“Deeper meaning resides in the fairy tales told me in my childhood than any truth that is taught in life.”

FRIEDRICH SCHILLER

Happy Birthday E.E. Cummings

To celebrate this great American writer, I’m sharing one of my favorite poems of his.

We should regularly revisit and share the works of writers who have woven our cultural fabric, before the woke mob cancels them!

Edward Estlin Cummings born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 14th, 1894

i carry your heart with me

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
                                  i fear
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

91-Year-Old Teaches Cursive to Arizona Students to Keep Art of Handwriting Alive

Marilyn Harrer, 91, the “Cursive Queen”

The rise of the keyboard, and smart technology, has seen the tradition of handwriting fall by the wayside in most modern classrooms.

A woman in Scottsdale, Arizona, continues to keep the art of cursive writing alive, however, more than 20 years after officially retiring from teaching.

Marilyn Harrer, 91, began teaching cursive writing in 1951; after teaching for some years, she officially retired in 1997.

“When I retired from full time teaching, my teacher friends said they always liked the way the children in my class wrote and so they wanted to know if I wouldn’t come back and work in their classrooms,” said Harrer, azfamily.com reported.

After her retirement, she began volunteering her cursive writing instruction services at Anasazi Elementary in north Scottsdale.

Like using a computer, handwriting is a whole-body exercise.

“We talk about how to sit, how to hold your paper, how to write at a slant, how you hold your pencil,” explained Harrer.

After so many years honing her handwriting craft and passing it on to her students, she’s garnered from them the title “Cursive Queen.”

Harrer has racked up a number of accomplishments from her cursive teaching, sending forth 35 students to carry home the state handwriting title in Arizona, with two others becoming national cursive champions.

“Well I just expect the best from all children, and they respond,” she said.

Meanwhile, when volunteers were barred from institutions to curb the spread of the CCP virus, it did not stop Harrer from carrying out her usual instruction.

“We didn’t let COVID stop us,” she said. “I would go over to my daughter’s house and eat a nice dinner, and my grandson Grant would film me teaching the lessons.”

While cursive teaching has long been excluded from the curriculum in many schools, Harrer has a passion to keep the tradition alive.

To support her mission, she began a pen pal project that matches seniors with students, with some success.

“This is our third year, and we now have a surplus of people who want to be pen pals,” she said. “And they really look forward to doing it.”

Harrer has a plan to continue teaching cursive for as long as she can manage it, adding that research has proven a link between cursive handwriting and brain activity.

SOURCE: The Epoch Times https://www.theepochtimes.com/91-year-old-teaches-cursive-to-arizona-students-to-keep-art-of-handwriting-alive_3854145.html?utm_source=sharemorningbriefnoe

“Science is always wrong. It never solves a problem without creating ten more.”

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

“Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners.”

GEORGE CARLIN