The National Digest

Hand Writing Notes Brings Joy — Try It!

These days, most of our communication is done in a flurry of e-mails, texts and Slack messages. Maybe, we’ll get a phone call if we’re lucky.

While these contemporary devices bring convenience to our lives, the stress of a pinging text never quite equals the warm feeling issued by finding a handwritten letter among the bills in your mailbox.

“It’s really special to see someone take the time to put a pen to paper,” says April May, owner of handmade greeting card company Smudge Ink. “It’s an element of human connection that I feel is really valuable, especially now that we’re doing more and more electronically.”

Based in Charlestown, the Smudge Ink studio uses an old-school letterpress to manually illustrate cards and letterhead for distribution nationwide.

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