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How funny is this? Is typing that much easier than writing?


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It’s going down: the decliine of the USPS

Did you hear the news about the woes of the USPS?

The United States Postal Service is having some financial issues, despite the $10 a month I pay to rent a P.O. Box. Bloomberg Businessweek shared a story a few days ago about the falling rates of first-class mail delivery and its imminent demise.

“With the rise of e-mail and the decline of letters, mail volume is falling at a staggering rate, and the postal service’s survival plan isn’t reassuring.”

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Social media is runing everything: a commentless repost

This post is hot off the press from Leigh Alexander at Thought Catalog. To resist being one of those people who was thinking about my reaction before I finished the post, I am just going to leave it here for you to mull over. It is thought provoking and relevant to this blog. No editorial comment from me.

Social Media is Runing Everything
Leigh Alexander is a video game journalist based in Brooklyn, New York.
I remember the first time I was old enough to understand what a U.S. presidential election is. I think I was in the first grade. People talked to us about it in school and I asked my parents about it or otherwise obtained enough information about the election to know that the ballots were being counted overnight and that the winner of the election would be revealed in the morning news.

I remember I woke up a little bit early in the morning as if for a holiday, and, eager to feel like a participant in the world, I went and slid down the stairs to the kitchen. Literally slid down, whee bump-bump, in something of a celebratory fashion; I was excited to go to the kitchen and look at the newspaper and see who the headline said had won.

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Day 130: A little boost

Today was filled with annoyance, stress and a little joy. My new friend, Hannah, sent me a beautiful “love” letter. I won’t re-post the letter in its entirety, but a short passage struck me and I want to share it with you. She wrote:

I hope this letter serves as a boost to you – a needed reminder that you are capable beyond belief and you bring gifts to this world that no one else can.

We all need to hear that every once in a while. So often I want to tell people how unbelievable they are and how I admire them for their accomplishments, demeanor, and the little things. I appreciate that someone says what I would like to, but don’t.

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the thank-you economy

“The past year has been the golden year of the thank you note.”

I really enjoyed the NPR story about the online relationship between service providers and consumers. It’s all about relationships – and social media is the best tool to build them.

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Day 94: Guess who it’s to…

I wrote one…

I will tell you who it is written to when that person receives it. You could always guess if you’re at the end of your seat, biting your nails with anticipation.

In other news, I will be writing lots of letters in the next 48 hours. I signed up for a volunteer postcard project through my alma mater. I have less than four days to complete it. ugh, #procrastination.

Happy Monday!

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Day 58: Mail Bag

Here’s the mail. It never fails. It makes me want to wag my tail. When it comes I want to wail MAIL!!!

I am a little late in posting this, but late is better than never. Last Sunday I took a little trip to the post office and to my delight I had TWO valentine’s cards. (Yes, it’s been over a week since then. Forgive me.)

I had anticipated any mail I might receive would be from my grandmother or my best friend. It is an effort to write a note and people don’t generally care to spend that kind of time writing out a long-winded message, dotting I’s, Crossing t’s and erasing their mistakes. I suppose that is why social media is so popular – it gives us more time for other things.

Nevertheless, the cards I received were from the most unsuspecting of people, long lost friends who have a vested interest in my effort. The simple fact that they took the time to participate in the letter social is encouraging, not to mention that one of the cards was a colorful handmade note. Maybe I’m not the only person reading my blog after all.

Thanks for believing in my project, ladies. Oh, and thanks for the killer Valentine’s. (They included princess stickers and a handmade Wienermobile card.) See below…

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