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The Art of Letter Writing

Nettie Anthony Harris, Elizabeth Matthews, , Marirose Lescher,

By Elizabeth Matthews

Do you remember what it was like to receive a handwritten letter? The joy of holding it in your hand and the tactile pleasure of opening it? As soon as we saw the handwriting we probably knew who sent it. My family’s handwriting is as familiar to me as the features on their faces, and almost as dear.

What’s Your Story? offers a new series, “The Art of Letter Writing,” created to encourage the type of considered correspondence that deserves to be preserved. If the art of letter writing is not dying, it is surely fading. While most of us appreciate the convenience of the digital age, an electronic message cannot compare to the visceral pleasure of a personal letter.

I am old enough to have boxes filled with cards and letters from my past. I have carefully covered these boxes with beautiful fabric and stored them for review and pleasure at our home in Colorado. From time to time, typically when in search of something else, I spot the letters and choose one at random, sit right down, and read. The cards and letters transport me to another time, another age, and, just recently, another country. Of my many letters and cards, a handful are stored close by, in my private office, within arm’s reach. These are the letters that I cherish most, the ones that connect me to loved ones. They are a type of root and sustain me from a garden larger than my own. They are among the greatest gifts I have ever received.

What’s Your Story’s new letter writing program will recognize the spirit of each season. We are introducing the series with Legacy Letters in honor of Dia de Los Muertos with two workshops scheduled for October 19 and 26. Participants will be guided to write down their deepest values for themselves, their loved one, and the generations to come. In November, the facilitators of What’s Your Story? will invite the San Miguel community to a Letters of Gratitude workshop in preparation for the holiday season. This gathering is not intended to recognize a specific holiday; it is meant to encourage reflection on the notions of gratitude that grace this season of celebration and giving.

As families migrate in different directions, personal letters can replace some of the in-person ritual and tradition that once conveyed love and commitment. Personal letters are an opportunity to remain connected to the people you know well, family and friends, and those you wish you knew better, such as grandchildren. We will provide an environment for you to find just the right message to sustain both you and the lucky recipients of your letter. To learn more about What’s Your Story? and our offerings, please visit www.whatsyourstory.com.mx.

At least one-half of the net proceeds from the Letters of Gratitude workshop to be held in November will be donated to trustworthy hurricane relief for Mexico City and Oaxaca.

 

Workshop

The Art of Letter Writing

By Elizabeth Matthews, MA, LPC

Thu, Oct 19, 1‒4pm

Thu, Oct 26, 1‒3pm

Hotel Posada de la Aldea

Ancha de San Antonio 15

110 pesos for two days, including workshop materials

55 pesos registration fee payable at:

whatsyourstory.com.mx

 

 

 

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