In praise of letter writing

My only sister – and of course, my favourite sister! – has reminded me of the joy of receiving a letter in the mail. Before I expand on her recent letters, I want to share a little more about Susan, who resides with her husband in rural Alberta. Over the course of her many years living in the wild rose country, our communication has mostly been through the telephone plus, of course, cards at Christmas and birthdays. I consider her old school – that’s as far as I’ll go – when it comes to the Internet. She’s more comfortable picking up the phone than clicking on Outlook to send me an email. I was perfectly happy with the phone calls as it provided ample time to catch up; however, I often teased her about not keeping up with technology and the Internet. Well, she shocked me a few years back, when, out of nowhere, she sent a text to my phone. This proved to be another great opportunity to stay connected with my sister. Well, she surprised me again a few months ago, when I received from her a letter in the mail. At first, I thought it might be bad news that she only wanted to share on paper instead over the phone. Continue reading →

Hobby gets well-deserved national exposure

I received a pleasant “stamp” surprise while reading the newspapers at my in-laws over the Christmas holidays. It’s a morning routine to grab a cup of coffee and sit next to my father-in-law Tom as he hands over sections of the London Free Press and his hometown paper, the St. Thomas Times-Journal. Before I go on, I need to add that I worked as a reporter/editor at the Times-Journal (locally known as the T-J) in the late ’80s and early ’90s and it’s where I met my wife Karen. Whenever we’re home, I look forward to catching up on the local news. As Tom handed over the first few sections of the Free Press (he reads the sports section first!), I spent some time reading the first section consisting of local and national news. The next section I grabbed was “An Edition of NP” (National Post), eight pages covering national and international news. When I flipped over to page two I was so surprised by the content that I quickly flipped back to the cover page to confirm the article was indeed published in the National Post. Continue reading →

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