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today i got the loveliest letter from a supporter about the latest salt magazine (of which i am the editor), saying how much she appreciated it. i take back everything i ever said about older people who write often pointless letters; this was really sweet and gave me a much-needed lift. email feedback is great, but there is just something so heartening about receiving a letter that someone has taken care to write (with lovely penmanship, i might add), that actually has communication in mind (unlike, say, the letter we got from a man once who wrote to tell us that his address was incorrect because “some idiot” had put down the NSW postcode for Newtown and not the VIC one – no point in telling him it was an automatic database thing we hadn’t picked up, just had to chuck it out and try not to get too irritated by it… or the woman who wrote to say she was so offended and was never going to donate to us again because I had politely asked her not to send cash through the post, as we couldn’t guarantee that it would reach us safely).

i often think about sending people cards or notes just to say hi, or that I’m thinking about them, etc, because it is so nice to think someone has put thought into contacting you. don’t get me wrong, i am a firm proponent of email and there is no way i would surrender it! i’m not one of those people who harps on about how technology is making us more isolated, because i don’t believe it is so. but i do like the idea of receiving post that doesn’t come in a window-face envelope. i don’t often follow through on that impulse; maybe it’s time to start sending out those many postcards i have amassed over the years from art galleries and bookstores…