I'll have to admit, I'm pretty rusty now, but there once was a time when I could scribble shorthand as fast as anyone in my class, and found it extremely useful - especially for writing notes in church - well, that was for those who didn't know sign language and actually had to have the written word, so to speak.
And yes, I did get caught once. The pastor abruptly stopped talking and asked my friend and me to stop writing notes, before resuming his sermon. It so happened that my friend was the pastor's kid. I still write notes in church, but they're usually notes on the sermon, written to myself.
That was back in the day when shorthand skills were valued. And when typing, we worried about making holes in our paper as we erased errors, and tried not to let erasures (??) fall down among the typewriter keys. That was when typewriter keys could get stuck together in one glump if you weren't careful. That was when 'cut and paste' actually meant cut (with a scissors) and paste (with paste or glue)! And when you'd get ink on your fingers trying to replace a typewriter ribbon.
Ah, those were the days...And I'm so glad they're over, at least that part.
Although I'd like to find a usable IBM Selectric like I used in highschool (the one with the cool little font ball), I love the ease of writing, communicating, etc. brought to us by the computer age. And it seems so odd that my grandchildren won't remember a time without computers, Ipods, Ipads, Kindle, etc. etc.
My two finds at the thrift store
But the shorthand in the first photo? I'm still trying to figure it out. There are bits and pieces I recognized right away, but some of the shorter shortcuts I'm still working on. I think I've identified the words, 'presently,' 'you will have,' and 'trouble.'
Yikes. I hope that's not like a fortune cookie prophecy.
Now I've got to get busy and put away the papers that surround my desk. I think I told you about them last week, during that fleeting moment of motivation...
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