“Let’s Talk Books” Book Club read and discussed Nothing Daunted for their October meeting. This book was written by Dorothy Wickenden and was based on letters written by her grandmother and her grandmother’s close friend. These two society ladies from Auburn, NY, after graduating from Smith College and spending a year abroad, decided to answer an ad in their town’s paper asking for young ladies who would be interested in traveling to Colorado to teach children of the homesteaders.
Since the book was based on the letters that were exchanged between these adventurous women and their families, book club members began to lament the lack of letter writing in today’s society.
Recently published is a book titled, Kind Regards, the Lost Art of Letter Writing. Among its pages were some interesting quotes:
“To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.” (Phyllis Theroux)
“Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company.” (Lord Byron)
“In our letters we are recollecting and conversing with the soul, through both our friends and ourselves.” (Thomas Moore)
“Life would split apart without letters.” (Virginia Woolf)
Would today be a good time to write a letter?
— Rita Klein