All posts filed under: letters

Elizabeth Gilbert: The Coffee Can Revolution

Author Elizabeth Gilbert, best know for her blockbuster memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, is one of my all-time favourites. Sincere and always thought-provoking, Gilbert’s books, inspirational writings and talks (remember this awesome TEDTalk?) have a wealth of insight that seem to stir up an energetic sense of optimism within her readers and listeners  – including myself. After Eat, Pray, Love was published woman everywhere wanted Gilbert to explain just how realistic she thought it was for a woman with a life and real responsibilities to drop it all like a sack of soiled laundry so she can travel around the world on a quest to heal her broken heart. And for years Gilbert didn’t have a good enough answer. But she did gain some insight after hearing the story of a 28-year-old mother of 5 whose husband left for work one day and never returned. The post entitled, The Coffee Can Revolution, was shared by Gilbert to her Facebook followers over the weekend and it was just too good that I had to pass it along to all of you. enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! THE COFFEE CAN REVOLUTION Dear Ones – This is a story …

Last words: His Life, According to Jim

Long time actor and Homeland star, James Rebhorn died this past Friday after a long battle with skin cancer. It seems that before he died, James wrote his own obituary. James’ church, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Jersey City, has since shared his letter entitled, “His Life, According to Jim.” The obituary is sad — as it should be, but there is feeling, and perspective in the words written which most obituaries lack. It got me thinking about our own last words and death announcements, why are such things left up to complete strangers to write? And why the need to neatly sum up our lives in a couple of stale paragraphs? Doesn’t that seem strange?! This part was touching: “His children made him immensely proud. Their dedication to improving our species and making the world a better place gave him hope for the future. They deal with grief differently, and they should each manage it as they see fit. He hopes, however, that they will grieve his passing only as long as necessary. They have much good work to do, and …

The best missed connection you’ll ever read.

I am a big fan of missed connection ads! I just love reading about the lives of odd people and there is plenty of it on Craigslist!  But this missed connection truly takes the cake — it is so well written that it had me on the edge of my seat! Enjoy, S. “I saw you on the Manhattan-bound Brooklyn Q train. I was wearing a blue-striped t-shirt and a pair of maroon pants. You were wearing a vintage red skirt and a smart white blouse. We both wore glasses. I guess we still do. You got on at DeKalb and sat across from me and we made eye contact, briefly. I fell in love with you a little bit, in that stupid way where you completely make up a fictional version of the person you’re looking at and fall in love with that person. But still I think there was something there. Several times we looked at each other and then looked away. I tried to think of something to say to you — …

A letter from a little girl to Albert Einstein, “Do Scientists pray?”

Check out this fabulous letter from a six-grader named Phyllis who wrote to Einstein on January 19, 1936 to ask if scientists pray! (Ha Ha) The Riverside Church January 19, 1936 My dear Dr. Einstein, We have brought up the question: Do scientists pray? in our Sunday school class. It began by asking whether we could believe in both science and religion. We are writing to scientists and other important men, to try and have our own question answered. We will feel greatly honored if you will answer our question: Do scientists pray, and what do they pray for? We are in the sixth grade, Miss Ellis’s class. Respectfully yours, Phyllis Read Einstein’s (somewhat complicated) response here. (Via Brainpickings) S. PS: This letter is still my favourite!

A letter from Fiona Apple to her fans

Here is a beautiful (and heartbreaking) letter from Fiona Apple explaining to her fans why she must postpone a concert date. I’ve always admired Fiona for her honest approach to making music — this letter just verifies how genuine she really is. It’s 6pm on Friday, and I’m writing to a few thousand friends I have not met yet. I’m writing to ask them to change our plans and meet a little while later. Here’s the thing. I have a dog, Janet, and she’s been ill for about 2 years now, as a tumor has been idling in her chest, growing ever so slowly. She’s almost 14 years old now. I got her when she was 4 months old. I was 21 then — an adult, officially — and she was my kid. She is a pitbull, and was found in Echo Park, with a rope around her neck, and bites all over her ears and face. She was the one the dogfighters use to puff up the confidence of the contenders. She’s almost 14 and I’ve never …

The “We Think Alone” email project

Have you heard of the, “We Think Alone” email project by Miranda July? This fascinating writing project, set to launch on July 1, explores how we privately communicate with our nearest and dearest on the web.  For 20 weeks, participants will receive 20 privately written emails from well known celebs such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lena Dunham and Kirsten Dunstand in an effort to examine how we project ourselves in the online space. “In a “Look at me! Look at me!” social media age where we can pick and choose the details we present online, what do we reveal in the most private space on the web: our inboxes? how those conversations can then be further examined to unravel just a small piece of who we really are.” ( via paste magazine) So what do you think? I think it’s completely fascinating and you better believe that I’m all signed up! I can’t wait to read Lena Dunham‘s emails. If the writing project is fab, I promise to share some snidbits with you on the blog. S.


I was shocked when I read the Toronto Star article, Toronto firm Telegrams Canada still wires 20,000 message a year. How excitingly vintage! I thought telegrams were completely obsolete these days. After reading the article, it kinda made me want to order one for a friend or two. Check out some old telegrams that I found on the web. I’m absolutely fascinated by private letters; I always wonder what the story is behind those words. PS: The last one is my favourite.   S.

A House for Eddie

I’m absolutely in love with this correspondence on Letters of Note! In June of 1956, Frank Lloyd Wright, a man posthumously recognised as “the greatest American architect of all time” by the AIA, received an unusual letter from 12-year-old Jim Berger, a young boy whose family home had been designed by Wright 6 years previous and who now wanted a matching house for his dog, Eddie. (Read More) PS: I kinda love how Eddie hated the house! HAHAHA. Enjoy! S.