Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

Coffee Talk: Library Hand or Professional Penmanship and an Announcement

Coffee Talk {living outside the stacks}

I’d like to welcome you to Coffee Talk. If you’re new here, this is where I share some of the great and not~so~great stuff that I find on the web. Topics range from news stories that leave me scratchin’ my head to DIYs that I think are absolutely clever. And, who knows, there may even be a recipe thrown in here or there just for fun.

Do you remember learning penmanship in school? I do. I remember that weird brownish/tannish/beigish paper with the lines on it… I also remember the way that paper smelled. Like a mixture of trees and pencil shavings. Don’t ask why I remember something like that, but I do. I also remember getting the xeroxed white sheets with the purple lines for take home practice. That paper had a weird smell. And, I ain’t gonna lie, I used to volunteer to copy the papers so I could inhale it as I walked down the hall. Too much information? Ah well… Anyway, I remember it was my father who taught me how to write. He had the most beautiful cursive writing in the world. And I don’t say that lightly. He was an artist, so there were flourishes and curlicues… All the things that made people gasp and ask “Did you really write that?” Also all the things that no 1st grader should be learning to do. I got in trouble a lot because, well, 1st grade and turning in assignments written in cursive and in beautifully swirled cursive at that… Anyway, I was reading an article about a form of penmanship called “Library Hand.” Who knew? Apparently, a bunch of librarians back in the late 1800’s got together to create a uniform penmanship so that card catalogs could be easily read. Really, my profession is just so thorough. It does break my heart that students are no longer taught penmanship, much less cursive writing. Sitting with my dad, while he held my hand and guided me through the paces {forcing me to touch both the bottom and top lines with my pencil} will be be memories that I will treasure until the end of time.

How do you feel about celebrities speaking about politics, social issues, etc.? I used to think the only space they could occupy was the one on my screen, but then I realized something: they exist in this world too. I recognize that their issues may not be the same as mine, but they live/work here and so do their families, so they have every right to express an opinion. Even if I disagree with that opinion. The reason I’m asking is because a number of athletes have expressed an interest in boycotting the traditional White House visit because they disagree with President Trump’s policies. Some folks are saying that celebrities should keep their mouths shut because no one pays them for their opinions while others are applauding their decisions. What do you say?

My girls bought celebratory chocolate cupcakes for me on Friday. To find out why, click here.

Now, it’s your turn… What’s going on in your world? Anything have you scratching your head or belly laughing? Is there a book I absolutely must add to my TBR Shelf? Have you cooked or ordered anything tasty?


Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}





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