This is a sweet story about two women who have been pen pals since 1945! Now that they're in their 80's they use Skype quite often but it's cool that they still are in touch with each other after so many years and are good long distance friends.
Or perhaps I should call this post a "postal" cautionary tale (yes, I know, bad pun). Back at the end of March I mailed a small package to my husband's aunt. We share the same name (first and last - she never married) so it does look like we're writing to ourselves but usually our letters and packages fly back and forth through the mail without any difficulty and in record time (she lives about a 2 hour drive from us). But that was not the case with this recent package. It took them about a week and a half to deliver it to her. The day after I mailed it, they tried to deliver it to me! It even showed as "out for delivery" before someone caught and redirected it. Then it wandered around the bay area looking for it's new home for over a week. I'm just glad it wasn't anything urgent and finally made it to its intended recipient but from now on I'll be writing "TO" and "FROM" on my packages to her in big, bold letters to make sure the postal employees can figure it out. I might even cut address labels apart to create more distance between my return address and the addressee's! An important lesson to remember if you don't want your mail wandering about for days on end. ;-)
Daily On My Way to Heaven had a short post on journal writing this week, with a great quote by Elisabeth Elliot and links to two blog posts by Nancy Wilson on the subject at her blog Femina. Journal Keeping Part 1 and Journal Keeping part 2 both offer good advice for journal-keepers. Some of what she says can even apply to letter writers, especially this quote in part 2: "Journal-keeping can be a positive way to use words if the journal-keeper is wise. I think I learned this from my son: writing is a little like cooking. Don’t overcook it. Don’t serve it raw. Add the right seasonings. Make it beautiful to behold. And hope your readers enjoy your cooking. Words are not neutral or unimportant to God. He hears, He reads, even our thoughts. He sees and reads our writing. Does it please Him?" ~ Nancy Wilson
... and I am off to a terrible start. Last weekend we had to make a quick trip to so-Cal to visit family and I optimistically (or maybe I should say unrealistically) took my letter writing kit and the mail I needed to reply to. Alas, I never had a chance to write any letters and my kit and mail stayed in my book bag the entire trip. Unfortunately this whole week since we got home has been very hectic and I didn't have time to write any letters so I am now woefully behind on my correspondence. This evening I hope to spend a couple hours catching up. I may not get through all of it but should put a big dent in it.
In the meantime, here are a couple links you may like:
The Dollar Store Diva has some tutorials on making your own stationery and labels you can download and print out to decorate your homemade stationery. Plus she's hosting a giveaway for a $50 Michael's gift card in honor of Letter Writing Month. The drawing isn't until the end of the month and there are several ways to enter so you still have plenty of time to get in on the fun.
The Well-Appointed Desk has lots of links to all sorts of pen and paper related articles. (How does she find the time?)
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