To keep my margins straight as I hand write a letter, I use an under-sheet that I created on my computer with a bold-lined frame. To help me find my centerline, I use a folded sheet of stationary overlapping from the right-hand side. These two simple tricks keep my letters neat.
My mother’s failure to write me for three months after she had written me regularly for over thirty years scared me. I feared I had received my last letter from her. My Inlandia Literary Journeys column this Sunday, December 14th in the Press Enterprise came from my personal reflections and research into the world concern about the decline in personal letter writing.