Showing posts from February, 2011

Long Live the Egyptian Postal Employees!

Postcard that made it from Egypt...despite being in the middle of a revolution... Dear Citizens of the World, E-mails, instant messages, mobile phones and free calls on Skype and other services have made the art of communicating much easier and enjoyable for me. However, traditional letters are still relevant. I argue that they are even more relevant now than they have been in a long time. The art of postcard writing has been almost lost, but thanks to a few thoughtful friends it is staying alive! It used to be a treat to get hand-written letters in the mail, but it was not uncommon. Now, I usually only gets bills and junk-mail -- this is even dwindling because many of my bills come to me by email and advertising is becoming more directed (fewer "blanket" campaigns). Those days that I do find a rare postcard from a friend in a distant land... it is such a treat! This last postcard arrived this week in Madrid after a three-week long journey from Egypt. My friends who wrote the