YES this is National letter and card writing month. Some of you will open your mail box and if I timed it just right you’ve got Mail. This got it’s start when someone took off one month from the internet, what a concept. “An annual effort to promote literacy and celebrate the art of letter writing. The writing, sending and receiving of letters, post cards and greeting cards is a tradition that has preserved our nation’s history and changed lives. Unlike other forms of communications, card and letter writing is timeless, personal and immediately tangible. Postmasters and managers of customer service at post offices across the country are encouraging card and letter writing by hosting friendly competitions among local youth or by supporting activity at local libraries or schools. Lets face it who does not smile when the envelope your holding is personal.
Our Lake Worth Beach Historical Museum and Library houses a collection of wonderful mail sent to us during our Centennial Celebration from across the wide world. As most of the readers of this blog know I subscribe to Real Mail Fridays which on the FAU campus at the Wimberly Library on the 3rd floor. The Jaffe Book Arts Ctr is unique as it houses a collection of one of a kind artist books, hand made. This atmosphere is so conducive to sharing ones thoughts and feelings on paper. They have soft music in the background all the ephemera you want to use. Try out a real fountain pen and enjoy coffee, tea and some cookies. All you need is your address book. And might I say they are very gracious. There is a lot about correspondence that the average person who purchases Hallmark cards never realizes. This stamp you see here, on your left is a fake.! and what a beautiful fake. You can embellish your mail. Mail keeps your friends and loved ones informed and grr; cared for. History comes to us via letters found in old boxes kept for posterity. Letters are a chance for all of us to leave a legacy. Here are a few links that have some beautiful graphics and share their take on the art of letter writing http://eggpress.com/write_on even Pinterest pulled out all the stops and shared images of gorgeous addressed envelopes. and from there you can vicariously enjoy others mail. I leave you here to write a few more cards. Borrowed from another blogger who loves letters as much as I. Actually I know several authors. However, Samara O’shea posted this in her Huffington blog. A text message that says: I Luv U A letter says: My dear Girl I love you ever and ever without reserve. The more I have known you the more have I loved. In every way–even my jealousies have been agonies of love, in the hottest fit I ever had I would have died for you. (Excerpt from a letter written by John Keats in March 1820).