May 21st National Memo Day

Most memos are not really all that important. At the time they are written they are, but by the time someone reads them the event has already passed. Unless you are writing the memo to yourself. Those can be very important, if you can just remember to read them!


I think that’s why the companies that make those memo pads use such bright colors. It’s sort of hard to miss a neon yellow message sitting right in front of you. However, like nearly everything else, if they are constantly there we tend to block them out.


And naturally there are those memos sent out via email. I worked for the school system and should have checked my email memos on a daily basis but I didn’t. I would go on and find over 3,000 memos sent, maybe one applied to me, after a while I just stopped looking. The over use of memos is tremendous.


But then, you have to remember someone felt the information contained in the memo was important enough for someone to write it down. So they do deserve our attention. Memos like, you’re fired, pick up milk for the baby and go pick up your winning lotto ticket can be very important. Naturally you have to read them to make the system work.


You may want to add a joke or something odd in your memos to make people want to read them, even if they are to yourself.

How to celebrate – Write a creative memo! Buy a bunch of memo pads and leave memos all over your house. Write yourself a memo to remind yourself to read your memos.


January 23rd National Handwriting Day

The art of writing is slowly but surely disappearing today. Giving away some of my age, I remember getting letters in the mail, notes at school and that occasional love letter that came from the heart (not that I ever got many of them). Today everything is email or texting, and in most cases, words are not even spelled out.

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There is something about getting mail or a note in someones own handwriting. Provided, of course, that you can read that handwriting. I fear that since it is so seldom used anymore we won’t be able to write anything on our own. At least then I will be in the norm since no one could ever read my handwriting anyway.


We use to call it penmanship. Now, even 2 year olds know the keyboard better than they know how to write. Go ahead, ask someone for a pen or pencil on the street, you probably won’t find one. I used to carry a pen with me all the time, I don’t bother anymore.


It’s also nice to get a Holiday card or a Get Well Soon card when you are sick.


Today was created by the Writing Instrument Manufactures Association (WIMA) in 1977 back when we still wrote to each other. They chose today because it’s John Hancock’s birthday and who represented handwriting better than John Hancock! Naturally, they hope to sell a few more pens, pencils, and stationary by creating the day.

How to celebrate – Write a letter to someone today. Hold a penmanship contest in your own family. Go out and buy a box of pencils and some cool stationery.