Monday, August 2, 2010

Left versus Right handed writing

It is easy to assume that a left handed person would have a back slant to their writing but this is not necessarily true. In fact, the only clue we may have that the writing belongs to a lefty is the right to left T bar. Just notice how you place your paper to get the slant you like. Each of us finds the placement that works best for us. A left handed person has more trouble finding a comfortable pen grip and paper slant and having to write in a notebook or spiral book has to be h***. At least now with gel pens they no longer have to drag their hand through wet ink.
When it comes to the analysis the basics are the same for everyone. Allowance will be made for that backwards T bar because it is a stroke taken for convenience.The rest of the strokes we make are because of our mood, personality and character not because of which hand we use to write.

Friday, July 16, 2010


It's been quite awhile since I last wrote on my blog so I have decided to address one component of writing Loops.
Loops are important an component in your writing. Any loops out of place (such as at the bottom of the lines forming the m or on the first part of a cursive y) are called worry loops. My mother's writing had so many loops I once told her "you would worry if you thought you had nothing to worry about".
Loops in the upper zone (above the writing that sits on the baseline) indicates imagination. This can mean fantasy, daydreams, unique ideas, or interest in many philosophies and ideas. Depending upon which letter the loop is part of it can also indicate being fearful, being too open to the influence of others, or of being paranoid or manic.
Loops dropping below the baseline are going into the sub-conscious where they can indicate sexual fantasy, desire for physical activity, a love of art, color and textures, or a desire for material possessions. Incomplete loops here often indicate frustration, thin loops a lack of trust, small loops show clannishness and lack of a loop altogether show determination and a desire to go forward.
Odd, damaged or twisted loops also have meaning but these must be carefully considered according to which area of the writing occurs.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Historical writings

Went to an AHAF meeting tonight to see a presentation by Lynn Monroy. Being from Sioux City Iowa she had grown up with the stories of Lewis and Clark and the only man in their unit who died on their two year trek to find a passage to the Pacific across the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase. One reason she had started her project was the fact that the journal of Sargent Charles Floyd had been found after 91 years.
Sgt. Floyd was a healthy, strong 20 year old at the start of the trip in May, one of nine young men chosen to accompany Lewis and Clark. The two Sargent's with the unit were charged with journaling the journey. Sgt Floyd started his journal in May a bit tentatively but as time went on you could see he gained confidence in being able to handle his responsibilities but in July he became ill and his writing disintegrated. It is possible to see from the writing the days he felt better as well as the days he truly struggled through the day and in Aug. he suddenly died apparently of appendicitis.
After her presentation Lynn shared with us a project she is working on for her family using family photos and cards, letters and various writing from each person to build a story of their life for the grand children. This will be a great legacy for the children and I know from letters I found after my parents died how much you can learn about the people from the past who had a hand in shaping your parents and their parents through the handwriting.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Verifying a writing

Last year I was asked to help verify a historical document and was given a page of the document along with 4 pages of the person it was hoped wrote the document. The person asking for the verification had done some of the work trying to prove his case but not enough. There are some letters similar in both writings but they may have been copybook at that time period. To make comparison even harder the questioned document was on parchment, written probably with a quill instead of a pen, and the writing was done smaller. After much work I concluded the document was not written by the person we hoped and gave my reasons for this conclusion. But I sure would like to learn who actually did write the document.