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What does end of cursive mean for personal touch?

Were you as flabbergasted as I was to learn that children will no longer have to learn to write in cursive?

Someone in the great unknown realm of knowledge has decided writing is passe -- at least in longhand. Will getting cards and letters go the way of tapioca and high button shoes, which, by the by, are back in style?

Computers will take over the world -- in fact, they already have. You can instantly find almost everything you need with a click of a button. I remember laboring for what seemed to be hours trying to get my S's and F's correctly written. On a computer you can quickly send a note of congratulations or a thank you through the air in a moment. Won't that signal the end of our friendly contingent at the post office? I would have loved to have seen a pony express rider gallup up Calhoun Street with a pouch full of important mail. What great expectations there must have been! "Rain, hail, sleet or snow" will be a thing of the past except on the weather channel. Progress is great, but there is something to be said for a wonderfully written note that is delivered by a real human being. I think that is why Meals on Wheels is so special. Even if the person who gets their "daily bread" is not hungry at that moment, they know someone took the time to care.

  • I found an interesting tidbit in the news about a small company in Georgia that found an unusual niche in Asia. Chopsticks are made in Georgia at the rate of 2 million a day. The lack of wood in Asia has made it necessary for this sort of import. Poplar and sweet gum trees are plentiful in the Americus, Ga., area, so a gap has been bridged in the chopstick department. What fun it must be to say you export something to Asia that is "made in America."
  • Most of you, I am sure, know about our dear "orchid lady," Madeline Nelson. Well, you can really learn how to be an orchid expert at her greenhouse the third Saturday of each month. Lee Bredeson of Classic Orchids offers free Orchid University classes at 10:30 a.m. each third Saturday at Madeline's on Confederate Avenue in Bluffton. Participants must register. Details: 843-290-7897
  • If you have an artistic bent and love wiener dogs then there's a contest that just might be up your alley. The Savannah Wiener Dog Races logo contest is under way until Sept. 9. The race is great fun and is held on the Savannah riverfront Oct. 1. To enter your logo or to register a dog for the race go to www.savannahnow.com/wienerdogs and win one for Bluffton!
  • Do you know somebody who loves movies? Entries are being sought for the sixth annual Beaufort International Film Festival. Charlotte Loper, get your high school chums together and enter something! Someone in our little town should win this! Details: www.beaufortfilmfestival.com
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