From the desk of Christine Hauer:
Dear South Carolina,
I miss you. Especially while sitting next to a window covered with icy rain while looking at gorgeous beach themes like this.
You're weather and scenery are both so friendly. I remember going down to Myrtle Beach for my Senior Week in 2006. I was getting ready to graduate from high school, and me and two friends road down in my little mitsubishi galant for a long weekend. It was biker weekend, so there were super intense bikers revving their engines everywhere, but it was also perfectly sunny and we were in a little hotel down away from the strip.
Your beaches were perfect that weekend. There were some waves, few crowds, and...
Thank you so much for that letter! You and your team have done such a good job in making this website. Me and my fiance' love writing to each other and we really enjoy writing to each other with Lettrs.
Keep up the good work and bring the app to us soon!
To all Women on International Women's Day
Happy you and me Day!!! I'm so happy and lucky to be a woman in the world at this moment in history. Doors are opening, ceilings are crumbling, and the general red tape is turning into red ribbon. I like the fact that I'm a part of the growing half population whose taking charge and really not taking no for an answer anymore.
I am proud of the woman the "international woman" has become. Women are expected to be all things - beautiful but approachable, smart but humble, outrageous but graceful, daring but trustworthy, funny but sincere, and strong but welcoming. They should be casually walking the thin line of all things, with tot...
Dear rainy Monday,
Today you make me think of that Carpenters song about rainy Mondays. I listened to an NPR segment on Karen Carpenter this morning and they played that song. I'm more nostalgic today than sad, but I still connected to her words...
Talkin' to myself and feelin' old
Sometimes I'd like to quit
Nothing ever seems to fit
Hangin' around nothing to do but frown
Rainy days and mondays always get me down
What I've got they used to call the blues
Nothin' is really wrong
Feelin' like I don't belong
Walkin' around some kind of lonely clown
Rainy days and mondays always get me down
Funny but it seems I always wind up here with you
Nice to know somebody loves me
Thanks for writing and thanks for the encouragement to do the same. With assistance from Drew I was able to upload a dozen letters I wrote from summer camp in 1959. You can see them on the public 'fridge using the tag 'camp'.
I was ten years-old, dreadfully homesick and mounted a month-long letter-writing campaign to convince my mother to "commute my sentence"! It eventually worked ... at the end of the 5th week she relented and brought me home.
In hindsight, what I wrote was pathetic ... mostly whining, actually, but I learned a lot about letter writing, which served me well in life. Thanks again and my compliments on Lettrs!
Dear Emmy Rossum,
Congratulations on your new upcoming film, Beautiful Creatures! I'm so excited to see it and see you play such a different role from the ones you've rocked thus far. You're really spreading yourself out and I'm happy for it!
Enjoying your show, Shameless, as well. It's really developed into a fun and surprising storyline. And cannot wait to hear your second album, "Sentimental Journey". I love the 1940s theme and I'm so impressed you wrote all the songs!
Best of luck in all your new projects and travels, and I hope you have a blast at your upcoming premiere.
Creative Director, lettrs
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write letters and for telling your friends about us. I love how letters is connected people from around the world with words - beautiful, melodic words of thought. Merci!
I hope you continue to take pleasure in letter writing and that it brings you as much joy as it does to me. After all the gorgeous letters in French started to appear, I was so excited to read them, I translated a few into English!
Thank you again for being a part of the slower communication movement and have a wonderful day!
Creative Director, lettrs
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Now i am discovering lettrs. I want to invite friends to come here. I like this idea to write letters like on true paper. Thank you so much to take time and answer to my questions. I talk about you here ...
Dear last week,
Hi, last week. You were a lot to deal with last week, last week. There were a bunch of super highs and lows and it was really hard for me to stay level headed throughout it all. Why were you so all over the place and why all of the sudden? It's like you were testing me to see if I could dodge slippery emotion filled bananas or something. (I slipped a few times)
The most annoying part about big highs and even bigger lows is the deep exhaustion your personality sinks into. Emotions are draining and crawling back to ground level takes time, which is frustrating.
Hopefully you'll be nicer this week. Hopefully I'll feel like myself this week. Hopefully you won't come bac...
August 7, 1865
To My Old Master, Colonel P.H. Anderson, Big Spring, Tennessee
Sir: I got your letter, and was glad to find that you had not forgotten Jourdon, and that you wanted me to come back and live with you again, promising to do better for me than anybody else can. I have often felt uneasy about you. I thought the Yankees would have hung you long before this, for harboring Rebs they found at your house. I suppose they never heard about your going to Colonel Martin's to kill the Union soldier that was left by his company in their stable. Although you shot at me twice before I left you, I did not want to hear of your being hurt, and am glad you are still living. It ...
Dear fellow food lovers,
I think maybe you can classify people into two categories: people who forget to eat and people who never forget to it. I fall into the latter category. I can say that I (1) have been too busy to eat, (2) have not brought food with me, (3) didn’t have money to eat, (4) didn’t like the food there was to eat…but I have NEVER forgotten to eat.
I love my meals and snacks. I love homemade food, store-bought food, restaurant food. I love savory and sweet. When I finish breakfast, I look forward to lunch - same with dinner while I’m eating lunch. I look for any opportunity to enjoy good things to eat. Part of NYC’s attraction for me was its abundant and dive...
To those still thinking about gun regulations:
Second Amendment rights are making the front pages right now as Pres. Obama proposes changes to our gun laws. It makes me think about how tough it is to balance peoples’ rights on all levels. No easy answers…sure wish there were.
I’m a southern gal…grew up with a dad and brother who lived for hunting season. In my garage, you had to step over boxes of shells to get to the outdoor freezer stocked with deer meat and fish. Every bedroom closet had a least one gun in it plus the guns in the gun safe. We all lived that way in my little town and never thought once about it being a problem. When my dad took British clients up to our proper...
To the differing worlds of the US South and North:
I was raised in South Carolina, but I think my New England birthplace and first two years of life there ruined me for any hope of being a “real” Southern belle.
I was born big and loud and tomboyish, and I ended up growing to adulthood in a culture where that glorious trifecta was not valued in girls. Happily, I played a lot of sports where being like me was a real asset. I played them all with gusto until I settled on volleyball. Then I dug and set and served and spiked my way to a college team, loving every minute of it.
One interesting thing I noticed about southern girls and volleyball is that they are conditioned not to yell ...
Dear dessert-at-breakfast lovers,
My mother is always right. Years ago, everyday before high-school I ate a mom-prepared breakfast of eggs, fruit, coffee, cookie batter (that she’d just made), and a cookie from that batter. Every morning. My mother thought that starting the day with lean protein, fruit, caffeine and something sweet and a little high in fat would help me eat both enjoy breakfast and help meet me eat better the rest of the day. I was in complete agreement.
Darn if some research folks (who I am totally in love with!) didn’t corroborate Mom’s ideas…with science. They did a study that showed that “After eight months, the dessert-at-breakfast group had lost an average of...
From the Desk of Drew Bartkiewicz
I wanted to simply wish you luck today for your two "shoots." That takes great courage to do it, and greater persistence to keep doing it! Hang in there, enjoy the experience, and take any rejection as a victory lap in life's lessons.
You are a delight and a dynamo, so we are so blessed to have you. What amazing things will be in store as the world finally slows down for the letters that interesting lives demand. Your life is certain to be one of those worthy of the stories that only letters can tell.
Knock em dead!
Thanks for all you do and for what you are.
Yours in thanks and always in letters,
Hello 1/1/13! Here's what I am thinking,
It’s a new year! 365 days of total new-ness and exciting uncertainty. I’m looking forward to this year more so than others because this time I feel like I’m walking down the right road on the right side of the street without traffic.
2012 was a year that needed to happen. I thought up my company Hifive on January 6th, exactly 6 months after moving to the big city. And that launched me pretty darn quickly into the black hole that is entrepreneurism. It was great and horrible at the same time. Starting anything from scratch in a new place without that much knowledge of what you are going to do it semi-rough. I worked with close to 20 peopl...
Here's what you wish you could tell the Babysitter:
Just a heads-up that the kids may be off their game tonight. They had back-to-back birthday parties this afternoon.
Translation: They're sugared up and exhausted. Why do you think I'm scrambling to get out of the house as fast as I can?
But they have really been looking forward to having you sit for them.
Translation: Frankly, this fact worries me a bit. Why do my children adore you so much anyway? The last babysitter to receive this much adulation taught our kids to burp the alphabet and let the gerbils loose in the living room.
For their dinner there is whole-wheat pasta with turkey meatballs and steamed broccoli...
From the desk of Drew Bartkiewicz
I want to personally thank you for the work you have begun! You have impressed me with the skill and enthusiasm with which you approach your work. What a find to discover someone so talented and eager in the NY scene.
Thank you for what you do and also how you do it.
I look forward to future project work together.
All the best!
Yours in friendship and thanks,
P.S. - if you can make it in NYC you can make it anywhere! I believe in you.
Dear parents, teachers, children, and all those connected to Sandy Hook Elem School,
I am so sorry for the terrible turmoil and heartache you went through today. I feel physically sick with shock and remorse for all 27 killed, and completely devastated to hear that 20 of those were children. I feel numb just thinking about the hallway in Connecticut where police officers had to walk in and identify the little kids. Then relay it to their parents. I'm sorry and sick and sorry and can't bare to think of the parents faces.
Much energy and many thoughts are being sent to you as you rebuild your state of mind back from this. As you rebuild your confidence in humanity and in the spirit of li...