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The Homebody Herald by Juli Jump Rope

Now here’s something that brings me back. Way back into my teens – Newsletters! I have been subscribed to Nyx’s ‘The Zine Collector‘ Podcast for a while now, and through her video reviews, I came across The Homebody Herald, a newsletter that is reminiscent of my days making weekly newsletters for the Boys and Girls Club in my hometown, only they were less personal.

I was fascinated to find that people still make newsletters – PHYSICAL newsletters! Something tangible instead of opening another e-mail, where I can accidentally delete it thinking it’s junk. The Homebody Herald isn’t junk. it is wonderful. I knew nothing of Juli when I subscribed, but I was curious to see how folks make newsletters these days. In Nyx’s review, the edition she received was mostly typed, but as I’ve been subscribed for several months now, Juli has been producing them with mainly handwriting.

So as I said, I knew nothing about the editor going into this newsletter, but for a dollar a month, I wasn’t worried about having buyer’s remorse. I learned that Juli lives in Utah and is working toward a Ph.D in History (I think?), and she loves her cat Scooby, her fiance Dan and their home, where she plants a variety of flowers and plants around the garden. Occasionally, she travels for school (and I think for work? I don’t remember). When I first read about her travels, I was thinking “Doesn’t ‘homebody’ mean a person who likes to stay at home, especially one who is perceived as unadventurous?”, which is a description I could identify with. According to UrbanDictionary, it means “A person who enjoys the warmth and simple pleasures of being at home”, which is a perspective I never had.

The Homebody Herald is usually a one-page, double sided newsletter sprinkled with clip art and annotations. There are recurring segments like “Letter From The Editor” and “Dumb Good News”, which is kind of a Quality of Life list, and of course “Big Life Updates”. From time to time, she’ll spotlight and even include other people’s newsletters. Recently, I learned there are a plethora of folks who also make newsletters. This makes me happy!

For the price of a sip of coffee, you can get The Homebody Herald here.

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