Greetings to all lovers of shorthand,
I am reacquainting myself with Gregg shorthand after many years away. My education came at the tail end of the Series 90 era taught in high school. I thought shorthand was fascinating but I never became proficient at writing much over 40 WPM. I was the only boy in class as well, which was a novelty. I thought that shorthand would help me take notes in college but I became an electrical engineer, so there were mostly equations to write in my notebooks.
Now, with some free time, I have found many resources on the Internet to practice shorthand. My learning journey began at http://gregg.angelfishy.net . I find it interesting that this resource is better than my actual classes were at teaching me to write shorthand. I am able to write most of the brief forms well, my fluid writing of long outlines needs practice.
Referring to very old resources, long out of print and seeing the evolution of Gregg is very interesting to me. The instruction manuals from the 1910’s and 1920’s contain surprisingly helpful advice. It really seems to have been the golden age of shorthand. And I have also learned that the “broken circle” was, in fact, once actually a broken circle rather than a circle with a line through it.
I will try to use Gregg shorthand for personal note taking again or to write a mysterious autobiography to be discovered generations from now 🙂