Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Charmed, I'm Sure

Who knew? I've imagined silver letters. The charmed type. The ones meant to last forever--or for however long my forever will be. I searched online and off. Never a clue. 

Then came this Christmas. And with it came this. And with that came the dilemma of where to place it. Should it be near the laptop? Or the palette, with paint smears and brushes? Should my name be engraved on the front or back? Maybe it should be my post office box number? Decisions, decisions. Perhaps I'll be content with admiring it inside its box a little while longer.

I can only imagine the letter inside. It's written to me. From whom? Ooh! I'm not telling. It's only imagined, you see.

Tell me. Are you charmed? Do you have correspondence-related jewelry? I have more. There's a crystal ink well that holds a gold quill. And I have a silver quill on a silver chain. I take letter-writing seriously. It's charming! So, will you show me yours, and I'll show you mine? If you do, I'll be charmed, I'm sure.


Did you know that the actress, Donna Reed was an avid letter-writer, too? According to her daughter, she wrote to service men during the war. She saved all their letters. No one knew until over 300 letters were discovered in the attic, after her passing. Now that's a star!

Did you read the article, "The Junking of the Postal Service" by Elisabeth Rosenthal, a reporter and blogger for the NYT? It gets your dander up before you even read paragraph one! There are graphics, and let me tell you, graphs indicate that we, "FIRST CLASS MAIL: PERSONAL, were dissed outright. "This small segment--letters and greeting cards--is shrinking relentlessly." Now that just irks me something fierce. We are at a -31% among the per 100 billion pieces annually. Ms Rosenthal cites the United Postal Service; Willis Tower Sydeck as her source. 

Another thing that irks the hell out of me is this: Where the %$#@*& is my 1 Incher? It was meant to be in Washington by now. With letters and signatures. But noooo. Someone kept it and . . . No! They stole it! It takes all kinds. 

You know, we can sit and complain, and write about how much we want to save the USPS, but when grass roots efforts . . . Never mind. That's not what this is about, but I will say this, "Bite me, you tube thief!" Oops. I guess you did.

So. "Snail mail flirts with irrelevance, except for catalog companies and advertisers. And trash collectors." Yep. That's what she wrote. Oh, and I love this! "The founding fathers regarded the postal service as an essential instrument of nation building in a vast new country, serving to 'bind the nation together,' according to the law that created it." Wonder where she read that?

And how about this? "The post office is in the final stage of decaying into total irrelevance," said Mr. Lee, a professor of strategic management at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University of Ottawa. Hmp! "They" predict we will go the way Canada went. "What if postal workers went on strike and nobody noticed? Look what happened in Canada." They're trying to tie my pannies in knots. Ha! Don't tell them I don't wear 'em, okay?

This part galls me as well, "The post office is a large employer, especially of minority workers, and laying off hundreds of thousands of employees . . ." Now, see? That's just not right. The post offices in Katy/Houston look like small United Nations. You get every color, and a broad spectrum of tribes up in there. This is the sort of thing that makes me really wonder who did her research. 

One more quote and I'll let you go. "Ralph Nader has argued that the service should be maintained because it is a crucial delivery network for items like medicine in the case of national emergencies." There's so much to share; I can't type the entire article, but it's worth a read. The article is dated December 4. 

I am willing to bet the government will find a way to charge for e-mails if they kill off the majority of postal services, and close facilities. There's talk of online catalogs replacing paper catalogs. Oh, my head is spinning. 

Happy New Year, y'all! This is only day 3, but it still feels like any given day back in '11. It's just the same old same-same old. All that's changed is, it has a new name.

Write on. Then do something about the lies "they" are telling. Write a letter to "them!" Make them hear us. Ask yourself, What will the grands do if they can't mail their grandchildren a birthday check inside the Hallmark card? Wonder out loud. Then write to someone who gives a fig. The day I get my tube back will be the day I write to Channel 11, 13, 2, and Fox News. Someone is gonna hear me.



  1. Oh yes it does feel the same as '11 does it not ? Im happy to report that I am on the mend . That is all I will say .

  2. Oh my, Limner, I was sooo sad to read about your snatched tube :-( Such a creative idea you had for it!!! I've been on the lookout...hoping & wishing & hoping that I would find it in my mailbox one day. Perhaps it will find it's way back to you real soon??? Anyway, Happy New Year to ya! ~~Linda

  3. Glad to hear you're getting better, phonelady. Things can only go up from here.

    Thank you, Linda. It makes me sad, too. it's hard to believe, but I finally faced the truth.

    Happy New Year. :D

  4. Wow... that is a wonderful little charm! I have no postal related jewelry, but I do have what I call my "story" bracelet. It is a charm bracelet with tons of silver charms that represent different events or stories from my life. One day I hope to have grandchildren who will say "Show me the story bracelet Grandma Elle... Oh, tell me the story about...". Until that day comes I guess I will need to keep collecting charms and stories :) I hadn't thought about postal related charms though... I will have to keep a look out for some! Enjoy your new charm, It is a beauty!

  5. Since you visited my blog at least twice, I thought I had better reciprocate! Glad I did! I've got your address now and will definitely write. I LOVE snail mail! It bundles nicer with ribbon than a bunch of texts, tweets or emails. You can't send a sticker via email and there is nothing like a hand written letter on some unique paper or card to reread over and over again when it is sent from one heart to yours.

    Nope, no letter writing jewelry here, but what a great thing to collect!

    I'll be coming to your PO Box sometime soon.

  6. Elle! Yes! Thank you. Mine are like that too. Each charm has a story or represents a milestone. People often ask what they mean. They're great conversation starters. :) What makes this charm triple extra special is . . . It came from JC!. Who knew he pays attention to my love of letters? :)

    I finally chose what I want engraved on the front. I'm allowed 10 characters, so I'm willing to bet anyone can guess what I picked. ;)

    Sure hope you'll show us your bracelet some day. :D Wish every letter lover could have a charm bracelet with related charms. I've written to the jeweler, asking if they might consider making a stamp charm next. Crossing my fingers.

  7. Nathalie. Your blog is one I visit every time I set aside a fav blog reading day. I used the new layout and it doesn't allow me to click on the links now, cause they're not there any more. So, I transferred them someplace else. Now I can visit as often as I like.

    Thanks for visiting. I'm working on surprises, so I haven't been a good blog keeper of late. I agree with you about what mail CAN do that the others cannot. :)

    I love the way my charms tinkle and click when I write. They're all silver, so they leave little etchings on the paper. I write over them. It's as if they get to write first. Silly, I know, but it's fun.

    I hope you'll consider starting a letter writing charm bracelet some day. I want to get a charm in the shape of each state my favorite pen friends are in. Wow! I'd really like to have a charm for each state. And I could get ones from the international community. :)

    Oh! Now I will check my mail boxes more often, with an eye out for your letter. Take your tame, I'm not going anywhere 'til spring. :) Thanks.