I attended Westmont College and was contacted by the editor of their magazine because they wanted to write and a short article about my passion for handwritten letters. At the time after talking to some friends I thought about starting a local letter bundle project and so I purchased the domain, letterbundles.com. After a few months and mentioning it in the interview, I gave it a lot of thought and decided to not reinvent the wheel, even though I was thinking of writing letters locally in Southern California where I live. Again, after much thought, I would rather people support other great organizations that are already established and that I have personally supported. So, if you read the Westmont article and especially liked the last paragraph, click here to write letters for The World Needs More Love Letters.
Here are some other ones you might enjoy, too:
Girls Love Mail is an organization that writes to newly diagnosed cancer patients.
Letters of Love was started by a teenage boy! It’s a great way to write to seniors who may be in need of a friendly letter.
Here we go! Get out some pens, cards, and stationery! Who are you going to write this month? I’m doing the #30lettersin30dayschallenge with #write_on! Even if you don’t do all 30 days, how wonderful to think of others and surprise them with a letter. Let me know who you will the lucky people are that will receive letters from you! I’m going to think outside the box a bit. Stay tuned!
Thank you all who have watched my TEDxCamarillo talk about the gift and power of handwritten letters! It has been fun getting letters, reading comments about how the talk inspired people to write and hearing stories about how it triggered memories about special letters from you! National Letter Writing Month is right around the corner. I’ll write more about that next time!
A Letter A Week was created to inspire myself and others to write someone at least once a week. The possibilities are endless of who we can write.
Though many consider it a lost art, I will forever write as long as I’m able. There’s a simple yet, most personal connection with one’s own writing, sealing an envelope and dropping the letter in a mailbox. Once a letter leaves us it is up to the receiver to let the gift of the letter carry on.
Some friends drone on to me about how there’s no need to write when we have instant communication through texting and social media. I don’t care. It’s classy, it’s timeless, and many still enjoy receiving a handwritten letter.
I’m not one to watch funeral services online, but today I listened to former First Lady Nancy Reagan’s. How wonderful to hear about the handwritten letters that President Reagan wrote to her over the years. Even better was to hear that she kept all the in a shopping bag in her closet. I’m working on writing a book about letter writing and when I did a survey for family and friends, one of my questions was do you keep letters. Do you keep them in a special place?
If you google Ronald Reagan letters you’ll see many from the former President. He had a way of expressing himself that was simple, funny, and honest, yet caring and genuine. May they both rest in peace.
I haven’t been blogging much, but that doesn’t mean I’m not writing and sending cards. I don’t even know where to start with some of the cute stationery I’ve mailed recently so I’ll just feature one here today.
Go to this site and I bet you’ll order something. The quality of the paper and envelopes is very good. She sells a lot of kraft enveoples, but color always adds a little brightness when opening the mailbox and their colored envelopes do that. The Best Wrapped Foil cards are perfect because you can write a salutation in the small box. So far I’ve written “Happy Birthday”, “Feel Better” and “Hey you!” on them. A good choice to send a male a card with these. Not feminine or masculine, again, just perfect. 🙂
They also sell a Grab Bag Surprise. This is a fantastic deal for 10 cards for only $22.00 right now. It is normally $32.00, which is still a great deal. She also throws in a few pens and a surprise. I ordered this and can’t tell you how perfect all the cards were. The packaging and presentation–lovely!
Off to buy some Halloween candy for the kiddos. I’d much rather give them stationery, but doubt that would go over well. Hee, hee!
Meet Margaret Haas and Victoria Vu, founders of the LA Pen Pal Club. The two stationery enthusiasts host the monthly meetup, during which guests can talk correspondence, share interesting letters they’ve received, saddle up to a typewriter or take pen to paper. Here, they talk about postcards from Italy and the pen pal who wouldn’t have to write anything at all.
When did your interest in the epistolary world begin?
I was making birthday cards for family members when I was very young, around kindergarten of first grade. They were mostly decorated with stickers, but a heartfelt message was always the center of attention and what I’d spend most time on. I’m sure there were a lot of typos, but you got the general idea. Picking out just the right postage stamp for the envelope was always the cherry on top.
Here are photos of my bulletin board before and after from this afternoon. I enjoy having them up on my board to remind me of the wonderful friends and family I have and those who like to keep in touch through written correspondence. Every couple months I take down cards that I put up and put in a file. At the end of the year I’ll go back through them and either toss them or hang on to them. All mood driven. I’m a big fan of The Minimalists, but believe you can still have the memory of something even though you no longer have the tangible item (sorry mom, I tossed the peacock glass Christmas display thingy you made for me years ago–but see, I still remember it). 😉
I went to Europe last month and enjoyed sending postcards from the Netherlands and Belgium. One afternoon friends had to wait for me to go to the post office to get stamps. They couldn’t believe how much I spent on postage, but I figure if I didn’t spend it on that it would have been for some meaningless souvenir…Here is a photo of my postcard and stamps. The other photo is from the post office where I think the USPS could increase revenues if they had a number system like they did in Belgium. So, I picked # 301. When I looked up at the screen it was #290 so I perused through the stationery racks and supplies they had there. Let’s just say I purchased more than just postcard stamps.
Of course I thought the stamps were lovely. In Belgium they were beautiful butterflies and in the Netherlands they were of bikes, cows and tulips. I know I returned home before these arrived, but it’s still fun for me to send to friends and relatives.
Happy June! I’ll be posting more soon. Until then, I’m just wondering–do you purchase postcards when you travel? Do you save cards and letters? Regardless, I hope you find time to write someone even if it’s just to say hello.