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  1. Ted

    Liz, thanks for this post. I’m a new fountain pen owner, and working on writing more letters (as opposed to sending newsy emails) and was recently thinking “Wait: did I write about that in the last letter?” This has come just at the right time.

    • wonderpens

      I’m so glad to hear you found this post useful! Usually I’m just rambling about what’s going on behind the scenes here, so it’s nice that a post here or there gives someone a helpful hint 🙂

  2. Anne

    Are their any clubs or sites for pen pals ? I have really enjoyed learning Spencerian script still a novice but have been practicing a year and would enjoy a pen pal

    • wonderpens

      Isn’t it terrible?? I guess it’s a bit closer to home because it feels like a bit of my own personal history, having spent so much time there. I think it’s a real loss to the neighbourhood and community and years of students to come.

  3. Completely agree that there’s something wonderful about letter writing that cannot be replicated in any other form of correspondence. I don’t think I send enough via snail mail to warrant a correspondence log, but perhaps this is something to aspire to. (An aside, why is it that letters feel better when written in cursive?)

    Also, I just found out yesterday about the imminent closing of The Goat, and though Kelvin and I don’t frequent it, it came as a shock. It really is an institution! Where will the folksy, vegan, grassroots population hang out now??

    • wonderpens

      I think my poor memory and general disorganization contributes greatly to the need for a correspondence log! But of course, I might always encourage you to write more letters in any case 🙂

      I couldn’t believe it when I first heard about the closing! I always had to go early morning before it seemed to get busy, but of course I haven’t been in years…

  4. Thanks for sharing the great system! Amazingly, once again, the simplest often triumphs as the best and thiss one definitely qualifies as a keeper. I think you have just saved my year.

    I am really saddened to hear about the Sleepless Goat. As a family we made regular trips between Montreal/Ottawa and southern Ontario to visit family every year. It was the one stop everyone was eager to make. My youngest was 6-7 the first time he ate there and still talks about it today in his 20’s as an example of what a good cafe could be. It will be greatly missed 🙁

    • wonderpens

      Yes, it’s very true how the simplest systems are often what end up working the best! I’m so glad to hear you found this helpful!

      Yes, even though I haven’t been to the Sleepless Goat in years, it’s so sad to hear how it’s closing down. It’s truly a testament to how a cafe can be such a part of a community and neighbourhood that so many people from so many different places are mourning its closing.

  5. Pamela Keown

    Liz – Thank you! I have been needing something to help me manage my correspondence and this sounds like the solution. And thank you for sharing history–I love the stories of ‘you’.

    • wonderpens

      Thanks so much for reading, and I’m so glad you found this post helpful! And I’m also glad you enjoy my extra ramblings at the end – I always wonder about who is reading all the non-stationery related bits 🙂

  6. Judy

    Thanks so much for this post. I’ve been struggling to find a way to keep track of my own correspondence and nothing I’ve tried so far has worked. I especially love the idea of jotting down a few words about what was written and/or sent because I never remember those details. I have quite a few letters I need to write this weekend and I’m looking forward to trying this.

    • wonderpens

      So glad to hear it was helpful! I’ve tried a few different methods of keeping track, and this way has been the easiest for me to both see what letters I need to write, but also to have just a few notes in case I need to look back. Hope it works out for you!

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