Traveling on a flight recently, I chose to use pen & paper instead of my laptop for jotting down some thoughts. It might have been a bad idea. After writing about 5 pages of notes, I took a minute to catch my breath and realized that my handwriting is bad. Not just bad, REALLY BAD. I remember in school that teachers always talked to us about taking our time when writing ... and I even got points marked off for neatness (or lack thereof) a few times. None of that phased me ... but now, I kinda wish my handwriting was better. The truth is that I rarely write much anymore. So much of my “written” communication is actually “typed” communication .. other than making lists or jotting down a couple of sentences. Email is the biggest communication tool that has replaced hand-written memos directed to other people. In addition, a couple of my favorite personal note-taking tools are Evernote on my iPad and computer ... and Simplenote on my iPhone. Perhaps I could blame “lack of use” on my poor hand-writing ... but truthfully it has always been bad. One exception to my handwriting woes is when I jot a card or hand-written note because I do take my time to make sure that a note is legible instead of forcing the person getting the card to interpret my hieroglyphics. Anybody else in my boat with challenging handwriting?