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Dear Global Pen Pal,
We want to continue engaging our International Family Magazine reader in a continued conversation with the rest of the world. In the past, we have put two likely or unlikely people together to read and enjoy their pen pal friendship. We would now like to invite you to engage in a global pen pal yourself. The company Global Pen Friends will help you to jump into the global conversation and make a new friend that is not in your neighborhood but maybe even thousands of miles away! Click the logo above to visit Global Pen Friends.


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n 2010-2011, we will have another pair of friends write to one another and share their insights with one another. In the past years, we have read the exchanges of Ellen/United States and her friend Joy/Switzerland. Ellen and Joy wrote as mothers, professional retirees, and grandparents. Then we read a few intergenerational exchanges between Cat/United States and Hella/Germany. Hella wrote as mother, retired physician and grandparent from Germany. Cat wrote as a mother, youth group leader and educator. In 2010-2011, we will hear from "Maboo" and "Sire". These nicknames are born of a 28 year friendship on the different coastlines of the United States, the Pacific Northwest of Bainbridge Island, Washington and along the eastern seaboard. Catherine, or "Sire" is our IF mag editor as well as a mother and educator. Marcy or "Maboo" is a mother and private practice therapist. They met in a boarding school in the 1980s and have remained friends through high school, college, european residency, travels, weddings, childbirth and all other life adventures and travails.

Enjoy the reading!




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for our Global Pen Pal, Year 2009, we will go in yet another direction in our global letter writing. This year we will try to engage an intergenerational discussion across cultures, generations with 2 people who have never met before. I have been kindly introduced to Hella Kramer in Bonn, Germany. Hella is a retired physician, mother and grandmother living in Europe. I am an active working mother of 2 boys, age 4 and 6, with aging parents. I am the founder and managing editor of IF mag (my name is Cat Wayland) and I teach as a substitute teacher. I should like us to write to one another when the time is available and find out one another's perspective. I hope to learn much and make a new friend.

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e begin a journey with ePALS, a global organization who works to bring students and families together around the world through secured email friendships. They foster the sharing of peoples from different parts of the world through exchange of ideas, culture, education and new relations. We will begin again with the journey of ePALS and our new pen pal writer, Jax Hoffman, age 5 in 2008.




ePALS - Where Learners Connect.
Over the past decade, ePALS, Inc. has created and delivered their services to schools, teachers, students and families. ePALS has been the recognized leader and trusted provider of K-12 school-safe and protected email, blogs and eMentoring tools to school districts and classrooms. ePALS is also the first global K-12 collaborative learning and literacy community, focused specifically on fostering reading, writing and critical thinking skills across the curriculum. At ePALS our mission is to support lifelong learning through resource-rich, collaborative experiences about subjects that empower and inspire.

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