Your book, The Lost Art of Handwriting, is both a workbook and celebration of writing history. What did you discover in researching the book? Delving into the brain research and stumbling upon many anecdotal stories surrounding handwriting, fueled a more pronounced respect for how it enriches our lives individually and culturally. The book is peppered with sidebars containing fun facts, handwriting heroes, and practical tips. Handwriting may stir up connotations of a tedious school subject, but the quirky and poignant tales, from Leonardo da Vinci’s mirror writing to the incredible discoveries of the pufferfish writing a love letter on the ocean bottom, remind us that this couldn’t be further from the truth! Handwriting is such a meditative act, the silent, thoughtful and reflective process of putting pen to paper. Can you talk about some of the benefits of writing and how it affects our wellbeing? One of the tremendous benefits of handwriting is that, by its very nature, it slows us down and wakes us up to a wealth of thoughts and discoveries. When we take the time to access them, handwriting helps us process hardships like grief, disappointment, conflicts, and painful memories. Writing in a journal can reduce stress and help us with problem-solving by engaging our minds and hearts in a powerful quest for wholeness. Studies done on the physiological benefits of daily journaling by hand, even for a few minutes, reveal that this practice boosts the immune system and lessens symptoms of asthma and arthritis. Handwriting is a deeply personal practice, and each person can tailor it to meet their needs and fit their preferences. The book also talks about the enormous neurological benefits that aid memory and focus. Can you talk about what you discovered? The world of brain research has shed light on how important it is for children to learn to handwrite. College students and adults also reap significant benefits from using handwriting to avoid distractions and remember things longer. For example, experiments done with college students show that handwriting notes during lectures helped them remember more material long term. Even though using a computer is faster, the slower process of writing by hand and prioritizing the material gives the brain a boost in later recalling the information. Studies were also performed on adults studying new symbols such as musical notes or chemistry formulas. The benefits of writing by hand far outweighed other learning methods. We can all practice these neurological benefits in our daily lives by scribing our lists by hand, keeping a bullet journal or paper calendar, and writing out excerpts from books that are especially meaningful to us. Writing by hand is a genuinely creative act which can be a way to unleash and express individuality and personal style. How has your creative style evolved over the years? Having a traditional foundation in calligraphy that merges with modern styles has helped bridge the gap between old and new. I love the magic that happens when they influence one another. I love the Greek adage commonly attributed to Socrates: “Know thyself.” Anyone who creates regularly and pushes through frustrations, self-doubt, vulnerability will discover self-awareness and moments of experiencing your truest essence. It’s exhilarating that a philosophy of life can be captured on paper through an art form. For me, the use of joyful flourishing, contrast, balance, and symmetry has become an integral part of my creative process that continues to evolve.