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The "Letters to the Editor" page in a magazine is extremely popular with readers. In fact, it's the first thing that many people read. When I published a business magazine 11 years ago, I was looking for a way to encourage people to write more letters. So whenever someone wrote me a letter, I'd have a long-stemmed rose delivered to them at their office with a note of thanks. (I had a barter thing going with a florist--his roses for an ad in my magazine--so it was a cost-effective arrangement.)
Now, I expected people to be delighted when they received the rose, and I wasn't a bit surprised when I would get a phone call from a letter writer thanking me. But what did surprise me was how the negative letter writers responded. It was classic...
"Thanks a lot Suzanne for the rose and the note. You know I really didn't mean to sound so negative in my letter. I think I was just having a bad day and it came out a little stronger than I had intended. I really think you're doing a great job."
But the best phone call came from a guy who called to thank me for his rose, and then he asked me if I thought the rose would still look good on Sunday. His wedding anniversary was 4 days away and he was wondering if the rose would keep until then, so he could give it to his wife as a gift.
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Thanks for reading with me. It's so good to read with friends.
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AUTHORBUZZ: THE YELLOW BIRDS (Fiction) by Kevin Powers
I've always been a reader and a writer and when I got back from fighting in Iraq, I knew I had a story to tell. My first novel THE YELLOW BIRDS is the story of a friendship between two soldiers, Private Bartle and Private Murphy, as well as an exploration of the effect on mothers of having their sons at war.
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