John-Paul Flintoff

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Published 28 days ago • 1 min read

Hello Reader

These are my hands, photographed eleven years ago for a series about heirlooms:

At the time, I was especially fascinated that my own hands, which frequently held my daughter’s hands, had been held by my parents’ - as theirs had been held by theirs - and so on, through the generations.

I was glad to have hands to write, draw and - well, just generally be human.

(Many of the photos in that series, which was published in The Guardian, were tools used at work.)

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I still have two hands. And I'm still glad.

Since this photo was taken, smart phones have taken over virtually everything, including drawing and writing. In fact, I’m typing this post right now on my iPhone.

But I still write by hand, on paper, for substantial periods every day. It just feels better. I think better.

And there’s lots of evidence that handwriting helps create memories of the ideas it shapes - the dance of pen or pencil is loaded with muscle memory and emotional weight.

I am sad to read research showing that many people do not write anything by hand, for several months at a time.

I wish smart phones would disappear - he wrote, tapping on his iPhone.

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