11-20-2013, 04:14 AM
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Hi all,
When I first got into DE shaving it was to save money. I am pretty sure that did not happenBiggrin as I acquired new and vintage razors, brushes, mugs etc. You all are familiar with this. But I do not collect them. I rotate and use everything.

I am the same with my fountain pens. I did not want to just collect them. So I started writing letters in order to enjoy the fountain pens.

Not many people write back. Though I now have a pen pal in an octogenarian neighbor of my mom. I also get letters from Freddy. He of the beautiful handwriting. I do however hear from the letter recipients saying how much they enjoy the letters.

I posted before examples of how the letters seem to touch people. Now for some more.

My wife has a cousin with late stage cancer. We both write to her weekly. We never heard back. Then after 6 weeks we received a letter back. Due to the treatments and course of disease she does not often have the energy to open all the cards she gets. Our letters stood out in that stack of cards as they were obviously letters and not cards. She said she read and enjoyed them so much that she now looks forward to the mail in hopes there is a letter that day.

I have a brother in law who is an IT professional who was laid off 3 years ago. Still unemployed. A depressing situation to be sure. He has repeatedly told us how much our letters lift his spirits.

We have a shut-in neighbor. Bed bound for years. I write to him and he loves the personal mail. one week I sent a letter to his wife. She assumed it was for him and was tickled pink that it was for her. She called to chat and thank me. Next time we saw her she brought the letter up again. She is now in the rotation.

So if you have the time pick up you fountain pen and scribe a letter. Your recipients will be so excited. Write about anything! I am no Hemingway nor Steinbeck. Sometimes the letters are mundane. One of the favored topics is food. I describe what I cooked in "restaurantese" making it sound better than it really isBiggrin

I have made new freinds, brightened peoples' days and strengthened familial ties. All for the price of a stamp. I truly recommend giving letter writing a try.

Phil

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 11-20-2013, 04:16 AM
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  • Agravic
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Wonderful stories, Phil ... they speak for the power of personalized communication between us all.

I'm inspired to dig out my small assortment of fountain pens ... it's been awhile ...

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 11-20-2013, 07:45 AM
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  • Johnny
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My handwriting is certainly not what it once was and is extremely hard to read to the average person. That said, I agree in the power of the written word. I had an aunt that passed away several years ago, but for almost 40-years we would write to each other every week, using our fountain pens. I would use an old Shaeffer's that she gave me many years ago and she used a stick pen that she used in school back in the late teens, early 20's. Up until the day she died, her penmanship was something you would see in a how to book.

When she passed away, I inherited her stick pen and the inkwell she used. It is one of my prized possessions.

Penmanship, that's a word the younger generation does not know.

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 11-20-2013, 08:09 AM
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  • Lradke
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Being part of the younger generation (I'm 29) I know I am the oddball because I prefer the pen to computers. That's the way I was all through school too! I can honestly say it was a really sad day when my teachers refused my handwritten essay and told me to do it on the computer. But I digress.

My maternal grandfather is the oldest in his family, and now the only living of his siblings. He had two younger sisters that I started writing to when I was in high school. One of them immediately wrote back, and was very excited that I had written to her. She even sent me a little porcelain pirate cat statue as a gift because I wrote to her! (I love that statue and I still have it on display in my room so I can look at it every day). The same goes for her sister. She didn't send me anything, but I became very good friends with the both of them and we wrote often to each other, until the day they passed on.

I'll never know the effect my writing had on them, but it left a deep imprint on me! I now want to try to find my "lost" cousins in England and write to them.

I can't explain it, there is just something more personal about the handwritten letter. Maybe because the person took the time to actually write it, instead of just send an email.

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 11-20-2013, 10:47 AM
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Phil, great suggestion and there really is nothing quite like writing a hand-written letter with a fountain pen. It is such a great outlet for your expression! Biggrin

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 11-20-2013, 10:57 AM
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  • Harvey
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The act of writing to communicate is not effected by the instrument you use...it is music to the recipient whether it be pencil,ball point roller ball or fountain pen...ever since man first used a feather quill and parchment...now mostly tweeting and texting take the place of real expression ....years ago the art of writing and composition as well as penmanship were taught..this like real conversations seem to be getting lost like real communication...sad but true....rush,rush...no time for many to try this...but it is not too late to start!!!!

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 11-20-2013, 11:25 AM
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My preferred methods of communiation:

1. Face to face
2. Handwritten note
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Everything else.

While face to face is always preferred a well written note is almost as good. Especailly when one is homesick or troubled. Binary and pixels will never convey the warmth of a real note.

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 11-20-2013, 12:43 PM
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There should be no doubt in anyone's mind that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have done more to shape technology and to bring it to the masses than anyone else.

Bill Gates did an interview not too long ago in which he talked about his relationship with Jobs. Obviously they were serious adversaries but both seemed to have respect for the other. When Jobs got sick he and Bill would get together on occasion. Maybe to reminisce about the old days, maybe to discuss where they saw technology going in the future.

After Jobs' death, Bill called Steve's wife to offer his heartfelt condolences. She informed him of what was one of Steve's most cherished possessions, one which he kept on his nightstand and would frequently look at as his impending death neared.

That item? A hand written note from Bill to Steve letting Steve know he (Bill) thought Steve brought so much to the world and that he should be extremely proud of his contributions to society.

Here is one of the all time legends of technology. He may not have invented much of what we use today but he certainly took that technology and showed the average Joe what they could do with it. His cherished possession on his deathbed? A hand written letter.

PS: This thread is about the power of the handwritten word. Discussions of Steve and or Bill and where people stand on their contributions will be removed. This is simply the story of two greats of the modern computer world sharing some personal thoughts via the power of the handwritten note.

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 11-20-2013, 12:50 PM
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  • Fab
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What a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing.
In a world where everything seems to be getting impersonal, a hand written note or letter still keeps that feeling alive. True, it takes longer than an email, but it gets there the same. And when it does, it is certain to make a greater impact than a faster email. I believe it does have to do with the time and effort the other person put in it, it shows care and love, 2 things we could share more often Biggrin

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 11-20-2013, 02:10 PM
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Since we are on this subject, I thought I'd share a website I visit from time to time. I keep it in my feed so that when they post, I get an update and I can read or not if I choose to. On some occasions the things posted here changed history, on other's it's just a heartfelt letter (like the letter that Margaret Mitchell received from her dying mother, or how about a letter from Bram Stoker to Walt Whitman, to name a few of recent postings). At any rate...

http://www.lettersofnote.com/

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 11-20-2013, 02:36 PM
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(11-20-2013, 02:10 PM)CRAusmus Wrote: http://www.lettersofnote.com/

Cool site. Thanks.

Phil

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 11-20-2013, 03:27 PM
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  • freddy
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For me the difference between receiving an e-mail and receiving a hand written letter (especially written with a fountain pen!) is the former I read but the latter I cozy up with in my recliner and thoroughly enjoy. Smile

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 11-21-2013, 08:58 AM
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  • Howler
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I have been writing letters to others from all over the world.

I enjoy reading a letter from others. I enjoy responding back. The written word is quickly becoming obsolete. Personally like shaving traditionally using a fountain and writing traditionally is such awesome experience.

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 01-05-2014, 11:07 PM
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I hope to get back to my letter writing soon! I miss sending my rainbow letters.

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 01-06-2014, 12:32 AM
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A few months back we had a special event for our top employees. We took them and their spouse or parent or invitee on long weekend trip.

As a thank you to each person I wrote a personalised note them detailing why the won and thanking them and their spouse. I was surprised at the strong positive reaction the letters received. Many people commented how much more than email it meant to them. It took me a long time to write the notes plus I wrote them in Korean which takes even more time for me.

So while email, Facebook and text messaging have taken over the bulk of our written communications a written letter has an even bigger impact now.

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 01-06-2014, 02:09 PM
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  • freddy
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(01-06-2014, 12:32 AM)keithmax Wrote: A few months back we had a special event for our top employees. We took them and their spouse or parent or invitee on long weekend trip.

As a thank you to each person I wrote a personalised note them detailing why the won and thanking them and their spouse. I was surprised at the strong positive reaction the letters received. Many people commented how much more than email it meant to them. It took me a long time to write the notes plus I wrote them in Korean which takes even more time for me.

So while email, Facebook and text messaging have taken over the bulk of our written communications a written letter has an even bigger impact now.

That is a great story. I sincerely hope that one way or another the hand written (fountain pen Winky ) letter does not die.

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 10-22-2014, 07:55 AM
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  • kav
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I remember setting up my GATEWAY Windows 98 computer and it wouldn't work. A call and I was pulling boards and rubbing them with a PENCIL ERASER. I'm having second thoughts. All this magic depending on an instrument it supposedly made obsolescent? Eventually, GATEWAY sent a second unit, lost my paperwork for the first unit's return and eventually after fruitless phone calls and LETTERS charged me for the shipping they promised to cover. I paid, with Postal Money Orders that they could not process; having gone to electronic payment.

I finally got back online with my nephew's 'help' and was so excited when I received the very first email. Then my computer froze up. My nephew hadsecretly downloaded nude pics of indian porn star Nanda Devi into unknown files.

I finally got the computer back from the shop, poorer by $100 and spent 10 minutes reconnecting all the spider web lines. *think about THAT when refilling a pen!* My new online friend had vanished along with her 'community' after not paying the site fee.

Now people talk about solar flares,Bulgarian hackers, spilled sodas and avoiding public 'HOTSPOTS' that can wipe out your information AND bank account. everyday I get pop ups about needed upgrades, toll free numbers from fake Microsoft fronts alerting me to non existent worms and a security program I declined, but which will not delete and interrupts music with WARNING you have 3 zillion problems, register NOW to resolve these issues.

Any thoughts on writing paper and envelopes? I sent a order to Phil; old envelope with a pizza sauce stain and stamp retrieved from another unsent letter and reapplied with superglue ( Phil has a great print for the police)

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