Love Letters LiveTuesday, 7:30 - 8:00 pm
Working to make the world a better place, one letter at a time...
Love Letters Live! is a talk show featuring love letters and the people who write them. Guests are local personalities who are willing to share compelling personal stories and what they want to say to a loved one in a letter.
Hosts are San Franciscans Janet Gallin and Tresa Eyres, also known as the "Love Letters Squad." They love what they do: interviewing exceptional people with stories to tell and letters of love; new love, lost love, hope, promises, gratitude, admiration and friendship. The reasons for writing a love letter are as many and different as there are people. The stories and the letters evoke laughter, tears, wisdom, and wonder ? sometimes all at once.
A sample of topics includes letters to spouse, to a mother who is sinking into the depths of Alzheimer's, to a son who will read about his grandparents from the mother who gave him up for adoption, a fan letter to Roger Ebert, orphaned siblings who will read about their oldest sister's mission to keep the family together. There are letters to the guests' future selves, to deceased friends and family, to babies yet unborn, to the San Francisco Giants, to a beloved store no longer in business.
As guests reveal themselves through loving sentiments, listeners gather tips and steps for composing letters of their own. The Love Letters Live! web site features past programs for listening anytime, anywhere. Visit www.LoveLettersLive.com.
Bay area listeners who have a story to tell and a love letter to write are invited to contact Janet and Tresa at info@LoveLettersLive.com. A love letter written with Janet and Tresa is your chance to put your best self on paper and enrich someone else's life. Love Letters Live lets everybody shine.
Janet and Tresa deliver "Love Letters Workshops" on demand. These are half-day events for groups of 9 to 12 participants who have stories to tell and love letters to compose. When the workshop ends, everyone has a love letter developed, penned, stamped, and ready to mail to the person of choice.
To provide a "Love Letters Workshop" to your organization, visit www.LoveLettersLive.com, click "Contact us" and describe your organization and request.
Each week there is gratitude to share, challenges to explore, and love to express.
Tune in Sunday at 8:00 p.m. to hear a featured guest tell his/her story and listen to Janet guide the guest through the steps of developing the letter.
Barbara writes to her parents about the child she gave up for adoption ( October 7, 2006)
Iris writes to her store, Fillamento, now closed (November 19, 2006)
Dan writes writes a fan letter as a love letter to film critic Roger Ebert.(April 29, 2007)
Cheyenne, an eighth grader, writes to her Uncle Jerry, who was like a father to her. (May 6, 2007)
Trang writes to the five siblings she raised. (July 1, 2007)
Kathleen writes to her ill father to tell him how she will always remember him. (August 12, 2007)
Suzanne writes to an aunt to repair a rift.(December 16, 2007)
Nataliya writes to her first American friend.(February 17, 2008)
Vilunya writes to her daughter who has so bravely met life's challenges. (March 30, 2008)
Don writes to his dad in appreciation of his quiet heroism.(July 13, 2008)
Damien writes two letters; one to the car salesman who sold him his last car, and one to his future self as the host of a radio show geared to help people buy cars intelligently (August 17, 2008)
Love Letters blog
A love-letter is so many things. It is your truth put to paper in a loving and compassionate way. It is your own history documented by you in your own handwriting. It is any letter meant to ask for love everlasting, to promise forever, to woo, to seduce, to convince, to ask for love, to ask for more, to wish for the moon, to offer love and for appreciating anything or anyone at all and at any time you feel the love or remember that you once felt it. A love letter is a chance to put your best self on paper.
I am not saying that every letter is a love letter or that it needs to be. I am saying that a letter can be a love letter if you want it to be. And I am saying that often it should be. Why?
A love-letter is a gift of what is in our hearts. It is a gift tailor-made by you for (usually) just one person in this world. But, if you think the gift is just for the person who gets the letter, think again. It is a gift for someone else as well. Yes, for you, the writer. The gift to you is releasing what is in your heart, sharing your thoughts, speaking your mind and stating your case. What a gift it is to you, the writer, to learn how to say exactly what you mean in the clearest and dearest way possible. And what a gift it is to you to be able to give your love to someone else. And to bathe in the positive of all you feel is an unmatched joy.
A love letter is a wonderful way to invite someone into your life either as a friend or a sweetheart. A love letter may be the best way to show someone the way out of your life in the most gentle and loving way possible while never losing sight of what you once loved about the very person you must now sweep off your path.
I do not consider those holiday-time blast-flyers done on the computer as love letters. They surely may be nice to get so we can be brought up to date about all sorts of things, but love letters? No. And, think about it, they are usually about the writer and the writer's family, travel, graduations, weddings, refurbishing the house, new job. A love letter is not, in my opinion, about ourselves. A love letter is about the other guy.
Again, remember that you are not writing it in order to get something back any more than you give a gift to get one back. But having said that and meaning it, well, who wouldn't, way down right in the center where your tummy meets your heart (my apologies to the world of anatomical sciences if I have overstepped some boundary), want a reply of some kind?
In my experience people do not send a love letter for a love letter, but they manage to say something somewhere down the line about how much the letter meant, that it will be kept forever, that it has already been read and re-read, or that it has been shown to everyone who walks into the house.
So, after all this, we still may ask what, exactly, is a love letter. It is absolutely up to you to decided. You are totally in charge of this. Totally in charge: What a gift that is! How often does that happen in life. Grab the opportunity. Be totally in charge!