Episode 012: Our Mystery Has Been Solved!

Well, faithful podcast listeners, I asked for Nancy Drews and you all delivered! 

Thanks to two very dedicated and sleuthy individuals, the subjects of the mystery letter shared in episode 10 have been located! On today's episode, host Libby Reilly chats with Brandy O'Neill of Nutmeg Nanny and Kristen Doyle of Dine & Dish to break down every step of the path to solving the mystery and where we are now. 

You don't want to miss this exciting episode to hear how we bordered creepy in order to reach the end of this search.

You can connect with Brandy on her website, Instagram, twitter, and Facebook
You can connect with Kristen on her website, instagram, twitter, and Facebook. You can also read the blog post she mentions about never writing her husband a love letter. 

If you want to connect with Letters from Life, find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Don't forget to take our letter-writing challenge to write one handwritten letter each week AND post on social media using #LettersfromLife. 

Episode 011: Renee's Pen Pal, Mrs. Free

 

In today's episode of the Letters from Life podcast, Renee Fabian, a writer in Los Angeles, shares how her relationship with her second grade teacher, Mrs. Free changed and molded her into who she is today. Their writing of letters to one another is still going on now decades later and Renee is grateful to have this pen pal and confidante. Listen on to hear our discussion about handwritten letters, modern day communication, the impact of teachers, and how Renee plans to pass the letter-writing torch onto her nephew.

Renee's article about her relationship and the letters with Mrs. Free

Connect with Renee on Twitter

Connect with Renee on Instagram

Episode 010: A Mystery of Letter Proportion

In this episode of the Letters from Life podcast, host Libby Reilly shares a mystery letter that was given to her. The letter was found on a college campus in the early 2000s but the sender and receiver have never been located. 

It was written in Birmingham, Alabama circa 1958. The sender shares his love, a few quips, and plans of his career with the Navy. No date, simple, lacking addresses, and a whole lot of great content.

Will you help us solve this mystery and find the subjects of this letter? Share it with your friends to get the momentum going. You never know what information or ties to this letter may be hiding in your social circle. 

Also, we want to know what you think! Let us know in the comments what story you began molding in your head about Richard and Nancy. What questions do you have for them? 



If you liked this episode, leave us a review in iTunes- that's how they know what content people are listening to and how to share it with others! If you want to take our letter-writing challenge, just send one handwritten letter to someone in your life this week and use #LettersfromLife on social media. 

Special thanks to Taryn, Julianne, and Mark Reilly for research and handwriting analysis! 

Episode 009: Dear Jon, a Two-for-One

Today's episode features Jon Miller, a musician and documentary filmmaker. Jon couldn't decide between two completely different letters so we decided to share both of them on this episode. The first is from his dad, who gave Jon a gift of memories for his 21st birthday; the second is from an adoring fan-turned-friend of his first documentary, which explores the movement of positive thinking. He is the director and producer of "Strung Together" (about cigar box guitars) and "What is New Thought?" featuring Wally Amos and Della Reese.

You can learn more about Jon's films, Strung Together and What is New Thought here, purchase them below, and connect with him on Facebook. 


You can also purchase the book Jon mentions to document his daughter, Caroline's first few years, below.

Jon and wife Tiffany, Caroline, and Benjamin- due to arrive soon!

Jon and wife Tiffany, Caroline, and Benjamin- due to arrive soon!

Episode 008: April's Proposal Letter

April and her husband Brent with sons Noah and Kipper.

April and her husband Brent with sons Noah and Kipper.

This episode of the Letters from Life podcast features April from Mobile, Alabama. April and I met a few years ago when we both worked in television journalism and I learned so much from her! I truly enjoyed our chats about life, pens, and handwriting (I'm sure we talked about more but these really do stick out in my mind). 

This is why I was so excited to have her on the podcast- I knew she was one who who would not only have a great letter to share, but would help us on our mission to keep handwritten letter writing alive. 

April's husband proposed to her in 1999 in an atypical fashion, but in a way that meant the most to April. On this episode, we talk marriage, children, wedding favorites, meaningful letters, and April's love of handwriting. 

April's favorite wedding photograph, which she discusses in the letter.

April's favorite wedding photograph, which she discusses in the letter.

Episode 007: Writer Matt Love Finds a Love Note on the Beach

This episode of the Letters from Life podcast features Matt Love, a writer and high school teacher from Astoria, Oregon.

Matt found a lost love note of sorts one morning while walking his dog along the beach. He wrote a column about it in the Oregon Coast Today and I knew I just had to bring him on the podcast. Thankfully, he obliged! Matt and I chatted about the importance of handwritten sentiments, the beauty of keeping some things old fashioned, his writings about Oregon, and some other love letters he is hanging on to.

You can find the original column that came up on my google alert here. 

You can find the article "Return to Saddle Mountain" here. 

You can find Matt's published works and how to connect on social media here. 

We want to know what you thought about the letter and conversation! What questions did you have about the letter Matt found on the beach? Let us know in the comments and you could be featured in an upcoming episode.

If you would like to share a letter on a future episode of the Letters from Life podcast, email lettersfromlife@classiccursive.com!

Matt's husky, Sonny, on the beach. 

Matt's husky, Sonny, on the beach. 

Episode 006: A Letter of Support From Karmen's Sister

Karmen with her husband and two miracle babies.

Karmen with her husband and two miracle babies.

This episode of the Letters from Life podcast features author and speaker, Karmen Smith.

After dealing with the loss of her first child at just 17 weeks, Karmen dealt with her grief the only way she knew how. During this time, she received a letter from her sister marveling at the strength she recognized and offering her love and support. Karmen recounts very raw and honest feelings of this period of sorrow and how all things work together for good.

You can connect with Karmen on Facebook, Instagram, or purchase Pray Big: A 6-Week Prayer Journal:

If you would like to share a letter on a future episode of the Letters from Life podcast, email lettersfromlife@classiccursive.com!

Episode 5: A Letter From Jill's High School Love

In today's episode, we hear from Jill, a 26-year-old real estate professional originally from Indiana but now living in Nebraska. In the early 2000s, Jill was your somewhat typical Catholic high school student with a not-so-typical love. While from opposites sides of the gymnasium, Jill and Jim found a deep and true love that they thought would shape and lead their future. As that future stood before them, Jim created a scrapbook of sorts, a "summer-y" of their relationship that he hoped would solidify their change of scenery and ignite the connection no one could deny. The letter Jill shares in this episode was enclosed in this gift, along with pictures and tokens of their memories. 

If you would like to share a letter on a future episode of the Letters from Life podcast, email lettersfromlife@classiccursive.com!

Episode 004: Joanne Helps a Vietnamese Refugee in Singapore, 1986

At the Singapore refugee camp classroom in 1986

At the Singapore refugee camp classroom in 1986

Today's episode is with Joanne, a humble woman from Canada with a big heart and great stories. In the late 1980s, she and her family moved to Singapore, where she volunteered to teach Vietnamese refugees in a local camp before they were transported to a permanent new home. Joanne connected with one student in particular, Tuan, who was moved to Winnipeg. This letter was written to Joanne after Tuan arrived in his new home and describes his travel, situation, and gratitude. 

If you would like to share a letter on a future episode of the Letters from Life podcast, email lettersfromlife@classiccursive.com!

Linda, Tuan, and Joanne in 2000. 

Linda, Tuan, and Joanne in 2000. 

Episode 003: Mallory's LDR

Today's episode features Mallory Underwood, a lovely lady who loves adventure. She met a special guy while studying abroad in Australia and, little did she know at the time, was about to embark on one of the greatest adventures of her life: love. 

If you would like to share a letter on a future episode of the Letters from Life podcast, email lettersfromlife@classiccursive.com!

Sonya Gains Wisdom From Her Father

On this episode, Sonya Lavett shares a letter she received from her father when she was 19-years-old. While the letter was first received in anger and resentment, decades later Sonya is able to acknowledge the wisdom and lessons her dad poured into his words. 

If you would like to share a letter on a future episode of the Letters from Life podcast, email lettersfromlife@classiccursive.com!