Diversions, Number 14: Step Onto the TSS Earnslaw

Diversions for You and Your Friends is a feature of the blog, which appears every Monday. To find out more about Diversions, read the Introduction and Number 1, or you can visit the Diversions Archive.

14 - Step Onto the TSS - Bob on boatThis week’s Diversions for You and Your Friends is “Step Onto the TSS Earnslaw.” You can use this Diversion several ways:

1. Online version. Read “Step Onto the TSS Earnslaw” or forward this PDF for a friend to read in his or her browser.

2. Print version. Print the PDF and send it to a friend. I print my cards on both sides of an 8.5” x 11” paper. Then I fold that in half and put it into a 6” x 9” envelope. (You could also just print it out and cut it into four pages, which are numbered, staple them together, and fit them into in a business-sized envelope.)

You will notice that in this print version (and print versions in the future) that there is a space at the top of the card where you can write your own greeting to your friend.

The idea for this comes from a woman to whom I send these cards periodically. She said that she appreciates it when I write a short note with each card. That way, she feels it is personalized. I don’t add much more than her name, and perhaps a short comment I make only to her, but that seems to made a significant difference to her.

So I am now leaving a space in the print version at the top of the first page. Then, when you print it out (on the front and back of a piece of paper), you may want to write something like this:


I know that you spend a lot of time working and worrying about your situation, so I thought you would like something to take your mind off your troubles — at least for a little while. Enjoy.

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