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Mary Jo Putney

Blue Flair pens are without equal!


Oh yes, blue Flairs are essential writing tools!! I do love the romantic line of a fountain pen or a good flowy gel tip, but I'm very likely to grab a Flair felt tip if I'm sitting down to cover pages and pages. Sometimes I'll choose a different color, though, depending on mood. ;)


Oh dear. Yes. I have gotten a new job (which I'm terribly excited about) and I have three weeks left in my current office. I thought I would start to take things home and I realized I have hundreds of variously colored pens of different types in various spots in my office. It's not just at home. It's here too. I love really good pens and I love colors! I'm an accountant so I love to make notes in different colors to mean different things. LOL It is truly an addiction. Also...colored sticky notes. *facepalm*


Congrats on the new job, Stephanie, and best of luck! LOL on all the pens filling the drawers and nooks in your office. There is a pen for every purpose! And oh yes on the colored sticky notes ... and cute little flags too! ;)

Lillian Marek

I love pens of all sorts, and there's always the possibility that the next one will have just the right words flowing out of it.


Oh Lillian, so well put!! :D

Faith Freewoman

Pen? Paper? Ummmmm...what are those?



LOL, Faith - try a pen sometime! It's fun! And your brain will like it a lot. ;)


Scientists often like to use large boards to display ideas and equations.... very useful in meetings where different contributors can add or modify diagrams or equations very easily and everyone can see the results.

When blackboards went out of fashion and were replaced with whiteboards, I hung on to my blackboard with boxes of chalk. It covered a large area of wall and was always filled with Feynman diagrams and the like. I rarely used pen and paper and sometimes wished I could print out the board at the end of the day!

So I'm more attached to colored chalks than colored pens though do concede that this may be more sentiment than anything practical.

Thinking of more permanent writing, I recall that Moses in biblical times used tablets of stone. Just as well there weren't any mistakes needing correction! 😉


Ah, I remember that using a fountain pen was something we graduated to in fourth grade when I was a child in Australia; we definitely looked forward to the day. I returned to a fountain pen in college where I took delight in using purple ink ... how chic!

I love stationery stores (though I visit far more bookstores); there's something about all that promise.

Sue McCormick

I love stationery stores and art stores — although I don't do much with the purchases.

I prefer pencils over pens for writing, and I use eraser sticks instead of erasers!

And I fell in love with computers in 1894 or 1985 because I could back up are retype and because I could insert my new ideas without physical cut and paste! (If you've never worked as a copy-editor, you probably don't know just how fantastic that last power was!)


"And I fell in love with computers in 1894" ... that's pretty impressive! You're clearly a woman ahead of her time, Sue.

Mary M.

I went to elementary school when there was still time to teach penmanship. I agree about the satisfaction to be had in drawing up ink into a fountain pen—and the mess that sometimes occurred when trying to write with one. (I took to ball pens _immediately_ when they appeared, lol.) I learned to relax my grip and could then watch the coils of intertwined 'O's roll out across the lined paper. A few of you will know what I'm talking about, the rest will have to take my word for the feelings of success engendered by this exercise.


I used to love fountain pens when I was a kid. Back then people used to give them as birthday or graduation gifts. I haven't had one in decades! Now I love roller balls, the ink flows out of them so easily.


I loved fountain pens when I was in grammar school, and my Esterbrook with the wide tip that I filled from the bottle was my favorite thing, both for writing and drawing. But ballpoints were more practical for carrying around.

Now I like those nifty Papermate InkJoy Styluses, which have a ballpoint on one end and a phone screen stylus on the other. In lots of colors.

Sue McCormick

Or just my inability to handle numbers. You do know I include genealogy in my hobby list?. With the way my mind and fingers handle numbers it's a wonder I ever get the dates right.


Nope, I'll stick with my original theory of you being a woman ahead of her time.

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