I had to write a note to my son’s teacher. As an old-timer, I wrote my note by hand. That’s how a teacher can tell that the note came from a parent and not something the child had forged. My son looked at the note and said, “Why did you write it in Cursive? No one can read it.”
When I was my son’s age, I had to write in Cursive. I had Cursive writing drilled into me from third grade on (including the Qs that look like 2s as shown). It was the one subject I struggled in throughout elementary school. Assignments were required to be in Cursive, and students were graded on penmanship as well as content. It wasn’t until high school that I was allowed to start typing my papers. And even in college, I still had to write essays by hand in blue books for my finals.
Now, they hardly teach Cursive in school anymore. Read more »
Even though I’m finishing a novel about politics, I find it increasingly hard to write directly about current political issues.
I started writing a post for this blog about the 99% who are occupying Wall Street, Los Angeles, and even Minneapolis to protest against the 1% wealthiest Americans. There is now a new group, the 53% who are protesting against the 99%.
1%, 53%, or 99%. Have we turned into types of milk? But it’s not just the issue itself that is causing me frustration in writing about it.
UPDATE: It looks like I fixed the 404 problem. Please let me know if you encounter any broken links. And a tip for you WordPress Webmasters, when you set permissions for .htaccess, use octal 777 instead of 666. And back up your files before you change them. <facepalm/> Thanks to the posters on the WordPress.org forum for their help.
If you get a 404 error when clicking on a link, I am working on the problem and will have a fix soon. I’m sorry for the inconvenience.
Apple isn’t the only one messing around with their product line today. I’m working on a new design for my Web site. It will be cleaner. It will not have ads popping up in the wrong spots. It will be easier to subscribe to a feed and follow me on Twitter (and later, Facebook). I’m also making room for my new novel.
What do you think of the new design? Do you have any suggestions? Post a comment. Thanks, and enjoy my site.
My daughter went to the San Fernando Valley this week to visit a friend who is going to CSUN. I wouldn’t want to embarrass my daughter (but as any father knows, it isn’t hard to do), but I can’t help but feel sentimental about the place where I was born and raised. Here are a few things that I miss about the San Fernando Valley. Read more »