Category Archives: Writing letters

January is National Thank You Month

You have nearly two weeks left to send off your thanks for the many kindnesses folks have done recently–holiday gifts, parties, errands, or for just being your friend.  If you need a refresher on the basics on writing a thank … Continue reading

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Resolutions for the New Year

Have you made any resolutions?  I usually welcome a new year as an opportunity to revamp absolutely everything about myself–health, friendships, house cleaning, artistic endeavors, flossing routines.  I figure if I try to change everything, something good will stick.  This … Continue reading

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Stationery Week AND the start of Card & Letter Writing Month

How time flies!  Here we are again, with national stationery week (in Britain) and April being National Card and Letter Writing Month in the U.S.  Both wonderful reasons to celebrate! I hope you send cards and handwritten letters year round, … Continue reading

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Instructions for Writing a Letter

I just saw this quote and loved it: Instructions for living a life. Pay attention Be astonished. Tell about it. –Mary Oliver I think the same instructions apply for creating engaging, newsy letters.  Some of the best letters I receive–and … Continue reading

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Getting Back into the Swing of Things

My pen pals have had to be patient with me recently.  This blog isn’t the only thing that has been ignored.  But I’m finding time to sit and write and it feels great!    

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J.D. Salinger’s Letters to a Lady

(image from NYTimes) Check out this New York Times article about Salinger’s letters to a Toronto woman years before Catcher in the Rye.  The woman he wrote to is still alive and 95 years old. As we document every moment … Continue reading

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The Happy Mail Season

Remember how I disappeared for a while?  Sorry about that. It’s not you, it’s me.  I’m still always thinking about sharing mail-related ideas with you. To get me back in the groove, I thought I’d post a few random mail … Continue reading

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Letters from Summer Camp

This article made me smile. It reports that many sleep-away summer camps for kids have a no-tech policy which allows kids to unplug. The kids stay busy with crafts and socializing and developing outdoors skills.  They are apparently also reflecting on their adventures and relaying … Continue reading

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Letter-Generating Event

Recently, a U.S. postal worker sent me two sheets of stamps because she was inspired by my blog and wanted to help me in my efforts to save snail mail.  I wanted to pay the gift forward, so I used … Continue reading

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They Knew Letter Enthusiasts Would Arise from the Ashes

I read this blog entry by Joel Achenbach on the Washington Post the other day about Facebook’s purchase of Instagram.  Wondering what the future held for such new-fangled inventions like Instagram, Achenbach looked back at his 1993 article about the rise of email. He appended, … Continue reading

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