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Circle_Something
Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012 6:48:29 AM
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As the subject says, how many of you still write letters? In this increasing e-age, people rely on social media such as Facebook, Twitter and even e-mail to keep in touch but how many still write good old fashioned letters? I'll be honest, I do. I find it satisfying to write a letter and post it: the satisfaction of going into the post office, paying for a stamp and putting the letter in the letterbox is an often underestimated one. The waiting for a reply and finally getting the reply is exciting. Yes, it's still satisfying to write an e-mail, but it doesn't stand up to the excitement of letter writing.

I also wonder how many young people actually know how to write a letter. I think letter writing is a valuable skill that should still be taught and fostered. Even though I hate writing by hand - I have terrible handwriting due to being a left hander who was taught by right handers and being constantly told that my writing was "atrocious", I still enjoy the simple pleasure of writing a letter.

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Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012 10:14:49 AM
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I still do, and there is a great deal of pleasure in writing by hand, with good paper and a lovely fountain pen.

I come from a family of letter writers and to my great good fortune, still have several cartons full of letters received from people now gone from this world. Those letters are like a physical contact with the past, since the pages were touched and handled by people now gone, or alive and far distant. I think my love of writing stems from letter writing when I was a child.

Like you Andrew, I am left handed. My handwriting is quite lovely to look at as a page of script, but difficult to decifer. I usually need to have a blotter under my hand as I write, because otherwise the ink becomes blurred.

Your description of the pleasure of the hand written letter is wonderful.

Wonderful subject, thank you for starting it!



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Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012 2:46:19 PM
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gypsymoth wrote:
and there is a great deal of pleasure in writing by hand, with good paper and a lovely fountain pen.



I agree, but admit I haven't done that in some time...seems most of my correspondence in the last few years has been more conducive to e-mail and the like...

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Lisa
Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012 2:46:36 AM
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I'm another letter writer. I have family in England and write to them often. I enjoy keeping in touch the old-fashioned way.

I'm another left-hander, too!
Noraj
Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012 3:13:07 PM
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I still write letters and my hand writing is terrible. no I'm not in the lefty club. I also write all my stories and poems by hand before adding them to the comp.

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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 5:27:36 PM
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I have to be honest, I don't. But not because I don't enjoy it, but because I feel as though I have horrible hand writing. I have ever since I was a kid. I have tried to improve it, but it never did. So, I rely on the computer, though I will send it IN the mail, like a proper letter.

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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 6:19:45 PM
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I do every once in awhile... not as often as I'd like, because email is quicker and everything seems to rely upon speed nowadays, but when I can I write letters. I am dominant right though, so can't say anything about difficulties of left-handed writing... and I too love to write them and to receive them, no matter how atrocious the other person's handwriting is ^.^

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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 7:20:45 PM
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I have some a couple/three letters written by my paternal great grandmother...a simple, poor woman from the mountains in North Carolina. I treasure those letters. I'm a bit like Poppet above at times...will compose and print from computer but send via regular mail.

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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 8:56:24 PM
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I love receiving mail that i know someone has taken the time out of there day to write personally, so i will write back. ^_^
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Posted: Sunday, September 28, 2014 2:49:12 PM
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I love to writing letters to friends

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Posted: Friday, November 14, 2014 3:41:52 PM
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aussie_kitty77 wrote:
I love to writing letters to friends


So do I if I had their address director
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Posted: Friday, November 14, 2014 4:43:12 PM
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I'm a letter writing, thank you card giving and a short-note card delivering fool!! Doesn't it just make you feel better when someone gives you something like that? I have stationary and note cards special made. I like quality stock. It's a lost art and the ultimate act of sincere consideration. I have a beautiful script as well as print, which comes from being made practice my handwriting repeatedly as I was growing up. It is a lost art.

I still do use all of the faster ways to communicate. Hey they are handy. I may not answer my phone, but I answer my emails and texts. However, when I want to make a lasting impression or to really place a pause in someone's day, I give them something they can touch, feel and see me in. Letter writing and notes do that.

My son was not even taught how to write in cursive in school. I was taught that in the third grade and from that point it was a requirement. When I realized that he could not read some script writing, I made him learn. That's right, I pulled out those huge three-line tablets and taught him myself. I also made him practice his printing like crazy. Now if he chooses to use it, that's his choice. He may not. Good handwriting is necessary to clear communication. So much can be lost in the brevity of texting and emailing.

Don't get me started on text speak. angry7

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Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 1:19:54 PM
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I always wrote letters to my grandmother. From the age of 6, at boarding school, we wrote home every week. My grandparents never used email, so when I moved away from home, I started to write letters again. Sadly, these stopped with my grandmothers death but my eldest daughter has now started writing letters to my mother.
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Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 11:50:58 PM
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AvrgBlkGrl wrote:
I'm a letter writing, thank you card giving and a short-note card delivering fool!! Doesn't it just make you feel better when someone gives you something like that? I have stationary and note cards special made. I like quality stock. It's a lost art and the ultimate act of sincere consideration. I have a beautiful script as well as print, which comes from being made practice my handwriting repeatedly as I was growing up. It is a lost art.

I still do use all of the faster ways to communicate. Hey they are handy. I may not answer my phone, but I answer my emails and texts. However, when I want to make a lasting impression or to really place a pause in someone's day, I give them something they can touch, feel and see me in. Letter writing and notes do that.

My son was not even taught how to write in cursive in school. I was taught that in the third grade and from that point it was a requirement. When I realized that he could not read some script writing, I made him learn. That's right, I pulled out those huge three-line tablets and taught him myself. I also made him practice his printing like crazy. Now if he chooses to use it, that's his choice. He may not. Good handwriting is necessary to clear communication. So much can be lost in the brevity of texting and emailing.

Don't get me started on text speak. angry7


notworthy You sound like the kind of person I'd like to receive a letter from. One who actually thinks about what they're saying, and loves it for the magick of it.



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Posted: Sunday, February 14, 2016 1:11:22 PM
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Posted: Sunday, February 14, 2016 3:12:50 PM
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I do. I write lots of them. I never send them but the are written
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Posted: Sunday, February 14, 2016 8:57:39 PM
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AvrgBlkGrl wrote:
. It's a lost art and the ultimate act of sincere consideration. I have a beautiful script as well as print, which comes from being made practice my handwriting repeatedly as I was growing up. It is a lost art.

I still do use all of the faster ways to communicate. Hey they are handy. I may not answer my phone, but I answer my emails and texts. However, when I want to make a lasting impression or to really place a pause in someone's day, I give them something they can touch, feel and see me in. Letter writing and notes do that.

My son was not even taught how to write in cursive in school. I was taught that in the third grade and from that point it was a requirement. When I realized that he could not read some script writing, I made him learn. That's right, I pulled out those huge three-line tablets and taught him myself. I also made him practice his printing like crazy. Now if he chooses to use it, that's his choice. He may not. Good handwriting is necessary to clear communication. So much can be lost in the brevity of texting and emailing.

Don't get me started on text speak. angry7


I totally agree with teaching cursive writing in elementary school. However, my writing has degenerated into a combination scrawl of printing and cursive and is mostly unreadable. I OFTEN have trouble reading it myself.

I'm guilty of using email instead of writing, but m reasoning is explained above.
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Posted: Monday, February 15, 2016 11:42:56 PM
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I do still write letters often. I taught my children to write letters and to this day they still hand write thank you notes. That is becoming a lost nicety.

I agree with teaching cursive. My children didn't get much taught to them in school, they had a book they had to take home and work on. I made them keep up. Which leads me to story about my youngest. He turned in a paper in high school that he wrote in cursive. His teacher (very young) could not read it. She claimed his writing was too small. She then demanded that he type it and resubmit it. He was sure it was because she could not read cursive. My son taking after me, of course, did type it and turn it in. He found a font that would print it in cursive. She didn't make a single correction on the paper and he received an A. I am sure she did not want to admit she could not read it.

Not sure what that says about our current state, regarding hand writing things. I am happy that my children who are grown now at least can read and write in cursive if they choose to.

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Posted: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 5:00:13 AM
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I still pen notes to friends. It takes just such little effort, but I know how I feel when I receive a personal note.

Yes, texting and email are faster and cheaper, but the feel of holding a slip of paper in my hands and reading a hand written note is gratifying.


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Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 5:54:35 PM
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I do write them, not that often, but I still do. I write really long ones too.
Emails and texts are convenient but nothing beats the nostalgia of reading a long and thoughtful handwritten piece.

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Posted: Sunday, April 3, 2016 6:39:45 PM
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I haven't wrote a letter in awhile
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Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2016 11:48:56 AM
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I still write them too, but not as often as I would like, modern communication is simpler.Sometimes if too much time passed, I remind myself that in these days letter is like mental gift to a person receiving it.

Most adorable letters that I wrote were for my nephew. He is now nearly 6 months old and the first letter for him I hid behind Harry Potter books that I got him for welcome to this world. His parents still didn't find it; it would be lovely if it would stay hidden until he starts reading :); and couple I sent to his address, those they opened but I explained in the letter that he should't resent his parents for doing that, adults are just this way, hehe. I am having fun writing letters.
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Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2016 8:04:37 PM
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Still write them and enjoy the feeling of getting one and kinda special as you know was written by a person who made time to do this

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Posted: Sunday, April 24, 2016 5:56:21 AM
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I do write some letters, however I write lots of postcards. I joined a postcard a site where postcards are exchanged with random members throughout the world.

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I do!!! :) I have my niece and nephew enjoying it also .... They write to me and my daughter and we write back ... We've been doing it for couple of years now:)
I've always loved receiving letters and cards in the mail :)

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ChickaDee wrote:
I do!!! :) I have my niece and nephew enjoying it also .... They write to me and my daughter and we write back ... We've been doing it for couple of years now:)
I've always loved receiving letters and cards in the mail :)


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Posted: Monday, August 22, 2016 3:41:04 PM
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I just wrote two today to my Aunt and to my son. I really need to write more. I love getting hand written notes in the mail. Email just can't compare to holding a letter in your hand that someone took time out of their day to write. Today, being surrounded by all this technology it is even more special to send and receive them.

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Posted: Monday, August 22, 2016 6:42:06 PM
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I enjoy writing letters to my friends around the world and even to my old man (My father) even tho he only lives across town from me.

I'm trying to write with my left more then my right (Am thinking in the long run just incase if I broke my right arm etc. etc.)
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Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 5:58:10 PM
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I do. For the most part this is probably me exchanging sweet notes and little letters with my 8yo, but I do love to write. It feels good to put pen to paper, something that has become so foreign to many in this digital age. I also love stationery and and using good materials.

AvrgBlkGrl wrote:
However, when I want to make a lasting impression or to really place a pause in someone's day, I give them something they can touch, feel and see me in. Letter writing and notes do that.


gillianleeza wrote:
Email just can't compare to holding a letter in your hand that someone took time out of their day to write


These comments are exactly why I still like to write, as I too adore receiving handwritten letters, cards and notes that give you those feelings. There is something really special about it.

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