September 10, 2011
As the anniversary of 9/11/01 approaches, I recall the spontaneous shrines the families and friends of the victims erected to honor their loved ones and give expression to their enormous grief. Many images contained handwritten notes with drawings and photos. Many were love letters, thank you notes, and goodbyes. Some wrote prayers for hope and courage.
“The power of these heartfelt expressions, written by hand, is clear. They serve as evidence of our collective humanity and offer some solace to our wounded souls.” -Margaret Shepherd, September 2001
Race for the Sky Songs for New York & 9/11
Margaret Shepherd, The Art of the Handwritten Note- A Guide to Reclaiming Civilized Communication. New York: Broadway Books, 2002