A trip to the letterbox that holds a letter or two means there is a "read" up ahead. What is your ritual? Where do you go to read them? If you have PO Box, do the letters survive the trip home?
"My secret place of letter revelry is the library."
Today's library is quite different then from my day. There were no "devices" in our midst. No USB ports to hunt for either. In fact, when you were at the
library... you were @ the library. You weren't online somewhere else. To which then, there is no surprise I've chosen a very small inconsequential library, and a spot away from all hub-bub.
Working strictly from home means I need a change of scenery to keep me sane! I do write my letters in my studio due to all my supplies being handy, but it is in this little spot at the library that I find peace and revelry where I delight in a good read from my correspondents.
It has to be THIS SPOT. I am surrounded by three bookcases that deter foot traffic beautifully. I face a highly propped window that gives me the sky. And best of all the CARD CATALOG to gaze my nostalgic eyes upon. It is no longer in use, but kept as a memento. I have had a love of the card catalog since forever. I miss interacting and relying on them.
In fact, there are many things I'd like more of, like the old check-out cards in every library book that gave you the gift of history. One glorious card allowed you the insight of who had the same notion to check-out that publication. You could imagine the stories of travel every book could tell you in where it had been and for how long.
I recently came across a stack of these at a local paper shop. I nearly fell over. I am going to use them SOMEHOW in my correspondence.
"I have a silly idea of exchanging the same
card over and over with a penpal."
Dating it each time we tuck it into our letters. At the end having a beautiful history of the exchanges (They are lined on both sides). Or perhaps use them for a list of favorite things to share.
Of course I'd have to offer this to the right penfriend as I never like to pressure someone into long-term correspondence if they do not wish to. I'm curious, leave me a comment. What do you think of this idea?
Don't forget to share your letter reading ritual! Do you have to have a particular beverage? A particular nibble? Must you be with paper and pen at the ready to write a reply? What little corner have you carved out to be deserving of the sacred read of your letters?
In the meantime...
Hello, I’m Nina, the maven behind the
IQS blog. I’m all about creativity (ya think?).
I work in several disciplines. So it's no surprise that the Art of Letter Writing would come knocking on my door. Smitten!
However, I did not want to simply add MailArt as a discipline to my website. Thus it became the IQS Blog within my site. And that is why there are TWO navigation menus. *Here’s a Tip: stick with the BLOG Menu in this Column. The main site menu will lead you astray into dark places where you will be screaming for help and no one will hear you.
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