Penpal power — future RISD student?

I got a wonderful picture yesterday from my friend David Ferrall.  We worked together way back when, and we’ve stayed in touch despite his move to New York.  His daughter, Cate, is my penpal — and has been for years.  The very first time I met her, I presented some crayons & paper for her…

Times flies.

David Ferrall sent me a picture of his daughter Cate — my long-time pen-pal — at her birthday party today.  I was particularly interested to see her at a vintage typewriter — at the Brooklyn Farmacy in where else? Brooklyn — with some friends. I realized Cate and I have been corresponding since she was…

Pretty package.

I put together a cute package for my 9-year-old penpal Cate Ferrall today.  Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I bought some Snoopy cards for her — along with tiny chocolates and a separately wrapped set of  Sweet-Tart message hearts. I hope she sends ME one. Please Share

Orlando-bound.

I met Gail Moss at a class I taught for my friend Linda Schreyer — about how to write ‘thank you’ notes. Gail and I began a penpal relationship, and I’ve enjoyed getting her missives.  She wrote me that she and her husband are moving to Orlando — and I’m sorry to hear it. Even…

A $22 bill.

I’ve been so preoccupied with the holidays, then our vacation and sadly, the death of Vin’s mother, that I have fallen down on writing my pen-pal Cate.  I sent her a few $22 bills that a funeral-crasher gave me last week.  One he had folded into a ring with the “E” facing upwards.  I figured…

Florida penpal.

I hadn’t heard from my friend Doris Nemtzow in a while — we’d met in Newport, Rhode Island several years ago.  My mother-in-law Jean had invited me to join her at a ladies’ luncheon for the Newport Preservation Society and it was a ‘hats only’ affair.  Jean lent me a hat, and we went off…

Cape May at last.

I’ve always heard about “Cape May” but never been there… so when my penpal Cate sent me this lovely postcard, I was delighted. I wrote her back a real letter just because I don’t have any cool postcards like this with which to respond. I enclosed a few 3-D cards I picked up for her,…

Florida news from Cate.

Cate Ferrall, who’s 9 now, has become a really good penpal.  She likes postcards — witness this one she sent from The Lone Cabbage Restaurant in Cocoa, Florida… and she decorates her letters with charming hand-drawn descriptions of her happy moments.  Here she shows “me sticking my feet in the” “Atlantic” — and a few…

Best reader in her class.

David Ferrall, proud Dad, sent me a picture of my penpal Cate’s “win” — she read the most minutes of anyone in her class and raised the most money.  I contributed — don’t remember how much — to advance her cause.  David thoughtfully snapped a picture of it so I could share in the joy….

Letters in the sky.

I sent a quill pen and black ink to my penpal Cate today.  She must have been thinking of me too, because after I’d shipped off her present — I received a letter from her, too.  I explained what “telepathy” means and sent her a note, because it’s clear we’re on the same path… even…