Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Gallimaufry with Ink

¶ Kitty Burns Florey advocates teaching handwriting in schools: "Educators I talked to claim that kids master reading more easily when they write a word as they learn it: the writing process keeps their attention focused as they match symbol to sound."

¶ In my former home of Manitou Springs, Colo., a goddess figure is re-named.

¶ I knew about Graham Harvey's book Animism: Respecting the Living World,but I did not realize that he had created an excellent Web site to go with it.

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Anonymous Pitch313 said...

There's a sort of ongoing discussion among calligraphers and letter artists about teaching writing in schools. Often, some version of italic is favored over the usual cursive.

But, alas, it's generally the budgets that determine what sort of handwriting, if any, gets taught.

As for the statue, it seems that the original name matched up with the "healing" mineral water. Promotion. Despite lapses in iconographical identification, I suppose...

5:09 PM  
Blogger gl. said...

i'm really surprised the article on manitou's hebe focuses so much on her non-exposed breast. geesh!

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Priscilla Stuckey said...

I hope we can convince Graham Harvey to blog one of these days. His website is a wealth of info, and I'd like to keep tabs on his work in religious studies on animism and paganism. More animist intellectual voices needed on the web!

1:28 PM  
Blogger KateGladstone said...

Interestingly (given your mention of the Italic handwriting style), Chapter Five of SCRIPT AND SCRIBBLE includes (starting on page 164) an extensive discussion of Italic, which reveals that Kitty has become a "convert" thereto. (Her "conversion" -- which she illustrates with before-and-after samples -- actually resulted from contact with me during her research for SCRIPT AND SCRIBBLE, when she reached a point where this research logically needed to include some efforts to improve her own handwriting: a story she tells in the second half of Chapter Five, in the section titled "Italic Handwriting.")

Kate Gladstone
Founder and CEO,
Handwriting Repair/Handwriting That Works
Director, the World Handwriting Contest
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8:40 AM  

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