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Back To Pen And Ink [Dec. 8th, 2012|11:13 am]
Tony Grist
A friend writes in an Xmas card to say he is now his partner's long term carer (partner is very old and has short term memory loss) and "it's a lonely life". 

I'll write him a letter. See if I can't get an old-fashioned correspondence going. He's an old fashioned chap who doesn't do electronic communication. We could talk about books if he cares to. He's as besotted a litterateur as I am. I'd enjoy having someone to sound off to about H.G. Wells (for instance).

I used to be quite good at writing letters- thirty, forty years ago.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2012-12-08 12:43 pm (UTC)
Funny you mention that. I have just started writing a proper letter to a friend on Twitter. Haven't wrote a pen and paper letter for ages. My friend will do the same so i am anticipating her reply.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-12-08 01:38 pm (UTC)
I'm a little nervous about it. I'm so very out of practice.
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[User Picture]From: strange_complex
2012-12-08 01:00 pm (UTC)
I'm sure he will really appreciate that. I hope you both enjoy it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-12-08 01:38 pm (UTC)
I hope so....
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2012-12-08 04:07 pm (UTC)
I miss the days of hand-written communication but have no friends who even think of doing that any longer. I used to love writing long letters many decades ago.
How things change!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-12-09 10:08 am (UTC)
I was the same. I used to like writing letters.
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[User Picture]From: wyrmwwd
2012-12-08 05:33 pm (UTC)
That would be really good. It IS a lonely life, and if you can be the person that steps into his comfort level, I am sure he will greatly appreciate it.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-12-09 10:09 am (UTC)
I hope so.
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From: algabal
2012-12-08 05:49 pm (UTC)
It is so incredibly satisfying to receive a hand-written letter. A truly special experience.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-12-09 10:09 am (UTC)
Yes. And it used to be a common one.
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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2012-12-10 12:08 pm (UTC)
I love your profile picture...

(Okay, so I've had a crush on Rupert Brooke for ages and just last week I received a copy of The Handsomest Man in England...)
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From: algabal
2012-12-10 03:53 pm (UTC)
I think it's one of the loveliest portraits ever taken of a male. Simply perfect.
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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2012-12-13 05:19 pm (UTC)
I'd marry him in a heartbeat if a) he wasn't dead, b) I wasn't already married and c) he wasn't - by most accounts - a bit of a cad... I could overlook c), but a) and b) sort of rules it out.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2012-12-09 11:36 am (UTC)
I've actually been thinking of trying to reinstate a letter writing correspondence with an old university friend. Though she has email, she never took to the online stuff and we've slipped down to just exchanging notes at Christmas time. Perhaps it's time I re-discovered old habits?
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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2012-12-10 12:06 pm (UTC)
I had a very good friend some years back (okay, we met in 1997), and we lived close to each other for a year in Paris. Since then we started writing together, but then came e-mails and then Facebook. And now we hardly every write to each other, and as a consequence we know a lot less about each other than we used to. We used to write 4-5 pages - by hand - to each other 1-3 times a month, and now we just read each other's Facebook status updates.

I miss writing letters.
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