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Monday, January 2, 2012

Back to Basics ~ handwritten letters

Whenever I receive a letter, cards or postcards from people my day seems to brighten just a little more. I am able to hold something in my hand that someone took the time to write to me; not cut and paste after typing it on a keyboard and emailing or texting to others. I know that the person actually thought about me as they personalized a little note, placed the card in an envelope and took it to the post office ~ instead of just being part of an email group receiving a generic card via email or text.

Yes, technology enables us to send communication at lightening speeds, while a mailed envelope can take a week or more to arrive, depending where you live. But there is something technology can not give...you will never see the beautiful penmanship which only a handwritten letter can show, or the struggle which only through handwriting you can feel by seeing the scribbled words on paper, of an elderly or ill loved one {who despite the difficulty - cared enough to out pen to paper just for YOU}. From a child, handwritten letters and notes will let you feel the excitement they are experiencing by the way their writing becomes large in certain places.

To me there is just something warm about a letter, its really like receiving a hug.

How many times have you heard of someone regretting an email or text they sent in the heat of the moment.
Well, if they had handwritten it, they would certainly have calmed down by the time they wrote it; placed it in an envelope; addressed it and mailed it. Perhaps allowing them the time needed to decide NOT to send, what they just wrote.
One of the greatest things about writing a letter the old fashion way...
No internet connection is required!

And you can write it anywhere!!!

When was the last time you wrote a letter?

Why not surprise someone today and let them know you are thinking of them, with a card or handwritten letter, mailed at a post office...

How about joining BLOGLAND Pen Pals ...
you will be matched with someone who also is looking to exchange handwritten letters, cards and postcards mailed via post office (not email, msn, texting etc.). Not only will you be contributing to keeping the Art of Letter Writing alive, you will make a new friend and possibly learn about the way of life in another part of the world! To learn more about BlogLand Pen Pal CLICK HERE.

There are no costs for joining or being matched!!

And for the cost of a stamp, the smile you will bring to someone's day PRICELESS!!!


  1. What absolutely beautiful reminders of a craft that I immersed myself into since CHILDHOOD, but unfortunately has been lost BECAUSE OF the convenience of emails and blogging! Oh dearest one, IT IS SO GOOD TO see your beautiful words so eloquently written out from your heart, to me. Thank you for visiting and I can only happily assume that you are making HUGE PROGRESS in all areas; your writing, if I may say, has shown that you are making gains in so many ways. BLESS YOU MY FRIEND! YOU HAVE WORKED SO HARD with the power of God within you! Anita

  2. I have participated in a few of these and really like this idea. Count me in!

    Happy New Year!

  3. Thats such a great post... i never knew how much i enjoyed writing and getting letters until i started pen pals. This past year was so nice to have pen pals from across the globe. Sometimes i forget and get home and theres a letter, it would make my day!

    Thanks for sharing!!!!

  4. Dearest Celia,

    Oh, I put a fat AMEN to this post! I've written miles and miles by hand... about 500 cards and letters combined annually. It was the year 2000 that I started using emails for reaching family and friends. But the special handwritten letter, with one of my fountain pens remains to be very special when we have to really SAY something on cotton paper or a lacey note... Words that can be saved for as long as the receiver lives. It is a caress on paper, with pen strokes and it does lift a person up more than a Tira-mi-su ever can...
    Love to you dear and wishing you lots of success for 2012!


  5. Dear Celia,
    your post and Mariette's comment made me smile - so true.
    I wish you and yours a wonderful new year, full of luck, love and inspirations.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  6. There is no substitute for a handwritten letter. I love to get them! I recently wrote my Uncle one. He has truly been there for me this year seeing as it's been difficult. He is so wise and has my best interests at heart so he is the one whose advice I always seek. Plus, he's just really cool! xo

  7. very well said ... I actually post a note to someone every month or so .. mostly thank you notes!

    I always told my children when they were small." to get a letter, one must send a letter!"

  8. Absolutely true! I love receiving and writing notes, and there are so many beautiful note cards and papers out there.

  9. such a great post...and this morning i wrote three handwritten notes - they are stamped and waiting to post and making me happy...
    happy new year...


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