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postage

Send a
postcard
or letter.
Tell a story.
Write a poem.
Ask a question.
Scribble, doodle,
pontificate, divulge.

Be yourself.

When you write to me,
I’ll assume that your post
may be published on my blog.

Subscribe @LeighHereNow
and watch for my reply.

LeighHereNow
PO Box 27771
Philadelphia, PA 19118

Post me.

My love affair with letters began early. From the age of seven until twenty-seven, I had a long list of correspondents in my cue.

At the top of the list was my grandfather, one of the original Mad Men. He was a graphic designer and painter who responded to my letters with his own hand-cut and illustrated cards. One of the most memorable was sent during one of my many strep infections – a folding card of a giraffe, which, when opened, expanded to a neck three times the original size, wrapped in a red bow.

At eight, I had my first pen pal, a bunkmate from summer camp.

At eleven, it was a girl from Oregon, someone I met on the Crater Lake hiking trail. At the end of the hike we exchanged addresses, and though I never saw her again, we remained pen pals until I was in college. The news was usually simple: “I’m sorry that your dog died. I don’t know what I would do if that happened to me, but I guess one day it will.”

At thirteen, mailed letters turned to passed notes. Elaborate, passionate confessions about how much we hated our science teacher. Meaningful stuff.

At seventeen, I developed a crush on a minor league baseball player who lived at the apartment complex where I was a lifeguard. Even after he went on to “The Show,” we wrote to each other every other month for three or four years. Today, I can’t imagine something like this happening, but back then, it was pretty cool.

At twenty-two, my third grade class adopted a humpback whale. For the next three years, all of my classes wrote to the aquarium that tracked him: “Is the cut from the propeller looking any better?” one boy wrote. “Let me know if you need any waterproof bandaids.”

My granny sent coupons and articles, often underlining the important parts in wavering scrawl. “Important. This is a good one,” she’d write in the margins.

My brother was my favorite pen pal, by far. Kooky postcards from old diners, scrawled with a story about someone he’d met there. During a year when I had a terrible boss, he decorated blank postcards with monkey faces offering advice.

In 1997, I discovered Hotmail. And everything changed.

The whole world changed. For all of us.

I still have friends all over the world, but the communication has taken on a new form. And as someone who runs a virtual business, I find myself craving the connections I had, back when a “post” included a stamp.

Which is why I’m taking a few steps back.

If you’re a letter writer, I’m inviting you to be a part of my new project, Postage. It works like this:

  1. Send me a postcard or a letter.
  2. Be yourself. Scribble, doodle, ponder, pontificate, tell me a story or write me a poem.
  3. When you write to me, I’ll assume that some portion of your correspondence may be shared on this blog, where I’ll be posting my response.
  4. Subscribe to @LeighHereNow, and watch for my reply.

I’ve been backing away for Facebook for sometime now, and today’s it’s official!

For now, Postage is my playground:

LeighHereNow
PO Box 27771
Philadelphia, PA 19118

Post me.

11 thoughts on “postage

  1. Cathy

    What a nice idea. I remember writing long letters for many years to my cousin when I was growing up. We still have them in our attic and talk often on how fun it was.

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  3. paula marie simon

    hi leigh, you might vaguely remember me. i
    think you did an intuitive reading for me some years back, when you were living in brazil.
    i remember you had a connection to fairport, ny.
    my brother and his wife live in fairport, ny, on wind rush valley road.
    michael, my brother’s youngest son, after trying 2 or 3 colleges in the SUNY, is now taking classes at nazareth college, and is loving it. michael, i believe,
    is an english major.
    i recall how much i liked you and admired your free spirit! i feel hopeful being re-connected to/with you.
    paula marie 🌀

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    1. Leigh Hopkins Post author

      Hi Paula, I remember you! You’re right about the Fairport connection – my parents live on the canal. I finished my Masters at Nazareth college, where Michael is attending. I love these long-distance connections.

      Thanks for visiting!

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