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Letter Opener Blade

I have this neat old letter opener which is from the early 80's. [more inside]
posted by Confess, Fletch on Jun 14, 2014 - 1 answer

How to be there for someone from far away

How do I write a letter of condolence to my best friend whose dad passed away when it is the only way I have of contacting him? [more inside]
posted by holmesian on Apr 1, 2014 - 9 answers

What is with the advice, "Write a letter and don't send it?"

Sometimes someone does you wrong (most often in a relationship), and there is a desire to call them out, to write a scathing letter. Often it's advised to write it out but not send it. Can someone help me understand why? [more inside]
posted by htid on Feb 4, 2014 - 51 answers

I suck at Scrabble and I need Words to express Things. Help?

I would like to include in my cover letter the sentiment that the years I took off from work (for reasons I touch on) make me hungry for any job I take on. I would really like a job that gave me things to think about, something to focus on and obsess over. How can I put this that doesn't use the word "hungry" and makes me sound more like a dedicated worker and less like a slightly crazed person? My thesaurus's suggestion of "could eat a horse" is not helping.
posted by FiveSecondRule on Jan 3, 2014 - 11 answers

MFT application: letter of reference & personal statement samples? Help!

Hi Mefi Community, I would like to apply for an MFT grad program but feel a huge block when it comes to the personal statement, as well as the letter of reference(s). One of my recommenders has asked that I draft the letter of reference and he will approve it after review, but I've never actually even seen one of these before, so do not know where to begin! [more inside]
posted by Danah_78 on Jan 1, 2014 - 2 answers

Crafting a Monthly Love Letter

Christmas gift help: what's a fun way to visually design a different love letter for each month of the year? [more inside]
posted by bbuda on Dec 19, 2013 - 7 answers

Letter etiquette, reply to a job offer: 'thanks, but no thanks'

My SO applied for, was interviewed for, and subsequently was offered an academic post (lectureship). Some stuff just wasn't right from the outset, and all the contact with the department made it clear that it's not the right place to be working. Please help us to say 'no thanks' correctly. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 19, 2013 - 14 answers

Would it be ok to ask this person for a reference letter?

I haven't known him for that long. And am in a position of privilege [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Nov 23, 2013 - 17 answers

Stranger in a Strange Land

I'm considering confronting my father with the threat of estrangement. What should I know before initiating this kind of "break" with family? (Snowflakes abound, but general guidance helps too!) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2013 - 20 answers

Writing a letter of recommendation via email: in body or as attachment?

A question about writing letters of recommendation. Specifically, when the letters are not hand-written and snail mailed, but are emailed instead. [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Nov 14, 2013 - 12 answers

Quite Possibly One of the Best Problems to Have

How do I write a sincere thank you letter acknowledging a job offer, and thanking the person for their note, but avoid any language suggesting my decision one way or another? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 6, 2013 - 6 answers

help me avoid cover letter pitfalls

I'm writing a cover letter applying to film casting internships in NYC. When I explain why I want to work for specific companies how do I avoid sounding fanboyish? Also how do I broach the subject of my age? [more inside]
posted by timsneezed on Aug 30, 2013 - 7 answers

Need a surrogate older sister... where to find?

What I want is an older sister /grandmother/ auntie type - someone wise I can write letters to from time to time, who will write me thoughtful letters back and offer suggestions and whatnot. A life coach? A counsellor (or therapist)? Does anyone offer this service? I would happily pay a reasonable fee. [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Jun 3, 2013 - 104 answers

How do I land my dream job with little experience?

I'm about to enter the work force with a Masters degree and little applied work experience. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by northxnorthwest on Jun 1, 2013 - 11 answers

Order of names in a letter signature matter when sent from a couple?

My wife and I were writing a brief thank-you note to some friends, and she was helping to edit. I then signed it off as 'Arandia & Wife' -- only my wife says that it should be 'Wife & Arandia', since *I* wrote the letter and it is coming from my email address. [more inside]
posted by Arandia on May 21, 2013 - 17 answers

Letter to praise good customer service?

I'm looking for a form letter that I can use to send to managers of shops when I've been provided with good customer service. Ideally, I'm looking for something that I can just edit the small details of, like the individual's name, what they did that warranted the letter, etc. Also, if you were a shop worker's manager, what would you really like to know/read in this kind of letter?
posted by Solomon on May 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Decode This German Shorthand Mystery Letter From 1939!

This envelope with a letter inside was found inside a large decaying bound edition of Shakespeare auf Deutsch in a junk shop in Bushwick that was only apparently open for a few months before disappearing. The letter, postmarked 15 March, 1939 - was sent to Paris by a Mr. Henri Wolf. The contents of the letter appear to be German shorthand. Included was small piece of what looks like code, there's nothing else on the back.The letter, envelope, postcard, etc in question are at this imgur album. Hivemind: What the hell is this?
posted by The Whelk on Mar 14, 2013 - 28 answers

Style for addressing a formal letter to multiple people

When addressing a formal or business letter to multiple parties, say, A, B, and C, is there a rule for the order, e.g. by how important people are? I.e. if A is more important than B is more important than C, is it: Dear Mr. A, Ms. B and Dr. C: or Dear Dr. C., Ms. B and Mr. A: and are there style guides that I can reference for this? [more inside]
posted by raspberry jam and clothes iron on Feb 9, 2013 - 5 answers

How to resign from a voluntary position?

I have a voluntary position with the union I'm a member of, which involves a lot of extra work, which has been fine up until now. Recently, the job role has changed, with people in my position being encouraged to take on additional duties. There have also been other changes that I'm not happy with. How do I go about resigning my position without causing bad feeling, especially as I will likely need the services of the organisation in the future? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2013 - 6 answers

Anonymous Creepy Letter

My wife received an anonymous creepy letter from someone out of state. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2013 - 21 answers

It shouldn't be this hard when Toronto is barely 100 miles from Buffalo, OK?

I want to change the world. Or at least make it easier/faster/cheaper to send my niece and nephew, currently living less than 500 miles from where I live, a flipping Christmas package. Who should I bother to help get this done? [more inside]
posted by SMPA on Dec 19, 2012 - 21 answers

Recommendation letter help

Recommendation letter wording help: how to tactfully ask a professor to decline my request for recommendation if they cannot provide a "strong" recommendation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 14, 2012 - 21 answers

Should I ask my mentor for a recommendation letter?

Should I ask the mentor from my current employer (who doesn't know I'm leaving) for a recommendation letter? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 21, 2012 - 6 answers

Two Years Too Late Apology

How to go about sending an apology after two years of no contact with a former friend? Snowflake! [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Aug 15, 2012 - 19 answers

I Want my Clear Conscience Back

I owe a person money and want to pay her back. How should I go about it? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Jul 13, 2012 - 15 answers

Please help me find more of these boldly lettered Old Fashioned glasses

I have this Old Fashioned glass with a bold, matte black letter printed on it. It's 4" high and 3 1/4" in diameter. The bottom has bumps the size of smallish marbles. I have a suspicion that it was carried by Crate and Barrel in the 70s or 80s, because my mom has one too, and my family got a lot of decor from there when I was a kid. I'm looking for more, specifically a J or an M for my wife's birthday. (She loves having her initials on things.) Any ideas?
posted by hydrophonic on Apr 2, 2012 - 13 answers

How can I get these toys for my son?

Looking for some help getting some toys that seem to only be available in Asia. [more inside]
posted by never used baby shoes on Mar 31, 2012 - 2 answers

How do I add a personal touch to a letter when I have terrible handwriting?

I want to send a letter with a personal touch but I have horrific handwriting. [more inside]
posted by neilb449 on Mar 19, 2012 - 31 answers

Looking for large Android tablet

A4 or letter size Android tablet - does it exist? [more inside]
posted by aeschenkarnos on Jan 4, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me to write a convincing letter requesting jobs

Freelance Filter >> How to approach my client diplomatically on a letter? [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood on Nov 8, 2011 - 10 answers

Can I apply for a job that reports to a job I applied for in the past without looking like an ass?

Applied for job last month, didn't get it. Now another job from same company has been posted - a position that would be reporting to the higher-up position I applied for last month. Is it completely weird to throw my hat in the ring again? Snowflakiness inside. [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Nov 1, 2011 - 20 answers

Looking for info on wax seals/stamps

Getting back into letter writing. Thinking about using wax seals, looking for some information. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Nov 1, 2011 - 12 answers

Our love is written in blood.

Looking for stories/poems/paintings/etc. that include a letter written in blood. [more inside]
posted by howiamdifferent on Oct 6, 2011 - 7 answers

It's a history mystery.

HistoryFilter: Help my friend figure out which famous pre-1800s, European historical figure this riddle refers to. [more inside]
posted by lovedbymarylane on Aug 29, 2011 - 8 answers

After an interview: a card, an email, or a letter?

After an interview: thank-you letter? e-mail? card? [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Aug 9, 2011 - 33 answers

An unwanted letter

Should I read my friend's suicide letter? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 27, 2011 - 27 answers

Help me find this epistolary novel

Help me find this epistolary novel [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Jul 27, 2011 - 5 answers

Is it bad if I send similar cover letters to the same recruiter for different jobs?

Looking for lab research assistant/technician jobs in the academic industry. Many of these jobs within the same schools have the same recruiter. Is it bad to have a similar cover letter for the same recruiter for these similar jobs? [more inside]
posted by skybluesky on Jul 5, 2011 - 3 answers

Have an old letter - need help transcribing a few words.

I have this old hand written letter that I need help transcribing. [more inside]
posted by joshuamcginnis on Jun 21, 2011 - 6 answers

Letterhead

Where are some good places in Paris to find interesting paper to write letters on? [more inside]
posted by Groovytimes on May 30, 2011 - 8 answers

Decipher handwritten German letter?

Germanfilter: Can someone help me translate this German handwritten letter? [more inside]
posted by sweetmarie on May 23, 2011 - 3 answers

So I'm new to this whole "work" thing...

When obtaining a letter of recommendation, is it best to go for rank or intimacy? [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL on May 23, 2011 - 6 answers

Alternatives for wine in a Love Letter Box for a wedding ceremony?

We're planning on having a love letter and wine box ceremony for our wedding, but I don't like wine that much (although a sweeter wine that lasts that long could be an option). What else could we put in the box that would last for 25 years and still taste good/be nice to have? Doesn't have to be food or drink, I'm open to anything.
posted by ajackson on May 1, 2011 - 13 answers

How can a great classroom teacher find a geat job not in the classroom?

Where can someone who cares about children, especially those who are disadvantaged orwith special needs find a job outside of the classroom? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Apr 8, 2011 - 5 answers

Why yes, I will totally resort to flattery if that's what you would like, Mr. McAwesomesauce!

Interviewers/HR people: what's the best cover letter you've ever read, the one that made you want to hire that person on the spot? [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange on Mar 21, 2011 - 26 answers

Rate this thing that is a cover letter

I have written a cover letter. I would like to know whether it makes recruiters jump for joy or punch the screen. [more inside]
posted by Fen on Mar 11, 2011 - 40 answers

How do you respond when the interviewer misses your phone interview?

I had a phone interview for an entry level position at a small tech startup, but the interviewer is about forty minutes late with no signs of appearing. How do I respond? Possibly relevant: When I confirmed the interview, I forgot to "Reply All" and didn't CC it to two people. Because of this, my interviewer might have missed my confirmation or something.
posted by grammar corrections on Mar 5, 2011 - 11 answers

Copyright infringement letter

Back in 2002 I reblogged a story from CNN on a personal, non-commercial blog. I included a photograph that came with the story. Today I received a nastygram (at my work address) from the photographer saying I violated his copyright, with an invoice for about $1600. I took down the photo immediately. Now what? I am in the U.S. and the photographer is in Germany, if that makes any difference.
posted by kmel on Jan 29, 2011 - 37 answers

Pangrams: English language, but in scribbly.

Are there pangrams (i.e. "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog") which are written in a non-Latin script (e.g. Cyrillic) but the sentence itself is in English (or even phonetic English)? [more inside]
posted by eldvno on Dec 3, 2010 - 7 answers

Concise Writing?

How to Be Concise When Writing Personal Messages/e-mails? [more inside]
posted by easilyconfused on Nov 27, 2010 - 21 answers

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