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Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

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April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

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David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

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Jewish World Review Feb. 8, 2008 / 2 Adar I 5768

Hand over the pen

By Lori Borgman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | My mother once called and told me to never again write her in longhand. She said, "Your writing is atrocious, Toni."

"My name is Lori," I said. "You ought to know that, you're my mother."

'Well, on this card you sent it looks like Toni. And your aunt called to say she got a thank you note from your address, but it was signed by someone named Tom. She wants to know why she wasn't told about Tom. She also wants to know if I can decipher the note for her."

If not for the fact that my mom has been gone for three years, I'd think she was the one who put me on the mailing list for the "Most Pitiful Handwriting" contest sponsored by SimplyHandwritten.com, a greeting card handwriting company.

Then again, it could have been the mail carrier. Occasionally our mail takes the long route when someone copies our address from my handwritten return address and thinks our street starts with an F instead of a D. And that it ends in ley instead of by. "Went over to Farley again," the mail carrier says. "Bring that finish to your b up higher and then go over and drop down with the y."

Everybody's an expert.

Of course, it could have been the husband who entered my name. He used to complain that my 4s and 7s and 9s looked alike in the checkbook. I agreed it was a problem and then I fixed it. I use plastic.

The contest is open to anyone with bad writing. You just send two to three sentences in English on any subject, but the sponsors also stipulate no profanity or vulgarism.

If the handwriting is really bad, how would they know?

The person with the worst handwriting wins a box of thank you cards.

The contest was launched to coincide with John Hancock's birthday. He was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence and gets an A for penmanship. Big letters, the J and the h and the k have tall ascenders and he even dotted the i right above the i, not somewhere in the next time zone. People like John make life hard for the rest of us.

I dream of nice handwriting. I go slow, I think about what I'm doing, but nine times out of 10 my personal notes look like ransom demands.

Two out of our three kids don't use cursive at all. I take that back, the one might but it's so illegible you can't tell. He's artsy. Enough said.

The other one uses a sort of italic or print cursive where she prints letters but semi-connects them. The third one uses real penmanship, but she has to, as she's becoming a teacher. Teachers have laws about that sort of thing.

Newsweek recently reported that educators are concerned that kids find the speed and ease of using a keyboard far more appealing than the beauty that comes from writing by hand. Teachers also believe that handwriting fluency is a fundamental building block to all sorts of learning — math, spelling, the whole nine yards.

The SAT exam now requires a handwritten essay, partly in an effort to reverse the de-emphasis on handwriting and composition.

The writing is on the wall. Penmanship matters. So a word to kids: Mind your p's and q's. Literally.

Take it from someone who has learned the hard way - me — Tom. Or Toni. You know, the one who lives on Farley Street.

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