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Learning to scrawl all over again...

by Mark Cartwright

Part of my job here at the radio station actually requires me to write.  I'm not talking about here on the blog.  I'm talking about physically picking up a pencil and writing things down.  I write them down, because as I lean toward the end of my 40s, I'm sure my memory isn't quite what it used to be.  Just ask my wife, ol' what's her name.  Honestly, names are the worst.  For every name that enters my head, one gets pushed out the other side.  More on that in another blog.  Back to the writing thing, it has occurred to me that I spend an amazing amount of time at the computer keyboard.  Whether I'm on air, or doing production, at home in my studio, or even at the dining room table where the laptop resides, I'm constantly typing, and that has led to an inability two write anywhere near as fast or as smooth as I used to years ago.  Think about it:  When was the last time you sat down a "wrote" somebody a letter?  For that matter, when was the last time you opened up a spiral notebook, and wrote a report?  I know I'm not alone in this.  I used to think my father had bad handwriting, and compared to my mother, he did, but now, I think I take the cake.  My handwriting isn't cursive, and it isn't printed.  It's sort of a hybrid "printsive" which uses bits of both in almost every word.  So I can type, I can text, I can even tell you what I'm feeling with a clever emoticon, but really, my days of making handwritten Mother's Day cards are over.