We all have ways of keeping in touch with family and friends. The way we communicate with each other has undergone many changes over the years and most of us probably use more than one channel these days.
For most of us, it's the telephone, e-mail and old-fashioned face-to-face interactions that are our primary modes of communication. These are not the only options, however.
Consider, for example, Flora Zimbelman and her sister, Rose. Over 50 years ago Flora slipped an uncooked hot dog into Rose's suitcase. Rose mailed it back, starting a 54-year game of "sneaking the frank back into my sister's life."
"I found it under my pillow once, I found it in between the drapes and once I found it in the kitchen drawer," said Flora, who is left with the odd trophy after her sister's death earlier this year.
Hot dogs aside, there are some other ways of putting some fun into your communications efforts.
Some people like to leave unexpected notes for others, like spouses. There have been cases where these notes are so unexpected that they go undiscovered or ar discovered at inappropriate times. The folks at Poketo think they have the answer with their message capsules. Just slip it into a pocket or beneath a pillow where it's bound to be discovered.
To enhance the unexpected note experience, why not use a pencil that has aromatic lead? Scents available include rosemary and lemongrass.
If you're delivering your message in print form, consider using Tokyo-based Ko-sin Printing. They'll put some of your DNA in the ink, making it very personal, indeed. Caution: they say the DNA is extractable as well.
If you prefer leaving your mark in cyberspace instead, try leaving a voicethread. It's new. It's easy. It's very cool.