Michael has a milestone birthday coming up in February 2018. I ran an idea past Gail that passed with approval.

I have small cards that are 2.5X3.5. The idea for the card is not to say happy birthday, but you have room to put a few sentences to tell Michael why you love him, his music or how his music helped you in hard times. It’s should be big enough for a wallet size photo if you would like.

Then when he’s home sitting at his desk, he can pull 1 or 2 cards to read when he has the time. Our words will be with him all year.

I request a SASE, and I will send you a card. Write your note and put in your picture. When your finished, mail it back to me.
For those out of the country, I checked with my postmaster and she said you can put your own postage on the return envelope equivalent to $1.15 US.

Email me, Sally, at MYSCRTPSSN@gmail.com and I can give you an address to send your SASE (self addressed stamped envelope).

A second option that isn’t as personal, is to email me a short note and I can cut and paste it onto a card for you. I don’t want to handle pictures this way because I’m not that computer literate and don’t want to make errors with something as personal as a picture.

When all the cards are gathered, I’ll put them in some sort of decorate box. And the box of cards will be Michael’s birthday gift from us.

It might seem early, but it’s something that we can work on Now through January. I’d like to be finished by February since I would need to get a box and mail it off to Michael.

Your welcome to share my email with anyone you think may be interested in contributing to Michael’s milestone 65!

Looking forward to hearing from you,



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I’ve heard from several people! Keep them coming!

Hi everyone and especially you Sally and I didn't want to be the one to have to post this on here but  ................... !!!!!!!   

I know I said at beginning your idea for Michael's birthday was wonderful but, at same time, had a little niggle that your idea might not work.  I looked up Post Office details on Internet and started to believe my misgivings were correct.  I then sent an e-mail to Post Office and yesterday was in my local PO;  from them and from answer I have now received, today, from Royal Mail, your idea is not workable outside the USA.  You cannot send mail, from one country to another, with any other postage but the country of origin on it, therefore, for anyone to send you, Sally, a SAE with their country's postage on it will not work as, when you attempt to post it back, USA postage service will not recognise the stamps used. Here is reply I have received from Royal Mail and because of, only way I can see your idea working Sally, is for those who want to send Michael a "birthday card" in your "birthday box", is for them to buy one of the relevant size and send it directly to you.  No use you supplying the cards, except for within the USA, for only way that would work is for you to pay postage.

Sorry to write such a downer post on such a wonderful idea but looks as though has to be re-thought.

Sylvia   Your wee Scottish friend


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Enquiry Reference # 171120-002147

Response By E-mail (Anthony) (24/11/2017 10.31 AM)
Dear Miss Doughty
Thank you for contacting Royal Mail.
I'm sorry, UK postal stamps are not valid for postage with the United States Postal Service.
You can send an SAE but the postage would have to be paid by the sender in the USA.
You can send ‘pre-paid’ item’s overseas if you have an International Response Licence (mainly used by business customers).  Further information on this service can be found via the link below:
I am sorry my reply could not be more favourable, if I can be of any further help please get get in touch.
Anthony Turnbull
Customer Service Advisor
I checked with the US Postmaster and this was the information I was given. I’ve already mailed a bunch out and I’ll see if it worked. The postmaster did tell me there’s an international postage stamp.


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