|A Must Read Article!
For those of you who don't know me all that well, I used to edit and produce a quarterly
publication, known as Artistamp Artifacts, that catered
to artistamp artists and others interested in the realm of artistamps, local post stamps
and other types of Cinderella stamps. For making our content more interesting, we
would also include other articles that related to mail in one form or another (including
postmarks, too, of course).
As luck would have it, one of our customers who turned into
a very good friend, was a writer -- among other things. He is a very good writer
too, I might add. His name is Randall Baker, he holds a number of degrees, including
a PhD, and many other awards and honors to his credit. He's written dozens of books
and I don't know how many short stories and articles. Up until a few years ago, he
was a professor at Indiana University. After serving there for about twenty-three
years, he went into "retirement," only to take up another position as a
professor, this time in Bulgaria.
One of the reasons why Randall and I hit it off so well was because he and I share a
certain love, or affliction as it may be... in that we both have been diagnosed as
terminal cases of the highly dreaded disease: "compulsive letter writers
Luckily again, one of Randall's greatest writings (at least I think it is), was a piece
he wrote back in 2004 and which he allowed us to reprint it so that it could be further
shared with others that might also be subject to our ways of thinking -- or worse... our
affliction with writing real letters in this age of
modern missives ala electronics.
So if you've ever written a letter, or fondly remember actually receiving a letter
through the world's mail stream, I consider this piece to be a must read!
Hopefully, after you've had a good chuckle or two by reading it,
you will think so too.
The Dead Letter ~ ©2004
Dr. Randall Baker, PhD
TIP: Print this article with our
compliments and add it to your MPP album. It's formatted so that it may be 3-hole
punched to fit any 3-ring binder. As you'll probably want to read it again someday.
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