Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Write a letter?

Stephanie

When the last time you sent someone a handwritten letter?

I’m embarrassed to say that I can’t remember the last time I’ve written one- and I’ve got gorgeous pens, wonderful color inks and fancy writing papers from G Lalo and Clairefontaine.  Why don’t I do it? crazy as it sounds, (and as much as I enjoy receiving mail) I think things are so much easier via e-mail (though much less personal) because you can see the entire conversation. (If you don’t delete it) I remember receiving letters and having no clue what the person was referring to that I supposedly said in a previous letter….  So I guess I’m a little afraid of feeling foolish when I can’t remember something. Maybe if I write a letter I could scan it first, or does that sound silly?

Can you maybe offer me some tips to help me because I think I really would enjoy writing some letters and receiving some personal correspondence in my mailbox.


50 thoughts on “Write a letter?

  1. I actually write a lot of handwritten letters – and because it’s easy to forget what you write, I also scan them before putting them in an envelope to be sent off or handed to the recepient.

    I prefer e-mail to letters when it comes to general conversations, but in a letter I feel that I can both be more personal and intimate, and get the feeling that it’s at once way more personalised, what with the choice of fountain pen, ink, and last but not least, the fact that our handwriting is unique and says a lot about ourselves as well.

  2. I actually write a lot of handwritten letters – and because it’s easy to forget what you write, I also scan them before putting them in an envelope to be sent off or handed to the recepient.

    I prefer e-mail to letters when it comes to general conversations, but in a letter I feel that I can both be more personal and intimate, and get the feeling that it’s at once way more personalised, what with the choice of fountain pen, ink, and last but not least, the fact that our handwriting is unique and says a lot about ourselves as well.

  3. I re-discovered the joy of letter writing because of a beloved cousin who sends me letters and surprises (old family pix, keepsakes, etc.). We could visit in person or on the phone, but it’s not the same. Besides, we write about our family memories and often get wonderful insights into our our histories, as well as stories that can be kept and handed down. Wonderful therapy, wonderful friendship, useful family history!

  4. I re-discovered the joy of letter writing because of a beloved cousin who sends me letters and surprises (old family pix, keepsakes, etc.). We could visit in person or on the phone, but it’s not the same. Besides, we write about our family memories and often get wonderful insights into our our histories, as well as stories that can be kept and handed down. Wonderful therapy, wonderful friendship, useful family history!

  5. May I recommend the Letter Writers Alliance where the love a written correspondence continues to live.

  6. May I recommend the Letter Writers Alliance where the love a written correspondence continues to live.

  7. In this day and age of everything instant,we loosing that personal touch.
    An e-mail, a text message is impersonal.
    I have several people that I write letters to. I also make my own postcards and exchange postcards world wide. We have a generation sadly that will probably never know, the joy of receiving a letter or writing one.
    Some things must be kept.

  8. In this day and age of everything instant,we loosing that personal touch.
    An e-mail, a text message is impersonal.
    I have several people that I write letters to. I also make my own postcards and exchange postcards world wide. We have a generation sadly that will probably never know, the joy of receiving a letter or writing one.
    Some things must be kept.

  9. Just to throw my two cents in here, my first go around with college wasn’t successful. As an incoming senior, I decided not to return to school. This was an unfortunate decision, which only hindsight can truly give true perspective. There were reasons why did this, and they were political in nature. The president of the college sent me a hand written note on his personal stationary stock and written with his famous green ink. The letter was him adjuring me with a great sense of urgency to return to the college to finish my course of study.
    It’s the only letter that has ever been hand written to me. Sadly I don’t have the letter anymore, but I kept it for years. There is not one single day that the words on that letter don’t come to mind. That was 1995.

  10. Just to throw my two cents in here, my first go around with college wasn’t successful. As an incoming senior, I decided not to return to school. This was an unfortunate decision, which only hindsight can truly give true perspective. There were reasons why did this, and they were political in nature. The president of the college sent me a hand written note on his personal stationary stock and written with his famous green ink. The letter was him adjuring me with a great sense of urgency to return to the college to finish my course of study.
    It’s the only letter that has ever been hand written to me. Sadly I don’t have the letter anymore, but I kept it for years. There is not one single day that the words on that letter don’t come to mind. That was 1995.

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