Sure you can text. Sure you can e-mail. Sure you can talk on your cell phone. But how long has it been since you've actually written a note?

Thursday is the perfect time to pull out a pen and paper and write away — it's National Handwriting Day. Sponsored by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association and set on John Hancock's birthday — he of the big, bold signature on the Declaration of Independence — the day calls attention to the sincerity and expression only possible through the written word.

Celebrate by writing a note to a friend or loved one. They'll be glad you did.