Friday Buzz: Don’t Get Cabin Fever

This year's National Handwriting Day will hit during a major East Coast snowstorm, when you're likely to have some extra time on your hands. Also: One association is planning to hold an event in Washington, DC, on Monday.

If you’re on the East Coast and about to be snowed in, here’s a suggestion for how to spend your Saturday: Work on your penmanship.

January 23 is National Handwriting Day, an annual tradition that encourages people to work on their ability to write without the help of a computer or touch screen. The event, not surprisingly, is sponsored by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA).

First established in 1977 during what we imagine was another snowy period in our country’s history, WIMA’s annual holiday to the pen and pencil is intended to encourage people to rediscover the value of writing with traditional tools. (Penmanship goes back a long way.)

“Though computers and email play an important role in our lives, nothing will ever replace the sincerity and individualism expressed through the handwritten word,” WIMA Executive Director David H. Baker said in a news release.

Hey, if the power goes out, you might need that pen and paper.

One Brave Association

The news is filled with wintry doom and gloom at the moment, but the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) is ready to hold a week of events in Washington, DC, starting on Monday.

CEO Update reports that ACG staff members are hiding out in a Georgetown hotel this weekend, planning to ride out the storm in style, with the hope that things will be clear enough to continue as the new week begins.

“If anybody’s reading this message, please send wine,” CEO Gary LaBranche joked to the publication.

Other Links of Note

If you need other ideas for things to do this weekend besides focus on your handwriting, this list from Lifehacker should help.

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Ernie Smith

By Ernie Smith

Ernie Smith is a former senior editor for Associations Now. MORE

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