10th Anniversary Giveaway

This is not a hoax — I repeat — this is not a hoax.  If this were an actual hoax, you would have been instructed to tune to Infowars or The New American on your internet dial.*

No, this is the real deal.  To mark the tenth anniversary of The 100 Billionth Person, I am giving away something of value — not my commentary! — to two lucky readers of this post. The thing-of-purported-value is an assortment of press-printed 5 x 7 note cards (below, click to enlarge) that I designed back in my “I-too-can-be-an-artist” days:


More about the cards later — first, here are the rules for my reader-appreciation giveaway.  You are qualified to enter if (a) you are a subscriber or follower of this blog, or (b) you have made a comment here prior to September 16, 2020 — proof of at least occasional interest on your part.  If you are not currently a subscriber, you can easily qualify by subscribing!  (Follow this link.)

Now that you’re qualified, you can enter the giveaway simply by commenting on this post. (You might mention in your comment which card you like best, but that’s not mandatory.) You do need to enter your email address in the email field of the comment form, otherwise I will not be able to contact you if you are selected.  Your email address will not be visible  to others.

On Monday, September 28, at noon, I will randomly select two of the entrants as winners.  If you are a winner, I will email you to obtain your mailing address and card preferences.  You may create your own assortment of ten cards, with up to three cards of any one style.  Envelopes are included.  Shipping is on me.

Now you may be saying to yourself, I don’t write notes anymore, so I don’t need any cards.  I have two responses to this.  First, stop talking to yourself — you’re so loud I can hear you. Second, I am sure that you know someone who does write notes and for whom this might be a pleasant little surprise.  So, enter anyway, if only for the pleasure of participating in the only 10th Anniversary Giveaway I will ever conduct.

Finally, here are the design details for the seven cards.  They are admittedly quirky and have dubious commercial potential, which is probably why I still have plenty to give away. There was a time when I tended to fall in love with whatever photo I shot last, and I think a couple of those are represented here.  Nonetheless, from first to last we have…

  1.  Inside: “Falling for you”
    [Created in my home studio, 2005.]
  2.  Inside: “Someone to watch over me”
    [Mark Wallinger’s Ecce Homo overlooking Trafalgar Square, London, 1999.]
  3.  Front: “The Carpenter’s Wife”.  Inside blank.
    [Upper floor of an Asheville, NC, antique store, 2005.]
  4.  Front: “Everything is just ducky.”  Inside blank.
    [Carnival in Irondequoit, NY, 2000.]
  5.  Front: “God is our strength.”  Inside blank.
    [Grave marker in Winston-Salem, NC, 2006.  Bereavement card?]
  6.  Inside: “Go slay that dragon!”
    [Storefront in Northampton, MA, 2002.]
  7.  Front: “Optimism!”  Inside blank.
    [Carnival in Irondequoit, NY, 2000.]

Remember, each winner receives ten cards, one for each year my readers have put up with the whims of this blog.

Fine Print:  No purchase necessary.  Contest void where prohibited, whatever regulatory hellhole that place may be.  Each entrant’s chance of winning is inversely proportional to the number of entries received.  [The precise formula is p(win) = 2 / n.]  Lastly, my spouse is not eligible to enter, as she prefers to make her own cards.

Thank you, and good luck.


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6 Responses to 10th Anniversary Giveaway

  1. Bruce says:


    Sorry, that’s a YouTube thing. I like them all but as a physics guy, I’m partial to #1, though I haven’t done the measurements to determine if it’s a hoax or an actual Apple falling at acceleration g due to Earth’s gravity. Which is also a hoax BTW.

  2. A Different Bruce says:

    I forgot to mention how much I appreciate the solemn, totally non-ironic way you approach religious themes in these cards. Bless you.

    Does this count as a second entry? Can I also vote by mail since you’re in North Carolina?

  3. Rob says:

    I too am partial to the apple, but I know Debby would be a fan of the “ducky” number. Thus endeth my comment.

  4. Dorothy E Ostrander Johnson says:

    I think having an “original” CHC piece of photo art is the only reason one needs to enter! 😷😘😷

  5. Mary Monefeldt says:

    I love them all!
    I have your Optimisim card on display in my sewing room where it inspires me daily.
    Is it possible to order a set, if I do not win?
    I have already won by using the Optimism card for years.
    Everything is ducky here but sometimes my dragon is draggin.

  6. DAN ACKER says:

    I am an avid follower – and always impressed with what you write/display … I happen to like the ducky cards! … All my best…Dan

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