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1 Sealed Letter

By Kay Collier (Kathryn Hastings & Co)

The legacy of letter writing and how to bring this beautiful art form into the 21st century
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1 Sealed LetterAug 20, 2020

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Fitzgerald’s Funny Fatherly Wisdom

Fitzgerald’s Funny Fatherly Wisdom

Explore the Hidden Wit of F. Scott Fitzgerald in a Heartfelt Letter to His Daughter

In this captivating episode of “Historical Insights Unleashed,” we unveil the lesser-known facet of the iconic Jazz Age author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Beyond his literary brilliance and the glitzy parties of the 1920s, we delve into a touching and humorous letter he penned to his daughter, Scottie, in 1933. With a backdrop of personal struggles and societal change, Fitzgerald’s heartfelt advice shines through as he artfully advises his daughter on life’s worries and what truly matters. Join us as we uncover the witty and profound wisdom of a literary giant in an unexpected context.
Sep 28, 202316:12
68. Dark Shadows and Lost Souls: Unraveling the Salem Witch Trials

68. Dark Shadows and Lost Souls: Unraveling the Salem Witch Trials

Step back in time to a chilling chapter in American history as we delve deep into the Salem witch trials in this gripping episode of our podcast.

Our journey begins with a mysterious letter, a relic from the past that is intimately linked to the Salem witch trials.

But this episode goes beyond the letter. We unravel the full history of the Salem witch trials, from their origins to their devastating consequences. We shine a light on the people who contributed to the crisis, from accusers to judges, and examine the societal pressures that fueled the hysteria.

Above all, we remember the poor souls who suffered during this tumultuous time. Their stories, often forgotten or overshadowed by the sensationalism of the trials, deserve to be heard.

Join us as we uncover the shadows of Salem, where lives were shattered, innocence was lost, and a community was forever scarred. Through meticulous research and heartfelt storytelling, we bring you a haunting tale of history, humanity, and the enduring legacy of the Salem witch trials.
Sep 24, 202349:30
68. Enlightenment Debates: Rousseau vs. Voltaire
Sep 13, 202332:55
67. Thoughts on Etiquette

67. Thoughts on Etiquette

In this mini episode, I share my philosophy on letter writing etiquette, and encourage you to make your own rules rather than following a prescription.
Aug 30, 202315:02
65. Jesse Crosson - Prison Letters & Building Community Through Letters

65. Jesse Crosson - Prison Letters & Building Community Through Letters

Meet Jesse Crosson, a living testament to resilience and redemption. From battling addiction and criminal involvement in his youth, he went on to serve an unexpectedly lengthy prison sentence for a robbery and shooting he committed at 18.

Undeterred, he rebuilt his life within prison walls, mentoring peers, earning a degree, and becoming a journeyman electrician. His turning point came in 2021 when a conditional pardon led to his early release.

Since then, Jesse has channeled his energy into advocacy, launching a social media campaign, creating the Second Chancer Foundation, and delivering impactful speeches nationwide.

With a powerful vision for justice reform, Jesse Crosson aims to shift the narrative from punishment to healing. He believes in addressing the root causes of crime like trauma, addiction, and poverty. By sharing his story and fostering change, he's working towards a future where healing and transformation take center stage in our pursuit of justice.

linktr.ee/second_chancer Jesse Crosson PO Box 6755 Charlottesville, VA 22906

Non-Profits Related to Letter Writing in Prisons:

Black and Pink: This organization focuses on supporting LGBTQ+ prisoners through pen-pal relationships, advocacy, and community-building.

Friends 4 Prisoners: Dedicated to creating meaningful, lasting friendships between the incarcerated and people like you.
friends4prisoners.com/blog

WriteAPrisoner.com: An online platform that connects pen pals with incarcerated individuals seeking correspondence.

American Prison Writing Archive: Although not directly involved in pen-pal correspondence, they archive and share writing from prisoners, raising awareness about their experiences.

Books Through Bars: This organization collects and sends books to prisoners in the U.S., and some chapters also facilitate correspondence between volunteers and prisoners.
Aug 23, 202353:40
64. Wax Seal Artists Round Table 2023

64. Wax Seal Artists Round Table 2023

Read the bios below about each artist and follow their work. 💌✨💫 Hello! I’m Kay Collier, the host of the podcast and artist behind Kathryn Hastings & Co. Follow me on Instagram at inst-gram.com/kathrynhastingsco and join my newsletter: https://tremendous-founder-4461.ck.page/51cc1a9122 Hi, I'm Bea, the artist behind Bea's Wax Studio, where I create lovely fine art wax seals and stationery showcasing my favorite themes of bees, books, and botanical illustrations. You can find me on Instagram @beaswax_tx and my Etsy shop, www.beaswaxtx.etsy.com. Hi there, I’m Betsy, a lettering and wax seal artist. I love sharing my love for lettering and wax seal making with others through my subscription boxes. Join The Wax Seal Club waitlist: https://view.flodesk.com/pages/6387f0fa1b84e9ea4164f663 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bgoods.lettering/ YouTube: https://youtube.com/@bgoods.lettering Hi, I’m Rita :) I love making wax seal art, as well as creating videos of the process. I am the owner of StrictlyRita.com where we carry a curated variety of unique wax seal stamps and other sealing wax supplies. You can find me on Instragram www.Instagram.com/strictlyrita and TikTok http://www.TikTok.com/@larettamadsen Hi! This is Mehek from The Letter Alley and you can find us on - Instagram: https://instagram.com/letteralley?igshid=OGQ5ZDc2ODk2ZA== Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LetterAlley?mibextid=LQQJ4d TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@letteralley?_t=8eOoASB3jqU&_r=1 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@letteralley Our Website: https://www.theletteralley.com
Aug 09, 202347:19
63. Inner Child Letters with Matt Landsiedel

63. Inner Child Letters with Matt Landsiedel

Meet Matt Landsiedel, a gifted Intuitive Life and Spiritual Coach/Counselor originating from the picturesque city of Calgary, Canada. 🍁 https://www.mattlandsiedel.com/ ABOUT MATT Matt's true calling lies in empowering individuals, guiding them towards self-discovery and self-worth. He specializes in working with highly sensitive people (HSP), empaths, and gay men, nurturing their inner strength and fostering a profound sense of self-assurance. His expertise extends to healing toxic shame, addressing attachment trauma, and embracing authenticity, resulting in the creation of meaningful connections in life. 🌈🧘‍♂️ As a Registered Professional Counselor certified by the esteemed Canadian Professional Counselors Association, Matt has accumulated 15 years of invaluable experience in both Mental Health & Addiction Counseling and Intuitive Life and Spiritual Coaching. Throughout his journey, he has become a trusted companion to his clients, offering profound wisdom and insight during their psychological and spiritual quests. 🌌🌱 Beyond his counseling and coaching practice, Matt delves even deeper into the realm of healing through the sacred teachings of Peruvian Shamanism in the Santa Tierras Earth Medicine Traditions. These powerful healing modalities seamlessly intertwine with his approach, bringing a unique and transformative dimension to his sessions. 🔮🌿 Matt's mission, "Inspired to Be Authentic," is driven by his fervent desire to motivate individuals to embrace and express their truth to the world. He achieves this through creative content, compassionate coaching, and counseling, empowering others with life-changing skills and energetic transmissions. His guidance encourages vulnerability and the courageous embrace of their true selves. 🌠💫 In his vision for the world, Matt dreams of a society where courage is celebrated, and authenticity thrives, fostering deeper and more meaningful connections among all people. 🌎💞 In this episode, Matt will enlighten us on how to reconnect with our inner child and heal childhood traumas, guiding us on a transformative path towards healing and growth. JOURNAL QUESTIONS - What needs went unmet for me in childhood? - What was I most worried about? How did I cope with that? - What desires went unmet? How did I cope with that? - What role did I play in my family dynamic? - What was I rewarded for? - What was I punished for? Plantable Seed Paper Cards available here: https://www.cloverandlamb.com/specialty-paper-shop/plantable-paper-cards
Jul 25, 202301:04:50
62. OceanGate and the Wright Brothers - Learning about pioneers from Wilbur Wright’s letters
Jun 22, 202329:31
61. Hans Christen Andersen’s Letters & the real Story Behind the Little Mermaid

61. Hans Christen Andersen’s Letters & the real Story Behind the Little Mermaid

In this captivating episode, we delve into the intimate world of Hans Christian Andersen, unveiling a hidden layer of his personal life through a collection of thought-provoking letters. We uncover the intriguing tale behind "The Little Mermaid," which beautifully reflects Andersen's poignant struggle with his own sexuality in 19th century Denmark, as well as his unrequited love for his dear companion, Edvard Collin. Furthermore, we delve into a selection of letters addressed to the Grand Duke of Weimar, a figure who shared a profound bond with Andersen, potentially even embracing a romantic connection. These letters offer a glimpse into the complex dynamics and depth of their relationship, further enhancing our understanding of Andersen's multifaceted life. For those eager to explore this fascinating subject further, we highly recommend immersing yourself in the enlightening pages of "My Dear Boy: Gay Love Letters through the Centuries" (1998), expertly edited by Rictor Norton. Additionally, the compilation "Hans Christian Andersen's Correspondence," edited by Frederick Crawford (London: Dean & Son, 1891), serves as a valuable resource, providing deeper insights into Andersen's personal correspondence and experiences.
Jun 14, 202321:48
60. Sullivan Ballou's Heartfelt Letter Amidst War

60. Sullivan Ballou's Heartfelt Letter Amidst War

In this episode, we delve into the poignant and powerful letter penned by Sullivan Ballou, a Union officer during the American Civil War. Sullivan's letter, written to his wife Sarah just one week before the First Battle of Bull Run in 1861, serves as a testament to the profound emotions and sacrifices experienced by soldiers and their loved ones during times of conflict.

As we explore the contents of the letter, we uncover Sullivan's deep love for his wife and family, as well as his reflections on the nature of war and its consequences. His eloquent words convey a mix of hope, despair, and a profound sense of duty, offering a glimpse into the inner struggles and conflicting emotions that many soldiers faced during this tumultuous period in history.

We analyze the historical context surrounding Sullivan Ballou's letter, discussing the impact of the American Civil War on individuals and the nation as a whole. We examine the significance of his words, which have resonated with audiences for generations and continue to capture the essence of sacrifice and devotion.

Join us as we unravel the layers of Sullivan Ballou's letter, delving into the emotional landscape of war and the enduring power of love and remembrance. This episode invites listeners to reflect on the human cost of conflict and the enduring legacy of those who have fought and sacrificed for their beliefs. Listen to the shortened reading of the letter from the Ken Burns documentary here:
open.spotify.com/track/6RfLyBvJvrtLkD0z9inOph?si=4SLtq167SdqYLOI_ySqm5g
Jun 07, 202317:15
59. Emile Zola's J'accuse Letter and the Dreyfus Affair

59. Emile Zola's J'accuse Letter and the Dreyfus Affair

Embark on an extraordinary journey through time and immerse yourself in the captivating and momentous saga known as The Dreyfus Affair, one of the most pivotal events in French history.

In the fateful December of 1894, Captain Alfred Dreyfus found himself unjustly arrested, accused of treason. Little did anyone know that this grave error would set in motion a chain of events that would reverberate through the very fabric of French society. Over the course of agonizing 12 years, the tides of public opinion shifted dramatically, giving rise to a powerful movement fueled by a resolute pursuit of justice and the fight against antisemitism.

Within this gripping narrative, one name shines brightly as a catalyst that ignited a flame of righteous indignation within the hearts of the French public—Emile Zola. It was Zola's impassioned letter, a clarion call against the gross miscarriage of justice, that galvanized the nation and sparked an unprecedented wave of activism. The words penned by Zola not only condemned the unjust treatment of Dreyfus but also laid bare the deep-seated prejudices that stained the French society of that era.

In the wake of Zola's intervention, a seismic shift occurred, as the Dreyfus Affair transformed from a mere legal case into a powerful symbol of social awakening. Ordinary citizens, intellectuals, and activists rallied together, driven by a collective determination to rectify the grave injustice inflicted upon Dreyfus. With their resolute spirit, they spearheaded an unyielding crusade against bigotry and discrimination, forever altering the course of French history.
May 31, 202317:26
58. Unveiling the Joy of Regency Letters with Romantically Written

58. Unveiling the Joy of Regency Letters with Romantically Written

Prepare to be transported to Regency era England as we unravel the premise behind “Romantically Written.”

Romantically Written presents an irresistible offering: weekly letters that unfold tales of romance and intrigue. With their Three-Month, Six-Month, and One-Year Packages, listeners can immerse themselves in the captivating narratives meticulously crafted for their enjoyment. We discuss our love of letters, the Regency era and storytelling. A joyful conversation to inspire the inner romantic Epistolarian. xo

May 24, 202336:37
57. Andrew Morris - The Matrix Collection & Sigillum Seals

57. Andrew Morris - The Matrix Collection & Sigillum Seals

In this episode, we speak with Andrew Morris, curator of The Matrix Collection and Sigillum Seals, a stunning collection of over 4000 seals gathered over the past 30 years. Based in the UK, Andrew has continued his late father's passion for collecting seals, and it has become an integral part of his life for the past two decades. Follow Andrew on Instagram https://instagram.com/sigillumseals The Matrix Collection Book https://sigillumseals.co.uk/collections/the-matrix-collection 🌍 We talk about the fascinating world of antique seal collecting. From the intricacies of the seal designs to their historical significance, we're diving deep into the subject of collecting and sharing a couple pieces from the collection. You can watch the video of this conversation here: https://youtu.be/53WDXDrH-f8 🗓️ Mark your calendars! First, Andrew has some beautiful antique seals up for auction next week at Lyon & Turnbull in Scotland. https://www.lyonandturnbull.com/auction/details/749-a-private-collection-of-seals-highlights-from-the-matrix-collection/?au=9376 Second, we’re going live on Instagram on Wednesday 24th for another discussion. It will take place at 4pm for those in the UK, and 8am Pacific (11am ET) for those based in the US. 💬 Buy your copy of the Kathryn Hastings Antique Wax Seal Buying Guide here: https://kathrynhastingsco.com/products/antique-wax-seal-buying-guide
May 17, 202339:36
56. Letters to a Young Poet 6th Letter

56. Letters to a Young Poet 6th Letter

In this episode, we dive into Rainer Maria Rilke's sixth letter to a young artist, exploring his insightful advice on the creative process and the struggles that arise along the way. We delve into Rilke's thoughts on the importance of solitude, self-discovery, and finding one's own unique voice in the artistic world.

As we read and analyze Rilke's words, I share my personal reflections on my own artistic journey.

Throughout the episode, listeners are invited to reflect on their own experiences as artists and to consider how they can apply Rilke's wisdom to their own work. Whether you're a seasoned artist or just starting out, this episode offers valuable insights and inspiration to help you navigate the challenges and joys of the creative life.
May 10, 202330:35
55. How long should I save cards and letters?

55. How long should I save cards and letters?

Welcome to this episode of the podcast where we discuss the art of death cleaning and how it relates to the question of how long to keep cards and letters. As your host, I will share my own perspective on this topic, as well as some insights I gained from reading the book "The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning" by Margareta Magnusson.

In this episode, we will explore the emotional attachment people often have to cards and letters they receive, and the reasons why they may want to hold onto them for years, or even a lifetime. We will also discuss how the practice of death cleaning, which involves decluttering one's possessions and reflecting on what truly matters in life, can help us reconsider our relationship to these sentimental items.

One of the key insights I gained from reading Magnusson's book is that death cleaning is not just about getting rid of things, but about embracing the present and living a more intentional life. When it comes to cards and letters, this means considering their significance in the context of our lives and relationships, and being mindful of the space they take up in our homes and hearts.

Join me as we delve deeper into this fascinating topic, and discover how the Swedish art of death cleaning can help us let go of the past and make room for the future. Whether you're struggling with clutter or simply looking for a fresh perspective on life, this episode is sure to inspire and enlighten you.
May 03, 202321:41
54. The Office Oasis: Reclaiming Your Workspace for Leisure and Beauty
Apr 05, 202327:17
53. Letters from Tuscany with Giulia Scarpaleggia

53. Letters from Tuscany with Giulia Scarpaleggia

In this episode, we take a deep dive into the rich and delectable world of Tuscan cuisine with our guest, Giulia Scarpaleggia. As a renowned Tuscan food writer, cookbook author, food photographer, and cooking class instructor, Giulia has been sharing her passion for Tuscan food and heritage with the world through her popular blog, Juls' Kitchen, since 2009.

In this episode, we explore Giulia's latest project, "Letters from Tuscany," a fascinating collection of stories and recipes inspired by her Tuscan upbringing. We'll uncover the ingredients, techniques, and flavors that make Tuscan cuisine so unique, and delve into the cultural significance of food in Tuscany.

Giulia shares her insights into the art of Tuscan cooking and offers practical tips for recreating authentic Tuscan dishes in your own kitchen. We'll also discuss her journey as a food writer and photographer, and the challenges and rewards of turning her passion into a full-time career.

Join us for a mouth-watering conversation that will transport you to the heart of Tuscany and leave you inspired to explore the rich culinary heritage of this beautiful region.

In this episode, we also mention the Nocellara del Belice DOP, a Sicilian olive oil that is a must-try for any food lover. Additionally, you can purchase Giulia's newest book, "Cucina Povera," through the provided link, and follow her on Instagram and subscribe to her Substack for more exciting updates. Finally, be sure to check out her website and blog for more recipes and insights into Tuscan cuisine.

en.julskitchen.com/cucina-povera-cookbook

instagram.com/julskitchen

en.julskitchen.com/newsletter
Mar 29, 202342:39
52. Wax Seal Symbolism & Intention in Letter Writing

52. Wax Seal Symbolism & Intention in Letter Writing

In this episode, we explore the fascinating world of wax seals and the symbolism behind them. Wax seals were used for centuries as a way to authenticate documents, and they were also a form of personal expression. In Victorian times, wax seals became increasingly popular, and they were often adorned with intricate symbols that conveyed a range of meanings.

We delve into the meanings behind some of the most common Victorian symbols found on wax seals.
Mar 23, 202330:06
51. Artificial Intelligence and Letter Writing

51. Artificial Intelligence and Letter Writing

In this episode, I will explore the ways in which you can leverage the power of AI language models like ChatGPT to enhance your letter writing abilities.

I discuss what ChatGPT is and how it works. Then, we will delve into some specific use cases for ChatGPT, such as generating new ideas and refining your writing style.

I will also share some tips and best practices for using ChatGPT effectively, including how to give clear and specific prompts, how to evaluate the quality of the responses you receive, and how to integrate ChatGPT into your writing process.
Mar 15, 202329:56
50th Episode! ✨🎉🍾 Letter to Ubbe Iwerks from 1924
Nov 09, 202211:42
49. Letters to the Dead💀

49. Letters to the Dead💀

What happens after someone dies? Are they gone forever or do we have a way to reach them? In this episode, I share my own technique for connecting with those beyond our world. Through this type of letter writing, I find peace with my grief and learn lessons from those no longer living.
Nov 02, 202221:03
48. An Apology Letter from the year 856 CE

48. An Apology Letter from the year 856 CE

In the Dunhuang Provence of China, citizens often sent apology letters for their transgressions, but their method of drafting was quite unique. In this episode, we read a short apology letter and talk about regret and shame. I also share what I learned from Daniel Pink’s research for using our regrets to empower our development.
Oct 26, 202220:05
47. Abraham Lincoln’s and Ann Rutledge’s Love Letters
Oct 19, 202219:19
46. Design Thinking in Letter Writing

46. Design Thinking in Letter Writing

Learn my technique for planning, organizing and refining the contents of my letters. I don’t do this for every letter, but the technique works wonderfully if you’re not sure what to write OR if you have many ideas and aren’t sure how to organize them.
Oct 12, 202213:15
45. Friendship Break Up - John Steinbeck’s letter to George Albee

45. Friendship Break Up - John Steinbeck’s letter to George Albee

Why do friendship breakups happen? What is the best way to end a friendship? In this episode, we read a letter from John Steinbeck to his friend George Albee, which confronts Albee for his bad behavior as a friend.
Oct 05, 202221:06
44. The History of Dear John Letters with Susan L. Carruthers
Sep 28, 202242:52
43. Antique Wax Seals
Sep 21, 202241:09
42. Let’s talk about little notes!

42. Let’s talk about little notes!

What makes for a good note? In this episode I share some of my favorite ideas for notes so that you can find inspiration and send your love ones little notes as well. Hope you find this episode short and sweet.
Sep 14, 202212:45
41. Can you break up by letter?

41. Can you break up by letter?

Not all relationships go how we’d like, and even ones that end don’t always end well. Sometimes it’s worth writing a person to break off a relationship. Other times, the experience of writing a letter can help us appreciate how a relationship served us and allow us to speak our peace when things fall apart. In this episode, I provide tips on how to write a Dear John letter and explain, why it’s never to late to seek epistolary comfort.
Sep 07, 202225:28
40. Mail-Order Brides

40. Mail-Order Brides

Did mail-order brides have anything to do with the mail? What would compel someone to marry someone they haven’t met? Is this episode, I explore the history of mail-order brides and uncover a bigger story about gender dynamics in the colonies.
Sep 01, 202238:08
39. How to write a condolence letter
Aug 24, 202227:11
38. Juliette Drouet’s 20,000 Scribles

38. Juliette Drouet’s 20,000 Scribles

Dedicated lover or 19th. century toxic narcissist enabler? Victor Hugo’s mistress of 50 years kept constant correspondence with him, sometimes writing multiple letters a day. She supported his career and even joined him during his exile on Guernsey. What can we make of her letters and their relationship? Sources Juliette Juliette Drouet’s Love-letters to Victor Hugo. Edited by Louise Guimbaud. Translated by Lady Theodora Davidson. London: Stanley Paul & Co. (1915) https://www.gutenberg.org/files/44034/44034-h/44034-h.htm This letter & More Information https://theamericanreader.com/1-november-1839-juliette-drouet-to-victor-hugo/
Aug 17, 202227:46
37. Beethoven’s letter to his “Immortal Beloved”
Aug 10, 202219:37
36. Worst Postmaster Ever - William Faulker

36. Worst Postmaster Ever - William Faulker

Listen to the historic letters about William Faulkner’s tenure as postmaster at the University of Mississippi. While his notorious reputation as postmaster is no secret, the charges against him are worth exploring in greater depth with his subsequent letter of resignation.

See and purchase William Faulkner’s postage stamps here:
www.littlepostagehouse.com/vintage-postage-bluegreen/Faulkner

Sources:

Webb, James W. And A. Wigfall Green. William Faulkner of Oxford. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 1965

The Falkners and the University, Mississippi, Post Office Author(s): Gerald W. Walton
Source: The Faulkner Journal, Vol. 5, No. 1 (FALL 1989), pp. 49-50 Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press

"Case No. 133733-C": The Inspector's Letter to Postmaster William Falkner Author(s): JOAN ST. C. CRANE
Source: The Mississippi Quarterly , Summer 1989, Vol. 42, No. 3, SPECIAL ISSUE: WILLIAM FAULKNER (Summer 1989), pp. 229-245
Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press

The New Yorker, NOVEMBER 21, 1970 ISSUE
THE POSTMASTER By William Shawn, November 13, 1970



Aug 03, 202220:18
35. Why letter writing?

35. Why letter writing?

The podcast is back! In this episode, I share some about my personal experience with letter writing and the magic I find in letters. I share some about my philosophy of letter writing and why I think letter writing is even more important in the digital age.
Jul 27, 202223:07
34. Mary Tape’s Letter to the San Francisco Board of Education

34. Mary Tape’s Letter to the San Francisco Board of Education

The arguments around “separate but equal” education started long before Brown vs. Board of Education. In August 1885, a Chinese American mother, Mary Tape, fought the SF Board of Education’s discriminatory policies against her daughter, Mamie Tape. In this episode, we explore her story and letter she wrote in response to the school district’s racism.
Jun 02, 202118:54
33. How to Write a Thank You Note + the Power of Receiving

33. How to Write a Thank You Note + the Power of Receiving

The best expressions of gratitude come from gratitude received fully. In this episode, I give my best tips for writing a thank you note and share about my philosophy of receiving.
May 19, 202124:02
32. Rainer Maria Rilke’s 5th Letter to a Young Poet

32. Rainer Maria Rilke’s 5th Letter to a Young Poet

In this letter, Rilke discusses his time in Rome, muses about beauty and encourages his young fan’s poetry. I recommend listening to the earlier episodes first if you haven’t heard them already.
May 12, 202119:13
31. History of US Airmail ✈️ 💌
May 05, 202134:41
30. Ramie Targoff on the Life and 💌 of Vittoria Colonna

30. Ramie Targoff on the Life and 💌 of Vittoria Colonna

Tune in for a fascinating conversation about the little know but revolutionary Renaissance woman, Vittoria Colonna. We’re joined by author, Ramie Targoff, who is a Professor of English, co-chair of Italian Studies, and the Jehuda Reinharz Director of the Mandel Center for the Humanities at Brandeis University. Professor Targoff wrote a book about Vittoria Colonna, “Renaissance Woman,” and shares about this fascinating historical heroine.⁣

Vittoria Colonna, Marchesa of Pescara, was the quintessential renaissance woman. She was personally connected with some of the most prominent people in 16th century Italy, including Michelangelo, many popes and Queen Marguerite de Navarre, to name a few. As the first female poet published in Italy, she began a revolution for female writers and is still beloved today.⁣

Professor Targoff’s Bio:⁣
https://ramietargoff.com/about⁣

Professor Targoff’s books:⁣
https://ramietargoff.com/new-page⁣

Apr 21, 202143:42
29. Letters from the Titanic 🚢 💌

29. Letters from the Titanic 🚢 💌

Listen to accounts from Titanic Passengers to get a better sense of the those who took this fatal voyage over 110 years ago. I provide some historical context to the letters, share some interesting stories from the ship, and draw parallels to our current time.
Apr 14, 202144:00
28. Tea & Letter Writing with Mike Harney from Harney & Sons

28. Tea & Letter Writing with Mike Harney from Harney & Sons

Today, I'm speaking with Mike Harney who is the Vice President, master tea buyer and blender of Harney & Sons teas. Tea drinking and letter writing have always gone hand-in-hand for me, and so I asked Mike to teach us all about the ceremony of fine teas. He has extensive knowledge of all of the major tea regions in the world as well as an exceptional palette for tasting team. He also has published The Harney & Sons Guide to Tea. Whether you're an inveterate tea drinker like me or new to tea, there is lots to learn from Mike.⁣ ⁣ Harney.com⁣ ⁣ Tea Recommendations:⁣ Leisurely afternoon letter - Hot Cinnamon⁣ Love Letter - Jane’s Garden⁣ Condolence Letter - Earl Gray Supreme⁣ A Complaint Letter - Oolong⁣ Letter Before Bed - Yellow and Blue⁣ Travel Letter - Paris⁣ ⁣ Dr. Will Li:⁣ https://instagram.com/drwilliamli⁣
Apr 07, 202132:49
27. Letters from the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic

27. Letters from the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic

Learn from those who lived during the Spanish Flu of 1918. In this episode, I discuss what I learned about the pandemic through letters, and I also read letters written at that time. The letters come from the National Archives in DC, the WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO, and the British Medical Journal. If you’re interested in learning more about the 1918 pandemic, I recommend Jeremy Brown’s book, “Influenza: The Hundred Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History.” He tells more stories from the pandemic and how the flu shaped society.
Mar 31, 202141:49
26. Anaïs Nin’s Letters and Life with Paul Herron

26. Anaïs Nin’s Letters and Life with Paul Herron

Paul Herron is a researcher, writer, editor and publisher of Sky Blue Press. He has extensive knowledge of Anaïs Nin’s life, literary work and letters. Through his in-depth knowledge and passion for her work, Paul helps us understand this multifaceted woman and artist, who even by today’s standards lived outside of societal norms. Her work continues to inspire and bring new questions about the cycle of human relationships and personal growth.⁣

http://www.skybluepress.com/bookstore/⁣

http://www.skybluepress.com/about-us/⁣


Mar 24, 202158:30
25. Rainer Maria Rilke’s Fourth Letter to a Young Poet

25. Rainer Maria Rilke’s Fourth Letter to a Young Poet

In this episode, we continue with Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet. We talk more about the life of an artist, an artist’s unique path, and how to grow even when it makes others uncomfortable. I recommend listening to the other three episodes first.
Mar 17, 202147:15
24. Fan Mail & How to write letters to celebrities
Mar 10, 202135:15
23. Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I
Mar 03, 202134:40
22. Beethoven's Heiligenstadt Testament

22. Beethoven's Heiligenstadt Testament

After his death, Beethoven’s family found a letter in his desk, which had been written nearly 25 years earlier. The letter tells about his struggles with deafness and his retreat from society. He also shared about how his art inspired him to continue despite his suffering. ⁣

Letter translation: all-about-Beethoven.com⁣

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21. Lewis Carroll’s Eight or Nine Wise Words about Letter Writing

21. Lewis Carroll’s Eight or Nine Wise Words about Letter Writing

In 1890, Lewis Carroll published a small pamphlet with tips on letter writing. His advice still applies today, and much of it can apply to email as well.
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20. 💌✨ Letters to the Astral (with Laura LaRosa)
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