Interested in communicating via email or snail mail letter writing with other Senior Pen Pals worldwide?
Inky Trail News is no longer published-- sorry!
However, Click to read about the R-O Senior Pen Pal Newsletter -- if you'd like your ad place AND want to write to others!
Many years ago, I published a Pen Pal Newspaper, then Newsletter (published just short of 20 years before it ended).
WHY? Because I've always recognized the VALUE of Friendship Via the Written Word!
I am an Introvert -- and that definitely worked for me as I like to take my time, considering my words and what I could write about. Writing is MY best mode of communication! Always has been!
As a child, I wrote to Auntie Mary in California. When I did a project in school one year, she sent me OODLES of glossy books on CA. We wrote back and forth for years -- and Auntie told Mom how she loves my letters. Between the two of them, I decided I could write (yeah, I know... My MOM and my AUNT! Not much bias there!)
In school, we had to get pen pals. I picked ENGLAND (hey, the Beatles were popular and I assumed other countries couldn't write English... dummy!) I got Paul Ebbage! My own PAUL Beatle... we wrote for years, until marriage and life got in the way.
In the 80s, I started a Pen Pal Newspaper (yep, tabloid sized printed by a news printer in Ohio). I got BOXES every month, addressed and mailed out to subscribers. When it got to be work, I changed it to a newsletter format.
I had tried to find Adult pen pals online, without much luck. What's a gal to do? Print a newsletter full of them! Publishing was fun! I loved the stories readers would submit and, unlike most editors, I rarely edited as that would take away the true essence of the person writing.
THEN I quit... just too much work.
Every month, I get emails asking for pen pals. People want to write to others. People really want to connect.
This breaks my heart. First, I LOVED writing pen pal letters. I saved them and kept them even today (30+ years later). Second, now that my passions is seniors/retirement, it's even worse to think we've got this internet connecting the world -- and yet people are lonely, especially seniors.
HOW do I keep seniors SAFE while providing others to write to?
Today, I had an idea...
Introducing: The Retirement-Online Senior Pen Pal Newsletter
1) $5 to place your senior pen pal ad in the next issue. You must place your own ad to get the PDF newsletter of senior pen pal ads. Everyone is involved, no lurkers, and everyone has to provide contact info. I am hoping this allows me to "approve" the ads easier to assure this is kept secure.
2) When published, you will receive the PDF Quarterly. You can read it online or print it so you can go over it more thoroughly. You cannot share it online or with anyone else. Please. We need to make this a safe haven for friendly seniors.
I am going to try this, if it works, good. If it does not, that's ok... I will stop doing it.
I wish you many new senior pen pals that perk up your daily life and they definitely will! You can learn about different lifestyles, life in different states, or even worldwide.
I also offer the private Retirement Community as an option. Over 2000 retirees have accounts there. Most do not interact in the Community, but you can find them via a Member search and connect.
I also started an email workshop: How to Find Senior Friends, that helps while using this site. Friendships are what LIFE is all about!
Wendy's other site... because Aging Matters!