My desire to communicate via the handwritten has been restored, renewed and refreshed, albeit in need of a little inspiration. Writing is good physical therapy except when it isn't. So, when I'm pain free I want to make up for the lack of joy that's been self-evident during recent dark periods. When I need a boost, I pull my go-to, The Art of the Handwritten Note, by Margaret Shepherd, aka The Art of the Handwritten Note Bible, from the shelf for a leisure thumb-through. It never lets me down. I've given away more copies of this gem than any other gift, ever. Read on and you'll see why.
This is a lovely excerpt from the front of the book's dust cover, "While it's fine to e-mail a business memo or to phone about a last-minute get-together, sometimes a more distinctive message--Thank you, Please join us, So sorry, even, Dear John--is just the thing. And trading technology for intimacy, you'll not only keep in touch with friends and family, you'll have a chance to express your own individuality and flair."
The preface, titled "The Handwritten Note is Alive and Well" is as good as a perfect gem-filled jewel of a brooch," bursting with such light-catchers as, "Handwritten notes are not going to die out, because people still love to receive them and they value each note more as they receive fewer of them." Doesn't that make perfect sense? "Ink on paper is still the classiest way to express the thoughts that really matter, on the occasions that really count. And sometimes it's the only way; your words will carry sympathy and gratitude with a special kind of sincerity when your reader sees them on paper in your writing." Oh, how full my heart feels after reading all that! I still like e-mails when nothing else will do. Sometimes snail mail just doesn't cut it when you need to say something that needs saying quick-quick. Writing is writing is writing in a pinch. Sometimes a note is all one can manage. Sometimes a body needs nothing more than a note that says "Hey, am thinking of you today." You never know.
"Corresponding on paper lets you elevate a simple pleasure into an art form. And art has always survived technology." See? Remember what Peter said about pencils and paper? It's called confirmation. I need refresher reads from The Art of the Handwritten Note like a kid needs booster shots. I want to offer up wisps of handwritten note "incense" from the altar of my desk as inspiration and affirmation from time to time.
Remember the days when all you can manage is a note? A quote? An enclosure. A cartoon? They add up. Everything counts.
Fun is a great sub for brevity.
So is cute.
And the real deal.
Front to back.
So are sweet new notecards. Buy plenty.
(The contents are listed on back.)
Tiny, little, medium and tall. Stickers and envelopes for the separate dolls. And funny little gift tags to boot.
Aw shoot! They're all so cute.
Hooray for the handwritten notecard refresher, and you!