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Dear Friend: The Power of Pen Pals and Journaling | Cheri DeGroot
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Are you looking for a way to meet new people from all over the world, make new friends, and help others? The solution is simple and affordablebecome a pen pal. In Dear Friend, author Cheri DeGroot shares the joys and rewards of becoming a pen pal and provides tips on sharing friendships through handwritten letters. Based on fifty-three years of personal experience as a pen pal, DeGroot details how her lifelong passion for pen palling began and how her friendships with people from all over the United States have helped her through lifes good and bad times. This guide demonstrates the positive aspects of pen pallingfrom sharing news of family, hobbies and emotions to expanding their knowledge by learning about different cultures and different people. Stressing the importance of communication, Dear Friend reveals how becoming a pen pal can help those who are lonely to find friendship, love, and happiness through the power of the written word.
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I am at loss for words but I just found out and feel I need to inform you that my dear Litsy friend Rachel_nyc passed away.

I didn‘t know her personally but through our shared passion for books, it feels as if I‘ve lost a real friend.
I feel so sorry for your family and loved ones, dear Rachel. You were way too young to die. Way too full of life and plans

I will miss you here and I‘m sure many more of us will❤️💔❤️ (tagging the #nyrbbookclub)

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I'm so sorry to hear that. 💔 2w
suvata So sad 💔 2w
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merelybookish Oh my gosh! Heartbreaking! 2w
sprainedbrain Oh no. This is so sad. 💔 2w
marleed Ohh. I am so sad. 2w
thebluestocking Thank you for letting us all know. I really enjoyed Rachel here on Litsy. 2w
batsy This is so sad. I'm so sorry to hear this 😔 2w
Cinfhen Thank you dear sweet Barbara for sharing this heartbreaking news with our community. Sending condolences to Rachel‘s friends and family. You‘ll be missed, Rachel 💔 (edited) 2w
squirrelbrain Such sad news to hear - sending love and condolences to Rachel‘s family and friends. Know that Rachel was very loved here in our Litsy community. 2w
GatheringBooks oh my goodness. heart breaking news. :( how very sad, indeed. prayers and warm thoughts to Rachel‘s family. 2w
vivastory Thank you for posting this Barbara. I didn't know Rachel very well, but she always had great insight into the monthly NYRB selections & I always looked forward to her chiming in on the monthly discussion. She'll be missed by friends & family. 2w
youneverarrived Oh my gosh that‘s so sad 💔 my heart goes out to her family and friends and she will certainly be missed by us all on here. 2w
mklong Thank you for letting us know. This is so terribly sad. 2w
Balibee146 So sorry to read this 💔 2w
Cathythoughts I‘m very sorry to hear this 💔 2w
Kalalalatja I‘m so sorry to hear 💔 2w
AmyG I am so very sorry. 😪 2w
MicheleinPhilly Oh god. What absolutely horrible news. I am so sorry to hear this. 😞 2w
Come-read-with-me @BarbaraBB This is such a sad loss. I am truly sorry. 😞 2w
Leftcoastzen @BarbaraBB way too young . So sorry to hear this.Heartbreaking loss. 2w
ValerieAndBooks That is sad news. My heart goes out to her loved ones. 2w
BookNAround So very sad. Peace for everyone whose life she touched. 2w
erzascarletbookgasm So sorry to hear this. 😔 I remember seeing her post a few weeks ago. 2w
TheBookHippie Oh 😭. So very heartbreaking . Sending love to all who knew her. 2w
Jas16 I am sorry to hear this. Such sad news. 2w
LeahBergen Oh, my goodness. This is so heartbreakingly sad. 💔💔 She was such a delight here on Litsy. 😢 2w
Suet624 I have been so sad about this after hearing from you. I am so sorry for her family and friends. She will be missed on Litsy. 2w
sisilia Omg! I‘m so sorry to hear this 💔 2w
JoScho I‘m so sorry 😔 2w
CarolynM Such sad news. I'm very sorry to hear this. 2w
saresmoore Oh, how terrible! I‘m so sorry to hear this. 2w
Reviewsbylola Omg that‘s so awful. 💔 2w
Bklover Awful news! Thank you for letting us know. So very sad. I‘m so sorry. 2w
emilyhaldi How awful 💔💔💔 so sorry to hear this 2w
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I have not forgotten my replies!! Life's simply intruded multiple times!🙄
#litsylove #jb

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So, my dad came in holding a bunch of envelopes from the mail, laughing. He's just understanding why I need so much stationary!
Thank you all, I was so excited to open my letters!
@Stacypatrice @Mynameisacolour @Lovesbooks87 @HeatherBlue @catiewithac @Crazeedi

I'll start replies as soon as I can! 💗💜💖

Crazeedi Hope you have a great birthday!!🎉🎶🎂🥂 3mo
Stacypatrice 🤗💌🌼 3mo
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Mail call!!!! 📭💗✉ #litsylove #jb Thank you so much! Made my rainy day! @BookwormAHN @phatsallylee @HeatherBlue Replies will be written tomorrow (tonight if my hands stop shaking!) ♥️💖💜

BookwormAHN 😺😺 4mo
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Notes going out tomorrow!!! I'm apologizing in advance for the handwriting lol! #litsylove #jb
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie @BookNAround @Stacypatrice @catiewithac @Lovesbooks87. 📝✉📭💗

Stacypatrice Looking forward to hearing from you 😃 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!! 💌❤️💌 4mo
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More new stationary from Amazon and my first #litsylove mail! Thank you @Stacypatrice !!!! It made my day 🤗💞😍🤸‍♀️💗

Stacypatrice Yay!! I‘m so glad!! 😀💌🌼 4mo
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Was super excited to see this waiting for me when I got home! Thanks @collegecatlady 😄 #litsypenpals

collegecatlady Yay! Glad it's there safe! 2y
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