When I read this Newsweek article, entitled "The Curse of Cursive," it triggered a lot of very strong reactions in me. In the article, the author, Jessica Bennett, complains that there is no purpose served anymore by requiring children to learn how to write in script. Printing is good enough when most people do not send handwritten letters anymore and instead communicate via email. Electronic communication better suits our digital age. Bennett is reacting to a new book entitled Script and Scribble, written by Kitty Burns Florey, who laments the loss of the written word. Florey argues that much, including one of our links to our common past, would be lost if penmanship became a lost art. Florey ignores the fact that for many people, learning cursive is simply impossible because they suffer from dysgraphia, and learning how to print legibly is a huge achievement. Trying to learn to write cursive would be extremely difficult for anyone with dysgraphia. My own handwriting is notoriously hard to read, sometimes even for me. It was never beautiful, despite following my grandmother's admonitions to practice every day. Her writing was simply beautiful. When she died at 102, her script was still straight (even on unlined paper) and every letter was always formed exactly the same way. I have kept her tattered, handwritten recipe cards because they are so evocative of her and of another era. My writing, on the other hand, never very good, completely deteriorated during the bar review course I took in 1983 and has gotten consistently worse over time. My daughter is, like other members of her generation, completely dependent on her laptop for almost all of her written communication. She writes thank-you notes by hand, but only because I insist. However, she took a calligraphy course one summer during grade school and became extremely adept at that. I have commissioned her to do name tags and place cards using calligraphy. It seems odd to me that she almost always uses print when she writes, but also is expert at calligraphy.