EXTRA POSTAGE….A small plea to the postal service: Since square cards are all the rage these days and available everywhere from high-end stationary stores to CVS, and since some of us are too dense to remember that the square envelopes require an extra $.13, so we get them returned in the mail, which is going to get up in super-big trouble with Mother’s Day just two days away…could you please just create a special square-envelope stamp?

If the idea is to discourage people from using odd-sized envelopes that mess up the default-set machines, it’s clearly not working. But I’d happily pay extra for special stamps upfront rather than getting grief for late cards. (Mom, Grandma–they’re on their way, I swear…)

Amy Sullivan

Amy Sullivan is a Chicago-based journalist who has written about religion, politics, and culture as a senior editor for Time, National Journal, and Yahoo. She was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 2004 to 2006.