“I thought the secret of life was obvious: be here now, love as if your whole life depended on it, find your life’s work, and try to get hold of a giant panda.” –Anne Lamott

Hello. My name is Hannah.  Sometimes I call myself Susannah because I’ve always wanted a secret identity. Although now, I guess I’ve blown that cover.

I write  silly letters with presents so random that my friends don’t know what to do with them and send them to everyone I know, all over the country. I try to bring the words “shenanigans” and “adventure” into conversation as often as I can. I think about My Little Pony much too much for the ordinary person, and can usually be found drinking coffee, standing on one leg and reading. Also sneezing. I sneeze a lot.  I talk about museums the way some people talk about their favorite sports team and I wish a travel magazine would pay me to visit every state fair in the United States. I’d also be okay if someone sent me to Sweden for a month. That would be cool.

I like awards shows, dark chocolate, “The West Wing”, all mail (yes, even junk mail), the word rutabaga, tacos and Target. I don’t like fruit-flavored candy, rudeness or this. (I can’t even say the word without twitching.)

Mostly, I’m delighted that you came to visit. You have a nice smile. Let’s be best friends, okay?

Letters from Hannah is updated weekly, with snail mail–or “Moxie Mail”–sent almost every day.

You can contact me at

Original Introduction (Circa 2008)

Susannah Sunshine* came out of an idea I had my senior year of high school. I was worried about keeping in contact with my family and friends while I was 621.43 miles away from everything I’d ever known. I settled upon  a blog because I felt that it could allow me to keep my family up-to-date on what I was experiencing and what I was feeling, as well as serving as a super-fun, no-pressure writing exercise. I like to think of them as my weekly-monthly-whenever-I feel-like-writing-them letters home from my college cruise ship, chronicling the waves and the sunsets and the occasional man overboard.

If you want to know what I sounded like when I started, go here.

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” –Mary Oliver


One thought on “Autobiography

  1. Hi there 🙂
    I just wanted to swing by and tell you I like your blog! I especially like your heading quote – my entire blog is based off that quote. Who doesn’t love miss Maya Angelou 🙂 Anywho, just saying hi!

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