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Serendipity ... February 2013

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Serendipity is not your traditional style newsletter. It is Angel Logan's unique way of reaching out to her readers and friends – to stay in touch, to give updates on her writing career, and to share a few of the personal and professional pearls of wisdom that she has acquired along her journey. It is great to have you here, and Angel hopes you enjoy reading this month’s Serendipity.

HI EVERYONE!

Spring is right around the corner, according to our time-honored groundhog friend! I'm definitely okay with that! Lately, 30 degrees has been a heat wave compared to the brutally cold temperatures we've had off and on this year. I usually walk to the library more often; to do some of my work there, but it has been too cold to go ... maybe this weekend.

Speaking of the library ... what do you think about a bookless library? Yes, you read that correctly. I've heard about a bookless library in Texas, where you check out e-readers instead of books, because this library doesn't have any books. Quite honestly, that has to be the saddest thing I've every heard. I've touched upon the topic of innovation in the past, but this is taking technology to another level. I don't approve in the least. I get it ... some of you enjoy using your tablets to read books, but many of us love reading actual books. We love the feel of holding a book, the turning pages of one chapter to the next, and the warmth a book offers that an electronic device can never provide. Bring in the e-readers for those who want it, but keep the books on the shelves too. It seems that two other locations in California and Arizona had attempted the same leap into book oblivion. However, those communities had something to say about it and their strong protest protected their books. Good for them! As I've said before, bring in the high tech options for those who truly enjoy it, but maintain the best parts of tradition for those of us who want that too.  

 

Here's another thought ... how would you feel if the US Postal Service eliminated home delivery? The first postal service in the US dates back to 1692 and our innovative Benjamin Franklin was our first official postmaster, starting the first US Post Office in Philadelphia in 1775. We've had free home delivery for so many years that I think we've taken it for granted and presumed that we would always have it. However, because we are so enamored by the convenience of technology, we are the ones putting our US Postal home delivery at risk. People are purchasing stamps online, sending emails instead of handwritten letters, sending e-cards and e-vites instead of greeting cards and printed invitations, and now you can walk up to a 24-hour automated machine to conduct your postal needs. Did you know that you cannot purchase one 46-cent stamp in those machines without spending a minimum of $1 and you have to use plastic, because cash is not an option? Well, my problem with this picture is that these conveniences are causing people to lose their jobs and dropping the revenue generated by the US Postal Service. Sure, we often say to ourselves, "They are making a ton of money with their ever-increasing postal prices." However, the reason that they are raising the prices more frequently is because we aren't using their services as much. Did you know that the US Postal service still has better prices than Fed-Ex and UPS? AND, the US Postal Service is the only delivery service that provides FREE daily home delivery. I don't know about all of you, but I don't want to lose home delivery. So I have to go into the post office and purchase stamps every so often ... I don't mind. I think that we need to start a postal preservation campaign and we can begin by simply sending more greeting cards to the people we care about through the mail on a regular basis. Nothing touches the heart more than checking your mailbox and finding an unexpected greeting card from someone who cares. If you value having home mail delivery ... don't wait until it is gone ... start using the system more. This is one tradition that I think innovation should leave alone and I think Ben Franklin would agree!  

 

Finally, with Valentine's Day right around the corner, what better way to maintain the continuity of our postal service than by sending Valentine greeting cards to the people we care about ... a lover, a friend, a brother, a sister, a mom, a dad, a child, or all of the above. Remember when we were children and had a whole box of cute little Valentine cards to give to all of our friends in our class? Why can't we do that as adults? Okay, it might seem a little silly, but I guarantee that everyone you mail a Valentine greeting to will smile and isn't that the whole idea?         

 

As always, thank you everyone for your love, friendship, and unyielding support during the past seven years. I look forward to more years with all of you! Talk to you next month.   ~Angel Remember, if you visit the Angel Logan's ORDER A BOOK page, which enables you to order directly through the publishing company Xlibris – you will receive the best and lowest price available. In addition, for your convenience you may order 24 hours per day online or by telephone. Order now to ensure delivery by Christmas!  

 

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