The Lost Art of Cursive Handwriting

The Lost Art of Cursive Handwriting

We could even title this post “The Lost Art of Cursive Handwriting On Me.

Without any facts or data to guide me, I wonder if cursive handwriting is becoming a lost art. All I have to go by is my personal experience and asking friends who have children if schools still teach it. It is my understanding that schools do teach it.

However, for this post, I will draw from my own experience and refrain from painting the subject with broad strokes of bias and unsupported hyperbole.

When I was in grade school, we are taught how to print and how to write in cursive. Neither style of handwriting did I excel at, but one was always able to decipher what I was writing; it was legible enough.

But once I moved along grade after grade until I graduated none of my teachers, not a single one of them, required the use of cursive handwriting when doing assignments to turn in. So I opted for the path of least resistance, the more comfortable option for me was to print my work, and that’s what I did.

By the time high school came along for me, the personal computer was beginning to become ubiquitous in schools and this respect; mine was no different. Strangely enough, we were never taught to type on a typewriter, and I only had one day of instruction on how to type at all, and it was on a Tandy computer. Typewriters were still a useful item in the 1990s and only then as the PC took over did they begin to fade away. But as the PC took over the schools my handwriting waned even more once we could type up our work and turn it in on a computer printed sheet of paper.

Once I was on active duty in the US Marines writing anything at all was nearly non-existent. The most I can ever recall writing was just some notes now and then in a small notebook. Even then it was infrequent. Anything I needed could be done on the computer.

So here I am some 30 years after grade school, getting interested in the art of handwriting with fountain pens. To me, the art of cursive writing is a lost one. But it doesn’t have to be lost on me forever. I have been working on learning it again today and spent most of this morning writing in an old notebook to get the hang of it still.


I need lots of practice, but it’s coming back, and only a few letters, like “r” and “z,” are giving me the most trouble. With practice though I know, I’ll get it and that I’ll get better.

Writing cursive with a fountain pen is quite enjoyable for me so far. I’m not worrying about how terrible it looks right now, but concentrating on the experience of it and getting better at it.

How about you? Do you still engage in the art of cursive handwriting? Leave me some comments below.

Where Did You Get Your Pseudonym

Where Did You Get Your Pseudonym

Where Did You Get Your Pseudonym?

SandboxGeneral. What an odd sounding name, right? I wish I had a cool story to tell about how I came up with that name for an Internet handle. The truth is, I don’t always have such a creative mind and the reasoning behind it is rather simple.

I recall my first email address back in 1997, Go ahead, send an email to it because it probably won’t go anyplace. I abandoned it long ago. How I landed on sub_120 was even less creative than SandboxGeneral. While sitting at my computer which had Windows 95 on it I had a blank mind. It was my first computer ever and I bought it at a local computer shop in Twentynine Palms, California outside of my Marine Corps base. It had a program called Eudora Light and the icon of a mailbox. It was for email but I didn’t know how to use it. I’d open the program and couldn’t figure out how to do it. I knew nothing about computers then, absolutely nothing at all. After being stumped by the program I went on the Internet which is something I was able to figure out how to do. Yahoo! was the big game in town in those days and I was able to figure out how to register an account. When it wanted to know what name to use, I knew enough that I didn’t want to use my real name. But what should I use instead? I looked over to my left where I had a stereo setup with a Cerwin Vega powered subwoofer. The subwoofer’s model number was Sub-120 and that’s how I got my first email address.

Through the years I’ve had other handles that I no longer recall. But I know I had one that was related the the Marine Corps and had the number 556 which is the caliber of the rounds our M-16’s fired, 5.56mm. Corny, I know but I’m not all that creative.

Regarding SandboxGeneral, I came up with that name not because of anything to do with the Marine Corps, but it harkens to when I was a kid playing in the sandbox. My friends and I used to play in the sandbox a lot with little army guys and tanks where we would have fierce battles. Making up the sand in battlefields consisting of mountains, valley’s, and other terrain and obstacles was a good part of the fun. Each of us were our own general’s commanding our armies against the other. Those were the good old days, having fun and not caring about the things of the world at large.

One day I had to come up with a username for an Internet forum that no longer exists and I landed on SandboxGeneral based on those war fighting days as a kid. So there it is, that’s the origin story of SandboxGeneral.

What’s your story?

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