Today at the office I was addressing some holiday cards to be sent to various people on LawyerBoss' list. I had printed some mailing labels on the computer, but I decided that just printing labels and slapping them into the cards was a little too impersonal. So I decided to handwrite "From the attorney and staff..." etc etc. And then I had a shocking realization: I had nearly forgotten how to handwrite! At least, in the cursive style. I can still print, in "longhand" I think it's called. But the cursive style, known informally as "handwriting" is something I've not used for so long that I had to really concentrate: "How do you make an 'f' again?" I seem to recall reading a few months ago in Time or Newsweek that handwriting, or penmanship, was becoming a lost art in the Digital Age. I believe it. As someone who was desperate to take up typing at the age of eleven, when home computers were a flight of fancy and the Internet was science fiction, I have to admit that I have let my penmanship atrophy almost to nothing. I rarely handwrite or handprint notes; I use the Journal function of Outlook to compose any notes about our clients (and the application helps me keep track of billable time as well.) LawyerBoss used to get upset at me about this, until I started using recycled paper in my printer. Sometimes I wonder if we are becoming too dependent on machines. Mind you, I wonder this as I type on my iBook, listening to internet radio and surfing the web... So, penmanship: good riddance or valuable skill that we should cultivate?