But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” (Luke 24:1-7, ESV)
Now, that's a dedicated letter writer. I enjoyed this story about Paul Gleason who spends a lot of time at his local Burger King writing letters to our troops. He writes three letters a day and he started writing them over 40 years ago. That's a lot of letters.
If you're interested in learning how to tune and smooth fountain pen nibs then you might be interested in this seminar and video that the Fountain Pen Geeks will be hosting next month.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all . . . . Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53:6, 10-12 ESV)
Flannery O'Connor was born 88 years ago today. While I wasn't a big fan of her stories when I was in college many years ago, I've come to appreciate several of them as I've matured. I still need to read more before I can say I'm a fan of all her stories but I loved the massive volume of her letters. In honor of her birthday, I think I should pull my copy of The Habit of Being off the shelf and re-read a few of her letters. If you're interested in learning more about her, you might want to start here: Comforts of Home: the Flannery O'Connor Repository.
Today I only have a couple of links to share but hopefully the old saying "quality is better than quantity" is true. I also have a few pictures of some stationery we bought at Tuesday Morning last weekend. I don't really need anymore stationery, but an aunt who is a prolific letter writer and is also on a very limited fixed income can always use more so I share almost all of my stationery purchases by sending about half of each set I buy to her. Yesterday was our March Write to Delight meeting so I took some photos of our envelope making supplies spread out over the table. We're very thankful for the use of the library conference room. We can chatter away without disturbing anyone.
Here's a good article about Christian Fantasy by Lars Walker. Personally, I think that a lot of what he says can be applied to secular authors these days as well, especially this great quote: Trying to write “like Tolkien” without some degree of his scholarship is a project doomed to fail.
I ♥ love♥ this idea that The Lost Art of Letter Writing ...Revived posted about - a tea party in a box that she's put together to mail off to a missionary (and eventually to several missionaries). What a fun package for someone serving the Lord far from home. Once we've found a new home church, I plan to borrow this idea. In fact, it's something that I'm sure a lot of people would enjoy finding in their mailbox, even if they aren't far from home, and the theme could be changed to fit each recipient.
Remember my "Regency style" letter? It made it without a scratch. It even looks like they hand stamped it. Makes me glad our mailman sent it to Oakland to be processed instead of San Francisco. I've heard horror stories about SF postal employees. Of course, it would be even better if USPS wasn't closing the North Bay mailing center in Petaluma but since they are, I was very pleased to see that Oakland did such a nice job.
The letter made it just fine and looked exactly as it had when I mailed it. The only problem was when it was opened. The two extra little drops of sealing wax lifted off without a problem but the large one in the center pulled some of the paper, along with the writing on the reverse side, away. Note to self: make sure to leave a large margin next time so that none of my writing gets obliterated.
Since this week is Spring break for my daughter we decided go to the Outlet mall to see if we could find any good deals. No luck finding her a pair of shoes but here's a picture of two of the stationery sets we found at the Tuesday Morning store in the Outlet shopping center. My daughter loves foxes, so that one is for her;
And here are the other two stationery sets we found there. The butterfly cards come with really cute envelopes - I'll have to post a picture of one later.
Moving on to this week's Write to Delight meeting: this photo is of the photo book of wolves that I picked up at our local Goodwill store for just $2.00 last year. It's been waiting patiently to be turned into envelopes.
Do you think we brought enough supplies with us?
The five of us managed to take up most of this huge table in the conference room.
In addition to making envelopes, we talked about what (kinds of) things hinder us from writing all the letters we want to and brainstormed ideas to help overcome those obstacles. I should have taken notes. ☺
****************************************** Just for fun - I mailed these letters last month for the Month of Letters but forgot to post the picture. That's almost but not quite as bad as forgetting to take pictures of my outgoing.
Yesterday, when I logged into Google Reader, I was bummed to find out Google will be discontinuing that service. And since I was not relishing the idea of having to search for a good RSS to switch to I was happy to see this post at The Well~Appointed Desk. She's already started doing the research for a suitable news reader replacement and by the looks of her update, I think I'll start with Feedly, too since some of the others charge a fee for their service.
Several months ago, when I first heard about The Missing Ink by Philip Hensher, I put it on hold at our library. I'm still waiting for it (I'm now #5 in the queue - read faster people, read faster =D) but this recent review of the book makes me want to buy it on Amazon so I can start reading it sooner. Being that I'm on a budge, I'll wait but I hope the queue moves quickly because it sounds like a must read book for pen and paper aficionados.
Here's a fun article on the importance of Keeping a (paper) Notebook over trying to keep all your notes on digital devices. I have to agree with the author, especially since I get an "F" when it comes to thumb-typing.
This is my "regency" letter experiment. I wrote a letter on one piece of paper then folded it up in roughly the shape of an envelope, addressed it and sealed it with some of my Artelier Gargoyle wax that I bought years ago. I added two extra bits of wax in the hope that will help it make it through the postal services mail machines. Now I'm just waiting to find out. Although, it isn't an "official" regency fold - they didn't really look secure enough so I Googled letter folds and decided to use this Fern letter fold instead.
With everything that's been going on I've forgotten to take pictures of most of my outgoing mail but here's one I did remember to take. And I'm working on several more so I'll try to remember to take pictures before I drop them in the mailbox. (As you can see, I'm still using the Month of Letters return address labels I made even though it's officially over.)
I saw this great sign in front of a Church here in town and had to share it. .
image from The Atlantic's Japan Earthquake article
March 11th marked two years since the earthquake and Tsunami in Japan. I found these "before and after" (aka two years later) photos at The Atlantic fascinating, They've cleaned up a lot of the damage but there's still a lot of work that needs to be done for them to get back to normal.
Book lovers on a budget will love this site I came across today. I just wish I'd found it sooner. Just click on the map of the USA & Canada at Book Sale Finder to find lists of all the book sales in your area. Made me want to fill the car with gas and head out today but since we had other things we needed to do, the book sales will have to wait. Maybe next weekend.
It all started over a week ago when I dropped my cell phone. In water. That was a first for me. I've always managed to make my phones last for years but not this time. I quickly found that being phone-less was harder than I though it would be so I had to go buy a new phone (even though I managed with out a cell phone for more than half my life). Actually it was a blessing in disguise because I didn't really like the other phone and neither did my family - it was always dropping my calls, and this new one hasn't dropped any calls yet but that hasn't kept my husband from teasing me that I dropped it on purpose. I really didn't want to spend the money but I have to admit I this new phone is lots better so I'm kind of glad it happened. But then right after the fun with my phone, our computer decided it was on its last legs and we had to take it in to be worked on. And on top of that I was way behind on my reading for book club and all of my spare time was spent playing catch up for this week's book club meeting. (I managed to finish it the same day - whew! =D)
With all that, I haven't had much time for the blogs I follow much less posting here so I only have a few things to share today. Hopefully life will get back to "normal" this week and I'll have more time for letter writing and the internet. In the meantime, here are a few links you might find interesting.
This one is only sort of mail related - The Modest Peacock is having a tea themed giveaway, which is perfect for those letter writers who enjoy drinking tea while writing letters. I have to confess that if I'm writing letters in the morning coffee is my beverage of choice. But in the afternoon and evening I switch to tea and sometimes hot chocolate.
Hello! Welcome to my un-blog. I'm a Christian, a wife and mom, a bibliophile and a fan of the art of letter writing & Mail Art. ~ Jan
I'm not sure where to put this blog or how to classify it. This blogger is a daughter of a friend and while I'm pretty sure she's a Christian, it isn't a Christian blog, or books & reading or letter writing & mail art. It's basically about their travels so I'm putting it here for now: Jen's blog: 3toGo