Mailed Missives: Reflections on Postage Stamps and Life Lived


  • Diane Ketelle Mills College 5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland, CA 94613



Reflection, narrative, postage stamps


The author presents a reflection on the unlikely topic of postage stamps, guiding the reader toward appreciation of the unnoticed.

Author Biography

  • Diane Ketelle, Mills College 5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland, CA 94613

    Diane Ketelle is a Professor of Education at Mills College. After graduating from Mills College with a degree in dance, Diane pursued a career as a professional dancer, and continued her studies in Paris with Marcel Marceau, before becoming a professional circus performer. She later returned to the US and became an elementary school teacher, principal, and district superintendent. Diane was principal of two schools that were named California Distinguished Schools and she was twice named a California Distinguished Principal.  She is a two time Fulbright Scholar and a narrative researcher.  Most recently, she conducted a three year life writing project with inmates at San Quentin State Prison. Diane directs the administrative credential and master’s degree programs in the School of Education.



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