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The Lost Art of Handwriting

Updated on November 27, 2011
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Samantha Pointer, is a Technology Organizing Coach and founder of Get IT Together!. Bridging the gap between organization and technology.


With all of the technology that we have today it is easy to forget how great handwriting is. I remember when I was little finding out that I have the same handwriting as my great grandmother. My grandfather kept her handwritten valedictorian speech and I was amazed at how similar our writing was. The strokes and penmanship was identical.

As I was driving today and thinking I thought of how excited I was when I first saw the letter. I wondered if our handwriting still looked identical then I realized it had been a long time since I had handwritten anything of substance or length. It dawned on me that most things I do now I type. This got me to thinking of what a shame it would be if present and future generations didn't get the priviledge of knowing who their handwriting looks like because of what they use most to communicate is through a computer or a tablet.

I think we need to get back to the art of handwriting. Even if you just take a few times a week to journal or write a handwritten letter instead of sending out an email. Even when writing this piece I am tempted to write it out first before I type it just so I won't forget that I have beautiful handwriting and I want my kids and grandkids and great grandkids to have a record of it.

What will you do today to preserve this art? How about writing a letter to a loved one or friend. I can guarantee the joy it would bring them to receive your handwritten letter. I still keep all of my handwritten notes and letters.


Do you think we are losing the art of handwriting?

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 6 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      This is so true. You have expressed my sentiments exactly!