When did you last receive a real-live letter? In a stamped envelope? Special, non?
When a friend mailed me a postcard, I mused how rare letters are in these digital days. How much will be lost in the ether when we move upstairs?
Letters are Treasure Troves for posterity
What a gift to read letters of our adventures after we returned home! They remind me of my day’s bus tour of Mycenae, Ephesus and Corinth. "Ten hours on a bus is no joy with a Delphi-belly. During stops, I made quick, glassy-eyed forays out, then crept back to the bus." (Remember travel?)
Write YOUR Life Stories
At Saturday’s Omega Writers Book Fair Anne Hamilton urged us to write memoirs for future generations. (How blessed are we, that as in 2020, Omega Writers Book Fair went ahead just before lockdown.)
• How will our descendants piece together our lives without hardcopy written letters?
Another Greek island; another cave
Imagine St John the Evangelist in his Patmos Cave of the Apocalypse, writing parchment scrolls to seven churches. Could he have dreamed how many would read his letters of Revelations after Caxton invented the printing press? Or that 2000 years later livestream services beam around the world to hundreds, even thousands? (Sermon credit: Rev Canon Gary Harch at St Mary's Kangaroo Point.)
Book Fair panel on marketing
ABOUT RUTH BONETTI
Ruth is grateful for prolific letter-writing forebears, whose treasure troves she shares in her Midnight Sun to Southern Cross Trilogy. View her recent book launch of The Art Deco Mansion St Lucia: What drove the man who built it? Ruth's Indie Publisher great-uncle Karl Johan Back enjoys some limelight at events and ghosts his own FaceBook Author page.