"In Other Words..." from PJW Publishing
by Kara L.C. Jones

"In Other Words..."
Greeting cards for when "Get Well Quick" just isn't enough
Published and distributed by PJW Publishing, Carson City, NV

A most interesting concept is finally brought to fruition!

For a long time, many of us in the bereavement community have talked about how Hallmark just doesn't cut it when it comes to finding greeting cards for bereaved families or for when families are dealing with terminal illnesses, etc. And many of us have threatened to take on Hallmark and create our own line of cards and put them out in the world. But I'm thrilled to tell you the Pat J. West (whose poetry we've published several times in our online Journal) has made manifest on her ideas!!

And these are awesome cards. They seem to incorporate real family photographs with that very "Dirt Farmer Wisdom" style to them. I love that some of the artwork even seems to incorporate those old timey photo corners that our grannies used to post the photos into the old scrapbooks. The graphics are beautiful and personal and so interesting!

Then there's the actually lines of greeting used on the front of each card. (The inside of the cards is blank for your own pen to fill.) These are some awesome lines:

  • "If it will make you feel better, I'll bring the circus."
  • "I'm rolling with you until the wheels fall off."
  • "I wish I could put my thoughts on the line, but when I try, they freeze."
  • "Some detours are rougher than others."

And six other equally as wonderful lines! I know that PJW Publishing thought that these cards were going to be niche cards for terminally ill patients, but I think they are perfect for offering comfort to bereaved families after the death of a child. One of the cards in particular says, "There are days when life steals teh smile from your face." How true is that?!

So, if you want to get your hands on these cards, here's the deal:

In Other Words...
Boxed set of 10 cards + envelopes
$15.00 plus shipping and handling fee of $2.00 per box

Nevada sales need to include 7% sales tax

Orders can be placed by, mail, e-mail, or fax:

PJW Publishing
1945 N Carson Street #24
Carson City, NV 89701


Fax: 775-883-0830

Customers should:
Provide: name, address, phone, ship to information.
Calculate: $15.00 per box, plus shipping and handling fees
Include: Check with order
E-mail orders: Cards will be prepared for shipment upon receipt of e-mail order, and shipped upon receipt of check

And PJW sent us an email here at KotaPress to say that they are currently working on a website to feature electronic previews of the the cards. Possibly thru the site they'll be taking credit cards, too? Not sure about that. But we'll add that link here and in the grief links when that site posts.

Okay, don't miss these awesome cards! Check them out!


Kara lives on Vashon Island which is a much more awesome place than she ever imagined it would be. She is a poet, bookmaker, wife, teacher, bereaved mom, facilitator, receptionist, founder, struggling p.t.barnum, turtle faithful, editor, artist, and a million other things that will prevent you from putting her in any one particular label box! Kara teaches through local art centers, artists in the schools programs, KotaPress and independently. To find out more about her, see:


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