The “Power of the Pen” was explained in a very entertaining way by Elaine Charal to attendees on March 23rd, at the Conant Branch. We saw examples of cursive writing styles and learned what they subtly projected about the writer. This was after each of us had copied a set sentence and provided a sample of our signature. By the end of the class, Elaine gave individual evaluations of these cursive writings. Thus, she interpreted the mood, personality and even hinted at the possible vocation of each participant.
Studies show that cursive writing lights up parts of your brain that typing does not, thus improving brain plasticity. Elaine explained that daily practice of pen strokes can help heal your mind. A forward slant of your writing on a blank page is desirable. This may change during the day, reflecting the state of your mind.
There are only three basic movements found in cursive writing: under curve, over curve and down strokes. This is easier than printing, for young hands to manage. Elaine‟s website expands upon ten advantages of developing or improving this method of communication. Did you know that cursive writing can instill awareness of spelling and reading? Computer spellcheck may miss a “cheque”.
Montessori schools have been teaching cursive writing for years beginning in grade two and continuing daily to grade eight. They also utilize spelling tests.
In the United States they are now encouraging schools to return cursive writing to the curriculum. In recent years, many students were unable to read the Constitution. However, are there enough younger teachers who have experience with this writing method?
Elaine gave the example of a poorly hand-written note a bank robber tried to pass to a teller. He left when another staff member was summoned to try to read it!
Her workshops have assisted employers to hire the right person for the company. She also advised checking the hand writing of a would-be suitor! Fundraising charities find that when envelopes are hand written they are actually opened, rather than tossed in a recycling bin.
Your personality is also revealed by the amount of pressure utilized to place the strokes on paper. Why not treat yourself to a good writing instrument?
Pharmacists translate the vague scribbles most medical doctors use to write prescriptions. Nowadays, physicians can use a tablet or computer to send prescriptions and include their registration number. When the prescription has been printed, they may then stamp or write their signature.
We seniors are products of an education system that stressed neat penmanship, which reflects logic and good problem-solving skills. Thus, Elaine thinks our generation should be running the world! Locally, someone could start a kitchen business to provide a service of handwriting thank-you letters for brides. Computer selected fonts still leave one feeling that the message lacks a genuine touch.
Why not make time to share this skill and pass it on to your grandchildren? Unless the world is going to accept digital finger-prints, someday they too will be required to have a consistent signature to legalize documents and passports.
Elaine provided each participant with a positive hand-analysis of their hand-writing, using violet ink to make her comments stand out. We left feeling good about ourselves, having been entertained, stimulated, and given food-for-thought.
You can learn more about hand-writing analysis by visiting Elaine’s website at http://www.elainehandwriting.com.