Author Archives: KateGladstone

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Some beliefs on handwriting are beyond parody …

Some beliefs on handwriting are beyond parody … Are there beliefs SO ridiculous that they are disbelieved by the people who teach them? Continue reading

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An interesting blog about punctuation marks and their histories ……

Here is an exceedingly interesting blog about marks of punctuation and their often odd histories, where you are all but guaranteed to learn far more about the subject than you could ever have imagined … http://www.shadycharacters.co.uk/ A sample excerpt: ” … Continue reading

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What was it like being a medieval scribe? Here’s my guess …

  I wrote this yesterday in an an idle moment, while thinking what it might have been like to be a medieval scribe … SCRIBES OF CAMBREATH By Kate Gladstone (tune: MARCH OF CAMBREATH by Heather Alexander — http://heatherlands.com/mpaudio/Midsummer/March%20of%20Cambreadth.mp3 ) Downstroke slash, serif … Continue reading

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Handwriting News …

/1/ I’ve just learned that I have been very recently quoted on handwriting — well, on the perils of doing it badly — in a fairly big magazine. In other (and perhaps rather more interesting) news of the handwriting world … Continue reading

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Found: precise analysis of cursive defenders’ favorite logical errors

Found: precise analysis of cursive defenders’ favorite logical errors (I disagree, though, with this blogger’s claim that long handwritten messages are always an imposition on the reader. With well-planned practice— and a simple style of handwriting — the results can … Continue reading

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Snippets on handwriting …

/1/ Here’s some proof that liking to use cursive is no guarantee of common sense or accurate spelling. Well, at least the cursive was competent. /2/ Incompetent handwriting — of any style — led to these other cake disasters. /3/ … Continue reading

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Handwriting and Vocabulary Growth

Here’s an unexpected, unintended consequence of pouring precious classroom time into cursive … according to this study from the Journal of Education Research, the longer a student has been taught cursive/required to use cursive. the smaller the vocabulary of that … Continue reading

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Not only doctors write poorly …

Not only doctors write poorly … here’s a nurse reprimanded for illegible handwriting. And then there is another kind of bad writing. This blog deals with “writing as handwriting,” not “writing as composition” … but every so often, very bad … Continue reading

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Strange Tales from the World of Handwriting

/1/ It sounds like a Woody Allen movie, but it’s true … A bank robbery failed because of the robber’s illegible hold-up note. /2/ And if you thought your handwriting teachers were tough, be glad you didn’t go to this … Continue reading

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Is it still cursive if …

Visitor Aya Katz — linguist, writer, primatologist, and handwriting rebel— posted a comment which leads to an interesting question. She writes: July 17, 2011 at 6:37 pm Kate, I agree that writing legibly is more important than writing in cursive. … Continue reading

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