"He causeth the grass to grow for food, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth a man's heart." ~Psalm 104: 14-15


Penmanship and good ol' fashion chores

   Once upon a time, there was a gypsy who spent the summer with goats.  She milked twice a day and altogether would get a gallon by the end of it! It was fun, though tiring. She had to get up and be ready to milk by 6:00-6:30 every day.  And she noticed in her hands and arms muscles that previously went unnoticed ... When she started out, she couldn't even finish (had to get a bit of help from a neighbor lady) as her hands weren't strong enough. Then one day she found she could push herself and just do the whole milking....she got such good milk when it was fresh and cool!

Jimmy With Goat and Girl
BY Jwinfred

   With that happy story in mind, a friend of mine, who's also an artist and pastor's wife, talked to me about penmanship. She said that one reason that people in the past were able to have good beautiful penmanship is that it takes muscle and strength to write so swirly and fancy...so doing regular chores and working with one's own hands has the benefit of improved penmanship ability! :]

TypeSETit »MonteCarlo« ❖ The Unforgettable Herb Lubalin (for widescreen displays)
BY arnokath

Post Script

A reader just posted this on a facebook comment:
I would LOVE to learn how to write in a beautiful way... Spencerian... something. Don't quite know where to start...
So went searching and found some neat posts! Here's one on In My Own Style called A Lost Art: Pretty Lettering. She talks about her love for penmanship, seeing style on paper. Then she talks about a book on improving your writing, along with sharing some tips on how to start improving your everyday script.

I also found more links and inspiring ideas, so I'll leave you with this, my new pinboard: Penmanship.

Post post script

Aug. 28, 2014
Just read The Blessing of Old Fashioned Work Part 2 @ Strangers & Pilgrims


So what do you think? Do you have any suggestions? Other ideas or sources? Share 'em here!