Lost art

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I am currently writing a letter

I was drawn into reading this posting because I have been composing a letter for over a week. It is being written to an old childhood friend. I had decided, since I have known him for 20 years now, that I would go back to how we used to communicate when we were children. I have found that my writing at first was awkward and a tad messy but have now found that I have found my old familiar groove and gladly recognize my old hand-writing! I am excited to take a stroll to the post office to add some stamps and send it off. I have also found some old postcards that I thought I would send off to some of my other friends across Canada...I wonder if they will recognize my hand-writing?

Gisela more than 11 years ago

i hope they still teach

i hope they still teach cursive writing in school -- but they're probably teaching kids about blogs and tweets now.

long life the art of penmanship !

kristin more than 11 years ago

Lost, Indeed

Penmanship is certainly a lost art. I was so excited when my older sister taught me to write my name cursively. I think my current penmanship has degraded back to those first days of awkwardly connecting each letter, but now I write with less concentration and care, so I'm afraid it looks even worse.

crystallitis more than 11 years ago

A+ blog post

I was all about the "a" with flair! Then I realized how impractical it was and started texting.

sarah more than 11 years ago

the new penmanship

Such a wonderful post. It's so true that I am deeply familiar with the way the people in my life communicate electronically - the !!!'s the ~'s the ...'s, but I can't easily remember what my partner of 5 year's handwriting looks like.

Carolyn more than 11 years ago


I echo your thoughts. Just the other day, my father-in-law, who is teaching in Brazil, asked me what I wanted him to bring me back from the tropical paradise. I asked for stationary. I too have decided to resurrect the art of the handwritten note.

Elissa Joy more than 11 years ago


Why doesn’t anyone in North America say barmy for balmy? According to my research, Barmy came first and still enjoys a jolly life. But most North American dictionaries don’t even mention the earlier Scots barmy. 

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