The Art of the Handwritten Note

A Guide to Reclaiming Civilized Communication
Author: Margaret Shepherd
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
ISBN: 9780307432780
Category: Reference
Page: 176
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When you receive the daily mail do you jump to open the handwritten envelopes first because you can’t wait to see who has written and why? Or do you hold those letters aside to savor and enjoy after you are done sorting your bills and tossing the junk mail? Whatever your approach, you no doubt recognize the importance of the note that comes in a unique envelope with distinct handwriting and possibly a decoration or two. Indeed, in an age when even birthday greetings are sent by e-mail, the personal letter is appreciated more than ever before. For those who enjoy writing notes, or those who value doing so but find themselves intimidated by the task, acclaimed calligrapher Margaret Shepherd has created both an epistolary tribute and rescue manual. Just as you cherish receiving personal mail, you can take pleasure in crafting correspondence. Love, gratitude, condolences, congratulations–for every emotion and occasion, a snippet of heartfelt prose is included, sure to loosen the most stymied letter writer. Not only providing inspiration for the content of the missives, The Art of the Handwritten Note gives thorough instruction in the specific details that give so many men and women the jitters when it comes to correspondence that can’t (or shouldn’t) be produced on a keyboard. From overcoming illegible penmanship to mastering the challenge of keeping straight margins, avoiding smeared ink, and choosing stationery that is appropriate but suits your style, this is a powerful little guide to conveying thoughts in an enduring–and noteworthy–way. From the Hardcover edition.

Could It Be Autism?

A Parent's Guide to the First Signs and Next Steps
Author: Nancy D. Wiseman,Kim Painter Koffsky
Publisher: Harmony
ISBN: 0767919734
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 257
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A practical handbook designed to assist parents in detecting the early signs of autism and other related disorders--including Asperger's Syndrome and Rett Syndrome--explains why early intervention can improve a child's chances for a successful life and provides vital information on screening tests, the diagnostic process, creating an effective treatment plan, and more. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

The Art of the Personal Letter

A Guide to Connecting Through the Written Word
Author: Margaret Shepherd
Publisher: Broadway
ISBN: 076792827X
Category: Reference
Page: 218
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In a practical guide to creating meaningful and memorable written messages, the author explains how to write a well crafted letter to suit a variety of circumstances, ranging from condolence and congratulations to illness and fund-raising.

What's a Hostess to Do?


Author: Susan Spungen
Publisher: Artisan Books
ISBN: 1579653685
Category: Cooking
Page: 282
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Presents over three hundred ideas for making entertaining easy, covering such topics as wording invitations, decorating with a theme, timing party preparation activities, making a playlist, mixing cocktails, and serving a buffet.

Gift of a Letter


Author: Alexandra Stoddard
Publisher: Doubleday Books
ISBN: N.A
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 162
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A celebration of the letter as a form of art and a means of communication evaluates different types of paper and the proper occasions for each and examines the epistles of history's great letter-writers

To the Letter

A Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing
Author: Simon Garfield
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1592408826
Category: History
Page: 464
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An ode to the dwindling art of letter writing explores its potential salvation in the digital age, chronicling the history of letter writing as reflected by love letters, chain mail and business correspondence while surveying the role that letters have played as literary devices for several centuries. 50,000 first printing.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing
Author: Nina Sankovitch
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451687176
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 224
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The author of the much-admired Tolstoy and the Purple Chair goes on a quest through the history of letters and her own personal correspondence to discover and celebrate what is special about the handwritten letter. Hailed as witty, moving, enlightening, and inspiring, Signed, Sealed, Delivered begins with Nina Sankovitch’s discovery of a trove of hundred year-old letters. The letters are in an old steamer trunk she finds in her backyard and include missives written by a Princeton freshman to his mother in the early 1900s. Nina’s own son is heading off to Harvard, and she hopes that he will write to her, as the Princeton student wrote to his mother and as Nina wrote to hers. But times have changed. Before Nina can persuade her child of the value of letters, she must first understand for herself exactly what it is about letters that make them so significant—and just why she wants to receive letters from her son. Sankovitch sets off on a quest through the history of letter writing—from the ancient Egyptians to the medieval lovers Abelard and Heloise, from the letters received by President Lincoln after his son’s death to the correspondence of Edith Wharton and Henry James. Sankovitch uncovers and defines the specific qualities that make letters so special, examining not only historical letters but also the letters in epistolary novels, her husband’s love letters, and dozens more sources, including her son’s brief reports from college on the weather and his allowance. In this beautifully written book, Nina Sankovitch reminds us that letters offer proof and legacy of what is most important in life: love and connection. In the end, she finds, the letters we write are even more important than the ones we wait for.

Kind Regards

The Lost Art of Letter Writing
Author: Liz Williams
Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books
ISBN: 1843179202
Category: Reference
Page: 192
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All the signs show that the worthy art of letter writing is in decline. One third of 16-year-olds have never written a letter, and in the next ten years it is predicted that first-class mail will drop by 37%. Emails and texts have overtaken the humble pen and paper as the most popular method of communication. In Kind Regards, Liz Williams explores the popular history of letter writing and how it has shaped the world today - from the early Greek philosophers, to the great letter writers Byron and Walpole and famous letters that changed the world. It also covers the invention of the fountain pen and the growth of the mail delivery system. This is the fascinating story of how a simple piece of paper revolutionized global communication and how, despite the ever-growing influence of technology, handwritten letters are regaining their value, meaning and popularity

How to Live Like a Gentleman

Lessons in Life, Manners, and Style
Author: Sam Martin
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 076279030X
Category: Reference
Page: 128
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For the Love of Letters

A 21st-Century Guide to the Art of Letter Writing
Author: Samara O'Shea
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061743798
Category: Reference
Page: 192
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Have you ever wanted to write a thank-you note and suffered writer's block? Considered penning a passionate letter to your beloved, but had no idea where to begin? Needed to send a sympathy message, but couldn't find the right words? Fear not. Professional letter writer Samara O'Shea is here to spark your creativity and answer all your letter-writing questions in this charming guide. For the Love of Letters is an anecdotal primer on letter writing, with tips on how to write all types of notes: love letters, break-up letters, apology letters, thank-you letters, erotic letters (oh yes!), and more. It's filled with moving, funny, and embarrassing stories about letters Samara has written and received, including an apology from a guy who addressed her by the wrong name, a good-riddance e-mail to a capricious boyfriend, and multiple apology letters after getting fired from an internship at O: The Oprah Magazine. With a fresh, contemporary approach, Samara weighs in on appropriate methods for every situation—for example, when to handwrite, type, or e-mail (yes, e-mail) your letter. There is also a fascinating collection of engaging personal letters written by historical and literary icons such as Marie Antoinette, Beethoven, Edgar Allan Poe, Susan B. Anthony, and Emily Post. For the Love of Letters will show anyone who has ever shuddered at the idea of sitting down and putting pen to paper—or fingertips to keyboard—how to craft persuasive, interesting, and memorable letters.

On a Personal Note


Author: Angela Ensminger,Keely Chace
Publisher: Hallmark Cards, Inc.
ISBN: 9781595301116
Category: Letter writing
Page: 229
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Learn World Calligraphy

Discover African, Arabic, Chinese, Ethiopic, Greek, Hebrew, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Russian, Thai, Tibetan Calligraphy, and Beyond
Author: Margaret Shepherd
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
ISBN: 082308230X
Category: Art
Page: 192
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Learn World Calligraphy has something for everyone. Whether you want scholarly insight, artistic inspiration, classroom projects, or a theme for your next party, this comprehensive, unparalleled full-color book will guide you on a virtual trip around the globe. Covering nearly all of the world’s writing systems—from African to Arabic, Chinese to Greek, Hebrew to Russian, and beyond—Learn World Calligraphy offers a unique glimpse of scripts worldwide and the calligraphers who write them. Lushly illustrated with gorgeous examples of both historical and modern calligraphic designs, this book is filled with practical instruction for how key aspects of each exotic script can be applied to the English alphabet, generating calligraphic hybrids with a distinctly foreign flair. Like a new cuisine that you can’t wait to cook at home, the scripts you meet in this book are sure to infuse your own calligraphy with the flavor of abroad. Bon voyage!

The Missing Ink

The Lost Art of Handwriting
Author: Philip Hensher
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0865478945
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 288
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When Philip Hensher realized that he didn't know what a close friend's handwriting looked like ("bold or crabbed, sloping or upright, italic or rounded, elegant or slapdash"), he felt that something essential was missing from their friendship. It dawned on him that having abandoned pen and paper for keyboards, we have lost one of the ways by which we come to recognize and know another person. People have written by hand for thousands of years— how, Hensher wondered, have they learned this skill, and what part has it played in their lives? The Missing Ink tells the story of this endangered art. Hensher introduces us to the nineteenth-century handwriting evangelists who traveled across America to convert the masses to the moral worth of copperplate script; he examines the role handwriting plays in the novels of Charles Dickens; he investigates the claims made by the practitioners of graphology that penmanship can reveal personality. But this is also a celebration of the physical act of writing: the treasured fountain pens, chewable ballpoints, and personal embellishments that we stand to lose. Hensher pays tribute to the warmth and personality of the handwritten love note, postcards sent home, and daily diary entries. With the teaching of handwriting now required in only five states and many expert typists barely able to hold a pen, the future of handwriting is in jeopardy. Or is it? Hugely entertaining, witty, and thought-provoking, The Missing Ink will inspire readers to pick up a pen and write.

The Lost Art of Letter Writing


Author: Menna van Praag
Publisher: Allison & Busby Ltd
ISBN: 0749021055
Category: Fiction
Page: 300
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In a forgotten nook of Cambridge a little shop stands where thousands of sheets of beautiful paper and hundreds of exquisite pens wait for the next person who, with Clara Cohen’s help, will express the love, despair and desire they feel to correspondents alive, estranged or dead. Clara knows better than most the power a letter can have to turn a person’s life around, so when she discovers a cache of wartime love letters, she follows them on the start of on a profound journey of her own.

101 Ways to Say Thank You

Notes of Gratitude for All Occasions
Author: Kelly Browne
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company
ISBN: 9781402747021
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 130
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A guide to writing thank-you notes covers a variety of specific situations, including birthday gifts, friendship, and business opportunities.

For the Love of Letters

The Joy of Slow Communication
Author: John O'Connell
Publisher: Short Books
ISBN: 178072120X
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 256
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Remember letters? They were good, weren't they? The thrill of receiving that battered envelope with its longed-for contents - all the better for the wait... Handwritten is a celebration of letter-writing in all its guises, a showcase for the masterpieces we would all write if we had the time and inclination - the perfect thankyou letter, a riotous despatch from a far-flung location, that heartfelt declaration of love. As John O'Connell shows, the best letters have much to teach us - Samuel Richardson's 'familiar letters'; Wilfred Owen's outpourings to his mother; the schoolboy scatology of Kingsley Amis and Philip Larkin; Churchill and Clementine's reflections on the 'colour & jostle of the highway' they trod together; the sly observational charms of Jane Austen... In this richly entertaining book, O'Connell puts forward a passionate case for the value of letter-writing in a distracted, technology-obsessed world. A properly crafted letter is something to be cherished, an act of exposure which gives shape and meaning to the chaos of life. In the words of John Donne, 'Sir, more than kisses, letters mingle souls;/For, thus friends absent speak.'

Script and Scribble

The Rise and Fall of Handwriting
Author: Kitty Burns Florey
Publisher: Melville House
ISBN: 1612193056
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 192
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"A witty and readable (and fetchingly illustrated and glossed) excursion through the history of handwriting." —The Wall Street Journal Let a self-confessed "penmanship nut" take you on a tour of the strange and beautiful world of handwriting. Since her Catholic school days learning the Palmer Method, Kitty Burns Florey has been in love with handwriting, and can't imagine a world where schools forego handwriting drills in favor of teaching something called keyboarding. In this "winsome mix of memoir and call to arms" (Chicago Tribune), Florey weaves together the evolution of writing implements and scripts, pen-collecting societies, the golden age of American penmanship, and the growth in popularity of handwriting analysis, and asks the question: Is writing by hand really no longer necessary in today's busy world? "Charmingly composed and handsomely presented," Script & Scribble traces the history of penmanship to the importance of writing by hand in an increasingly digital age (The Boston Globe). From the Trade Paperback edition.

Is There a Meaning in this Text?

The Bible, the Reader, and the Morality of Literary Knowledge
Author: Kevin J. Vanhoozer
Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
ISBN: 0310324696
Category: Religion
Page: 496
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Written by a brilliant young author, this book develops an evangelical theological hermeneutic that sees meaning in the text of Scripture.

When Words Matter Most

Thoughtful Words and Deeds to Express Just the Right Thing at Just the Right Tim e
Author: Robyn Freedman Spizman
Publisher: Crown
ISBN: 9780307422668
Category: Reference
Page: 128
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This book explores the art of finding the right words and actions at the right time--an invaluable handbook for expressing compassion, kindness, caring, and congratulations to friends and family, neighbors and colleagues, and anyone else who touches your life. Spizman focuses on how to use words wisely and well in both difficult and joyful times, allaying the common fear people have of appearing foolish or inadequate when they want their words to make a difference. From the Hardcover edition.