Sunday, January 2, 2011

WRITTEN CORRESPONDENCE..........................

When was the last time you received a WRITTEN LETTER....for most of us this is truly a thing of the past.

I have a wonderful Aunt.....who still believes in the written word...Oh she writes me an e-mail or two....but every so often I get a little gift of correspondence in the mail.

I am ALWAYS so THRILLED TO RECEIVE IT AND TO RELISH IT'S CONTENTS.  I'll grab a little cup of tea and go to my QUIET CORNER to savor her latest update on her life or the tales of children and grandchildren taking place in another part of the world.

"Our correspondences show us where our intimacies lie."  There is something very sensual about the writing of a letter; pen to paper, words carefully thought out, finding the perfect card or stationary. Then dropping it in the Poste awaiting its arrival for its intended.
This is an act of a spiritual nature...this creativity put down and preserved.

Letters are like winged birds...flying from one house to another..flocks of ideas crisscrossing the country....and once opened a connection is made.

We realize we are NOT ALONE.

Hugs sweet friends,



  1. Hello Jo... I so love to send and receive handwritten letters and notes and cards... there is just nothing like that feeling...I often say I should have been born 100 years before I was... I treasure and save each and every handwritten note or card of any kind that I receive... I love your description of sitting with a cup of tea and savoring each and every word... so blessed you are to have an aunt who still corresponds that way... xoxo Julie Marie

  2. Josette, I do love this. I to think writing is one of the most precious things you can do. I believe that is is most valuable to write down the good things people do for us and so should we tell them how much we appreciate them.

  3. The only thing that ever arrived in the mail was the bills. This year, though, I am determined to make things different. I love getting mail.

  4. I was just reminded of this very important and meaningful the written word I was reading a book I found at the thrift shop by Paul Burrell who was Princess Diana's butler. He mentions several times of Diana's fondness for writing thank-yous to those she had a visit from, or met for lunch, a phone call or almost any courtesy shown to her. I thought of how many times I should have done that very thing and neglected to do so. I will endeavor to change my lazy ways...thanks Jo, for another reminder! ~Cheryl

  5. I have a niece who writes to me often . I feel so blessed by her . My heart is touched that she takes time out from her busy life to think of me . I love what you wrote about the letters being like birds.

  6. Lovely post on the joy of the written word. Your photos are intriguing with all the swirls of words. Penmanship seems like a lost art these days. Happy 2011...

  7. Jo there is nothing more plesant when we recieve a hand written letter in the mail. Arent they just treasures? The Art of penmanship seems to of dried up but to me there is nothing like it. Ahhh yes they are like winged birds! oxo Happy New Year my friend!

  8. beautiful post. I so miss the writing and recieving of letters and cards. I remember my grandmother always remembering our special days and it was so exciting to get that card. I remember sitting at the kitchen table after the holidays and hand-writing thank-you notes to everyone who gave me a gift. It was time well spent and very special to know it touched someone elses heart. I still love letters...

  9. What a beautiful Post and such a nice Blog I will know go and pop around your past Posts. Happy New Year, Diane

  10. Happy, Happy New Year!!!
    I agree with you about the written word. I have a great-aunt who writes letters full of daily life and little details that are treasures! A lost art...
    Have a Bright and Wonderful year to come,

  11. Oh my Dear Jo! I have written real letters, on and off and on and off, for years. Beginning with vigor... But practically having to *beg* people to write with me... Then getting too many pen pals going... With very superficial contents in the letters... Losing interest... Saying Good Bye to correspondence, again and again. -sigh-

    I've gotten so afraid that I can't find any real correspondents, that I've begun writing what I'm calling "letters to myself." :-) Just journaling, in a note book.

    My handwriting is so, so, so unlike I wish it could be though. -sigh- -moan- Even with a real fountain pen, and colored inks, I never can make it, as I wish. -sighhhhhhhh-

    -chuckle- Well my Dear, seems you hit upon a nerve, in Pretty Blog Land. Perhaps the ripples will do something... :-)

    Gentle Winter hugs...

  12. What a beautiful and thought provoking post.

    I write letters still. And receive letters. And send a lot of handmade cards.

    I find it very relaxing.

    I treasure the letters received from Aunts and friends over the years.

    I'm glad you posted this. Maybe it will encourage others to start using this gentle form of correspondence.

    Sending you warm wishes for a New Years filled with joy, grace and beauty.

  13. It is a sad commentary on today that no one seems to send handwritten anything anymore! I still like to handwrite thank you notes to people. I know I always enjoy receiving a handwritten note, so I expect others to enjoy it too!

  14. Gosh - I love letters - but I have to admit that the computer is so much easier. And at school - my GS hardly got taught to write cursive - like they used to be taught...


  15. Lovely post. The written letter is such a lost art.

  16. Oh my goodenss, I see you are quite gifted in many ways. I will be back a bit later and vist with you. My prayers are with Gabe and his family, what a precious boy.

  17. I really appreciate your post. I too, miss the letters of my youth. My grandmother would write me every now and then, and it was such a thrill to open it up and see her tiny script and to hear what was going on. She always tucked a one dollar bill in with the letter. Her letters brought a smile to my face every time.
    I miss her. And I miss receiving letters too.
    Thank you so much for your lovely post.

  18. Jo this is such a sweet post. I have received more letters and notes this past year than I have in a very long time. It is nothing sweeter for someone to take the time to write you.
    Love ya

  19. Letters are pretty wonderful things. I receive a handful a year, I guess. I'm more fond of email because of its ease and quickness, but a letter as lovely as that one would be a delight to receive.

  20. I love letters too! Especially, hand-written ones. Adds a touch of personality. Have a wonderful day, Kellie xx

  21. I still receive hand written cards from a couple of special friends. My Grandma always wrote me letters when she was still with us...years ago. My problem is my handwriting really took a dive these past few years and it's barely readable. So the keyboard form of correspondence suits me now. BUT I still get a card or two sent sometimes. This post is a great reminder to do so. Enjoy your Aunt's love through her letters :)

  22. HI Jo...I am such an old soul at heart..i LOOOVE written/sent heart warming..inspirational...and poetic-romantic too..and just so special a gift! What a beautiful post..i love all your wrote..powerfully said!Thanks for sharing such magic!


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