Captured by Mohawks

In the mid 1600s, Pierre-Esprit Radisson, the French fur trader and explorer (and for whom the Radisson hotels were named after), was hunting fowl near his Trois-Rivières home in Quebec, when several of his hunting group were killed by Mohawks, and himself was later captured by the Iroquois. He wrote detailed accounts of his travels…

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“The Young Ravens that Call Upon Him”

Canadian author Sir Charles G. D. Roberts was the creator of the “animal story” genre, in which the story is told under the point of view of the animals themselves. In this story — its title coming from a verse of Psalm 147 — the eagle is the main character. I transcribed it in Anniversary…

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Skiing in a Nutshell

This is a nice story by American writer Dorothy Maywood Bird that first appeared in the April 1943 issue of the magazine Calling All Girls. Here it is transcribed by me in Simplified Gregg for the blog. Attachment: skiing-in-a-nutshell.pdf

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Achievement Unlocked

I just wrote out the last new theory lesson for the fourth and final time. Go me! I’m a long way from reliable meeting notes, even not verbatim, but I’m pretty good at journalling with it. I’m probably 30-50 wpm depending on the vocabulary and how confident I need to be that I can read…

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Hello All

Rejoining after several years.  Little time for writing posts.  My parents met at the Gregg Publishing Co., where Mom (Astrid Gescheidt/ Astrid Ramsey) wrote original shorthand for The Gregg Writer, etc., and also illustrated several of the literary shorthand books. I had a used book store for years.   If you are looking to buy old…

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The Holy Night

This is a beautiful Christmas story by Swedish author and teacher Selma Lagerlöf, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. I transcribed it in Centennial Gregg. Attachment: the-holy-night.pdf

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A Miserable Merry Christmas

From the autobiography of American journalist Lincoln Steffens, this story takes us to the author’s childhood, growing up in Sacramento, and his memories of one particular Christmas. This story was adapted as a short film. Here is the story in Anniversary Gregg transcribed by me. Attachment: a-miserable-merry-christmas.pdf

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The Gift of the Magi

Initially published in The New York Sunday World under the title “Gifts of the Magi” December 1905, then in book form in the O. Henry Anthology The Four Million in April 1906, here’s the story transcribed in Simplified Gregg by yours truly for the blog. Attachment: the-gift-of-the-magi.pdf

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