The apple doesn't fall far from the tree

My dad has been a peace activist for decades. When I was a kid, he ordered peace-themed bumperstickers by the thousands and give them away on weekends from a card table at the side of the road. He still does this, actually.

He uses it as an opportunity to talk to people about the kind of future he wants for his children and grandchildren: one in which the planet is responsibly cared for, and war is no longer accepted as a way to resolve conflicts.

I remember him engaging with everyone who stopped, inviting them to receive his monthly (snail mail!) newsletter, and offering to attach their new stickers before they drove away. He also made a big cooler of lemonade, and purchased a day's worth of normally-off-limits snacks to eat, which made me like coming with him. My math-oriented brain also liked taking inventory to see how many of which messages people took, and counting up the donations he received in his donation box. :)

I've been thinking about my dad this week as I prepare my next big order of Connection Cards, deciding which messages I should add and remove, what designs to change, and how many to purchase of each. I like thinking about the kinds of messages I want to hear more often, and that I have a simple, low-cost way to help people share them.

This weekend I will be visiting my parents, meaning that I will have access to Dad's current collection of bumperstickers, many of which are pictured here. If they speak to you and you'd like one, let me know and I will hook you up.

Also, if you have an idea for a new Connection Card that I don't yet have, or a particular color or design request, now would be a great time to suggest it. Just leave a comment below.

I look forward to sharing the new messages with you soon. Maybe someday I’ll even put them on bumperstickers!