A letter to the bride on her wedding day


Ah, let’s pick up where we left off, shall we?

As promised, I’m posting the letter I wrote to Claire on her wedding day. And because I hurriedly penned this pre-wedding (in the car no less), there is no photographic evidence of my correspondence. Instead, I give you the beautiful bride (and a link). The note is peppered with references spanning our thirteen year friendship. I maintain the real goodness of any letter its the stuff that comes straight from the heart.

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a letter from a secret admirer


I try not to play favorites when it comes to letters, but this request from a secret admirer in England tops the charts. I am such a sucker for letters of love. The wooer’s email was so heartfelt and genuine, just bursting with sweet sentiments. He even created a special email address to keep his identity a secret from his ‘mates’. I hope the lucky lady feels extra special and cherished.

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Lords write love letters


A few years ago a friend gifted me Love Letters of Great Men. Fans of Sex and the City (the movie) rushed out to buy a book of love letters that didn’t exist. Low and behold, a book a was created. It’s surprisingly quite good. Really.

I love editor Ursula Doyle’s forward, where she speaks about the claim that these flowery declarations were more for show than a genuine expression. “But to claim that a text message saying IN PUB FTBL XTR TIMe BACK LATER XX is more genuine, and therefore romantic, than a declaration such as Byron’s that ‘I more than love you and cannot cease to love you’ is obviously nonsense.

Some days I long for a time when correspondence was rich with meaning and emotion–not 140 characters. While I love the convenience of modern technology, nothing beats a flowery letter, especially a letter from your lover.

Genuine or not, that Lord Byron is good. I agree whole-heartedly with his claim, “Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company.”

Who are you writing to this weekend? Hope it’s a good one friends!


Happy Valentine’s Day

At last, it’s here! Wishing you dear readers a very HAPPY Valentine’s Day! I realize I’m in the minority for claiming this holiday as my second favorite. To me Valentine’s Day is about showing the people you love just how much. A card for your Grandma, a pancake breakfast for your son, a glass of wine with a friend, an extra-long walk for Fido. The romance is nice, but the love part is the bee’s knees.


Last week I pulled out the typewriter, plated some delicious oatmeal raisin pecan cookies and got to work penning my love letters. I even sent a couple of packages to some far-away Valentine’s.


And tonight I’ll celebrate with my love. Adam’s getting the neon orange card on the left. It says LOVE YOU MORE. Because I do! Who’s your lucky Valentine?

cards from various shops including: Paper Source, Greenwich Letterpress + Kate’s Paperie

Weekend Mail: Sweetheart Edition


I think we’re all clear on my complete adoration of Valentine’s Day. And just like Christmas isn’t Christmas without a tree, Valentine’s Day is nothing without candy hearts. They take me right back to my youth–to Mrs. Bevin’s first-grade class, where my love for this holiday likely started. I vividly remember cutting paper hearts from doilies and making sure I had a lollipop to give each of my classmates. I also recall getting quite competitive with my mailbox, but that’s a story for another day.


Adam had a long week at work, so a love note was definitely in order. I decided to keep it simple and enlisted the help of the old Valentine. What my note lacked in words, it made up for in sugar.

February 8, 2013

You are my ultimate sweetheart. I love you so. xo, Me

Paper Source