"Pen pal" 8"x10" oil painting on wooden panel 2008
In a time of the instant message what becomes of the letter? What role does it have if any?
I have gone through different periods of time in my life where I have made a commitment to writing letters as a way to reach out and stay connected. I never received as many letters in proportion to what I sent out but what letters and post cards I did get where always a very welcome surprise in my day. In writing this post I am stepping up to a new season of old school letter writing and I invite you to consider doing the same.
When our family was living our year away from Michigan in Brooklyn New York I got to where I was writing a letter almost every day. It became a way for me to share some of the overwhelmingly rich experiences I was having living in a very large city. That year everything was new and exotic to me. I can't help but think that the discipline of writing those letters regularly may have helped me not only stay connected with friends but also helped me tune into where I was living.
I a time when vinyl has been thoroughly rediscovered by a generation who grew up with only cds and down loads, it makes sense that the physicality of holding an actual letter in your hand would come to have increased significance.
In case you may like to send a letter my way, my address is 106 Fuller Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506