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The power of writing on paper

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Recently a friend posted on Facebook about getting a handwritten thank you card and how rare that is. I love getting snail mail. I may well end up being the last person in my group of friends and family to send out paper Christmas cards. I also love writing accessories–pens, stamps, stickers, and address labels. I read an article the other day stating that one of the things you can give up in your 50s to gain freedom is sending out Christmas cards; the writer opined firmly, “No one really wants them any more” – I disagree. I saw another article declaring that cursive handwriting is a dead, unneeded skill. I hope it isn’t true!

I like Facebook, for the ubiquitous pet pictures and photos of my friends, their grandkids, vacations, etc. And of course e-books are great; the excellent writer Margaret Drabble recently wrote an article in praise of them (5/23 Guardian). But paper books and paper cards are never going out of style as far as I’m concerned. An e-birthday card or greeting is better than none, of course, but don’t you love opening an envelope hand-addressed to you by someone who took the time to choose a card and send it?

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Publisher of Moon Pie Press, a poetry press based in Maine, going strong since 2003. 100 books published, including 9 anthologies. The work of our poets, who live all over the U.S., has been featured on "The Writer's Almanac" on National Public Radio - 25 times ! See full catalog and lots more information on our website at www.moonpiepress.com.

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  1. michelle frost

    Love this one, Alice! I am the only person I know who keeps a birthday book and sends out cards regularly, birthday, thank you, thinking of you, sympathy, graduation, new baby, congrats, you name it! it seems important to recognize these things! i always wonder, while clipping outgoing envelopes to my mailbox, does the mailman think I’m nuts? he probably does not pick up many cards these days. So thanks for validating my need to communicate the old-fashioned way.

    xo

    michelle

    Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2014 13:30:34 +0000 To: cmfrosty@hotmail.com

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  2. I agree completely; I save notes and scratchings in handwriting; make me feel so close to the person who sent the missive or card, or even better a handwritten POEM.

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