No, you can’t write a goodbye letter to America!

I had someone contact me recently after the third presidential debate saying that he was so fed up with politicians telling everyone what we want to hear, not what they really believe.

Photo courtesy of marcn and

With all the campaign rhetoric and mudslinging by all parties involved, my friend suggested that our country was going you know where in a hand basket.  He jokingly (I hope it was jokingly) told me that he wanted to write a goodbye letter to America.  Personally, I both agree and disagree with his sentiments.  But I will support whomever is elected and hope for the best as this country moves forward.  I encouraged my friend to do the same–to help make our country a better place–even if it’s in the smallest way.  It does no good to tear down people.  Which reminds me to remind everyone to take the time to tell someone you love them.  Write them a love letter.  Write them a life letter.  And consider submitting it to our Last Goodbye Letters project!

What did Nicholas Ivie leave behind?

No one will dispute that the loss of Nicholas Ivie, the Border Patrol agent who was shot in the line of duty in the early hours of October 2, is a tragedy.  From all accounts he was a well loved and respected man.  He left behind an honorable legacy.  While many are investigating the circumstances of his death, others are looking out after the well-being of his family.  That leaves me wondering if Nicholas ever wrote a goodbye letter to his wife, his baby, his parents…

Of course he wouldn’t have known it was a last goodbye letter.  But that’s the point.  We hear all the time to:

Love Letter Circa 2003. Photo courtesy of Staralee and

  • Seize the day.
  • Live today like it’s your last.
  • Always kiss your loved ones goodbye.

Why don’t we add another item to the list:

  • Write a love letter.

You never know when it’ll be your last opportunity to tell others how special they are to you.

If you’d like tips on how to write a love letter, check out my post, How To Write Your Own Last Goodbye Letter.  If you would like to submit your letter for consideration in the printed book I’m compiling, please contact me by clicking on the CONTACT link at the bottom right of this page.