Handwriting – Will it end up being a lost art?

A Love Note to ‘Me’


I found this today (September 19th) in my Artists’ Way Toolkit … I love Julia Cameron, this quote says it all …

Creative Affirmation

Writing by hand is like walking somewhere, instead of whizzing there in the car. We notice landmarks.  We retain a sense of direction.  Writing by hand will show us the True North and the false directions and switchbacks that have occurred, the shortcuts that saved us nothing and took us nowhere. – Julia Cameron, Vein of Gold


Day 57 – Beyond Layers – Send You a Letter A love note to ME … Kim prompted us to send our-self a love note in whatever medium we choose. We don’t give our-self enough credit, or show ourselves the respect for our own creativity often enough. The textures that I used here were Kim’s three Sonnet Trio beauties. So nice.

Taking care of life, family, daily everything and then finding time to do something for oneself is difficult at times. Sometimes we feel guilty if we indulge when other things are pressing us to complete. Writing a letter to ‘you’ kind of helps to remind yourself that You Count so tell yourself how wonderful you are, go ahead, just as you would to a friend … try it, write it, mail it in a real post office mailbox and see what happens when it arrives back to you.

You know what occurred to me just now while looking at my letter? … Apparently some duffus or some ‘political eruptus’ has decided to make it a rule, or not that it not be mandatory to teach writing or ‘Script’ or Cursive in schools any longer. Does this make any sense at all? Not to me it doesn’t ………. I cannot fathom a world of Printers.

The art of ‘Writing’ is in fact that … an art. If you are taught the correct way, the act of writing I feel even helps you to be neat, tidy, complete and respectful of well, words. I don’t know what this world is coming to when something so personal becomes passe in this big world of technology. I love technology … I thrive on all my camera, computer, phone, can all do but to make it a Rule to not teach it … is to me mind boggling. ………  I LOVE writing … My Dad taught me and he was #1 in script or cursive if you will … he taught me the soul of it. He was born in 1902 and back then, that was a very important aspect of school. So much importance was given to penmanship, … neatness, spelling, grammar. Even when I was in school, your grade in no matter what subject was made up of your ability to spell, grammar and neatness even if it was a Science test. I believe it was the Maclean method. I have to go find the spelling, oops.  Maybe I should teach my grandchildren eh? I need to put this story on my blog … yes? So here it is. I would love to hear if you have been informed by any of your school connections (by way of your own kids or grandkids) as to what the power that be has decided to do about this.

I know that two of my grandchildren are still being taught cursive because the teacher thinks it is important. They are in grades five and six.  I commend their teachers for having the guts to go for it.

I ask that if you do hear of this in your community, say something … say it loudly, because if we all stay quiet about it, the idiot that is overusing his thumbs on his iPhone will get his way. If we don’t question the rule makers in such things, then the idea will go into effect without us knowing until we wake up one day and the whole instruction of it is gone. Oh my goodness … that is just so hard to understand.

The first I heard of this being a problem was actually while I was watching a NAPP episode with Matt K speaking about it being tossed out in his kid’s school. They’re in Florida … then I heard about it up here … I’m in Canada, in BC. What the hell? Who is even putting this pea brained idea into the school’s curriculums heads?

Anyhow, that’s it for me for the moment. If I find any more info on this subject I will come back and add.

Until the next thought …

Joy xo

5 Fact Friday – Behind the Scenes Inspiration

Hello Lovelies … yes I know it’s now Saturday, actually Sunday by the time I publish this, but I couldn’t get to this until now and didn’t want to miss out on this fun assignment. I plan on getting next Friday’s in on time.

First and foremost I wanted to create something special for it.  I laughed and giggled at Kim and Xanthe’s antics … oh my gosh so funny!  Of course then my mind went blank. You’d think I’d have something more interesting to share for our first ever 5 Fact Friday wouldn’t you?

Here is my Creation.  The original is a combination of the Moon shot from this past week’s full moon and Pt. Wilson Light at Port Townsend WA in the USA

Happy BC Day in … BC of course, and the rest of the provinces that are celebrating a great long weekend! Hope you’re all having a safe and happy summer.

I was outside shooting the full moon a couple of nights ago. I wish I could get closer, I don’t have any doubler or tube extensions. Only my 75 – 300 mm Nikkor which with digital makes it a 450mm so that’s not too bad. I have painstakingly tried to get sharp shots for years. These were not too bad.  SEE CAMERA SETTINGS BELOW for Shooting the MOON

Thanks to Kim Klassen and her extraordinary textures. I used kk confusion over the whole piece twice and masked out the moon. This image had so many layers that I ended up saving then making a jpeg before I even got to the five facts section. Then I added the stars, the lights in the windows and on the lighthouse. I was having trouble with some of my layers on the first concoction to the point of frustration. Better to save and change things than to risk losing it all.

5 Fact Friday – Pt Wilson Light, Port Townsend, WA

Moonrise over Point Wilson

August Moon

The settings for shooting the moon with my DSLR Nikon D2x using a Nikon Nikkor Zoom 75mm to 300mm 1:4.5-5.6 Lens  (which ends up being 450mm on a digital camera)

MANUAL Settings – Exposure 1/60 Sec, at F8 , Daylight or Sun White Balance, Manual focus set to infinity, on a tripod and using a cable release or remote if you have it.

Wouldn’t ya know, I trekked way out back of my house in the dark, set it all up only to realize I had forgotten my cable release back at the house. Oh well, … held my breath and the tripod steady as I could.

Much more detail can be achieved with a larger lens of course but also with Extension Tubes or Doubler both of which I do now have =0(

I have always wanted to get those cool shots we see where every crater is visable practically … so awesome. Maybe one day I’ll have the opportunity to use them or learn how to achieve an even sharper image with what I have.

Moonbeams and Starlight Dreams

Thanks for indulging me dear friends.

Until the next thought …

xo Joy