Monday, July 6, 2015

Word of the Week - 70

Example of orderly notes by muki wu in a Midori Traveler's Notebook.
Examples of my notes on anything other than the tablecloth.
Word of the Week:  NOTES

Notes, as in take them copiously.  Notes, as in jot it down.  Notes, as in handwritten.  To keep them in any form is an encouraging first step.  To take them in some orderly fashion so that I may find them again is the ideal.  My life and I are works in progress.

A shared article from the NY Times about what we lose as we lose handwriting reminded me that I do exercise penmanship every day.  A good thing, as fond as I am of pens.  A better thing for it seems to keep aspects of the brain engaged in a way that using a keyboard does not.  I suspect (or may have read, too) that doodling is also good for us in a similar way.

I see the hand as a loyal family retainer of the old school, taking up the pen or pencil in a last stand for civilization in the face of chaos.  Yet recently fresh recruits have appeared on the horizon, a younger generation who have sworn allegiance to what they call analog.  They are keepers of notebooks and planners, purchasers of fountain pens with triple-digit prices, sketchers and defenders of the high art of hand lettering, inventors of fonts and illustrators of life's often mundane interludes.  They may be the new radicals, owners of iPhones, of tablets, who keep track of what matters by writing it down on paper.

For years I've known that I am more likely to remember something when my hand plays a part in preserving it.  Under optimal circumstances I may even recall where on the page I wrote it, the name of the poet or illustrator or blogger, squeezed between a reminder to "Visualize Today" and encouragement to "Respond to all areas of your life with love and kindness."


Kass said...

I love the look of your notes - just as artistic as you.

Did you ever see "The English Patient?" Aside from Kristin Scott Thomas's rather flat acting (especially when she's dying), I LOVED Katharine Clifton's little notebook:
Katharine's Notebook

Kass said...

Apparently, Pinterest blocked the link in the previous comment. Here's another attempt to show you the little notebook:
Katharine's Notebook

Marylinn Kelly said...

Kass - Thank you. I have reams, truly, of notes that belong in notebooks, in some order yet roam mostly free as I chase after them. And no, I've never seen "The English Patient" and Kristin Scott Thomas is likely the reason why. That said, I would like to see Katharine's notebook, to which the link will not take me. Looking on Google, I did see a photo of fountain pen writing on paper. Oooooh, fountain pens. xo

Marylinn Kelly said...

Kass - Thank you. That link worked perfectly. And what a fine, stuffed notebook. I've begun to look at postings about Midori Traveler's Notebooks, most of which are kept closed with an elastic band. I most enjoy the ones that are bulging at the seams. xo