Book­let gives easy tu­to­rial on how to write a let­ter

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - YOUR DAILY BREAK - Dear Abby

DEAR ABBY >> I’m a fresh­man in col­lege, blessed to have an in­tern­ship in the of­fice of a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion. As time goes by, and as trust is built, I am be­ing given more re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. One of them is writ­ing let­ters for var­i­ous pur­poses — thank-you let­ters, in­vi­ta­tions, con­grat­u­la­tory let­ters, etc.

When I was in high school, I was never taught the for­mat for how to write these kinds of let­ters. I get con­fused about spac­ing and how to ad­dress peo­ple with ti­tles. It’s a shame that tech­nol­ogy has left my gen­er­a­tion so clue­less on how to do im­por­tant stuff. Is there a re­source for let­ter writ­ing avail­able from you? I need it be­cause I feel awk­ward al­ways hav­ing to ask other staff mem­bers. — Clue­less intern in Algonquin,


DEAR INTERN >> Judg­ing from the high vol­ume of mail I re­ceive, let­ter com­po­si­tion is some­thing that many peo­ple be­sides you strug­gle with. I pub­lish a book­let called “How to Write Let­ters for All Oc­ca­sions,” and among the top­ics it cov­ers are how to ad­dress a sen­a­tor, mem­ber of Congress, cler­gyper­son, etc. It can be or­dered by send­ing your name and mail­ing ad­dress, plus check or money or­der for $7 (U.S. funds), to Dear Abby Let­ters Book­let, P.O. Box 447, Mount Mor­ris, IL 61054-0447. Ship­ping and han­dling are in­cluded in the price. Keep it in your desk drawer and dip into it as needed. My let­ters book­let also con­tains help­ful sug­ges­tions for writ­ing let­ters of con­grat­u­la­tions, and let­ters about dif­fi­cult sub­jects to ad­dress, such as let­ters of con­do­lence for the loss of a par­ent, spouse or child, as well as warm thank-you notes for birth­day, shower, wed­ding and hol­i­day gifts.

My let­ters book­let pro­vides an as­sist for any­one who needs a quick and easy tu­to­rial. It has also proven to be par­tic­u­larly help­ful for par­ents to use as a way to eas­ily teach chil­dren how to write us­ing proper eti­quette.

DEAR ABBY >> My boyfriend and I have been to­gether for four years. I love him deeply, but I have lied to him about cer­tain things. I feel guilty about it, but I can’t bring my­self to tell him the truth be­cause he has a tem­per.

One lie I told was that I was laid off from my pre­vi­ous job, but I re­ally quit. He didn’t want me quit­ting, but I did it for my own good. I was hav­ing a ner­vous break­down, and all I felt were neg­a­tive thoughts when I worked there. Al­though I found a bet­ter job months later, I never sum­moned up the courage to tell him the truth.

We don’t live to­gether. I’m 24 and he’s 26. Do you think this lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion is a rea­son to break up, or am I be­ing too sen­si­tive about his tem­per? He doesn’t abuse me, but he won’t talk to me if he doesn’t have things his way.

— Un­sure in the West

DEAR UN­SURE >> I’m glad you’re not liv­ing to­gether be­cause if you were, your prob­lem would have se­ri­ous ram­i­fi­ca­tions. Your boyfriend may not be phys­i­cally abu­sive, but he IS con­trol­ling. Sub­ject­ing you to the silent treat­ment is emo­tion­ally abu­sive, and so was de­cid­ing “for” you that you should re­main at a job that’s stress­ful and un­pleas­ant.

You may love this man deeply, but from my per­spec­tive the re­la­tion­ship isn’t a healthy one. If you want to end it, you are jus­ti­fied.

Dear Abby is writ­ten by Abi­gail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Con­tact Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los An­ge­les, CA 90069.

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