My Pilot Kaküno Demonstrator Collection

My wife and I each have a small collection of fountain pens. Neither of us owns anything that would be considered expensive, as far as fountain pens go, but we’re both happy with (most of ) the pens that we have. We also recently signed up to an email list for the Orange County Pen … Continue reading “My Pilot Kaküno Demonstrator Collection”

At Home With the Wife, Thank Tao

I’m almost always at home. Linda has been at home since Wednesday, and it’s a good change. I feel a little guilty for enjoying her presence (given the reason that I have her here to enjoy: the COVID-19 outbreak in Southern California), but I’m enjoying it nonetheless. My heart rate variability—as measured by my Apple … Continue reading “At Home With the Wife, Thank Tao”

For My Friend, Jenny, Who Doesn’t Know What a Kabocha Is

Don’t feel bad! I had never heard of kabocha, either, before I moved to California! Pumpkins, yes. Spaghetti squash, acorn squash, butternut squash, summer squash, crookneck squash, and zucchini? You betcha! But kabocha? No. And if I had heard of either “kabocha” or “kabocha melon”, I certainly wouldn’t have assumed that either name for this … Continue reading “For My Friend, Jenny, Who Doesn’t Know What a Kabocha Is”

The October 2017 Smart Art Box: We Finally Played with These Awesome Acrylics!

2017 was one hell of a year. You all know most of the awful that went down last year, the stuff that has had an impact on a global scale. But it was a difficult year for my wife and I to get a lot done on a personal level, too, because of changes at … Continue reading “The October 2017 Smart Art Box: We Finally Played with These Awesome Acrylics!”

Daily Post: Knowing Your Neighbors

This was written in response to today’s prompt Neighbors, from The Daily Post, a good site for helping you get to know your neighbors on It was written with Bear, and edited using ProWritingAid. — I grew up in small towns, brought up with the notion that people in cities don’t know their neighbors. I … Continue reading “Daily Post: Knowing Your Neighbors”

Many Happy Returns

Originally published at on April 13th, 2017. Added to on October 31st, 2017. — I used to have nightmares all the time: ghosts, devils, demons, vampires, holocausts, extraterrestrials with evil intent… Then I started getting stuck in my dreams, aware I was dreaming, and trying, but unable, to wake myself up. The latter … Continue reading “Many Happy Returns”

What We’ll All Be Drawing in October – Inktober and Drawlloween 2017 Prompts

Originally posted at on September 12th, 2017. Updated 14 September, 2017, to fix a link to nowhere! Updated 19 September 2017 to change two links from internal URLs to URLs. Updated 6 October, 2017 to add a link to the Table O’ Prompts. Added to on October 31st, 2017, with more URL … Continue reading “What We’ll All Be Drawing in October – Inktober and Drawlloween 2017 Prompts”