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  • I'm a late-middle-aged professor and clinician affiliated with one of the major universities in the triangle area of NC. I have 2 teen-aged kids and a wife who prefers to stay anonymous. I like to discuss my hobbies.

September 3, 2014


Bodegón by Juan Sanchez Cotán

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Today I was remembering the most striking painting at a Nasher Museum exhibit 6 years ago: Juan Sánchez Cotán – was a Spanish painter born near Toledo in 1560. A successful artist supported by the aristocracy of Toledo, he is known[...]

June 4, 2014


Stipula Suprema Bikini – titanium nib, vac-filler, 2011

As I wrote in my last post, I utterly failed to trade away or sell any of my fountain pens at the 2014 Triangle Pen Show in my hometown.  Instead I ended up acquiring 5 more pens. The main one[...]

June 2, 2014

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Report from the 2014 Raleigh Pen Show

What is a Pen Show? It’s a gathering of generally older folks interested in collecting, using, repairing/restoring, and discussing items related to pens and stationery.  The fountain pen is often central to these shows, though ballpoints, rollerballs, pencils, carrying cases,[...]

May 9, 2014

Hermes 3000

vintage Hermes 3000 TypeWriter

The Hermes 3000 is a Swiss typewriter from the 1960s with a renowned vault-like build. A newsweek article in the 1970s described how an Amazonian expedition accidently dropped their Hermes 3000 into the Orinoco river, but when it was recovered[...]

May 4, 2014

cap-off time

Testing Fountain Pen Dry-out Times in Usage

In thinking about what irritates me about fountain pens, one of the things that make me stop using a pen is if its nib/feed dries out and becomes a hard-starter during work.  Like most people, I uncap a pen, start[...]

April 23, 2014


My Favorite Tea

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Categories: lifestyle
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I drink coffee in the mornings when I work to get the 120-150mg caffeine kick. I only began doing this recently – perhaps 5 years ago.  As I got older, it became more difficult to sleep well at night and[...]

April 11, 2014


Shosa Short Wallet 2.0

My Past Decade of Wallets To show you what I came from  over the past 10 years, I’ll begin by showing the wallets I carried, including the standard department store leather wallet I carried: This held lots of cards, had[...]

April 10, 2014


Addendum to my Youtube Video: Japanese Pocket Pens

I ran out of room on my youtube vid descriptor! Looks like poor planning on my part, or a bug on youtube’s.  In any case, here is the specifications on the various pocket pens shown: —————————————– Pilot Elite (vintage), Japan-made,[...]

April 4, 2014

Field Notes

Field Notes: Retail Performance Art

  I received my order from FieldNotes – shipped by Michele Seiler of Chicago, Coudal Partners: As usual, I paid entirely for this package and didn’t ask for anything special; i.e. didn’t tell them I had a blog or youtube[...]

March 17, 2014


Boyhood Pencil Games

  Listening to the pencilpodcast by Andy Welfle, Johnny Gamber, and Tim Wasem made me reminisce about my childhood years. I rarely use pencils anymore – the last time I used pencils heavily was when I was in graduate school[...]

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September 22, 2014