Long hand

I wrote longhand over the weekend, on the bus down to PortlandCursive.svg and back. Since the bus had Wi-Fi, I thought I’d be clever and post a blog on it. But I chose my paper notebook instead.

My best ideas seem to come when I write with a pen. Even at work, if I’m to create a PowerPoint deck, I draw it out first on a piece of scrap paper. It’s like I’m trying to access a part of my mind I can’t get to if I start with the computer.

The debate over teaching cursive in public schools resurfaced here lately. I really don’t have an opinion over it. I haven’t written cursive in years, and I don’t believe I’m less of a person as a result.

But writing longhand forces a kind of commitment that’s different than word processing. And handwritten notes always mean more because there’s more of the person in the words.

About pinklightsabre

William Pearse publishes memoir, travel journals, poetry and prose, and lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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3 Responses to Long hand

  1. I agree… though since I type so fast, writing by hand is more frustrating at this point (and it hurts! can you believe that?) I like your pic. I remember those days. They told me I held my pencil “wrong” and that I wouldn’t graduate grade school until I learned to hold it “right.” Funny, they never foresaw typing!

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  2. I think about the cursive debate often. Typing is the only thing I learned in high school that I use every day of my life, and ironically, it’s the only class that I ever got a C in. I read somewhere long ago that writing longhand is the best way to learn a new language, because you develop a relationship with its rhythm and musicality that is missing from using the keyboard. (Another irony, considering the other meaning of “keyboard.”)

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    • pinklightsabre says:

      Hi there – yes, I really like the notion of the keyboard being a musical thing. I’ve been fooling around with that idea for a while. I’m glad you stopped by! Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts. I also like your comments on MacBeth. There’s something about the Superman films being cursed too, I think.

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