Last year I got a Thank You card from one of my readers. They had bought one of my books for their granddaughter. The thank you card was written by a ten-year-old and she thanked me for the book. She said she loved the book and she couldn’t wait to read the next one. I put that Thank You card in my box of treasures to save forever because it was my first real fan letter. It was then that I realized the power of the written word. I don’t mean words written just anywhere. I mean the hand-written letter or card that you receive in the mail. The lost art of handwritten Christmas cards, birthday cards, thank you cards, and invitations, has all but faded away because of the introduction of facebook and other online sites. It’s nice to get a hello in email, but I would rather you pick up the phone and say hi because I want to hear the voice. Next to the voice, the best thing to see is that there is a real person behind the sentiment, and that means seeing the handwriting. That is why I am on a personal crusade to bring back the printed greeting card. Printing companies take their time to write sentiment onto cards, but where do they end up, sitting on the shelves, and dusty. I know it quit happening because we wanted to save trees, but the printed card is recyclable. You see the printing, the writing, and beauty of the card. If the card speaks to your heart, save it. If you say how nice, then recycle it. They say it is the thought, and there is a lot of thought going into those printed cards.