“The most trusted stranger in America”

Every Sunday morning, before I shower, before I brush my teeth or even look in a mirror, I open my laptop and type in the address http://postsecret.blogspot.com/ and start reading. For those of you who have never been to PostSecret, go there! It is liberating. “PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard.” This began with a man named Frank Warren. He was starting a weekend art display. He handed out postcards to some local people in Washington D.C. with the simple instructions to tell Frank a secret. The secret had to be one that was never shared, and it had to be true. After the exhibit was complete, Frank continued receiving postcards from anonymous people. This started in 2004, and today he receives approximately one thousand secrets a week! I never knew that there were that many secrets to be had.  He posts them online every Sunday for people to read. It is liberating to send in a secret. It’s the knowing you’re not alone that is wonderful. Frank has raised over $200,000 from his website (accumulating about one million hits a week) for Hopeline, a suicide prevention hotline. For Frank suicide is an issue that hits home, as he lost someone close to him. It’s amazing what a simple weekend art project can turn into isn’t it?

To read the article about Frank and the PostSecret project go to http://www.enctoday.com/news/warren_49642_kfpress__article.html/secrets_people.html