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the test of inversion

Observe particularly how and where the curve and straight lines unite: also the equal spaces between straight lines when connected by single curves. Write this copy so that it will bear the test of inversion.*

My sample text.

Will it bear the test of inversion? Let us see . . .

Hmmm, not too bad. Not too bad at all. Getting there. :o)

* from page 23, Copybook 1, Spencerian System of Practical Penmanship: In 12 Numbers, Four distinct Series, by P.R. Spencer

 

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playing with pens (and a pencil)

I was recently given a calligraphy set with a pen holder, a couple of nibs, ink, and paper, that’s inspired me to pull out the copybooks from my Spencerian Script instruction book set and the oblique pen holder I’ve had for quite some time. For the last week, or so, I’ve been spending time each day practicing in the 1st copybook (using pencil so I can erase and redo as much as I like), then bringing out my bottle of ink and playing with the pens.

It feels good to be making some, any progress with something I’ve wanted to do for many years.

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how to discover what you’re passionate about in life

What most people don’t understand is that passion is the result of action, not the cause of it.

“Discovering what you’re passionate about in life and what matters to you is a full contact sport, a trial and error process. None of us knows exactly how we feel about an activity until we actually do the activity.”

This photo was taken as I walked with my dad beside Atascadero Lake in Atascadero, CA this past Friday. It was good to see the lake filled with water once again. Enjoyed watching (and hearing) the ducks and coots. I wonder if the swans were anywhere about.

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