Deseret Alphabet Chart

Some time ago I posted about Deseret Alphabet.  This summer I put together a chart to help make it easier to learn.  Everything is in one place this way, instead of having to check multiple documents.  Thought I’d share. This is not technically shorthand; it was used for spelling reform more than anything else, to…

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Tennis Elbow

I’ve been unable to write much the last few weeks because of bad tendinitis in my right elbow.  I think it was a combination of too much Gregg coupled with too much yardwork, and then ignoring the warning signs until the pain was quite severe.  Has anyone else ever experienced this problem?  

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Rule for a-h-a?

I can’t for the life of me remember how to write this combination. How, for example, would you write the Bible name Rahab? I’m sure I must have learned it, but I’ve got a mind block. The two a’s together look very awkward. Thanks for any help.

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A Child’s Dream of a Star

One of Dickens’ most beautiful stories, it first appeared in the April 6, 1850 issue of the weekly journal Household Words, in which he was editor. The story later appeared in book form and illustrated. I transcribed in Centennial Gregg for the blog. Attachment: a-childs-dream-of-a-star.pdf

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Destruction of Pompeii

This vivid description of the Vesuvius eruption and the damage it caused in Pompeii — here in Anniversary Gregg transcribed by me — comes from the pen of the English writer and politician Edward Bulwer-Lytton in his novel The Last Days of Pompeii. Lord Lytton’s works are the source of famous phrases, such as “the…

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A Bee-Hunt in the Far West

From his book A Tour on the Prairies, here is an extract of Chapter 9 transcribed by yours truly in Simplified Gregg, in which Washington Irving describes his adventure with honey bees. Attachment: a-bee-hunt-in-the-far-west.pdf

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Is shorthand difficult?

Hello, in shorthand-related boards, I often see someone who is asking advices to choose a shorthand and, among other criteria, there is always a shorthand that is easy. Each time, I’m surprised because, for me, shorthand is not the kind of thing that can be considered as difficult: there are rules and you apply these…

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