How to Improve Your Penmanship at Any Age

August 29, 2014 3:01 pm

Having good penmanship is an invaluable life skill, and even if it’s been decades since you first learned to write, it’s something that you can always work on. Here are a few sneaky tips to help you improve you handwriting or teach your children the proper way to write.

  1. Point out the flaws. Write a few sentences and evaluate them to see where you’re going wrong. Is the slant uneven, or are the letters spaced too far apart? Do you write with straight, bold lines or are they shaky and fine? Deciphering where your handwriting needs improvement will help you to make it better.
  2. Use the right muscles. Most people with less-than-perfect handwriting draw the letters on the page with only their fingers instead of using their full arms to write properly. Try writing with your entire arm and shoulder in order to put the right amount of force behind each letter.
  3. Go back to the basics. Many people’s bad habits begin when they start writing letters in a way that is different than the proper formation. Using a kindergarten-style alphabet worksheet, re-train yourself to write each letter the way it should look. This will help you to make your writing more consistent and, in turn, more legible for those who have to read it.

How to Improve Your Handwriting [wikiHow]
8 Easy Tips to Improve Your Handwriting [Matador]
Improve Your Handwriting by Writing With Your Shoulders, Not Your Fingers [Lifehacker]

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Shop for the Woman Who Has Everything at O’Suzannah

August 26, 2014 2:34 pm

Located next to Five Guys and Positively 4th Street is a trendy store by the name of O'Suzannah. This women's boutique has a heavy emphasis on bohemian style, and there's something for every woman here. Most of the stock is a shade of nature: deep browns, burnt oranges and reds, forest greens, and plenty of teal.

Inside you can Scotch nail polishes in vibrant shades, iPhone cases sporting floral and animal prints, a variety of handbags, clothes for you and the kids, and more. The goods are unique and would be hard to find anywhere else. As such, most things you'll find inside make perfectly nice birthday and holiday presents. If you are shopping for a gift at O'Suzannah, be sure to check out the selection of cards. Regular customers explain that the paper products here rival those from card shops.

114 4th Street NE
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 979-7467

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Zocalo: Latin American Fare in the Heart of Charlottesville

August 19, 2014 2:12 pm

Zocalo restaurant in Charlottesville is a community gathering place, which just so happens to be centrally located on the pedestrian mall downtown.

A combined endeavor of two graduates of the Culinary Institute of America, Zocalo recreates the bustling epicenter of a Latin American town in both its indoor and outdoor spaces. When the weather is warm, the latter, a patio, is usually filled with diners enjoying a mojito or mango barracho (two of the restaurant's signature drinks) in the fresh air. Or perhaps they're sipping on a glass of wine from Zocalo's long list, which encompasses both local Virginian pours and wines from Spain and South America.

When it comes to the food, the cuisines of Mexico, Spain, and South America all act as heavy influences on the food here. Customers recommend the vella jack cheese fritters to nibble on as you sip and socialize.

201 E. Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 977-4944

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