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One Art of Staying Human


April 1, 2022



One of my favorite musicians, song writer, singer, human activist, documentary creator and host Michael Franti has a wonderful album, podcast, and documentary called Stay Human. If you are not familiar with him I highly suggest you take this opportunity to become so now!


Throughout the pandemic I got hooked listening to his podcast where he interviews creative people from all walks of life. One common thread across the guests being interviewed is that they are all doing their part in order to make this world a better place. At the end of each episode Michael asks his guest/s: “What does it mean to you to stay human?” What an incredibly profound question! I would like to invite you all to ponder this question and would love to hear your answer below in the comments section.


Recently I took some time to sit down, brainstorm, and answer this question. In a nutshell, I have come to the conclusion that to me staying human means: “To stay or to become connected with others.” You may ask, “With whom and how?” I am a true believer in staying connected with family, friends, old colleagues, and children through snail mail. As someone who has grown up all over the world, and moved throughout various stages of my life, one way that I stayed in contact with meaningful people in my life is through the art of snail mail. I have also made some of the most special connections with neighbors and strangers through snail mail. Recently I have slowed down and taken the time to make, write, and deliver a card to say hi or to express my gratitude. I have in return been blessed with new human connections that I will cherish lifelong.


One of the main reasons I started Anyadaru cards at www.instagram.com/anyadarucards/

is because I want to be a facilitator of human connections. It means the world to me for humans to stay in touch by what some people call, “the old fashioned way of communicating.” In this busy world filled with computers, smart phones, TikTok, Facebook, and Instagram, the art of handwriting a card or letter is disappearing. As my website says, “Life happens and sometimes we just need to make someone’s day one mailbox at a time!”


I would like to take this opportunity to personally invite you to head over to Anya-Da-Ru Cards: Home and browse the wide selection of cards for sale. How about finding a card or 2 or 22 that you will purchase, write, and send as a way of staying human. If we all do our part, the human race will stay more connected through the art of writing.


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* Stay Human Podcast:

https://open.spotify.com/show/47fnj7WHvHZtz9D8DxERm2?si=6bbc8ec0976d46e6

or at

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/stay-human/id1509323322

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