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Andrea Penrose/Andrea Pickens/Cara Elliott
historical romance author
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Sounds like t you had a hectic but wonderful time with the big gathering. Yes, it's a change, but a smaller family gatherings have a wonderful vibe too. As you say, it's a change, so it takes getting used. I think we all find family gatherings change over the years, especially nowadays, when it's likely they are spread out all over the globe. Merry Christmas to you, too!
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Both excellent ideas, Maryellen. How lovely that your husband and son enjoy baking together. That will make wonderful memories all around!
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That's a very lovely idea, Lil! February really is a pretty dreary month that feels as if it goes on forever. Valentine's Day cards are a very cheery way to brighten the gloom.
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Theo, I'm there with you . . .especially if it's single malt!
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Kathy, walks are essential for me, too. I find after a day of writing, just by taking a walk, I can usually unravel any plot points I've been struggling with. The brain just clicks into a different gear.
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That's exactly what the spirit of the holidays should be—family and friends enjoying each other's company. Sounds like a perfect plan!
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Mary, it sounds like you created a very special evening for yoyr family every Christmas. I'm not a big shopper, but I know what you mean about actually getting to touch and feel a gift you want to choose for someone special. Online is very convenient, and you find some quirky things that would be difficult to find anywhere else. But still, you right in that it's not quite the same.
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TWO Xmases and New Year's celebrations! That's not stress, that's exhaustion! But fun.
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Andrea here, This month our AAW question has to do with stress and the holidays—something I think we all can relate to! So the Wenches are sharing their secrets for dealing with this universal question: With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, things can sometimes get overwhelming, What do you do to de-stress? Any special ritual or routine that recharges and relaxes? Read on for the answers! Anne: The holidays here come in summer, so it's important to keep cool as well as stay cool. We don't have Thanksgiving in Australia, only Christmas and New Year, but December... Continue reading
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Wonderful post, Mary Jo. Having been to St. Petersburg many moons ago, I second your enthusiasm. The churches are absolutely amazing, and the Hermitage is an incredible museum experience. It was the Imperial Palace, and has literally hundreds of rooms. I remember walking into the Malachite Room, which is a stunning space made with the semi-precious stone and a work of art in it's own right. And then, to see Old Masters on the wall! It leaves you a little dizzy! The rest of the trip sounds wonderful as well! Thanks for sharing!
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Thank you so much for sharing your story. You are a true inspiration to all of us who write about strong, courageous and resilient women. I'm in awe of your accomplishments.
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Glad you enjoyed it, Annette!
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Discipline!
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Sigh, kids today find a lot of ordinary things awkward to hold. They need to pick up hammers, screwdrivers, paintbrushes, etc and actually do some physical tasks! They would find it rewarding! Autocorrect is a hoot in itself. The choices can be mindboggling!(Where do some of the combination come from?)
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Glad you enjoyed it, Kareni. The Japanese art of brushwork calligraphy is amazingly beautiful, isn't it? The "going to the mailbox" is part of why a real letter is so nice. Nowadays, one expects junk and bills. It's such a delight when there's actually something personal there. Most of us (myself included) need to be like your friend and get active in sending missives. It's a smile to friends.
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What a wonderful experience, Denise! How cool that the calligraphy teacher was an Eakins! I can imagine how beautiful the diplomas were—lovely handwriting truly is a work of art. I'm sure your penmanship is still WAY superior to mine!
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Very commendable sue. I have been known to cut up old envelopes for exactly that purpose—half of a #10 envelope, cut in half vertically, makes a perfect note paper.
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I'm fine with handwriting if I take my time. But when I try to hurry typeing or handwriting, I transpose letters, leave out words, as my brain seems to move faster than my hands. Your mother's drill sound very helpful. (And LOL at the Muse tailoring her handwriting to fit the alloted space! Hey buy her a cheap school notebook!)
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Neat handwriting is wonderful, no matter what style, Maryellen. And these days, anything goes.
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Sue, I also try to compose e-mails as I would a "real" letter. And agree that being able to edit, shift lines around, correct spelling, etc. is great. (And it's a godsend to me for my manuscripts.) LOL on the misspelled dedication! That's a deal!
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Oh, I'm envious of your college roommate. I would love to have beautiful penmanship. But I also acknowledge I'm not willing to practice and learn a nice script, so I'm stuck with my scribble. The above examples from male authors show that men are perfectly capable of lovely handwriting. But apparently few of them care to learn it!
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Clearly you would make a great agony aunt, Quantum, for your advice to young people is wonderful. I think young men WAY underestimate the power of a note with poetry. You could be the next new advice guru! Illuminated manuscripts really are a world of wonder in their own right. Once can spend hours appreciating all the little nuances. And totally agree with you about the special sense of connection to a handwritten letter. A part of the person is there in the paper you are holding.
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Mary, I think you're so right about taking more care with a handwritten letter. The whole process gives it more gravitas that a text or e-mail. And while e-mail does connect us all for quicker, more frequent communication, it does at times feel more empty than a handwritten letter.
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I fear you're right about cursive, Theo! Not to speak of the ability to write a complete sentence, with a subject and verb! My mother had lovely handwriting too, but she said that was expected in school, or you got in trouble! Ha, ha, on doctors. What is it about that?
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Andrea here, musing today on writing. Or specifically, on handwriting. An old friend of mine wrote me a note about the blog I did on letterpress printing, and shared her own love of letterforms with a sample of the Zen calligraphy, which she’s been studying (and teaching) for a number of years.

I’m in awe of people who can create such beautiful art—for in my opinion, letters are true art. And that got me to thinking about handwriting. In the spirit of full disclosure, I have TERRIBLE handwriting. (right) It’s embarrassing, as I was an art major, should be able to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Word Wenches
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