Classic correspondence

Historic love letters

Emails and text messages may be today’s preferred form of communication, but a recent Huffington Post essay suggests digital interactions are insufficient for inspiring romance.

“There’s something universally appealing about handwritten love letters,” writes Maddie Crum. They can capture something ephemeral, yet their tangibility offers a sense of permanence and authenticity modern tools often lack.

To prove her point, Crum cites love letters penned by famous writers. Highlights include notes from Oscar Wilde, Stieg Larsson and Virginia Woolf, along with a particularly passionate declaration from John Keats to his betrothed, Fanny Brawne:

“I almost wish we were butterflies and li’vd but three summer days — three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.”

See how it grows

Maximizing money

Are you maximizing your retirement money through the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)?

Here are some reasons why you should take full advantage of your TSP:

  • When you contribute at least 5 percent to your TSP, the Postal Service will match your contributions with an additional 5 percent.
  • Money put into your TSP is tax-deferred and benefits from the power of compounding.
  • Putting $1,000 or more per year into your TSP can add up to $90,000 over 30 years based on TSP’s current average rate of return.

Even small TSP investments can become larger, if you leave them there over time and let the interest compound and grow.

Remember: Compounding works whether you contribute $5 or $5,000 to your TSP account. The most important thing to do is to start saving as soon as you can and be consistent.

Visit the TSP site on LiteBlue to learn more.

Reset revamp

Password reset

The Postal Service is revamping the ePassword reset system to provide additional security for users who forget their ACE computer passwords.

Beginning Aug. 31, users will be required to set up security questions and answers through the My Profile tab in eAccess.

The questions will be part of password recovery settings only for resetting forgotten ACE passwords, beginning Oct. 18. The questions will eliminate the need for users to enter their Social Security numbers to reset passwords.

The process for changing expiring passwords or resetting current passwords remains unchanged.

For more information, email ForgotPasswordHelp@usps.gov.

In the house

Elvis employee

Fans are flocking to Post Offices to buy the new Elvis Presley stamp — but how many can say they’ve purchased the stamp from someone named after him?

“Customers often take a look at my name tag and happily say, ‘Oh yeah, Elvis is in the house,” said Elvis Jimenez, a retail associate at the Franklin Square, NY, Post Office.

The iconic singer’s fans routinely share stories about visits to Graceland and memories of his music.

Jimenez shares his stories too, including seeing “Blue Hawaii” and “Viva Las Vegas” courtesy of his older sister, who persuaded their parents to name him after her favorite performer.

The Music Icons: Elvis Presley stamp was dedicated Aug. 12 in Memphis, TN. The Postal Service also is selling “Elvis Presley Forever,” a CD featuring 18 hits.

Presley previously appeared on a 1993 stamp that became one of the most popular in history.

“Customers are thrilled that we are issuing another tribute to [Presley],” Jimenez said.