January 23rd National Handwriting Day

Good handwriting is important, that’s something I really know nothing about. My handwriting is so bad I can;t even read it! But today was created for those that have good and writing and the opportunity to still improve it. It was created by WIMA, the Writing Machine Manufacturers Association back in 1977 and placed on John Hancock’s birthday, you remember him… the guy who signed the Declaration Of Independence with that nearly perfect handwriting! My grandfather got his hand caught in a corn picker as a younger man and had his hand mangled. He still wrote with that hand and had some of the most beautiful handwriting I’ve ever seen. Just goes to show how lazy I am!

How to celebrate – Practice your penmanship. Take handwriting lessons. Take the time to write things people can actually read.

January 23rd National Handwriting Day

Today we celebrate those who have excellent handwriting, which leaves me totally out. I can’t even write so that I can read what I have written! But beautiful penmanship is an art, one that we all can enjoy. It is also important because if you write something down, shouldn’t someone actually be able to read it?

The day was created by the Writing Instrument Manufactures Association in 1977. Obviously they created today to help sell pens and pencils and anything else that one can write with. They chose today because it is John Hancock’s birthday, the guy that signed the Declaration of Independence. He also was the first to sign it giving everyone else a complex.

In my case, it doesn’t matter what instrument I use to write with, it all comes out bad. The thing is, hardly anybody writes anything anymore. Letters have gone to emails, greeting cards have turned to e-cards and even memos have turned into typed notes.

Have we lost the ability to write? Do you spend anytime working on your penmanship? The use of calligraphy seems to fall to greeting cards and artwork. But when we no longer write letters or personal notes it’s no wonder that a day to celebrate handwriting needs to be a holiday.

How to celebrate – Practice your handwriting today. Write a letter. Become a calligrapher.

July 4th Independence Day

Today, on July 4th, 1776, we Americans proclaimed our freedom from Britain. Whether the reasons or thoughts behind the war were justified or not, for the next 7 years our country would be at war, finally ending on September 3rd, 1783.

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Though Thomas Jefferson presented his declaration for signing on July 4th the document was not signed by all of the Continental Congress until August. Travel time and weather prevented all the signatures from actually be done on the same day.

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The Siege of Yorktown ended the war. This could not have happened without the assistance of the French, particularly their navy who kept British rescue ships from reaching the troops trapped inside the fortress. This is not to diminish the efforts of the Americans who were mainly farmers and townsfolk who fought the professional armies from Europe. The few soldiers in America divided themselves being loyal to England and the freedom fighters.

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Though in thought, and mind, we remained very British, we were different simply because of the needs and challenges facing Americans. Europe was set in their life styles while Americans were still discovering new lands.

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Today we celebrate with fireworks, among other traditions, brought on by the Star Spangled Banner, though Francis Scott Key did not write the anthem until the War of 1812, the rockets red glare over the fort at Baltimore. Since it was still against England, I guess it counts!

How to celebrate – Go to a fireworks show. (If you do fireworks of your own be careful. I have seen people blow their fingers off trying to do their own.) Have a picnic. (Which many civilians did while watching the battles take place in front of them during the war.) If just for today, take pride in being American.