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Penmanship

Penmanship We still get Christmas cards in the mail, mostly from older friends and relatives. What impresses more than the faithful nod to tradition is the penmanship of some. First, the elegant script of Marieta, lovely woman over 70 whose words are small but perfect in flowing message. So beautiful, in fact, thoughts cross my mind that if I outlive my wife (unlikely and unwanted) I might call on Marieta, already a widow. That's how much penmanship reveals about character and intelligence. Even more uplifting was the nice card from my oldest sister, whose writing is absolutely the same as when she wrote on blackboards for students seven decades ago; not a 9l-year-old tremor within her salutations, simply amazing longevity, especially given her rheumatic hands, gifted I conclude from a life of pure thoughts and actions. Then arrives the card from equally agèd brother, with scribbling brief and barely legible—excusable certainly considering his age, the wars he has fought and the reality that he probably picks up a pen about twice a year. Still . . . those two women's characters made his seem simple as much as old. No wars for them, it must be said, though what lives those hands have led! This article was corrected for errors on November 27, 2012. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Penmanship

JAMA , Volume 308 (18) – Nov 14, 2012

Penmanship

Abstract

We still get Christmas cards in the mail, mostly from older friends and relatives. What impresses more than the faithful nod to tradition is the penmanship of some. First, the elegant script of Marieta, lovely woman over 70 whose words are small but perfect in flowing message. So beautiful, in fact, thoughts cross my mind that if I outlive my wife (unlikely and unwanted) I might call on Marieta, already a widow. That's how much penmanship reveals about character and intelligence. Even...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.2012.13269
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Abstract

We still get Christmas cards in the mail, mostly from older friends and relatives. What impresses more than the faithful nod to tradition is the penmanship of some. First, the elegant script of Marieta, lovely woman over 70 whose words are small but perfect in flowing message. So beautiful, in fact, thoughts cross my mind that if I outlive my wife (unlikely and unwanted) I might call on Marieta, already a widow. That's how much penmanship reveals about character and intelligence. Even more uplifting was the nice card from my oldest sister, whose writing is absolutely the same as when she wrote on blackboards for students seven decades ago; not a 9l-year-old tremor within her salutations, simply amazing longevity, especially given her rheumatic hands, gifted I conclude from a life of pure thoughts and actions. Then arrives the card from equally agèd brother, with scribbling brief and barely legible—excusable certainly considering his age, the wars he has fought and the reality that he probably picks up a pen about twice a year. Still . . . those two women's characters made his seem simple as much as old. No wars for them, it must be said, though what lives those hands have led! This article was corrected for errors on November 27, 2012.

Journal

JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Nov 14, 2012

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