A WHILE AGO, I bought a box of books.

It’s a new set of paperbacks from Letters of Note, and it should arrive in October.

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I ran across an quote some time ago.

It hit me like a ton of bricks, as they say, because the longer I live the more truth I see in it.

The quote has been attributed to a few people through the years.

It appears to belong to author Ian MacLaren, and I can’t find the definitive quote so I’m going to paraphrase.

He said something along the lines of, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

I just want to tell you, whatever you are going through, keep going.

Never give up.

You are strong enough.


This post is a response to Sue’s prompt, which is “encourage.”

When I was a kid, I hit a phase when I wanted a pen pal.

Maybe I was intrigued with the possibility of communication with a person somewhere in the wide world beyond the limits of the map dot I call home.

I was still young enough to get mail sent by someone who didn’t want my money so maybe it was the childish thrill of a letter addressed to me and hidden, like a surprise, in the mailbox.

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