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Bent Letters to the Right?

In 1994, artist Dwight Kalb sent David Letterman a statue of Madonna, made of 180 pounds of ham. Originally, I was going to write a blog with a food theme. As I began writing, I realized it was probably as useful as art made from ham.

So, instead, I have attached an article from, that provides us with clues on how to read a person’s handwriting. How’s that for Our Thursday blog?

I cannot say that I totally believe this. But again… it is more useful than ham!


If letters slant to the left: Indicates introspection and a lot of emotional control.

If letter slant to the right: Reveals a person who’s outgoing, friendly, impulsive, and emotionally open.

If letters are straight up and down: The sign of someone who’s ruled by the head, not the heart.

Letters that slant in more than one direction: Indicates versatility and adaptability.

An erratic slant: Usually means a lack of flexibility.

Heavy pressure writing (like you can feel the rib made on the back of the paper): The writer is agitated.

Moderate pressure (the writing is dark, but you can’t feel the rib on the other side of the paper): Shows ability to deal with stress.

Light pressure: Indicates someone who seems to take life in stride.

Tiny letters: Indicate the writer is has somewhat low self esteem but is intelligent.

Small letters: The hallmark of quiet, introspective types – they’re generally detail-oriented and have good concentration.

Large letters: Sign of a confident, easygoing individual.

Huge letters: Indicate someone who’s theatrical, usually loud, and needs to be the center of attention at all times.

Wide letters (their width and height are about the same): The mark of someone who’s open and friendly.

Narrow letters: Show someone who’s somewhat shy and inhibited but very self-disciplined.

Letters that don’t touch: Indicate an impulsive, artistic, sometimes impractical free thinker.

Some letters connecting: Means the writer’s personality blends logic and intuition.

All letters making contact: The sign of someone who’s highly cautious.

A curved first mark: Shows a person who’s traditional and plays by the rules.

A straight beginning stroke: Reveals someone who’s rigid and doesn’t like being told what to do.

A final stroke straight across: The writer is cautious.

An end mark that curves up: Reveals generosity.

Perfect penmanship: The hallmark of a communicative person.

An indecipherable scrawl: Indicates a person who’s secretive, closed-up and likes to keep his thoughts to himself.


So that’s clues in handwriting. Like Colonel Mustard, in the living room, with the wrench.

And for pic o’ day, I figured it was a good time to slip one in for Thanksgiving. It feels like everywhere else we are just sliding right into the holidays and bypassing Thanksgiving.


The Other Side of Adversity

If you drove to Siberia (maybe not a good idea to drive!) and interviewed every inhabitant about art, they probably have all heard of the Mona Lisa.   Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is without doubt, the most famous painting in the world. There’s been a movie named Mona Lisa Smile, where Julia Roberts earned 25 million; which reportedly is still the highest salary payment for a female movie actress. Nat King Cole recorded a song by the same name.

It’s the “why she is famous” that  tickles our fancy. It’s not that it’s the most amazing piece of art ever painted; or even the most talented artist to ever paint. In fact, there were artists during his time period like Michelangelo, who were even considered more talented.

Certainly observers have been captivated by her slight smile, or who the artist was using as a model for the painting. It supposedly was Lisa del Giocondo, a member of a wealthy family and husband to a silk merchant. Even that has come under question.  It does make for a great gift if he the merchant commissioned a painting that was a lady for My Lady.

The reality is, that the Mona Lisa is famous because of her adversity. Famous then, for being famous.

Originally it was languishing in obscurity until it was stolen from the Louvre in 1911. Then, the hunt for the payment was a public search that lasted over two years until an Italian maintenance man at the Louvre, Vincenzo Peruggia, was identified as the thief after being caught trying to sell the painting to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. His arrest was covered by the news all across the globe.

History tells us that the painting was moved by Louis XIV to the Palace of Versailles. After the French Revolution, it was moved to the Louvre; but for a brief time, even hung in the bedroom of Napolean. The travels of the Mona Lisa are described well in Wikipedia.

It was hidden during World War II. It has had acid thrown on it in 1956, and even was chipped by a rock near the left elbow, that same year.

The metaphor to this is what I have seen in clients. Many have faced tremendous adversity because of an injury or loss. It’s what I see on the other side that is the constant challenge to me. The report of an accomplishment or even the post of some event on Facebook.

It’s not that they have laughed in the face of adversity; but they have risen above. Leonardo da Vinci said, “I love those who can smile in trouble”. Mary Tyler Moore on adversity, “You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you”.

Job 23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take. Hen He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.


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