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August 18, 2022

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Dianna CurrieAugust 28, 2015

I have kept handwritten journals (I write every single day) since 1976, at least 25 volumes. My grandson (20 years old) says he wants them when I die, that's so sweet of him but he can't read cursive. What a shame he wasn't taught in school. I too have one handwritten recipe my mother wrote and I treasure it. Your articles are so dear to me and like another commented we have enjoyed your writing for years. Read your books out loud on vacations so we could all enjoy your humor. You are a treasure!

Cav PilotAugust 27, 2015

Joni, My sweetheart and I have laughed and enjoyed your writing for many years. Thanks. I have thought of this same thing over the last year or so. a couple of months ago I added a couple lines to my bucket list: a) write a letter to each of my children once a month (usually fast Sunday). b) write a letter to each of my brothers as least once per quarter. I have more siblings than children and less advice to give as well as one son is on a mission so his is easy. The art of letter writing is fast becoming archaic. Very sad. Oh, and these letters don't take the place of nearly daily texts and phone calls. and for writing to my sweetheart....I got the idea when we read a book called "Wednesday Letters"

Robin PrestonAugust 27, 2015

I have a smart phone and my husband is always wanting me to put things in my calendar so we can share information and keep each other up to date. I support that, it's handy--there's always something you forget to share, plans, appointments,etc. BUT, I prefer a planner I can write in. One reason is that I like to disconnect from my phone more often, it's too easy to get sidetracked by a message or email. Another reason is that it feels more personal to me. I have kept a journal for years and I feel I HAVE to write it not type it. I feel it is more personal and I think you can actually see emotion in a person's handwriting. I also hand write thank you cards and when I can, notes of encouragement. I highly support personally hand written communication. :-)

TrudyAugust 27, 2015

Some wise words...however I write my journal on the keyboard. My hands have hurt for years, also my thoughts go so rapidly that I can type MUCH faster than I can write. Then I stop, meditate and type more. My journal, even though it is typed, is the song of my heart and the record of my days. It is for me and hopefully for my descendants. Love to you Joni. When our children were young you kept us in stitches as we read your books.

Russ NickelAugust 27, 2015

Your suggestions are truly pertinent, but what are today's generations going to do when cursive is no longer being taught in the schools. My wife wrote to a missionary grandson, but he couldn't read here letters because they were in cursive, and they didn't teach that at his school. I have my maternal grandfather's missionary journal, and his handwriting is absolutely awesome. I fully endorse what you're saying but don't have much hope for some of our youth doing so.

Daniel JuarezAugust 27, 2015

Those of us that enjoy keeping our journals in electronic format can continue to do so, but occasionally we can hand-write some entries or special moments - especially our testimonies - and then scan those handwritten entries into our electronic journals for safekeeping. All-in-one printer/scanners are not that expensive these days. Remember to keep backups of your electronic journals!

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