What was the letter that changed your life?

MAR. 24/APR 3

Letter image 188 x 103.jpg     Photo by Luke Montague

Wait a minute, Mr. (or Ms.) Postman!
In this age of fancy-pants "electronic" mail, we often forget about the power of a good old fashioned letter. So what letter changed your life? Contact us by e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, phone, or comment below.

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And here's this week's music playlist:

Wayne McGhie and the Sounds of Joy - "Take a Letter Maria"
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - "Please Read the Letter"
The Beatles - "P.S. I Love You"
Stars - "Elevator Love Letter"
Allan Sherman - "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh"