How did you do that and make it legible? I too have many hand-written sermon manuscripts that with God’s help I can still interpret over the years. But they are ball points. I had too many fountain pens leave a big black or blue blotches on my shirt pocket during school days.
[My favorite] font is amazingly close to my own handwritten one…only it is perfect. Maybe that is what is appealing about using professional fonts verses a hand-written letter — it covers up the faults and quirks of one’s penmanship.
At the same token what attracts us to a personal hand-written letter is that the paper was once actually held by that person; the letters were formed by that person’s hand.
I have a lot of letters saved from my days in China — letters written by my dad who almost never wrote before or after those years.Today if someone lives overseas it is all electronic and video chat. But those just are not savable in the same way are they? At least almost no one does it.
Thought, effort and love seems to come through in hand-written letters. Pennmanship. It will make a comeback someday, me thinks.
Awww…REFRESHING! Everything you wrote rings so true. I, too, love, love, love receiving a personal note…be it ever so short…or long, it feel like a real “honor” these days, to receive such. May you inspire and renew our interest once again, to do the same and not allow our ease with the computer to take over our lives!
Love that you remember that about Dad, too….sweet to remember those things this month, 14 years since he is with our Lord! Thanks for crediting me, too, with notes!
I have some really old seminary books where the reader’s notes look like a modern computerized font. Amazing how much emphasis this art received in those days. During the American Colonial period it was the desk that carried status. How times have changed. Really enjoyed this one Ken!
Well Ken. I saw the same piece on CBS Sunday Morning. Can’t say I agree with it.
It seems to me if we really want people to be able to read what we write, the computer is still the best way to go!
I gave up trying to read all you wrote, but if it works for you…then so be it!
Nice touch. My Mom ruined my love of penmanship by making me write 500 lines on notepaper after I failed to get an “A” in penmanship in the sixth grade. Nonetheless I wrote my doctoral dissertation in longhand and have for years placed my written comments in the margins of my student’s journals. It makes for a personal touch because I have to verbally decipher them since my handwriting is still C-D quality!
What a kick. You may write with a computer most of the time, but you will always be a fountain pen guy to me. And, left handed at that, which makes it harder. I would never have the guts to publish something I hand wrote as my penmanship was never much good and is only worse now. Still, I put a Parker 51 in my shirt pocket every work day before I head to the office. There’s just something about a fountain pen! Thanks.
Hi, Ken..how refreshing! I remember fountain pens. Actually, I took all of my seminary notes by hand (left hand) in a notebook with my favorite gel pen. I was surrounded by young students who made clicking noises on their laptops. I was definitely less annoying. Unfortunately, my notebook did not include spell check! Blessings to all…
Hey Uncle Ken~
I must agree with you! My kids can get very frustrated with me when I know that their penmanship isn’t well done and I ask (tell) them to do it over… I am not sure I can put my finger on why it is so important to me to be able to write well (actually I don’t care for my penmanship), but I think it forces a person to slow down. So much of what my kids do in school is rush, rush, rush and how can I make it go faster. Practicing hand writing is a good tool for practicing patience. And I know I can tell a lot about my kids attitude by looking at their hand writing or math numbers. If it’s sloppy, they probably didn’t do their best… that’s my secret for having to check their homework more closely. Alana won an award last year that our school gives out for penmanship. She was given a $50 gift card to Barnes and Noble. I was quite pleased that the school district cared. So far we’ve been blessed with 3rd grade teachers who believe penmanship is important…maybe I’ll hand write them a thank you note