Real World Example of Literary Prose

I think this was written in the 1970s, but I’m not sure. The penmanship is mediocre, but it’s a good opportunity to practice reading shorthand written by other people of different skill levels. I’ve written the translation below, so don’t scroll down too far if you want to try translating it yourself first! (Some of…

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A Glass of Cold Water

Paul Denton was a fictionalized account based on the life of John B. Denton, a pioneer Methodist preacher from Tennessee who went to Texas in 1837 and became a lawyer. In 1841 he went on to engage in Indian fighting; but unfortunately he was unsuccessful in this endeavor as he was the only Texas resident…

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The Natural Bridge

The Natural Bridge is, as the name implies, a natural limestone arch within a gorge formed by Cedar Creek, a 12-mile tributary of the James River in Virginia. While it was once owned by Thomas Jefferson, it is now a state park located approximately 140 west of Richmond and about 200 miles southwest of Washington,…

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Traces of the Ocean

Here is a selection from Chapter IX of the book First Impressions of England and Its People, by the Scottish geologist and writer Hugh Miller, about the ocean, “the great agent of change and dilapidation.” I transcribed it in Simplified Gregg for the blog. Attachment: traces-of-the-ocean.pdf

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Homophones

The question came up in the Facebook Gregg shorthand group about how not all homophones are written the same, with reference to brief forms.  For example, g-r = great, but not grate.  B-t = but, but not butt.  B = by, but not buy, etc. I think this happens when the words are spelled differently…

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Snow

For lots of people, precipitation in the form of snow is a certainty during the winter months. Here’s an interesting article transcribed by me in Centennial Gregg that describes some aspects about how snow is formed. Attachment: snow.pdf

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The Mont Blanc Road Tunnel

The Mont Blanc Road Tunnel connects France and Italy under the Mont Blanc mountain in the Alps. It links the city of Chamonix in France with Courmayeur in Italy. This tunnel is of paramount importance, both for commercial and recreational driving, as it reduces the time to travel between the two countries. This article details…

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The Open Skies

Here is a beautiful selection from Volume 1 of the book Modern Painters, by English writer, philosopher, and art critic John Ruskin, transcribed in Simplified Gregg by yours truly. Attachment: the-open-skies.pdf

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