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"Dr. James attributes the differences to the messiness inherent in free-form handwriting: Not only must we first plan and execute the action in a way that is not required when we have a traceable outline, but we are also likely to produce a result that is highly variable. That variability may itself be a learning tool. “When a kid produces a messy letter,” Dr. James said, “that might help him learn it.”"

— Maria Konnikova.  What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades.  The New York Times [Science].  2 June 2014.

(Source: The New York Times)

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Delicious Mess

DESIRE OBTAIN CHERISH

https://artsy.net/artwork/desire-obtain-cherish-delicious-mess

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"Part of it was the hope that I would hit upon The Answer, that magical formula of how to live your life that will make all your conflicts resolve, your skin clear up, your cellulite disappear, and your enemies wither. Part of it was taking in the vast spectrum of other people’s problems, that process of acknowledging your own human messiness and hoping that there is, in the world, a corresponding messiness that someone has worked through. Because even though situations that these advice columnists responded to varied wildly, at the center there was always the same question: How can I make it OK?"

Margaret Eby.  In Praise of Polly, Sugar, and the Advice Column As Personal Essay.  Brooklyn Magazine.  26 August 2014. 

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"Disheveled: (From the late Middle English word, now obsolete, ‘dishevely,’ which derives from Old French deschevelé, past participle of descheveler, based on chevel, ‘hair,’ from Latin capillus. Originally it meant ‘having the hair uncovered’ and later it referred to the hair itself, hanging loose, and so messy or untidy.) It’s pronounced /di-SHEH-vuhld/, not as you sometimes hear it, /dis-HEH-vuhld/."

— Judith B. Herman.  12 Lonely Negative Words.  Mental Floss.  29 March 2013.

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"I say, next time you’re on a trail, don’t run like you’re afraid to mess up your hair. Run like you’re a kid again, and biff it - just so you can laugh and get a good dose of dirt."

— Danielle Mariott @ Backcountry.com [as quoted by Anna North] The Secret to Happiness Can Be Found by Digging in the Dirt {The Opinion Pages}. The New York Times. 31 August 2014. 

(Source: The New York Times)

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