“Old Fashioned Niceties…”

In the April 2016 issue of Real Simple Magazine, there is a charming and thoughtful article on handwritten cards, letters, notes, etc. Seems that etiquette experts agree that the written missive is missing from our current lives and it would be very nice to bring it back. Children could be taught to write thank you notes and letters to their relatives and friends to begin with.

So for Christmas this year, I got two handwritten cards from granddaughters: one with a beautiful hand made Christmas ornament and one with baby pictures I had not yet seen.

And, I remembered the article by Catherine Newman and illustrated by Clarice Gifford. Twelve steps to re-connecting with those we love or wish to remember, including bring back personalized stationery, parlor games, and sing-a longs.

Each step has “Wise Words” written by experts. The one I liked best:
  “Handwriting is an imprint of the self on the page.” 

This is my invitation to check out the article, follow the steps, and send a personal message to someone special. Your favorite genealogist, Arlene Eakle http://arleneeakle.com.

PS Handwritten notes on occasion–a perfect New Year’s Resolution for a genealogist.
PPS Watch for my new Blog–Be of Good Cheer–launching soon.


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