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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

6860 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
6860 Posts

Posted - Jan 20 2023 :  3:41:54 PM  Show Profile
Thank you for your input! I will stick to reading that book then.

Krista
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citychick03
Farmgirl in Training

12 Posts

Emily
BENSALEM PA
USA
12 Posts

Posted - Jun 03 2023 :  8:21:38 PM  Show Profile
I've really enjoyed working on this merit badge. Having a penpal, and getting snail mail instead of bills all the time, is really nice.
I really enjoyed learning about my penpal's area and about her daily life.
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AndreaPA
True Blue Farmgirl

528 Posts

Andrea
Factoryville PA
USA
528 Posts

Posted - Jun 04 2023 :  4:02:38 PM  Show Profile
Hey Emily! I'm in Wyoming County, PA. Are you near Philly?


Andrea
Farmgirl# 8166
FGOTM May 2023
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

6860 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
6860 Posts

Posted - Jun 05 2023 :  11:44:55 AM  Show Profile
I agree, Emily! The letters make the bills not seem so bad. You actually want to check the mail box!

Krista
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citychick03
Farmgirl in Training

12 Posts

Emily
BENSALEM PA
USA
12 Posts

Posted - Jun 05 2023 :  7:06:04 PM  Show Profile
Hi Andrea!
I am near Philly! Are you near Scranton?
Emily
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AndreaPA
True Blue Farmgirl

528 Posts

Andrea
Factoryville PA
USA
528 Posts

Posted - Jun 07 2023 :  4:10:46 PM  Show Profile
Emily I am about 30 minutes north of Scranton.

Andrea
Farmgirl# 8166
FGOTM May 2023
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Blessed in Colorado
True Blue Farmgirl

6532 Posts

Debbie L.
Oregon
USA
6532 Posts

Posted - Feb 28 2024 :  10:33:23 AM  Show Profile
Does anyone have the book If You Find This Letter I can borrow please? I will pay the shipping to send it to me. Thank you.

Big Hugs,
Debbie
#1582
Blessed in Oregon
With Colorado on My Mind
Farmgirl of the Month September 2012, February 2018, September 2022
“My altars are My Mountains
and the Ocean.” Lord Byron”

When I am Old I Shall Wear Purple, I am Old now!!


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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

6860 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
6860 Posts

Posted - Feb 28 2024 :  1:12:21 PM  Show Profile
Debbie, I have the book but I have not finished reading it yet. I am only half way. I am happy to send it to you once I finish if someone else doesn't have it available first.

Krista

Edited by - MaryJanesNiece on Feb 28 2024 1:13:06 PM
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Jokamartell
True Blue Farmgirl

1507 Posts

Karen
Kennewick WA
USA
1507 Posts

Posted - Feb 28 2024 :  6:29:39 PM  Show Profile
Debbie, I have the book…

Karen :)

To quote one of my past preschoolers “Not one of those Karens, but a good Karen”! Haha
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Blessed in Colorado
True Blue Farmgirl

6532 Posts

Debbie L.
Oregon
USA
6532 Posts

Posted - Feb 28 2024 :  7:01:31 PM  Show Profile
I would love to borrow your book. Thank you Karen.

Big Hugs,
Debbie
#1582
Blessed in Oregon
With Colorado on My Mind
Farmgirl of the Month September 2012, February 2018, September 2022
“My altars are My Mountains
and the Ocean.” Lord Byron”

When I am Old I Shall Wear Purple, I am Old now!!


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Jokamartell
True Blue Farmgirl

1507 Posts

Karen
Kennewick WA
USA
1507 Posts

Posted - Mar 04 2024 :  8:07:29 PM  Show Profile
Debbie, I will do my best to remember to pull the book off the shelf and drop it in the mail to you! :)

Karen :)

To quote one of my past preschoolers “Not one of those Karens, but a good Karen”! Haha
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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

9291 Posts

Denise
Beavercreek Ohio
USA
9291 Posts

Posted - Mar 05 2024 :  02:25:49 AM  Show Profile
I just ordered a used copy of If You Find This Letter.
Hope it arrives soon.

~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"I am a bookaholic and I have no desire to be cured."

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

http://www.ladybugsandlilacs.blogspot.com/
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

6860 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
6860 Posts

Posted - Mar 06 2024 :  12:11:48 PM  Show Profile
Denise, that is what I did with mine. I think I found mine for around $4. I am not really a fan of this book. I pictured it being way different than it is.

Krista
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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

9291 Posts

Denise
Beavercreek Ohio
USA
9291 Posts

Posted - Mar 06 2024 :  6:19:43 PM  Show Profile
You all have piqued my interest in finding out how it is different from what I'm expecting it to be!

~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"I am a bookaholic and I have no desire to be cured."

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

http://www.ladybugsandlilacs.blogspot.com/
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MaryJane
Queen Bee

16330 Posts

MaryJane
Moscow Idaho
USA
16330 Posts

Posted - Mar 08 2024 :  11:03:31 AM  Show Profile
The book, If You Find This Letter by Hannah Brencher is one of several books that are recommended reading for earning our Lost Art of Letter Writing merit badge. It has good reviews online but I should warn you, it might not be your cup of tea. I haven't read it; I delegated that task. I will spend some time with it and might choose to delete it based on feedback we've received.

What do you think? Delete? Replace? If replace, do any of you have a book recommendation for that badge? I think the existing line-up is probably adequate.

Intermediate Level

Read a book on letter writing. Some good options are The Art of the Personal Letter by Margaret Shepherd, 100 Letters that Changed the World by Colin Salter, If You Find This Letter by Hannah Brencher, or A Simple Act of Gratitude: How Learning to Say Thank You Changed My Life by John Kralik.

Send three cards/letters to friends, relatives, or acquaintances who could use a pick-me-up.

MaryJane, Farmgirl #1 Plowin' Thru ~ giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting ~
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

6860 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
6860 Posts

Posted - Mar 08 2024 :  2:07:14 PM  Show Profile
Karen, what were your thoughts on the book? I am curious to see what you think.

Krista
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debbieklann
Sharpshooter/Schoolmarm

766 Posts

Debbie
Madras OR
USA
766 Posts

Posted - Mar 16 2024 :  1:56:20 PM  Show Profile
I also read If You Find This Letter. I really didn't know what to expect from it and at times I really liked it and others, I pushed my way through it. I think by the time I finished it, I would give it a 5/10.
I am probably the world's worst penpal correspondent, but I have a penpal that I have been writing to since probably 2016. We met through MaryJane's forum. It's been fun watching her grandchildren grow up as hers and mine are close in age. I enjoy hearing about life in the south :) It was kind of funny that her birthday and my husband's are the same day and her son, granddaughter and MY daughter all share a birthday. Small world! It's always nice to see a letter in the mail.

Debbie Klann
Farmgirl Sister #770
2018 Farmgirl of the Year

"Well behaved women seldom make history"....Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
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Jokamartell
True Blue Farmgirl

1507 Posts

Karen
Kennewick WA
USA
1507 Posts

Posted - Mar 16 2024 :  6:21:35 PM  Show Profile
Krista, I feel the same as Debbie. Sometimes I enjoyed reading it and other times it felt perplexing. I was disappointed as the online reviews, as Mary Jane said, were excellent.

Karen :)

To quote one of my past preschoolers “Not one of those Karens, but a good Karen”! Haha
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

6860 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
6860 Posts

Posted - Mar 18 2024 :  12:36:10 PM  Show Profile
I am glad I am not the only one feeling this way. Thank you Karen and Debbie for telling me.

Krista
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MaryJane
Queen Bee

16330 Posts

MaryJane
Moscow Idaho
USA
16330 Posts

Posted - Mar 18 2024 :  2:29:17 PM  Show Profile
My vote is to remove it as suggested reading. There are several others that are recommended. Thanks for your feedback!

MaryJane, Farmgirl #1 Plowin' Thru ~ giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting ~
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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

9291 Posts

Denise
Beavercreek Ohio
USA
9291 Posts

Posted - Mar 19 2024 :  11:47:41 AM  Show Profile
I bought it and am reading it. I hope I can still use it towards the badge.

~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"I am a bookaholic and I have no desire to be cured."

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

http://www.ladybugsandlilacs.blogspot.com/
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MaryJane
Queen Bee

16330 Posts

MaryJane
Moscow Idaho
USA
16330 Posts

Posted - Mar 20 2024 :  06:15:07 AM  Show Profile
Of course you can, Denise. Let us know what you think.

MaryJane, Farmgirl #1 Plowin' Thru ~ giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting ~
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

6860 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
6860 Posts

Posted - Mar 20 2024 :  1:12:02 PM  Show Profile
Thank you for clarifying that Auntie MJ. I was wondering the same thing. I am glad I will still be able to use it, since I am almost finished.

Krista
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