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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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 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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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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