Is Writing a Lost Art?

Posted: February 19, 2016 in Words and communications
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Did you get any great cards for Valentine’s Day? Did your sweetie pen something personal and touching inside? If you did you were lucky. I have a box, a huge box, of these communications that I saved over my lifetime. It has cards, letters, notes and sometimes just a post-it-note written by a person who is no longer alive. But when I go through these items, it’s not so much the content, what they are saying, but the ability to look at their handwriting and feel that they are once again here with me.


Handwriting is personal. No two people have the same script. And so all those penned items contain a little bit of that person, a sort of personal DNA etched in ink. We have become too attached to the ease and speediness of online texting/e-mails, which even though they can linger for an eternity is cyperspace, do not have that personal touch. And you can’t hold them in your hands!


Here is what Oprah wrote in her “What I Know for Sure” column last December:

She loves one of a kind stationary sets then goes on to say that she has received letters not only from important people like Barbara Walters and Nelson Mandela but also from her nieces and cousins.  And all these are saved: “All these words live in a treasure box of letters that I cherish.” “…Words matter. And when they’re written and not just spoken, they last forever.”


So take some time to pen a personal note to someone you love or who you haven’t seen in a while, or who needs some good news today. You never know, that bit of ink on paper might outlive you!

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