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Why Snail Mail Still Works in Keeping Relationships

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Why Snail Mail Still Works in Keeping Relationships
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In a time when everyone is connected through texts and video calls, snail mail has become awkward, old and out of place. The art of letter-writing has become passé too, simply because faster, more visually engaging applications took its place. Why write a letter when you can easily post it on Facebook, call through Skype, or chat through WhatsApp? Why wait for the postman to deliver your letter when you can easily send (and receive) it by tweeting your friend from across the globe?

Social media has immensely transformed our lives by making communication faster and efficient. However, for those like me who enjoyed getting their addressed envelopes fresh from abroad, getting a personalized, physical letter is a big deal. It’s like receiving your Christmas gift in advance. Postcards are sweet, but nothing beats my cousin’s drawings and her funny updates written in cute stationery. Even today, despite getting the usual “Hi” and “How are you doing?” from my relatives on Facebook, nothing can replace the beauty of a handwritten, hand-doodled note.

If there is something that makes snail mail work: it's nostalgia. In “The Lost Art of the Handwritten Note” published by The Wall Street Journal, Philip Hensher discusses how digital technology, the wonder that it is, will not be treasured the way his teenage letters, journals and postcards have been for years. He follows this up in his book, "The Missing Ink," in which he points out that handwriting fills a human need.

"It involves us in a relationship with the written word, which is sensuous, immediate and individual," Hensher said. In the same book, he concludes, "To continue to diminish the place of the handwritten in our lives is to diminish, in a small but real way, our humanity."

Snail mail is personal, sentimental, and unlike the fleeting online messages, immortal. In many ways, people hold on to these physical letters, distinguish their loved ones' handwriting and revel in the short but meaningful messages drafted in ink.

Surprisingly, at the advent of social media, many startups have discovered a gold mine in snail mail. "Snail Mail My Email" for example, has become a community of volunteers who handwrite emails and send physical letters to recipients. Online stationery and designer card shops have started luring people back to the art of handwritten notes too. And if you are the comical kind, Etsy's “Smarty Pants Paper Co.” sells humorous cards, because there's always a funny side to everything.

It may take a while, but a personalized piece of snail mail is always worth the wait. Maybe today’s the day when you put your phone aside and start writing a note.

5 Feminist Anthologies to Inspire Your Woman Warrior

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Girl up. The feminist movement is more alive than ever, with women learning to stand up against inequality, violence and workplace discrimination. Some take it to the streets and some use words. If you're looking for something to help you embrace your womanhood and become a better, braver version of you, here are five new feminist anthologies that will serve as inspiration.

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“Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World” by Kelly Jansen

5 Feminist Anthologies to Inspire Your Woman Warrior

Forty four creatives from all walks of life contribute in this treasure trove of fiction, poems, lists, comics, illustrations and essays meant to encourage body positivity, romance, gender identity and girl friendships. Packed with diverse views on what feminism is all about, this could be your go-to book when you're running out of steam for your self-confidence. The variety of content makes it a fun read, and can be enjoyed by women, and men, of all ages and beliefs.

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“Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color” by Chandler O'Leary

5 Feminist Anthologies to Inspire Your Woman Warrior

Go back in time by exploring the lives of some of the world’s most famous women in this wonder of a book. Here, O'Leary visually highlights 27 brave and beautiful personalities who made a remarkable difference in their respective fields. Archival photographs, original posters and new art retell the stories of Eleanor Roosevelt, Rachel Carson, Queen Lili'uokalani and Virginia Woolf among others.

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“Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World” by Rachel Ignotofsky

5 Feminist Anthologies to Inspire Your Woman Warrior

Who says women should stay at home? The fascinating females in this book broke society-imposed limitations and led various discoveries in the fields of science, engineering, mathematics and medicine. If you want to trigger the feminist geek in you, this is your best read. Fun infographics, beautiful art and a scientific glossary will keep you glued. Profiles include Jane Goodall, Alice Ball, Esther Lederberg and Katherine Johnson, the physicist who calculated the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

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“Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls” by Elena Favili

5 Feminist Anthologies to Inspire Your Woman Warrior

Here's a powerful anthology to inspire your little princess to be less of a damsel in distress before she goes to bed, as 100 stories from 100 outstanding women are retold in a fairytale narrative, packed with full-color portraits. With profiles from past to present, you can help her find her favorite heroine —and be one herself —by fostering similar values and a brave heart.

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“1001 Knights” by Annie Stoll and Kevin Jay Stanton

5 Feminist Anthologies to Inspire Your Woman Warrior

Art director Annie Stoll and Signature Shakespeare illustrator Kevin Jay Stanton gather more than 250 artists, poets and fiction writers in a massive three-volume anthology inspired by courage, friendship and wisdom. Each feature carries people-positive values and feminist undertones, with a unique representation of what being a knight is all about. After its successful crowdfunding via Kickstarter, copies of the books will be available through the contributing artists.

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