Dear Drew

Drew Barrymore is an actress, film producer and talk show host.

She’s also a fan of the U.S. Mail.

Barrymore recently posted a video on Instagram describing her excitement after receiving a letter from her daughter at sleepaway camp.

“I’m the most proud parent right now. I got mail from my daughter and she’s at camp,” Barrymore says.

Becoming emotional, she continues: “I think that letters and postcards and stamps and the Post Office are just so important. Letters are so beautiful and may we encourage our kids to be writers and send mail to us.”

Barrymore, who has 14 million Instagram followers, has shared her love of mail before in previous posts.

She also uses a yellow mailbox GIF to encourage fans to send her correspondence, including letters for the Dear Drew segment on her self-titled daytime talk show. She even selects a ZIP Code of the Day where she shares fun local facts before opening a letter.

In her latest Instagram post, Barrymore, a mother of two, says that opening a letter from her daughter is “the day I’ve dreamt of since my kids were born — my kid writing me a letter from sleepaway camp.”

She added: “It’s just such a sign that not only is everything okay, but these rich, important, crucial traditions live on in our family. We love mail. And guess what? I’ve got mail.”

That’s so Raven

On July 30, the Postal Service will release Raven Story, its latest Forever stamp.

The character of Raven is important for many of the Indigenous peoples of North America, particularly those in the Pacific Northwest. Stories and myths about the trickster bird are legion.

The new stamp references a Tlingit creation myth and shows Raven midway between human and avian form (notice the hand) as he successfully completes an elaborate plot to bring the light of the sun, moon and stars to the world.

To illustrate the myth, Tlingit/Athabascan artist Rick Worl combined modern elements with formline, a technique common among Native Americans from the northern coast of the Pacific Northwest. Antonio Alcalá was the art director.

The Raven Story stamps can be purchased at Post Offices and usps.com.

Texas two-step

“News Quiz” is a weekly feature that lets you test your knowledge of recent Link stories. The correct answers appear at the end.

1. The USPS Connect Local pilot program recently launched in two Texas cities. What are they?

a) Austin, Dallas
b) Dallas, Houston
c) Houston, San Antonio
d) San Antonio, Waco

2. Which of the following members did not join the USPS Board of Governors last month?

a) Anton Hajjar
b) Amber McReynolds
c) Donald Moak
d) Ron Stroman

3. Fill in the blank: USPS Hold Mail allows the organization to hold customers’ mail for a minimum of three days up to a maximum of (blank) days.

a) 15
b) 30
c) 45
d) 60

4. True or false: Levi Strauss helped popularize belt buckles.

a) True
b) False

5. What hidden message is contained in the Mystery Message stamp?

a) Hiding in Plain Sight!
b) Life Is a Mystery!
c) More Than Meets the Eye!
d) Seeing Is Believing!

Answers: 1) b. 2) c. 3) b. 4) a. 5) c.

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