The Art of Writing

Reblogger Roy Kelley
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The Art of Writing

San Diego real estate professional and ActiveRain blogger William Johnson reminds us of the importance of using personal notes in our communications.

Many of us have not been using our hand writing skills in recent years and it is not to late to again practice more effective communications.

If you wish to make comments that William will see, please go to his original blog.

Have a great week and be sure to have your camera in hand to capture the special moments.

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Photograph by Dolores Kelley using a Canon PowerShot S90 camera.

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

 

Original content by William Johnson CA BRE# 01048160

The Art of Writing

Message in a Bottle

I was reading an article in American Profile magazine about the Power of the Pen. And it gave me pause to consider that while we use all forms of electronic writing, are we losing a very valuable skill set in the art of writing.

It is Valentines Day soon and we rush out to the card stores and buy all sorts of greeting cards, sign our names and the task is done. But imagine writing a note card in you own words expressing your feelings to someone you care about. That would likely be a real treasure as most of us respond very favorably to the sentiment but also the personal nature of the handwritten word. 

I think parents and teachers should encourage children to write more handwritten notes or even keep a journal. As the children grow and age, it is easier to type everything on the computer and even send electronic greetings which are great but.....do they convey the same feelings as would be in a handwritten note.

I used to write notes daily in a 5 section notebook that I carried everywhere  that had everything from phone call conversations, information, inspirational thoughts  and multitudes of other things I needed to remember. I don't do that very much anymore because I now type most things through the day in the Notes App on my iPad. These notes go to the cloud and I get in duplicate form as an e-mail which is really quite handy.

But one area that I have never compromised on are my Christmas holiday cards. I typically send hundreds and I hand write everyone of them with a personal note. It makes them so much more personal and I see that most cards I receive also have a hand written note in return. Yes, it is time consuming, I start in early November and finish days before Christmas. So worth the effort that always allows me to convery my sentiments of the way I feel. 

One of my friends was famous for writing Thank You or Thinking of You note cards to everyone he met, everyone he knew and would seize any opportunity to express through the handwritten word his sentiment. Many of his friends would marvel knowing that hundreds of us would receive these cards on a regular basis. He became president of NAR and was one of the most personable and highly thought of people in our industry.  

While we may never be able to accomplish that level of hand written communication, it would serve us all well to remember that the handwritten word is still highly valued by others and it can make such a huge difference in our daily and business lives. And most certainly in the lives of others that we care about. 



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Rainmaker
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David Shamansky
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Roy I say you take some pretty amazing shots of these flower pics you post. Lighting and detail is magnificent. have a blessed Sunday and thanks for the reblog I will go give William a comment now

Feb 12, 2012 04:33 AM #1
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks for your comments.  I am glad that you enjoy the photographs.

Feb 12, 2012 05:01 AM #2
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Jennifer Chiongbian
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The art of handwritting is practically lost.  Most people don't even have the penmanship to be legible anymore.  So sad...

Feb 12, 2012 05:09 AM #3
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Kathy Streib
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Roy- as always I love your photos and I do agree... I hope we never lose the beautiful art of writing. 

Feb 12, 2012 05:18 AM #4
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Roy Kelley
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You are correct, Jennifer.

On the other hand, many seniors are thankful for computers as their hands are too unsteady to write personal notes.

Thanks, Kathy, for stopping by.

Feb 12, 2012 05:18 AM #5
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Curtis Van Carter
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Roy

Thanks for reblogging this, it is a very good read, cheers cvc

Feb 12, 2012 05:21 AM #6
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
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Roy,

            Great re-blog and oh so true and I love the photo of the flowers. I think that is one of the prettiest pictures I have seen. I love the colors and the lights! Take care!

Feb 12, 2012 06:44 AM #7
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William Johnson
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Hi Roy, Thank you once again for re-blogging this post. This is just so nice that others can appreciate the message that we can all benefit from. One of my tasks for the week ahead to select a new design for a supply of note cards as I follow my own advise. 

Feb 12, 2012 09:21 AM #8
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Roy Kelley
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Good to hear from you on this Sunday evening.  Have a most productive week.

Feb 12, 2012 09:59 AM #9
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Roy Kelley
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It is sometimes good to revisit old blogs and reblogs. We might even find some good ideas for new posts.

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