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  • I really can't remember writing many letters.

    We moved so often and I was so well versed in letting friends drift away. Flotsam in time. There was little need to hang on to the past when I was so desperately trying to fit in wherever we had moved. Building new friendships as fast as I could, before the local bully culled me like a sickly yearling at the back of the herd. Old friends could not help me in these new tribulations, and writing to them only made us both feel more helpless.

    By the time I had friends traveling abroad, you could pack a 300 baud modem in your pocket and keep in touch through Compuserve. I kept many friendships alive through the '80s in the forums there. Those posts certainly lacked the beauty of the letters Jean-Claude has shared with us, but like email today, the sense of connection was palpable. Soon enough would come FTP, scanners and other ways we could share images as well. I've kept up throughout a now decades-long evolution of how we communicate with one another. I think of Cowbird as yet another step forward in this evolution.

    An altogether deeper one.

    I think now that I will take the time to write someone an actual letter. Before the Post Office is gone for good and that nostalgic surprise is a mere memory. They'll probably just Skype me back… but one can hope.

    Thanks for the inspiration JC.

    The photo was shot in rural England, where mail is no doubt still precious.
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