rebuild Rota’s library that was lost in a typhoon (read that incredible story in our Dec/Jan 2012 issue, “Come All Ye”), but it also sparked another reader to call with this fascinating story …

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Serious synchronicity indeed! This is an amazing weaving of people and time!

  2. Stephan Jelonek says:

    Great story🌊

  3. Winnie Nielsen says:

    This was a great re-read today! What a nice way to start off a Monday.

  4. Krista says:

    Wow! Look at all those crazy coincidences! This is a great story and it’s fascinating to see it connecting with MaryJanesFarm. I love how the world works in wonderful ways!

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Acorn Art

Already feeling fall on the horizon?

Photo by Unsplash via Pixabay

Here’s a simple, woodsy craft to get your autumn juices bubbling: Acorn Bead Pendants.

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  1. Krista says:

    This is such a cute craft! It would be fun to make a bracelet out of these acorn beads and the process seems so easy. It would also be fun to make some and give them away to help others feel the fall season.

  2. Oh, how precious is that message?!? Just adorable! Love the acorn pendant craft, too…Will keep this in mind for my Fall loving friends, as a little Autumn happy. Thank you for sharing and have a great day! ~ Donna =)

  3. great craft but BEWARE! here on the east coast acorns usually have little weevils in them . so be sure to freeze the acorns in your freezer for about 2 weeks, wrapped in several ziplocks. that will kill them and then you can safely and happily craft away.

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unicorn on the loose

You may remember the unicorns that were spotted in a Scottish woodland last year.

Somehow, that made a little more sense than seeing a unicorn cavorting around Madera Ranchos, California.

But … it happened.

What’s more, the unicorn in question doesn’t really fit the model of the mythical majesty we generally associate with this cryptozoological creature …

Unicorn by Maerten de Vos (1532–1603) via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I think any little girl who sees a pony that sports a pink halter that makes her look like unicorn would be delirious with delight! I know I would have been.

  2. CJ Armstrong says:

    Juliette is lovely and her little friend is adorable!

    The unicorn in the painting looks a bit “unfriendly” to me. But wonderful artistry!

  3. Krista says:

    This is such a cute and funny story! I couldn’t image what I would do if I had seen the unicorn prancing along the road! A double check would have been required. I’m glad the pony was captured safely and returned back to his little girl.

  4. too adorable for words
    thanks for sharing this sweet story

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From Pony Express to Priority Express

Last week, I saw on my “This Day in History” alert that on that particular day, the U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775. (Have you discovered the “This Day in History” feature from If not, subscribe for a daily e-mail that tells you dozens of things that happened each day throughout history. Fascinating!)

That got me to thinking … what happened to our mail before 1775?

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I love this bit of american history. In my opinion, the USPS does an amazing job considering the volumes it has to deal with. The new flat rate shipping options and ability to mail from your own desk is also a huge time saver and efficient. I’m with you in saying, THANK-YOU USPS!

  2. Krista says:

    This is some really cool history. I love how wonderful our mail system is and how far we have come with postal service improvements. When you take into consideration all the USPS costs and their efficiency, 47 cents for a stamp really isn’t a bad deal. And many complain of this small cost and pay bills online. Which I feel will eventually eliminate postal service jobs.

  3. CJ Armstrong says:

    Lots of folks complain about the postal service and it is not without its mistakes, but I believe they do an amazing job considering the volume, distances to travel, weather conditions and . . . customers who don’t make it easy!
    I enjoyed reading this history! Thank you!

  4. Karlyne says:

    And just think! It’s thanks to U.S. Postal Service that Santa Claus didn’t end up in an asylum!

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