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        Hello Everyone-

I've always believed that life can turn on a dime and know from painful memories that  none of us is promised the next minute.  This was certainly brought home to us as a nation on September 11th.  How does someone who calls herself a writer admit that there simply are no adequate words for some of life's occurrences-whether those of great joy or those of profound sorrow?  I was 19 when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon-when he took that "small step," I wept.  When I saw the destruction of September 11th and heard some of the final cell phone messages, I again wept.

No words.  Only tears for both extremes which humans are capable.

So, while I won't comment on the actual deed that was done against us, I do want to say my heart overflows with pride for our nation and love for our people.  From rescue workers to firemen to countless volunteers to the trained dogs (some of whom have also given their lives as well), we've pulled together.   My heart also runs over with hope-hope, in the midst of destruction, for a determination, courage and resolve that defines us as a people.  It always has; it always will.

So what does greeting card writing have to do with any of this?  Will there be cards sent to people who have lost loved ones in this tragedy for which there are no words?  Yes, of course, cards will be sent as people search for words that somehow express-no matter how inadequately-the depth of feeling during times when we have little else but tears and words-and each other, to sustain us.  Sympathy cards, of course.  But later...those "just because" cards...those cards that encourage, empathize, console and comfort.  Cards that gently ask if someone would like to "do lunch sometime."  Even cards that bring a smile-no matter how fleeting and even if accompanied by tears-"Not only will I lend an ear....I'll even lend you both of them!"

As I slowly regain my emotional footing, I gratefully turn to my work-a big part of which is writing greeting cards.  I believe, as I always have, that the words we provide for others in a greeting card-whether in times of tragedy or celebration-help them as they move through that hazardous, uncertain trail we call "life."

We have some very exciting new additions to our features this month.  Check these out and if you're new to Greeting Card Writing DOT com, be sure to look at the archives that Melanie has included, so you can catch up on what you missed.

Melanie flew in from New Jersey last month, so we have a regular updating schedule, which we'll do our best to maintain. (And remind me next month to tell you all about "Meeting Melanie.")! And, as always, if you have suggestions on new features to include in the site, just let one of us know.

Melanie flew in from New Jersey last month, so we have a regular updating schedule, which we'll do our best to maintain. (And remind me next month to tell you all about "Meeting Melanie.")! And, as always, if you have suggestions on new features to include in the site, just let one of us know.

Read.  Write.  Rewrite.

Sandra

                                                                             

 

                                                                                        

 
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