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Cursive handwriting bill passes House, North Carolina

Rep. Pat Hurley, R-Randolph, is the sponsor of House Bill 146, known as the "Back to Basics" bill. She said she filed the proposal after receiving a bunch of printed thank-you notes from a local fourth-grade class that visited her in Raleigh.



Open to Interpretation

Joyce Teta, calligrapher and book artist
Profile and portrait by Diana Greene | December, 2009

Traditional Calligraphy vs. Expressive Calligraphy

By Silvina Viola | Images: John Stevens

Calligraphy is more than just pretty words

Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 3:36 pm, Wed Nov 14, 2012. Kathy Norcross Watts/Special Correspondent

For Joyce Teta, a calligrapher, words are art: the shapes, the spaces and the way they occupy a page.

“Calligraphy is defined as beautiful writing, but for calligraphers writing is abstract drawing,” said Teta, 65, who attended Marymont School for Girls in England, where she learned her love of letterforms. “Letters are things, made up of lines, straights, curves, diagonals, circles, triangles and squares…. Now imagine juxtaposing all those lines and shapes into a written word or sentence.



How Handwriting Trains the Brain

Forming Letters Is Key to Learning, Memory, Ideas
Using advanced tools such as magnetic resonance imaging, researchers are finding that writing by hand is more than just a way to communicate. The practice helps with learning letters and shapes, can improve idea composition and expression, and may aid fine motor-skill development.

Handwriting is a 21st-century skill

Handwriting Is a 21st-Century Skill
Handwriting has also been surprisingly relevant technologically. What has Steve Jobs always cited as a formative experience? A course in calligraphy at Reed College. Many of the most popular fonts for Mac and PC alike were created by designers with calligraphic training. Many people hate the soft keyboards of many smartphones and all tablets; using a stylus quickly and legibly can be the best alternative, especially when voice recording isn't possible.



Cognitive effects of calligraphy therapy for older people: a randomized controlled trial in Hong Kong.

This pilot study investigated the effects of calligraphy therapy on cognitive function in older Hong Kong Chinese people with mild cognitive impairment.



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