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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Feeling the experience

This week’s wise words – wise observances actually – come from Ernest Hemingway as I continue to find gems from The Letters of Ernest Hemingway that are thoughtful and thought-provoking. 
He wrote: “All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that it all happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was.  If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.”
Just a quick aside.  As I read the interesting Christmas/holiday letters we received from friends and family around the country I thought again of how much we’re missing in our lives as letter writing fades from the scene.  Thankfully, we still have Christmas, holiday (and even in a few cases, New Year's) letters to keep it alive.  I hope new generations will find the practice not just “quaint” but worthwhile so that this art will continue to chronicle family endeavors and experiences.   

Our society is better for having its letters to share.

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