Thursday, April 21, 2011

It's Official!

Back in January I decided to get a post office box instead of giving out my home address. Here it is April, and I hadn't used it yet. So, when I decided to finally give it a go, I couldn't find the paper work. I had two keys, but no box number. Anesthesia tends to temporarily wipe out major portions of my memory. I placed the paper work, and the receipt someplace safe. I've just temporarily forgotten where.

Two trips to the post office later, and I was still without. Why? Because both times I drove all the way to the post office over on Park Row, their computers were down. Well, a week later, someone called, and left my box number on voice mail.

Doubtful, I sent myself a pretty little handmade postcard, tucked it inside an envelope, added postage, and mailed it. I had to test the number before I gave it to someone. Well,  guess what. It's official! The box number works. See?


Am I happy? Yes! In fact, I am so happy, I'm giving away a copy of Margaret Shepherd's sweet little book, The Art of the Handwritten Note, to express my joy." Shepherd's book is "A Guide To Reclaiming Civilized Communication." For real! I wrote to her last year, asking permission to use a few quotes, and she graciously said yes, after she received the nod from her publisher. Some authors do write back.

So, the first writer to send me a handwritten note that's postmarked April 25, wins!

Limner Cade
P.O. Box 6943
Katy, TX 77449-2611

P.S. Hmm. Wonder what uncivilized communication would be like? Grunts, gestures, or both? Any ideas?

14 comments:

  1. Margaret Shepherd is the sister of a very good friend, and co-author of mine!

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  2. Well, hey, Bev, and thanks for the info. I have five or six copies of Margaret's little book. There is at least one in every other room where I work. That leaves me with two brand-new copies behind glass in my favorite bookcase. IMHO, the winner of my little give-away will receive a gem.

    I'll have to google Bev Sykes now, in case I own something you've authored. :)

    Oh happy day!

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  3. I wish I could send you a note postmarked April 25th but it's a bank holiday here in France so it won't be possible to have April 25th postmarked on it ;)

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  4. Thank you for the beautiful postcard and letter! It's official ... we're pen pals! Hope you'll check out my blog today: http://freezerburned-suddenlysusan.blogspot.com/2011/04/let-sunshine-in.html

    Happy Friday! Susan

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  5. Susan,

    For once I'm at a loss for words. Yours tugged my heart wide open. Now everything is too blurred to see well. I'll have to try again later, but please know that you've changed a part of me in a major way.

    I have learned that the sun always shines; we just can't see it. So, I try to remind myself of that truth when SAD takes me down.

    More later, okay? I need to tell you how you've made me feel . . .

    Hard hugs from,
    this leaky-eyed Limner.

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  6. Hollyvia, I wish it could be different, because I would love a note with a French postmark and stamps, but the 25th is my birthday. I have only one, but there will be other give-aways. I have lots of goodies to part with, so stay tuned. I'm shooting for at least one give-away per month.

    Write on! And, thanks for visiting.

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  7. Hollyvia, I'd still love to have a note from you. I could pretend your bubbles came with it, as part of a belated champagne celebration.

    Wish I read French, too. :D I have a lovely translator. She wants to live in your country some day. She has spent her vacation there, two years in a row. Alas! She is my only child.

    Appréciez-vous le jour férié! How did I fare? :)

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  8. This inspires me to write letters again!

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  9. Yay-Hey, Hannah! Write on! Hope you'll drop me a line when you start. :)

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  10. I found you through pattys blog . good to see there are other people who like to write letters and read books . that is very cool . I will get a letter out this week .

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  11. Hannah, those words are the music that makes my pen dance a jig. :)

    Write on! Write to me, too, if you're of a mind to. :D

    And, Hello, phonelady.

    I must thank Patty for helping you find "Oh, Write Me!" I like her blog. I didn't know there were others out there like me until recently. :) Words. I love 'em, I write 'em, and read 'em.

    Looking forward to hearing from you. I promise to write back. Today's "Moan-day Mail Bag is packed, and ready for a mail run. Well, it will be if I finally get some sleep.

    Hope you had a great weekend.

    Goog morning.

    This Limner

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  12. Hollyvia, I've emended the contest rules to include the international community of letter-writers. :) I'll give away another copy to the first note that arrives with an international stamp. How's that? :)

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  13. I bet I could stay away today. I lost. :) First, I HAD to post replies. Then I had to tell Hollyvia about the international give-away. Besides, I don't mind paying for lunch. I lost the bet, but I'll have a nice meal with someone I like.

    Will reply to all of your lovely comments tomorrow. Thanks for easing my conscience.

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  14. Hannah, I'm happy to hear that.

    BTW, such beautiful babies! Hope you are able to find the time. :)

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