An Online Museum Shows Life During Wartime

The new Museum of American War Letters is making a range of communications from battle zones available.

#andrew-carroll, #chapman-university, #content-type-personal-profile, #letters, #museums, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans, #vietnam-war

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‘Dear G.I.’: An Unlikely Friendship Built on Letters From a Foxhole

In 1966, a Massachusetts mother of three began writing to young men serving in Vietnam. One became her most steadfast pen pal, writing her 77 letters over seven years.

#black-people, #letters, #massachusetts, #north-carolina, #politics-and-government, #veterans, #vietnam-war

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Readers Respond to the November 2020 Issue

Letters to the editor from the November 2020 issue of Scientific American

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New Technique Unfolds Centuries of Secrets in Locked Letters

M.I.T. researchers have devised a virtual-reality technique that lets them read old letters that were mailed not in envelopes but in the writing paper itself after being folded into elaborate enclosures.

#archives-and-records, #cryptography-codes-and-ciphers, #europe, #france, #letters, #mary-queen-of-scots, #nature-communications-journal, #research, #your-feed-science

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Salvaged From 1941 Shipwreck, Letters Reveal Wartime Love and Sacrifice

For over 70 years, the letters lay undisturbed in the wreckage of the S.S. Gairsoppa, sheltered from the ravages of ocean currents by well-positioned mail bags. Now, conservators are piecing together these undelivered messages from the past.

#archives-and-records, #letters, #postal-museum, #salvage, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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Show Thanks With A Gratitude Letter

Concerned about a friend or a loved one who may be feeling the winter doldrums? Try writing them a gratitude letter.

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Readers Respond to the October 2020 Issue

Letters to the editor from the October 2020 issue of Scientific American

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For a Healthier 2021, Keep the Best Habits of a Very Bad Year

Our 7-Day Well Challenge will show you how to build on the healthy habits you learned during pandemic life.

#anxiety-and-stress, #content-type-service, #exercise, #friendship, #habits-and-routines-behavior, #letters, #mental-health-and-disorders, #new-year, #psychology-and-psychologists

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A 12-Year-Old’s Letter to Her Post-Pandemic Self

How will you retain gratitude for the return to normal life? “I’ve come from 2020 to remind you not to forget,” my daughter wrote to her future self.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #letters, #new-year

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Readers Respond to the September 2020 Issue

Letters to the editor from the September 2020 issue of Scientific American

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Dear Santa: It’s Been a Hard Year

In 23,000 letters addressed to the North Pole, collected through a U.S. Postal Service program, wish lists from children across the nation reflect the strain of this year.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #letters, #loneliness, #parenting, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #santa-claus, #toys, #unemployment, #usps-operation-santa-claus

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Readers Respond to the August 2020 Issue

Letters to the editor from the August 2020 issue of Scientific American

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Holidays in a Pandemic? Here’s What Happened in 1918

The festive season fell between two deadly waves of the deadly influenza outbreak. Families still gathered, often with empty chairs at the table.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #influenza-epidemic-1918-19, #iowa, #letters, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #thanksgiving-day

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When Culture Really Began to Reckon With White Privilege

Black artists didn’t wait around for institutional change. They are making it happen.

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Readers Respond to the July 2020 Issue

Letters to the editor from the July 2020 issue of Scientific American

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Postal Service Takes ‘Operation Santa’ Letter Campaign National

The program encourages postal customers to adopt letters and buy gifts for the children who send them. This year, because of the pandemic, customers will review the letters exclusively online.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #letters, #postal-service-us, #santa-claus, #united-states, #usps-operation-santa-claus

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Trump Has Made Selfishness America’s Credo

Trump unleashed our inner Scrooge.

#altruism, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #letters, #presidential-election-of-2020, #sampson-robert-j, #trump-tax-returns, #trump-donald-j

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Down the Basement Stairs and Into the Past

Going through a box filled with memories prompted me to find people I hadn’t spoken to in decades. Am I the only one whose social life has improved during the lockdown?

#friendship, #letters, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Why This Professor Is Writing Letters for People Feeling Blue

With a typewriter and a mailbox, a sidewalk project explores the art of consoling those who need good news.

#brooklyn-nyc, #letters, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Canadian Military’s Wolf Exercise Alarms Nova Scotians

They also mounted speakers that broadcast growling in the woods of Nova Scotia. It was all part of a psychological training exercise.

#bay-of-fundy-canada, #canada, #defense-and-military-forces, #exercise, #letters, #nova-scotia-canada, #ottawa-citizen-the, #rumors-and-misinformation, #wolves

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The Jailed Activist Left a Letter Behind. The Message: Keep Fighting.

Pham Doan Trang was harassed for years by the Vietnamese police, even beaten. In a letter, she foretold her arrest and called for an end to one-party rule.

#communist-party-of-vietnam, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #letters, #pham-doan-trang, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #political-prisoners

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Readers Respond to the June 2020 Issue

Letters to the editor from the June 2020 issue of Scientific American

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Readers Respond to the May 2020 Issue

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Is Taxing the Rich the Answer to N.Y.’s Budget Deficit?

Democrats searching for a revenue source to spare needy New Yorkers from pandemic-caused cuts have an unexpected opponent: The governor.

#biaggi-alessandra, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #finances, #income-inequality, #letters, #new-york-city, #stewart-cousins-andrea, #taxation

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Readers Respond to the April 2020 Issue

Letters to the editor from the April 2020 issue of Scientific American

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#letters, #policyethics, #space, #the-sciences

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Alex Morse Was Accused, Condemned and Then Vindicated. Will His Experience Change Anything?

Vague allegations against the Massachusetts congressional candidate offer a case study in how progressives navigate issues of sex and power in politics when judgment is often swift and unforgiving.

#college-democrats-of-america, #dating-and-relationships, #democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #letters, #massachusetts, #morse-alex, #neal-richard-e, #primaries-and-caucuses, #university-of-massachusetts-amherst

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Pushed Together for 48 Days, Then Pulled Apart for 49

Between a pandemic and military training, so much for college love being casual.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dating-and-relationships, #letters, #love-emotion, #quantico-marine-base-va

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C.D.C. Employees Ask Agency to Address ‘Racism and Discrimination’

More than 1,000 employees signed a letter criticizing the agency for “scant progress in addressing the very real challenges Black employees experience.”

#black-people, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #hispanic-americans, #letters, #medicine-and-health, #race-and-ethnicity, #redfield-robert-r, #united-states, #workplace-environment

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You Should Start Writing Letters

Zoom calls and texts are emotionally draining, but exchanging handwritten notes can be sublime.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #letters, #postal-service-us, #quarantines

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An Open Letter on Free Expression Draws a Counterblast

A few days after more than 150 cultural luminaries warned of a growing “intolerant climate,” another group responded with a pointed letter of its own.

#free-speech, #harpers-magazine, #letters, #news-and-news-media, #social-media, #writing-and-writers

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Artists and Writers Warn of an ‘Intolerant Climate.’ Reaction Is Swift.

An open letter published by Harper’s, signed by luminaries including Margaret Atwood and Wynton Marsalis, argued for openness to “opposing views.” The debate began immediately.

#atwood-margaret, #black-people, #discrimination, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #harpers-magazine, #jones-bill-t, #letters, #marsalis-wynton, #race-and-ethnicity, #rowling-j-k

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Reflecting on Summer Camp in Our Campless Summer

The letters my children and I used to send to and from camp were little shots of treasure, containing everything we would use to put our family back together at the end of summer.

#camps-and-camping, #children-and-childhood, #families-and-family-life, #letters, #luggage-and-packing, #parenting

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Readers Respond to the March 2020 Issue

Letters to the editor from the March 2020 issue of Scientific American

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Despite Everything, the Mail Still Comes

Letter writing has helped people meaningfully connect during this time of isolation, grief and unrest.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #home-schooling, #letters, #postal-service-and-post-offices

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Mourning the Letters That Will No Longer Be Written, and Remembering the Great Ones That Were

A book critic laments the decline in proper correspondence, and recalls the great letters of Ralph Ellison, Jean Rhys, Samuel Beckett and others.

#books-and-literature, #letters, #writing-and-writers

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Readers Respond to the February 2020 Issue

Letters to the editor from the February 2020 issue of Scientific American

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The Horror of Prison During the Coronavirus

A letter from inside Marion Correctional Institution is the voice of those locked in cages and discarded during this pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #letters, #marion-county-ohio, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sentences-criminal

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Readers Respond to the January 2020 Issue

Letters to the editor from the January 2020 issue of Scientific American

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North Korea Denies Sending a ‘Nice Note’ to Trump

​The North’s Foreign Ministry ​disputed an assertion by President Trump and warned that his relationship with Kim Jong-un should not “be misused for meeting selfish purposes.”

#kim-jong-un, #letters, #north-korea, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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What Do Letters Reveal About the Creative Mind?

In an age of oversharing and auto-fiction, reading a person’s correspondence still offers the best window into how a literary self is formed.

#books-and-literature, #hardwick-elizabeth, #letters, #poetry-and-poets, #writing-and-writers

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Readers Respond to the December 2019 Issue

Letters to the editor from the December 2019 issue of Scientific American

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#letters, #policyethics, #the-sciences

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My Dad Has Coronavirus. I Don’t Know if I Should Say Goodbye.

For over a week, my family has been caught in limbo, preparing for the worst.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #fever, #funerals-and-memorials, #grief-emotion, #hackensack-university-medical-center, #hospitals, #letters, #los-angeles-calif, #quarantines, #sedaris-david, #ventilators-medical

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Readers Respond to the November 2019 Issue

Letters to the editor from the November 2019 issue of Scientific American

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