Friday, February 13, 2015


In case you missed it, I'm the subject of today's inaugural "Featured Reader" column on the Quo Vadis blog.

Just another stop on the way to finding a niche in the wonderful world of pens and paper!

Thanks, Quo Vadis!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Fountain Pens and the #RhodiaPaperProject: A Perfect Match

Two weeks ago, January 23, was the 278th anniversary of John Hancock's birth. In honor of his status as the first signatory -- and his bold signature -- on the Declaration of Independence, the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) designated the the date as National Handwriting Day, providing "a chance for all of us to re-explore the purity and power of handwriting."

Thursday, February 5, 2015

So Much to Write, So Little Time

I have been percolating a post since Friday, January 23, but haven't yet had enough uninterrupted time to sit down and actually write it.  Hopefully in the next day or two...

In the meantime, I did have enough time to be a guest blogger, writing this post, which appears over on the blog of FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered.

Looking forward to being together with my sisters in Philadelphia in June.  Who's with me?

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Doodler's Delight

Last week (Week #10 of the Rhodia paper project), I received three ruled paper samples in the mail:

  • Clairefontaine Triomphe (white)
  • Clairefontaine 90g (white)
  • The R by Rhodia (ivory)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Letter to the Sunshine State

Dear Florida,

My mother visited you only a handful of times during her life.  Before her first visit (for a URJ Biennial in Orlando, I believe), she told a friend that she was going to Florida for the first time to which her friend responded, “Are you sure you’re Jewish?!”

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The #RhodiaPaperProject is Creating a Pen Snob

I think the #RhodiaPaperProject is transforming me into a pen snob.

Either that or it's providing weekly confirmation that my preference runs toward thicker points and wetter inks, which leads me to believe it's time to invest in other than a disposable fountain pen.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Learning to be a Friend is a Lifelong Endeavor

Although I have not read Letty Cottin Pogrebin's book about being a good friend to someone who is ill, I've learned a few dos and don'ts in the last few months.  In no particular order, here are some of them: