Calling Yourself from Across the Atlantic

This is an odd post, but I do eventually end up reviewing a pen and some ink, honest, you'll just have to trust me and we'll get their together. Regular readers will know that a few years ago I traveled back to England from Canada, to attend my mother's funeral. Prior to that, apart from …

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A Bit of Friendly Feedback

Anybody who knows me, knows that I am a pretty lousy correspondent. I'm lousy at returning personal e-mails, lousy at returning actual, real, paper mail. I don't send Christmas cards and rarely remember my own birthday, let alone anyone else's. And a couple of years ago I killed my Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and almost …

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Have an Amazing Flag Day!

In the United States, June 14—or Flag Day—commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. Well, I'm not in the US, but I am very proud to hold my own Virtual Flag Day... If you have ever waved one of these, Take …

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It’s Not About Politics, And Yet It Is, And Must Be.

Over the last week or so, I have read a number of fountain pen blog entries which begin with something akin to, "I usually try and stay in my lane..." or "I try to stay apolitical...". Well, here at Writing for Pain and Pleasure, I've never really had a lane as such, and I've never …

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On The Murder of George Floyd

I must preface this by stating that everything I write here is purely my own opinion and personal feelings about this topic. I am a guest writer on this blog, and my opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions or feelings of anyone else. The murder of George Floyd has seared my soul. I will …

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Wonder Pens Blotting Paper

A great little product from the Wonder People over at Wonder Pens... If you're anything like me, I like to carry a sheet of blotting paper with me whenever and wherever I'm using one of my fountain pens. Which, in practice, means it's a constant carry. And a few months ago, Jon and Liz at …

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The Future of Science Is Now

  During a pandemic accurate, scientifically verified information isn’t just important—it can save lives. With a global crisis underway, science is more important than ever. That’s why AAAS and Science are striving to provide you with the best and most timely research, analysis, and news about COVID-19. Visit our “Coronavirus: Research, Commentary, and News” page …

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A Great A6 Traveler’s Notebook, but Definitely No Traveling

Back in early January and February of this year, I found myself looking for a Traveler's Notebook (TN) as a gift for one of my daughters. She had always envied my Traveler's Company regular-sized version, but she didn't think she would get on with the elongated, rectangular size. We had looked at the passport sized …

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A Bigot Lies in Hatred

I received the following comment a few days ago (with some follow-up in a similar vein), from someone who read at least one post of mine, and replied via the encrypted e-mail service "protonmail.com". EMail Address: ausoz@protonmail.com IP Address: 37.120.215.243; 45.152.182.131 Although, of course, these are probably not their real IP addresses, and I'm not …

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