2016 Write_On Challenge & Thank Yous

Envelope inspiration!  Image credit to  Oh Happy Day

Envelope inspiration!

Image credit to Oh Happy Day

For the second year in a row, the Write_On Challenge kicks off tomorrow for the month of April.  The goal is to write 30 hand-written notes in 30 days.  I love the "Reasons to Write" and find them inspiring:

  • To send a friend a recipe for a great day.
  • To create an artifact and capture a moment in time.
  • To decorate the envelope (maybe washi tape or there is some incredible inspiration here).
  • To congratulate someone on an achievement big or small.
  • To say thank you.
  • To say the things that are difficult to articulate in person.
  • To ask an older relative to record a memory.

Speaking of writing notes, this post on Cup of Jo about mailing thank you notes caught my attention.  I certainly don't think you are obligated to always send a thank you note, but how wonderful is it to open your mailbox and find one?  It never hurts to send a note, so why not? What do you all think?  This is a habit that was ingrained in me from a very early age (and I plan to do the same with Blythe), so I'm biased.

In April, I'm going to write 30 cards in 30 days and I'm also going to try to post every day. I need (want) to get back into posting regularly.  I hope a few of you are still reading!

Addressing Letters to Women

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For someone who writes and addresses many letters, most of which are to women, I have been woefully ignorant about the proper etiquette for letter-addressing. A new favorite blog of mine, Annie Dean, addressed this recently. You may consider these "rules" silly or archaic, but I can set my feminist tendencies aside and enjoy receiving mail addressed to Mrs. Robert Levy from time to time.  Following these rules might be overkill for everyday correspondence, but certainly they are appropriate for formal occasions (e.g., a wedding invitation). What are your thoughts? Is it anachronistic to follow these rules in 2013? Or do you think more people should observe them?

To quote Annie Dean:

An unmarried woman is a Miss. Miss Jane Longfellow

A married woman who keeps her maiden name is Ms. Ms. Jane Longfellow

A married woman who takes her husband's name or who uses her husband's name socially is Mrs. Mrs. John Parker

A widowed woman is a Mrs. Mrs. John Parker

You'll note that when the 'Mrs.' honorific is used, it is always used with the husband's name. Never with the woman's name. A woman is not ever Mrs. Jane Parker. She is Ms.Jane Parker or Mrs. John Parker. If they're the traditional sort, send your wedding invitation to Mr. and Mrs. John Parker and escort them to dinner with place cards that read Mr. John Parker and Mrs. John Parker.

You can see Annie's original post here.

Image credit to Moglea.