Paper Notes ?

  • Paper notes in a digital world? Absolutely. I still believe in pens, pencils, notebooks, journals, daily planners, letter writing, thank-you cards, and all things that celebrate a life that respects the placing of words on paper. Though, obviously, the words you are now reading are not on paper, they are definitely on paper - in spirit. In an age of blogs (like this one), blogs about blogs, online publications of all kinds and everything digital, I still celebrate the journal kept in a notebook, bound books, magazines, a good newspaper and the literary world of old. I love to read about writing and writers. I’d rather read an interview with Somerset Maugham or Paul Auster than the gurus of the computer age. Why? I think my full-plunge into computing in the late eighties has worn me down. I feel disconnected in the most connected age of all. Read More Here


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Digital Organization

  • GOLDEN SECTION NOTES is a user-friendly e-notebook that organizes your notes and graphics in a convenient folder tree format. When you must organize that digital
    information, try GS NOTES.


  • You can write Mike Swickey HERE.

    I'll never use your email address any way other than to respond to you. 

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January 04, 2006



I've begun writing small notes, short letters, and things like that as well, given a recent rekindling of the love of pen, paper, and words. Just got a note back from a common target of my notecards, and he said that my little letters were his anchor during a rather wild holiday season. Nice to get affirmation every now and again.


Stacie Rife

Handwritten notes are THE BEST.. it is so much nicer to receive a handwritten thank you instead of an email! It takes more time, and thought to use the pen instead of the keyboard!


One of my New Year's resolutions was to write more notes and letters to people. It's just a more satisfying activity than sending an email, and I know they are more satisfying to receive. My only problem is that all my potential correspondents (except for my mother) use email exclusively, so I'm worried that if they get a letter from me they may feel obligated to respond in kind (okay, that IS part of the motivation), and resent the "imposition."

Phil Gerbyshak

Great, cost effective suggestion. I hadn't thought of this before, and will see how this works for me. Thank you very much!


Steve: don't worry about the imposition. The joy and gratitude they'll feel at receiving a thoughtful handwritten note will far outweigh any resentment they might feel about imposition.

Mike - Paper Notes

Great! It sounds like some will be considering this. Let us know how it goes!


I love writing and journals. I have just started and joined a few groups on Flickr and Letter Writers Alliance. New penpals and friends who love the idea of receiving letters and notes via the traditional way of "Snail Mail". Nice stationery and penmanship. I think it's a great idea and more people should do it. We rely on the computer far too much in this age. Opening and receiving mail instead of bills it's a nice idea.

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