Recently I came across this list of letter-related books on The Letter Exchange's website that I hadn't ever noticed before. They have some of my favorites as well as many I've never heard of before. Some of them sound pretty good so I'll have to see if I can borrow them from our library.
Yesterday, on Nancy Olson, Ink she had a short post about just how much better letters really are for deployed troops. She sites a study of 193 soldiers recently returned from deployment that shows the ones who had received letters from home had fewer symptoms of PTSD than those whose main forms of communication were email, instant messages, etc. That got me curious about the study so I did a bit of googling, and while I haven't found the exact study (unless it's the one at Wiley library that I can't access - I'll have to check with our librarian to see if it's possible to view it through our library) but did find a few other things about it. The first is a newsletter from a church in Arizona about their Military Ministry writing letters to our troops. It's a PDF and you'll have to scroll down to page 12 to read it. (They referenced an article from the June 2012 issue of Good Housekeeping but I haven't been able to dig that up.) The other article I found is this June 2011 blog post from the University of Denver - I had to laugh at the way they refer to snail mail as "delayed communication" in the study but they include email, which makes me wonder if this is the same study or an earlier one.
And now for some snail mail pictures.
This was the last of my New Year's/Nen Ga Jo cards to Japan. I'm not sure I wrote omedeto gozaimasu correctly - I've forgotten almost all of the little bit of Japanese that I used to know and even then I had to get out a chart to write the hiragana. Guess I'll need to do a little reviewing before next December. :)
Another letter out. I tried to be a bit more creative with my mail art on this one.
All ready for our mail carrier. Having to write thank you notes helped make the stack bigger.
And here are some of the cute cards I received this month.
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