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In this day of texts, emails, and instant messages, what place does the handwritten letter have? According to today's guest, author, teacher, speaker, rabbi, and chaplain Elana Zaiman, they’re as special as ever, because of their uniqueness in today’s immediate gratification, electronic world.
“Forever Letters are the perfect containers for our most precious nonmaterial possessions — our beliefs, wisdom, love, gratitude, forgiveness, and more,” says Zaiman. “They are tangible, lasting gifts to be treasured and re-read, especially at those times when we are low, seek guidance, or want to hear the voice of a distant friend, or someone no longer with us.”
In her new book The Forever Letter, published by Llewellyn Worldwide, Zaiman makes the case for sitting down with pen and paper to reflect and impart our deepest thoughts to those we love. And with all the dissension going on in our country, what better time to let people know how much you care about them and how important they are to you.
Her engaging book helps reluctant Forever Letter writers over the common hurdles — “I’m Not a Writer,” “I Have Nothing to Say,” “I’ll Get to It Eventually” — and into the writing process through prompts, guidelines, sample Forever Letters, and motivational stories from those around the U.S. and Canada who’ve taken her workshops.
Elana Zaiman is a workshop facilitator. She’s a chaplain at The Summit at First Hill, a retirement community in Seattle; a certified Wise Aging instructor (IJS), and Adjunct Faculty at Seattle’s Harborview Hospital CPE Program.
For more information please check out Elana’s website: www.ElanaZaiman.com.