Tuesday, May 29, 2012
May 29 - Book of Xenophilia
Xenophily or xenophilia means an affection for unknown objects or peoples. It is the opposite of xenophobia or xenophoby. The word is a synthesis from the Greek "xenos" (ξένος) (stranger, unknown, foreign) and "philia" (φιλία) (love, attraction).
I received this lovely package in the mail this weekend all the way from England. It looks as if someone wanted those stamps. Thankfully they didn't get them and I can put them in my little book. I call this book my book of Xenophilia because I keep all of my cancelled stamps from all over the world and other little bits and pieces. I made this book out of a soap box using a Jennibellie technique.
The note card shown was the last item I pulled out of my parcel. And it reads "May good fortune shine on you." It sounds like an Irish Blessing or something. This already has a place in my little book.
Swaps, penpals, and mail art are a wonderful way for me to meet people from all over the world. I'm having such a wonderful experience being exposed to different cultures without having to venture to far out of my little town. Although I do like a good adventure every now and then.