I read somewhere that history may look upon us as The Lost Generation because there will be little permament written record of our existence. Our photographs are digital and our correspondence is by text and email. Much of what we know about early civilizations was carved into stone or written on papyrus scrolls. But with the digital revolution I fear our generation has lost the art of the handwritten missive. I am complicit in this cultural shift; this very blog is merely bits of data floating in the ether.
So I have resolved to make a concerted effort to write more notes. I am under no illusion that writing a few notes will change the course of history, but I do believe that in this digital age a handwritten note can be gracious, mannerly and distinctive. A handwritten note is appropriate for expressing many sentiments including thanks, condolence and congratulations.
To follow through with this resolution I have ordered some personalized correspondence cards from a local office supply store. I purchased a new Pelikan fountain pen from Richard Binder and some Diamine ink (manufactured in the UK since 1864) from Swisher Pens. (As an aside, for an outstanding review on a vast array of fountain pen inks check out Glenn's Pens.)
For my daily correspondence I will continue to use email and text. But when it really counts, I resolve to put ink to paper.