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November 09, 2018

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Cynthia

Lovely post and helpful refresher. Thank you!

Karen Clark

I write just a few letters each month, and this post is very helpful! Thanks so much:)

Karen Clark

Oops, wrong website address.

Maria Kasper

My sister has lived out of our area most of her life, so letter-writing was our main way to keep in touch. My grandma had the same problem you describe, facing a blank page and wondering what to do with it. Usually I'd say, "What would you want to tell her if she was right here in this room?" Then Grandma would start hesitantly with, "Well, I'd ask how she's been. Tell her I'm fine, -- well, except for when I sliced my finger dicing those onions. Tell her I liked her last letter, especially the part with the funny story about what happened at work - actually, that sort of reminded me of the time when we...." Once she got rolling, she talked easily, and I'd be scribbling notes while she talked. After about ten minutes of this chatting, I'd hand Grandma the notes, and say, "There's plenty of ideas for your letter!" She'd be surprised to realize how much she actually had to say, and would go happily to work writing out the bits she liked best from the notes. She actually was a good letter-writer, she just needed a little jump-start.

Donovan Beeson

Great tips Maria

Cesar

Good stuff, that’s good that Mrs Cynthia wants to write her son. There is nothing like receiving a letter from home. I preferred it betger than email. But that’s just me, I’m a bit old fashioned. Just remember that if the service member is overseas, APO mail is a bit wonky at times. But they try their best.

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