The advent of so much of our world being online has stripped us of our writing skills. I do find it’s much harder to write these days; plus, when I’m trying to write creatively (poetry, blogs, etc) my words flow faster than I can write. That being said, there is a documented connection between the hand-written words and your heart and brain. If you want to write with passion, the best way to do it is is to hand-write it. Then, if you must, re-create it in your computer.

It’s better for learning :: One of the most effective ways to study and retain new information is to rewrite your notes by hand. That’s because putting ink to paper stimulates a part of the brain called the Reticular Activating Center, or the RAS. The RAS acts as a filter for everything your brain needs to process, giving more importance to the stuff that you’re actively focusing on that moment.”

It makes you a better writer :: Many famous authors opt for the meticulousness of writing by hand over the utility of a typewriter or computer. There are countless articles written about authors who prefer hand-writing over the keyboard process. To be honest, it DOES make a complete connection between your thoughts and your hands, allowing the words to form in a controlled and coherent fashion. Typing on a keyboard is a “stream of consciousness” process. One that might be efficient at the moment, but later reading of that prose makes you think “did I really write that?”

It prevents you from being distracted :: Admit it. You know your computer (or your laptop or your iPad or, yes, even your phone) is a time-sucking portal to cute videos, live streams of foster kittens, and the ever-present Facebook. The internet isn’t bad. In 2012, neuroscientists even suggested that taking five-minute breaks to browse Tumblr or BuzzFeed could make you a more productive worker. That tiny disclaimer being stated, there’s something to be said for the elegant simplicity of having only a pen and paper in front of you.

It keeps your brain sharp as you get older :: Writing longhand is a workout for your brain. The act of writing engages your motor-skills, memory, and is good cognitive exercise for people who want to keep their minds sharp as they age.

And you thought journaling was a wasted effort….


I’m baaack…..

June 11, 2012

Whoo boy — here I go again. Someone said the other day “re-up your blog? why not!”

So, I’m back. Not that the first blog had much in it, but I suppose it was time to have a forum in WordPress again, a separate place to play other than Facebook, where I seem to “live” most of the time.

When I first set this up, WordPress placed their automatic “first blog post” on my space. The date: 6-11-12. The time: 21:11 – now, for those of you who are of a spiritual bent, the 11’s will speak to you. 🙂 As will the 2’s. And, since we’re in the middle of 2012 (almost exactly), it was the perfect time to launch into something new. My first glimmer of thinking about this happened on 6-9-12 at 3:33 PM. A whole BUNCH of 3’s; so I figured with all that divine guidance I’d better do “something” – it just took me awhile to get here.

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