Oregon Humanities is hoping to connect people across the state through their Dear Stranger project. Here’s how it works: people write a letter intended for a stranger, introducing themselves and talking about their lives. They send that in to Oregon Humanities along with a self-addressed envelope and Oregon Humanities distributes the letters. Each person who writes a letter will get a letter back from someone else. Oregon Humanities executive director Adam Davis says, “We don’t know what’s going to happen, but we hope people will keep writing to each other.”
Are you a letter writer? What do you get out of this form of correspondence? Would you consider writing a letter to a stranger? What would you say?