All kinds of pen-and-paper awesomeness have been showing up in my mailbox of late. In fact, I now get more letters and postcards than I do blog comments—which is absolutely wonderful. Old-school handwritten correspondence for the win. And it bears repeating: these letters and postcards convey a specific sense of personality and sense of place and general warmth that e-mails and tweets and text messages never can.
A partial sampling from the last couple of weeks:
Clockwise from upper left:
- Edgar Allan Poe looking handsome-but-sad, from Lee (see below for his note on the back).
- Aerogram (!) from Mike Barish.
- Plitvička Jezera, Croatia from Shirley.
- Handmade map aerogram (!!) from Susie in New Zealand (close-up below).
- How To Build a Sandcastle group postcard from my parents, uncle, and cousins, writing from the Jersey shore (the cool, classy kind, not the MTV kind).*
- Rannoch Moor, Scotland postcard from … I don’t know who. Given the location of the scene on the front of the card, I’m going to guess it’s from my friend DS in Glasgow (if so: cheers, mate!). See below for the hilarious note on the reverse side.
- Arches National Park (Utah) postcard from Eva Holland.
A few close-ups:
|Yes, Lee. We'll be going to the State Fair and watching the Twins play outdoors|
--I asked them to move back outside just so that we could do things the old-fashioned
way when you came to visit.
|Seriously, this is a sweet envelope--it's made from a map of the Caribbean.|
|It's good to keep those writing fingers in shape now and then.|
And if anyone else wants to join the CAPBBHL cause, my address is right over there in the sidebar.