The Letter That Changed My Life #Book Excerpt

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According to Your Daily Poem, this past Sunday was World Letter Writing Day. These days, who writes a letter with pen and paper, puts it in an envelope with a stamp, and deposits it in a mailbox? Well, in 2005 before we were married, my late husband Bill did just that. At the time, he was living in Fowler, Colorado, and I was living here in Sheridan, Wyoming. The letter he sent me was quite a shock, as you’ll see in the excerpt from My Ideal Partner below.


“Dear Abbie, I’m writing to ask for your hand in marriage,” the letter stated.

“Oh, no,” I said, as the index finger of my right hand scanned the Braille words on the page.

It was a Saturday evening in January 2005. This was all a bad dream, I thought, as I sat in the living room of my apartment. Any minute, my alarm clock would ring. I would wake up, and everything would be as it was before. Instead, the talking clock in the bedroom announced that it was 8:30.


How about you? Do you still write letters the old-fashioned way?



New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.


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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of two novels,, two poetry collections, and a memoir with another novel on the way. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at

7 thoughts on “The Letter That Changed My Life #Book Excerpt”

  1. I must confess all my written communications these days are digital. Handwritten letters do add a personal touch, but then, my handwriting was always poor. So when I correspond with friends, I put more thought into what I say rather than the medium by which I send it.

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  2. One of the things I always did with my elementary students was to have them write a letter to a family member or friend. (I taught thirty-one years in grades 2-6). Many of my students had never written a letter ever, and very few knew how to address an envelope.

    Another favorite memory of mine was giving my address out at the end of the year to my students hoping that I would hear from a few during the summer. I always got a couple of letters, and even though I’m retired now, I am still delighted when one occasionally comes from former students who are now adults.

    Can’t say I ever got something as exciting as a marriage proposal in the mail though, Abbie.

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    1. That’s so sweet. These days, I doubt even cursive writing is taught in schools, let alone letter writing.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. Please check back often. I update at least three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.

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