A Lost Art

I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand.
                     —1 Corinthians 16:21

At Michaels or Kirkland’s, you can buy handsome mass-produced items at reasonable prices—but not one-of-a-kind pieces.

My mother had some delicate tableware that she brought out on special occasions. I have none of her fine china—but I have several ceramic pieces that she molded, painted, and fired. She dated and signed each one.

My father was an expert wood-carver. I have numerous items that he meticulously crafted, dated, and signed.


During his presidency, George H.W. Bush wrote hundreds of personal notes to family and friends. Those letters are priceless.

I love the benefits of word processing and the convenience of email. But I think we’ve lost something: the warmth and effect of a handwritten note. A signature expresses a personal touch—and a signature cannot be typewritten.

You delete most emails,
but rarely trash a personal letter.

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