"For thirty years, the Marys have maintained their correspondence, their connection empowered by sheets of paper. Through their letters, these two friends have been able to get through extremely difficult moments and grow as mothers, friends, and community members. Their commitment to each other is apparent within these pages. One cannot help but smile when reading how Mary Kenyon and Mary Humston have flourished through their friendship with each other."
Kathy and I had a unique opportunity to write the forward for the upcoming book Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink. The book follows their thousands of letters through their thirty year friendship. It's always a distinct pleasure to see pen pals with strong and lengthy correspondences. What a treat to share in them with the Marys in this new book.
Also a treat, the Marys are hosting some classes and talks to promote the book. They are having "Letter-Writing 101" workshops for women at libraries and bookstores. You can find a listing of the events on their website. The first one is August 29th (TOMORROW!) at the Carroll Public Library in Iowa. We are also hosting a give-away of a copy of the book here. EDIT: 8/31/15: The contest is now closed. To win, please leave a comment with your fondest pen pal memory. A winner will be chosen at random on Monday morning, the 31st of August, 2015. Standard L.W.A. contest rules apply (AKA you'll be asked to provide your member number to claim your prize).