Monday, February 27, 2017

The Revolutionary Vision of Jane Austen

I came across a most interesting essay on the writings of Jane Austen that I believe you Janites out there will appreciate. It is called The Revolutionary Vision of Jane Austen. This year marks the bicentennial of Austen's death and I encourage you to read one of her books in honor of the occasion. 

Those of you who enjoy the screen adaptations of her novels but haven't actually read them can receive this as a challenge. By accepting this challenge you will meet the lady herself. You may find her to be different than expected but you will not be disappointed.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Sweet as Could Be

Did you get Valentine's mail? I did! I failed to send any out though. Valentine's Day went by largely unnoticed by me (thought I did receive a lovely bouquet of flowers and made a nice dinner for Mr. Duffy.) Then when I received Valentine's Day mail I felt a twinge of regret that I did not do likewise for others. 

This vintage looking card is just as sweet as could be. (Why didn't I send out cards??) To make it even sweeter its sender was a pen friend I hadn't heard from in a while. I'm so glad to reconnect!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

That Wonderful Pink Feeling

Every spring that wonderful feeling of pink comes upon me. I can't explain how pink feels but it manifests itself in the felt need to write with pink ink. Perhaps I associate pink with spring. Kingsburg is surrounded by multitudinous orchards, many of which are gloriously clad in pink in the spring. I borrowed this picture from my cousin's Facebook wall. Yes, these are genuine Kingsburg blossoms.

Can you see why I associate spring with pink? This pink feeling drove me to order a bottle of Diamine Pink Glitz. 

Yes, it drove me. I was powerless to not buy the ink. Because the cotton paper I usually use will not show off sheen I ordered some Clairefontaine paper to go with it. While I wait for delivery I will be flushing my wettest pen. 

Wait! I'll need spring sealing wax. But that can wait for another day. It's best to space out the fun and I still have bright green sealing wax from last spring to tide me over for a bit.  Do you have special spring ink or other writing accessories? Spring letters are wonderful!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

What a Great Day to Write!

There's just something about today that made writing a letter extra enjoyable. It might be that I received this lovely bouquet.

Or maybe it's that after weeks of blessedly dreary weather the sun is shining, it's warm outside, and that wonderful spring is here feeling is upon me. 

Or it could be that I was using the pretty stationery Kathleen gave me for Christmas.

To add to that, I wrote with Private Reserve Arabian Rose ink. It was PERFECT! That in itself made for a good writing day. 

Or maybe it's just that writing makes me happy. Some things need no justification and writing a letter is one of them. 

So, happy Valentine's Day to you all and happy writing!

Friday, February 3, 2017

The Love Letter

Valentine's day is coming soon. St. Valentine is a third century saint of whom little is known. In the 14th century his feast day, February 14th, became associated with courtly or romantic love. Jean-Honoré Fragonard painted a lovely picture called "The Love Letter" that can inspire us to write tender affection to our dear ones. Who doesn't like words of tenderness from a loved one whether it be a spouse, grandparent, sibling. Even a Thinking of You Note from a fellow parishioner or a neighbor can lift the spirits  and urge us on to do the same for another.

The Love Letter, Jean-Honoré Fragonard 1770

Who can you write to today? There's enough time for your letter or card to reach its destination by valentines day. USPS even has charming heart stamps available for Valentines Day. 

Go write that letter!

Monday, January 23, 2017

National Handwriting Day

Historic Letters: German POWs

I learned just recently that during World War II German prisoners of war were sent to camps in Tennessee. You can read about the camps at The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture.

Of particular interest to me is a stash of letters from former prisoners. For decades a collection of about 400 letters were kept in a Corn Flakes box. I am fascinated by the relationship that developed between the interned German soldiers and the Americans they had contact with and that they maintained that relationship after the war through letters. 

Also, I can't help but wonder: How on earth do you cram 400 letters into a Corn Flakes box?

I encourage you to read the article at USA Today.