After some ten years of absence, I recently returned to a membership on this illustrious page. Do I daresay its like the return of the Prodigal Son? Perhaps its more like the return of the foolish collector. Some ten years ago the difficulties of my personal life and marriage forced me into the confines of the desert and I took refuge in my music (which is also my profession.)Pens were hardly used, or for that matter cared for. I sold much of my collection and kept just a few for usage along with some ink. I kept my passion for the hobby, though I could do little to further its presence in my life.I watched from afar the meanderings of the pen world, but did not participate with any gusto.
Fortunately, life does have a way of giving you grace and joy. A new wife from France, moving to another part of the US and a better work situation gave me pause to reflect on things that gave me happiness.Thus,armed with a love for things written by hand, I returned to the world of pens some two years ago. Slowly I came back with a few purchases of some vintage pens and a few new ones also. I have always loved old Vacumatics and as one might imagine, some of them returned to my writing desk.
And because of my work, I am in the process of writing a book about a certain French composer whose name one will find as my nom de plume on this fine gathering of pen aficionados. But,I have chosen to write the book by hand,as it were. I write on Clairfontaine pads each chapter. It is slower than the computer, but but it allows me to think through the words with greater precision.From the heart to the hand....
So,as a lamb returns to the fold, I return here to read,learn and share my love of pens and paper. Thank you for your continued existence, your learned opinions and research.I am happy to follow, even if quietly.