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Day 365 : perseverance

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Sandy: Whoot! Whoot! I did it! Today I am celebrating 365 days, an entire year and now the last day of going of Right-2-Left, being a dominant right-hander to primarily using my left hand. I still have a fascination with left handedness even though I’ve achieved a lot with mine and it’s not a mystery any more. I won’t stop using my left hand because I am dual handed now. If one hand gets tired or bored with monotony, I can use the other hand. My left hand actually does some tasks better than my right hand. I was amazed to discover that I can draw with my left hand, sometimes better than with my right.

Three hundred sixty-five days and seven sketch books later, I am done. I accomplished what I set out to do. Even though some entries were lightweight, I am proud to have written a post everyday which continued to challenge me throughout the year. When I thumbed through my sketch books it made me smile so I know it was a good thing.

Thanks for reading and for all the encouragement! It’s a new year! Happy, happy!

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.

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Day 352 : aixelsyd

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Sandy: I am slightly dyslexic (self-diagnosed), particularly when it comes to giving directions. If I’m typing them I will say aloud, “Right” and point with my right hand but type the word “Left” which I don’t notice until I am proofreading, again pointing in the direction and saying the word aloud. If I’m a passenger in a car giving directions to the driver, I will point towards the correct direction but say the opposite word. Occasionally, when I read large signs, the letters switch places. It takes me a few moments to figure out the words I am reading because it doesn’t occur to me right away that I’m not seeing the letters properly.

In some studies, some left-handed people who were forced to use their right hands instead, are dyslexic. A disproportionate number of left-handers have an autoimmune disease and so did others in their family. (My mother has an autoimmune disease.) In a study on brain dominance, about 10% who had symmetrical brain dominance were strongly left-handed. They found that the lefties had 12 times more learning disabilities and nearly 3 times more autoimmune diseases than right-handers in the study. A gene that favors dyslexia is located on the same chromosome that contains a gene important to immune function. So many things are tied together.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 351 : sponge

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Sandy: A couple of days ago I moved the sponge holder in the kitchen sink from the right side to the left side. I don’t know why I didn’t think to do this earlier in the year. Instead I’ve been awkwardly reaching with my left hand, negotiating around the water that is streaming from the faucet or picking up the sponge with my right hand. This morning my husband switched it back. So this afternoon, after I switched it back again to accommodate my left hand, my husband asked if he could switch it back to the right side. When I asked him why, he said because he’s right-handed and it is more natural to reach for the sponge holder on the right. What compromise would we have made years ago f I really was left-handed?

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 335 : hockney

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Sandy: We saw the David Hockney exhibit yesterday which opened at the de Young Museum at end of October. He is quite prolific. In this exhibit there were at least eight portraits painted this year up until September, a month before the de Young exhibit. Hockney believes that Old Master artists started using the camera lucida or camera obscura to do more accurate portraits. I couldn’t confirm if Hockney was left handed. In some self portraits he is painting with his right hand, others with his left. It’s possible that the left-handed portraits are mirror images. Hockney is not afraid of technology; at 76 years old, he is experimenting with painting on the iPad and printing with ink jet printers.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 333 : dummy

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Sandy: My husband’s sister-in-law, KathyB, also went on the cruise. During our time at sea we had some opportunities to play bridge (the illustration is one of the Dummy hands). I normally hold the cards in my left hand and deal with my right so I was doing the opposite and dealing with my left. I had a lot of trouble coordinating my right thumb. As I tried to push the top card away from the stacked deck in my hand, the cards were slowly sliding out of my grip. Considering my right hand has very good small motor skills, it behaved like it wasn’t used to making small dexterous movements. What’s funny is that I noticed that KathyB, who is left handed, held the cards in her left hand and dealt with her right hand, like I naturally do it. Then I observed my husband and KathyB’s partner, both right-handers, and saw they both held the cards in their right hand and dealt with their left. When I inquired why, they both said it was how they’ve always done it and looked at me like I was the one who is backwards. Interesting how our hands divide tasks and which one is considered dominant for a particular task.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 309 : animal handedness

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Sandy: Many animals have been studied to see if they have a preference for using one hand/foot/side. It was observed that every sulphur-crested cockatoos were left-handed. Although the juveniles eventually settle on their left hands, they first experiment using both hands. The majority of parrots are ambidextrous but the king parrot is right-handed.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 300 : KC

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Sandy: Wow – day 300! Only 65 more days to go!

I didn’t like my name when I was young. Sandra sounded prissy to a grade schooler. My favorite book was about a horse named Casey. Since my middle initial was K and my last name began with the letter C, I asked my friends and family to call me KC. It lasted about two days. No one could remember nor understood why I wanted to make the change, thus it didn’t stick. A lot of actors were encouraged by their agents or the movie studios to change their names so they would be more marketable and sound glamorous, and it’s still common today. Here are some left-handed exampes: Angelina Jolie = Angelina Jolie Voight; Tom Cruise = Thomas Cruise Mapother IV; Greta Garbo = Greta Lovisa Gustafson; Judy Garland = Frances Gumm; Whoopi Goldberg = Caryn Johnson; Goldie Hawn = Goldie Jean Studlendegehawn; Rock Hudson = Roy Harold Scherer Jr; Marilyn Monroe = Norma Jean Mortensen Baker; Mickey Rourke = Philip Andre Rourke Jr.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


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