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.

November 3rd Cliche` Day

If you like the cliche today is the day to use it. No one knows who created the cliche, maybe it sort of created itself! After all, a cliche is a saying, that makes sense, that keeps getting used over and over again until we either understand what it means or learn where we went wrong. "Haste makes waste", "In the Nick of Time" and "Better Safe than Sorry" are all important sayings we should pay attention to but often don’t because they are too cliche`.

How to celebrate – Write down as many cliches as you can think of. Learn the history of your favorite cliche. Make up your own cliche`.

September 1st World Letter Writing Day

Well in a world where we generally write text and emails, why not try doing something different and a little old school… write a letter. Do you even remember when you last got a letter from anyone, well I bet it’s been at least as long since anyone got a letter from you either. We just don;t write anymore and I get it, it is so easy to call or text why waste the time, but it can make someone feel special when they get a letter.

How to celebrate – Write a letter to someone. Start a pen-pal with someone unknown. Go back and read old letters you’ve saved.

June 10th National Ballpoint Pen Day

There are a lot of things we take for granted. Things like the sun is going to rise every morning, that there will be taxes (even if they are delayed), and that we have always had a ballpoint pen to write with. Actually, the latter was not true until the Biro brothers, Laslo and Georg from Argentina, created the ballpoint pen in 1943. The first pen sold in the US was in 1945 and was sold at Gimbel’s for $12.50 called the “Birome”. The brothers later sold their patent to Bic.

How to celebrate – Be thankful for your ball point pen. Write a book! Stand on the corner of the street giving autographs (doesn’t matter whether people want them or not)!

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.

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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.

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

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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.