Handwriting Day tweet by MoleskineIs handwriting becoming a lost art? Will schools stop teaching cursive writing? Could we be happy giving up writing in notebooks, never again to place pen to soft paper?

Ever since I was a teenager I have written my thoughts, hopes, and troubles in the blank pages of journals. Thus, you know where I stand, and I am in good company.

Today we celebrate National Handwriting Day in the United States and acknowledge the power of a great signature along with the hand-written letter. Established in 1977, National Handwriting Day is celebrated on January 23, the birthday of John Hancock, the American founding father remembered for his large and stylish signature at the center of the Declaration of Independence.

The term “John Hancock” even became, in the United States, a synonym for signing your name.

Celebrities, including Katie Couric and Malala Yousafzai, are joining the Moleskine company — maker of classic journaling notebooks — to pick up a pen and hand write their social media messages today, instead of typing them on a keyboard.

Using the hashtag #HandwritingDay #mhDay all the varied pictorial tweets are being gathered from around the world in one place.

Even if your penmanship is not Handcock worthy, you should write out your tweet today and celebrate inking instead of linking. You can see my signature in a tweet at @geriwc.


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