The Pen Show That Almost Wasn’t

My name is Debi Humphrey.  I’m writing as a guest on Paul’s blog (and I'm plenty grateful to have her. Thank you Debi! -- Paul).  I’ve been collecting and using fountain pens for about four years now.  I favor minis and smaller pens; partly because I just love miniature things, but also because I have …

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He Cried in Hatred

I don't write much poetry—and after you read my efforts below, no doubt you'll feel that's probably the right choice, and that's the way it should stay. However, following the recent arrests of a couple of very good friends of mine, protesting the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in New York a couple …

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Lazy Sunday Afternoons… No Work, No Pens, No Worries

Having one of those Sundays where I was doing my absolute best to avoid any kind of actual work, I found myself passing by my wife's office. Her little sanctum is directly opposite my own, but far enough away that I'm not in any immediate danger of sitting at my computer. As I've said before, …

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Return of the Lackluster Lamy

Well, it kind of serves me right if nobody actually reads this it's been so long since I last posted; and before you read any further, you might want to check out an older post, in which this Lamy 2000 first appeared. Are you back? Good, then let's begin. It was actually months ago that …

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Scriptus 2018—First Show, First Thoughts

In episode 331 of The Pen Addict podcast, Brad Dowdy said he wanted Toronto to be freezing. In response, Ana Reinert of the Well-Appointed Desk wisely advised him to shush his mouth. Unfortunately, the damage was done, and at 6:00am I was clearing the first snow-fall in our patch of Ontario from my car, before …

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You’re Never Too Old To Listen To Your Mother

Do lightweight, motivational messages, on internet memes irritate you? Just a bit? They kind of do that to me. A few months ago I could have used a motivational message or two, and frankly, was about ready to give up on a lot of things... PhD., research, writing, you name it; anything but family. I …

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Premium Ink Prices: A Penny for Your Thoughts

In one of my previous posts, I said that I wasn't going to get into any kind of debate... "regarding the price of some supposedly prestigious, brand-name inks. I actually think that semi-luxury products such as these are simply worth the price that the market will bear. If buyers are willing to pay $30.00 or …

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Ink: Water-Resistant ain’t Waterproof

I like to write out of doors. Sometimes I write when I'm sitting down by the lake, sometimes just out on the deck. I occasionally address correspondence to friends and family in fountain pen ink, and strangely, the weather is not always on my side with some of these endeavors. Children—and some of you without …

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