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Pen Pals

A rose engine was used to produce the complex ...

A rose engine was used to produce the complex background and border patterns of early British postage stamps (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Postage stamp, Coasta Rica, 1937, 2c,...

English: Postage stamp, Coasta Rica, 1937, 2c, brown, diamond shape stamp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A French 1-centime postage due stamp from 1882.

A French 1-centime postage due stamp from 1882. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Does anyone out there remember what pen pals were?  If you had a pen pal, you and they would write back and forth to each other.  Actual pens were used, and not computers or texts.   Oftentimes you didn’t know this person but would get to know them through corresponding.  When I was a girl, at one point I had seven pen pals.    One day my family took a little day trip to visit my favorite pen pal, Ann, about two hours away.  My dad had rigged up this first meeting for me, as he knew Ann and I were great buddies but had never met.  What a sweet day that was!  And how nice of my dad to get us together.  Maybe my dad understood…he liked to write letters like I did.  He got it!  🙂

Yesterday I went to the post office to mail a card to my friend Lyn in Australia.  I found out I could buy postage stamps (called “global stamps” — who knew?!)  and mail letters to her often.  Great!  Now I just need to get disciplined to write “snail mail” letters again.  But with such a good friend, how can I not?  🙂  For years now I have preached about bringing back the fine art of handwritten letters.  Though my handwriting is not a very nice specimen, I do intend to actually WRITE more letters.  I will keep you posted!  Perhaps you can respond to this post and let me know of your experiences?


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Prompt book for Handel's opera Radamisto, King...

Prompt book for Handel’s opera Radamisto, King’s Theatre, London, 1720 Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Museum number: S.501-1985, Link (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The question is: what did I want to be when I was 10 years old, and what am I now?

At age 10 I wanted to be a writer
and two years later I wrote 11 pages of a book

At age 13 my writing teacher published my composition
in the city newspaper

As a kid I had seven pen pals at one time

In my college years
before personal computers came along
I wrote letters to my friends and family
in the form of a newspaper with columns

As a church secretary
I published a monthly newsletter

I continued to love words
and I read a lot of books

I journaled as an adult occasionally
but never really got into a daily habit

I started writing books in my head
and enrolled in a writing class online

After cancer disrupted my class for a year
I finished the course later

Last year I began to blog daily
and boy, has it been a fun ride!

I have a list of at least 12 books
I want to write

I am now a book reviewer
and soon to be professional proofreader

I have been in clerical work
for all of my adult life to pay the bills

but a “real” writer I am
so my dream is fulfilled daily
even though I’m not published yet