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Discovering Inspiration in a Trunk Full of Letters

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 04.08.2014 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Every letter we write starts a connection, creates a history, lays the first stones of a bridge, extends a hand. And who knows what inspiration may spring from the letters we write?

Retired Teacher Makes Good On Promise To Mail Letters To Students

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 04.03.2014 | Good News

One retired high school teacher in Canada has a surprise for his former students that is 20 years in the making. In 1994, Bruce Farrer's ninth gra...

Letters to Our Former Selves

Ari Andersen | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Ari Andersen

I have embarked upon a quest to learn -- and hopefully to grow -- from the wisdom of my elders. The past is humanity's great equalizer, and we all have a story worth sharing.

Why Epistolary Novels Are Totally Awesome

Susan Rieger | Posted 03.18.2014 | Books
Susan Rieger

Since early adolescence, I've been reading epistolary novels, enjoying their dual nature. On the one hand, there's the direct, immediate contact with the characters. On the other, there's the circuitousness and obliqueness of the storytelling.

Dear Sallie Mae

Sarah Fader | Posted 03.14.2014 | College
Sarah Fader

Dear Sallie Mae, I would like to thank you for lending me a massive amount of money so that I could get a higher education. I wouldn't trade my time ...

Letters From Prison

Tracy Strauss | Posted 03.10.2014 | Women
Tracy Strauss

While the inmates wrote of the ways I'd helped them, they were helping me: my essay and their responses were a conduit, a bridge connecting their world and mine. Writing transcended prison walls. The incarcerated women ignited a spark I thought had left my life when I lost my teaching position.

Letter to My Father

Serena Dyer | Posted 03.04.2014 | Good News
Serena Dyer

I have realized that writing someone a letter of love and gratitude is a beautiful experience for both the writer and the receiver. I plan to continue writing love letters to the people in my life that I truly love so much.

Real Love Letters: My Mom's 20+ Years of Writing to Her Kids

Idealist | Posted 02.28.2014 | Women
Idealist

Septuagenarian bicyclist, landlord of historic homes, singer in the choirs... The lady has always rocked life with gusto and generosity, and very much to her own beat. This could not be better illustrated than by the over 20 years of letters she's faithfully written to me and my older brother.

A Letter That Is Long Overdue to My Health

Christine Hoh | Posted 04.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Christine Hoh

I often write a letter to those I love. But I realized I've haven't written to you to say my thank you. There's been many obstacles we have overcome...

A Letter to My Second Graders

Becca Wertheim | Posted 04.15.2014 | Good News
Becca Wertheim

I have some very important things to tell you. I mean, super important. You ready? Turn on your best listening ears. Open up those learning eyes nice and wide. Get that brain warmed up. Because what I'm about to tell you is something that I hope you'll always remember.

13 Emotional Letters That Prove The Written Word Has A Power Like No Other

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 01.28.2014 | Good News

In our current tech-savvy world where communication is sometimes too easy, there's something special about the rare occasions when people take the tim...

A Love Letter to New York City

Andrea Duchon | Posted 03.17.2014 | New York
Andrea Duchon

Take a moment to kick around why: almost everyone in the world never leaves their hometown radius and I get to run around an adult playground 365 days a year.

How to Send a Professional Thank You Note

Diane Gottsman | Posted 03.15.2014 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Clearly, it's a win-win; the recipient feels good that his or her success or gesture of kindness is acknowledged, and it distinguishes the writer for having executive manners. Best of all, it's fast, easy and sends a powerful message.

'Letters From Iran' -- Hope for Peace and Diplomacy

Roshanak Ameli-Tehrani | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Roshanak Ameli-Tehrani

It has become easy, almost fashionable for a vocal minority to demonize Iranians. It's harder to recognize the hope and opportunity that exists. Or is it?

Letters of Note, Splendidly Noted

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 03.10.2014 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Not only are the one hundred letters he chose to reproduce in the book great to look at, they are great to read, allowing experiences that are in turn transformative, moving, and inspirational (or chilling, in a few cases).

On The Lost Art Of Letter Writing

Posted 11.22.2013 | Books

The following is an excerpt of Simon Garfield's new book, To the Letter: In June 2004, 190 people replied to a survey conducted by the Sussex-base...

A Fatal Likeness: Mary Shelley and Monsters

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 11.15.2013 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Mary Shelley wrote the most famous monster story of all time, Frankenstein. Or did she really? That question is just one of the literary mysteries ex...

Let's Get Lost for the Memories (Pura Vida)

Aaron Caleb Bardo | Posted 11.04.2013 | Travel
Aaron Caleb Bardo

Travelers are a bit egocentric: We put our journeys ahead of time. We put life above because as far as we know, as far as Sendak knew, we've only got one -- too short to be confined to memory.

Write a Legacy Letter Today!

Rachael Freed | Posted 10.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

The model provides a four-part structure to make writing legacy letters simple, uniquely personal, and meaningful. A one-page letter written in no more than 15 to 30 minutes using this model can be completed in four paragraphs.

To: Future Self -- RE: Breaking Bad Finale

Oren Mendez | Posted 10.14.2013 | Comedy
Oren Mendez

Breaking Bad is ending, and there won't be anywhere to hide -- the Internet is going to blow up. You're going to freak out a little, but it's good to have millions of online presences by your side, suffering right there with you.

What Goes Around Comes Around

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 08.14.2013 | Good News
William B. Bradshaw

Last Saturday as I came out of a restaurant and was walking to my car, another man was walking toward the restaurant on the same sidewalk. As we met,...

Where Have All the Letters Gone?

Diana M. Raab | Posted 08.10.2013 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

Perhaps the most satisfying aspect of letter writing is the opportunity to communicate exactly what is on your mind and what a joy that brings to the sender and the receiver.

Letter to Me in Eighth Grade

Ellen Meyers | Posted 08.01.2013 | College
Ellen Meyers

Your letter made me laugh and cringe. It also brought up a few important points. Some made me realize how naïve you were, and some made me realize how right you are now.

A Letter to Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 07.09.2013 | Comedy
Sheila Moeschen

I cannot tell you how many times I have passed by one of your magnificent fashion clubs -- the seizure-inducing bass thumping, the lighting dimmed just so (what would you call that? Disco lighting? Marvelous!), the stifling scent of the latest Diddy fragrance coiling around shoppers.

A Letter To My Best Friend After Her Wedding

thoughtcatalog.com | Posted 04.10.2013 | Weddings

Dear best friend, Well… it’s been one week. Do you feel different? Because I do. ...