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Today's batch of new arrivals is an explosion of bright colors. From innovative and fun sticky notes to a rainbow of notebooks, Copic pens, lead holders, and scissors, you can pick one of each in your favorite color or even one in every color.

March 7, 2014 - Posted by Elaine to Posts by Guests

Guest blogger Janet Salmons is an online professor, scholar, and writer about research and collaboration in the digital world -- with a collection of fountain pens close at hand.

Guest blogger Janet Salmons

Information overload is everyone's complaint now that text messages and emails are inescapable, following you from computer to tablet to the smartphone in your pocket. How can you break through the inbox and catch someone's attention when you want to convey a meaningful message? With a hand-written note, of course!

As Philip Hensher observed in The Missing Link: The Lost Art of Handwriting, "handwriting is what registers our individuality... it has been seen as the unknowing key to our souls and our innermost nature" (p. 17). When the note is scripted with a fountain pen, you have the chance to personalize it with your favorite color, and in wispy fine or boldly broad strokes to create a signature that is uniquely your own.

The same principle applies when communicating with yourself: while the keyboard may work fine for the left-brain workday writing, when recording thoughts, reflections or ideas the pen seems to release the right-brain's creativity. Or, you may just enjoy the sense of a pen in your hand -- even when the task is mundane. Luckily we don't have to choose between whether we type or script.

If you are thinking about tiptoeing into the world of fountain pens for the first time, or you like the possibility of owning several with different inks or nibs, you will be glad to know that modestly priced pens do not require you to sacrifice quality. Whether you are contemplating a love letter, soul-revealing memoir or a grocery list, what fountain pen might you choose?

March 4, 2014 - Posted by Miriam to Guides

There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a piece of paper marked up with fluorescent ink. It signifies knowledge, organization, and rigorous thinking. It also doesn’t hurt that we’re obsessed with all the bright colors.

Everyone should have a good highlighter in their pencil case, but it can be intimidating to dig through all the choices we offer. To remedy that, we lived, breathed, and bled neon ink as we strove to find the best highlighters for a range of books and paper.

February 28, 2014 - Posted by Elaine to Pen Perks

When life gets busy, it's always a relief to know that you have a reliable pen somewhere within easy access. All of these products are petite, portable, and pocketable, so you can easily grab them on your way out the door! Read on for details about the prizes included, as well as how to enter.

An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. Kate is a handwriting repair expert who has made a career of helping individuals with poor penmanship improve and develop their own unique, legible script.

Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Kate Gladstone, and I am a professional handwriting repair expert.

I live in Albany, NY, with my husband, whom I have been married to for twenty years. I was born in Brooklyn in 1963, and have a brother and two sisters. Both of my parents spent most of their lives teaching English, but my father was also an inventor working mainly on energy systems for alternative fuels.

Although I am right-handed, I have taught myself to write left-handed well enough to demonstrate effectively with that hand for left-handed students (I can also write in mirror-writing — with either hand — but there is less practical use for that ability).