Handwritten

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I so wish I were writting this missive by hand to friends and new aquaintences to greet the coming spring and season of rebirth and joy. Alas I find myself homesick for my place amongst my countrymen — while, in the midst of family, still with strangers, in newly familiar surroundings, confined indoors for a period of indeterminate length.

And though I am only separated by a river, I am no closer than Moses ever was. It pains my heart.

This past two months, a special time of year, especially for this site and the many faithful and kind participants has been dashed upon the rocks. Only to wash up on the shores of an immense and difficult time replet with confusion and suffering. Perhaps this is the journey we all take it’s not for me to know?

What I have come to realize during the course of the last day, is the importance and depth of healing that comes from handwritten correspondence and news. For centuries it has served us well and has connected us through time and compassion. There is no reason for it to fail us now. Especially now.

It has been determined that envelopes and mail do not transmit the corona virus, nor any other. But it is not just this fact that brings me here. I realized today, more than ever, the importance of handwritten words. Words of joy, and sorrow mixed with anxious wondering and deliberation. Words of strength and friendship. Words of compassion and genuine human interest and caring. This is what this site is about ..a handwritten letter every day ..the name but personally believe a handwritten letter every day will serve us all.

I recognize that February has passed and am equally mournful of failed expectations. However I now have a stable place to work and all of the material, emails, comments address changes and lists again at my disposal and a functioning computer with which to work. There is no reason this project should go under. Nor is there anything truly standing in the way of change other than ourselves. I have started to comb through the information and files and will continue to do so as quickly as possible over the next couple of days in hope that we can have an address book up, running and growing over the next couple of days.

I propose that this project is much needed in the world right now and should run throughout the rest of the year. I believe like never before how important person to person and handwritten communication has always been and even more so, just become.

To all my friends and aquaintances, I send greetings and the sincerest of apologies. The universe has it’s dictates and we have little choice but to follow. To everyone I wish a warm and heartfelt welcome as we move forward to get this thing off the ground.

Most of all my deepest thank you for those who have been patient in waiting. May you all be equally blessed.

 

 

18 Comments

  1. antoinettepelser says:

    It would be awesome if this can continue throughout the year. It is always sad that it is only once a year that some people get the opportunity to get some happy mail. And then the rest of the year they sit, patiently waiting for February to arrive again. I would be devastated if I only received letters once a year and then the rest of the time – an empty post box.

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  2. Gwenn Lee says:

    I agree. I do write all year. One of my joys.

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  3. Stephanie Van Parys says:

    It is so good to hear from you and to hear that you are back in the game. I would love to have this site come back online. I met the most wonderful pen pals that I am still writing last year on this forum.

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    • That is so awesome to hear Stephanie. it was born and developed out of a difficult year and I am confident that together we can grow it even further still. Thanks!

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  4. alc3261 says:

    This is a fantastic idea.

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  5. Angie Scharnhorst says:

    Thrilled you’re back, and ready to write! I made an effort in February, but fell behind. Happy to keep trying!

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    • thank you so much Angie. the fact you made an effort and you’re reading this today means the world is a little better and we all benefit from the time and commitment of people like you. cheers!

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  6. Yes. Well said. Now more than ever the hand written note is needed. I agree.

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  7. Al Lindholm says:

    What great news! I’m glad that you’ll be able to bring this back, thank you for all your effort.

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  8. Terry says:

    You were so eloquent~ yes, indeed! A kindly written note would help so many. Thank you. XO

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  9. Carroll says:

    A wonderful and inspiring thought! I hope I am still in the address book!?

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  10. Alice Kaylor says:

    This morning it occurred to me that this is a good time to send a note to friends and family to let them know they are in my thoughts. I have enjoyed being part of this community and was happy to see your message. Thank you!

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