3rd July 2020

We recently came across a new documentary series on Apple TV entitled ‘Dear…’. Intrigued by its name, we looked deeper.

Apple TV’s Press Statement explains the show as ‘an inventive and cinematic approach to biographies of the most iconic figures in society today by using letters written by those whose lives have been changed through their work’.

One of the quotes from the series that remained with us was from Lin-Manuel Miranda, an American composer, lyricist, singer, actor, producer and playwright.  

‘Every time you make something, you’re throwing rocks in a pond and you have no idea the ripples that are going to come back to you’.

The beautiful thing about the series is that through the simple act of letter writing, you get to witness not only the ripples that have gone out from one person’s life work and the difference they’ve made to others, but also how the receipt of those letters profoundly affects the person they’re written to.

It reminded us of both the power of the written word to express appreciation and gratitude, and as Oprah so beautifully articulated, that ‘your legacy is every life you touch’.

And it got us thinking… is there someone whose needlework or life’s work in general has touched us in such a profound way that we should take the time to write and share with them how we’ve been changed? Also, have we stopped to think about the positive impact the ripples we’re creating in our own stitching ‘pond’ might be having on others?

We’d love to hear how the idea behind this innovative  TV Series inspires  your own ‘Dear…’ or how it’s helped you appreciate the ripples that are being created from the rocks you’re throwing into your pond. Email

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