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As if I didn't have enough to do, I joined the Letter Writers Alliance ($3) and Postcrossing (free). I admit, though, that I was a little disappointed that my LWA membership kit was coming by...snail mail.

I sent off my first postcard today, to a woman named Minna in Finland. She listed "fashion" as one of the themes in the postcards she'd like to receive so I dug up a free postcard from Printemps ("spring"), the huge French department store, with an image of an avant-garde model.

My last huge letter-writing surge was when I was a Peace Corps volunteer. I wish I'd kept copies. Maybe some future biographer or offspring will track them all down. When I returned I was chatting with a friend who told me that while she was pregnant she was looking through her things she'd left at her parents' house, and started re-reading my letters from Cameroon. She said that one letter made her laugh so hard she felt the baby moving. I think it was when I was on a bush taxi somewhere and found a monkey arm under my seat.
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On July 18th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC), ext_106388 commented:
Minna in Finland
Hey, one of my missionary companions was from Oulu, Finland. Her name was Minna. It's probably a really common Finnish name. This postcard and letter writing thing sound like cool endeavors. I use to be a prolific letter writer, but email and blogging ruined that.
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On July 20th, 2008 07:05 am (UTC), hatter_anon commented:
Wow. I'm tempted. A friend and I have joked for some time about keeping the lost art of letter writing alive. Even when we live in the same city, which unfortunately is less and less these days, we send cards and notes from time to time, though the bulk of our communication is probably still conducted via e-mail and other technologically aided methods. Hope you get some interesting cards. What did you list for your themes?
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On July 20th, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I just wrote that I'd be happy to receive whatever.

You know, you could always write to me!
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On July 24th, 2008 12:07 pm (UTC), hatter_anon replied:
Love to. Want to give me your address in a locked post? Or do you have an e-mail I can exchange details with you on?
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On July 24th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
sure! email is on my profile page.
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