Yes! “Write postcards.” ~Maeve Binchy

Posted By Carla Neggers

February 7, 2024

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Long before either of us visited Ireland, my mother introduced me to Irish novelist Maeve Binchy’s books. I, too, became a fan. I can see my mother, who died a little over two years ago, reading one by the fire in the back room.

Ms. Binchy, who died in 2012, left behind a few tips for us:

“Learn to type. Learn to drive. Have fun. Write postcards. (Letters take too long and you don’t do it; a postcard takes two minutes.) Be punctual. Don’t worry about what other people are thinking. They are not thinking about you. Write quickly. (Taking longer doesn’t usually make it better.) Get up early. See the world. Call everybody by their first name, from doctors to presidents. Have parties. Don’t agonize. Don’t regret. Don’t fuss. Never brood. Move on. Don’t wait for permission to be happy. Don’t wait for permission to do anything. Make your own life.” ~Maeve Binchy

Food for thought as we get into this new year!

Even in the age of texts, email and social media, I still love to send postcards. 🙂

Note: I took the above image on the southwest coast of Ireland, in a small town that could have been in one of Maeve Binchy’s novels.