Do You Keep a Journal?


Who journals in cursive penmanship?

The teacher in me smiles when I notice

a young person who writes in cursive script.

The day our pen pal letters arrived from Germany,

was revealing in my German classes.


Many students remarked that the students

in Germany had such beautiful handwriting.

And they wrote using a fountain pen and ink.

Some of my students asked what a fountain

pen was. They used ballpoint pens or pencil.


Cursive writing is good for the brain and improves

fine motor skills.  My own note taking in college

involved cursive writing.  The skill is one I still

use today from the ordinary shopping lists or

reminder notes.   In my early teaching career,


students wrote homework assignments in

cursive.  Imagine how surprised I was to learn

that some students no longer learned cursive

writing in elementary grades.  From time to time

I am asked to translate from German.  Some


want to know what family documents such as birth

certificates mean in English. Anyone who has

ever read a handwritten letter from a grandparent,

knows one must adapt to a particular writing

style.  Often, I had to read through and write out


words before getting to word meanings.  The art

of translation has been an enjoyable pursuit for

me over the years.  There is a sense of satisfaction

at being able to provide the English to a last will

and testament for the lawyer or family member.


Let’s go back to my initial question of who uses

cursive handwriting.  I do.  I learned how in first

grade in Massachusetts.  Our mail carrier who hails

from Jamaica learned it in first grade. She arrived here

in fifth grade.  Personally, I find that writing in


cursive allows me to be more creative. My journal

accompanies me to the park for a walk.  Also, to

many waiting rooms where I can jot down thoughts,

reflections, or even questions. Handwriting is a

vital life skill.  Better than blank staring at screens.


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12 Responses to Do You Keep a Journal?

  1. R says:

    Sadly another disappearing skill along with doing arithmetic without a calculator . I agree cursive helps the thought process. Heaven knows our young people need help in this department.

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    • R, your thoughtful comment is much appreciated. Mental math is something most folks could use help with. Improving eye hand coordination improves the more one writes in cursive. May you have a lovely weekend filled with cursive penmanship and arithmetic along with sun and garden activities. ox

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  2. cindy knoke says:

    I like calligraphy for many of the same reasons.

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    • Cindy, thanks for the comment. I love calligraphy and should try it one of these days. In my spare time! What spare time? I bet you would be good at it based on what I see from your artistic eye in photography! Have a grand weekend! oxox


  3. I liked cursive writing and used it almost exclusively. Now I can’t read my own writing easily. It’s the computer for me, where I can blow up the print where others could read it across the street.

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  4. Arno Bode , Cologne ,Germany says:

    Liebe Mary Ann,
    in unserem Computerzeitalter erscheint die Nutzung der kursiven Schreibschrift fast wie ein Fossil einer vergangenen Zeit. Gott sei Dank ist Schreiben in Kursivschrift noch nicht aus gestorben. Technische Normschrift und Schreiben auf dem Laptop scheint wohl die Entwicklung der Zukunft zu sein . Soll man diese Entwicklung mit ” Fortschritt ” bezeichnen ? Ist ” Fortschritt ” immer besser als das Vergangene ? Wir müssen scheinbar mit dieser Entwicklung leben.
    Das in diesem Blog von Dir veröffentlichte Foto mit Deinen beiden Kindern begeistert mich immer wieder aufs Neue. Heute sind sie ” groß ” und haben ihre eigene Familie. So schreitet die Zeit voran. Man sollte jeden Augenblick bewußt genießen und sich daran erfreuen.
    Dir , liebe Mary Ann , Russell und Deiner Familie wünsche ich alles Liebe und Gute für eine glückliche Zukunft.
    Dein Arno

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    • Lieber Arno
      vielen Dank für einen so nachdenklichen und reflektierenden Kommentar. Während Computer ihren Platz in unserem Leben haben, ist die Kunst der Übersetzung nicht perfektioniert worden. Ich frage mich, ob es jemals so sein wird? Ich persönlich liebe alte Bücher und Manuskripte in der Originalform. Es scheint, dass es eine gewaltige Aufgabe wäre, sie alle in Computer umzuwandeln. Bald wird es neue Generationen geben, die kein Wissen oder wenig Wissen über die Vergangenheit haben, was meiner bescheidenen Meinung nach eine große Schande ist. Deine Vergangenheit und deine Geschichte zu kennen bedeutet, die gleichen Fehler zu vermeiden, die gemacht werden; andernfalls werden diese Fehler wieder einmal gemacht. Ich frage mich, ob das “Neue” immer als “Fortschritt” interpretiert werden sollte? Vielleicht und vielleicht auch nicht. Es scheint, dass wir heute beide philosophisch sind. Zum Glück ist alles gut mit unseren Kindern und ihren Familien. Das Foto mit unseren beiden Kindern ist einer der Favoriten meines Mannes. Schweindorf erinnern wir uns noch mit schönen Erinnerungen. Wir setzen einen Fuß vor den anderen und preisen den Herrn, dass alles gut ist.
      Wir hoffen dasselbe für Dich und Deine Familie. Von unseren Herzen zu Euren, mögest Du eine wunderbare Zukunft haben und das Leben genießen. Alles Gute
      Deine Mary Ann

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  5. Darlene says:

    I handwrite in my journal every night, as did my mother. I also often handwrite the rough drafts of chapters of my books before typing them up on the computer and editing them. I would however never be so cruel as to insist others read my handwriting as it is almost unreadable these days.

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    • Darlene, thank you for the informational comment. I had a habit of handwriting everything first before typing it on a typewriter or on the computer. I compose better by hand. Even my Ph.D. dissertation which most folks would not do – ever. Now I have a soulmate who has similar writing habits. My students had to “figure out” what I wrote on the board for them to copy by hand. I bet your handwriting is readable though! What a wonderful habit you have formed. Bravo to you. Have a great weekend and week ahead. oxox

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