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Get Writing on National Handwriting Day

Get Writing on National Handwriting Day

Today is National Handwriting Day.  Let’s learn more about this interesting holiday.

National Handwriting Day was founded by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) in 1977.  While the day was originally established to promote the consumption of pens, pencils, and writing paper, the holiday now has more noble intentions.  Now, National Handwriting Day invites people to explore the purity and power of the written word in an age where electronic communication has become the norm.  To rediscover the value in handwriting, we’d like to invite you to try out these suggestions to commemorate National Handwriting Day.

  • Handwrite a Letter

Instead of simply typing up a text or an email, let’s take the time to sit down and write someone a handwritten letter.  Not only will a handwritten message convey the depth of our feelings, but it will show the recipient that they are worth our time and effort.  And of course, that will necessitate an envelope, that is hand written with the recipient’s address, a postage stamp, and a return address.

  • Start a Journal

Another great way for us to recognize National Handwriting Day is by wiring down our thoughts in a personal journal.  Whether we use our journals to document the day’s happenings, share our deepest secrets, or simply vent, we can find peace and a sense of closure by writing everything down.

  • Write a Story

For an activity that the whole family can enjoy, we can try writing a chain story.  To start, we simply write the first sentence of a story, then we pass it on to the next family member.  After they write the next sentence, they will pass it to another family member and so on.  By the end of the day, we should have a goofy story to read to the whole family.  The best part is that our handwritten stories can be saved and cherished for years to come.

  • Let’s not let technology change the way we communicate

We understand that it is expedient to send a text, or an email, when the recipient can answer at their leisure and availability.  However, electronic communication appears to overshadow in-person interaction and conversations, in real time, not on Skype or Face Time.  The real and authentic interaction cannot be replaced, only replicated.

Join us at  The Maria Sanchez Show as we celebrate National Handwriting Day.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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