Drawing on the Couch.

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(Charlotte, enjoying a Good German Pencil at Carma’s Cafe last week.)

The Little Man went down for his nap early today, while Mama was at a knitting class. On a quiet Sunday afternoon, Miss Charlotte and I sat on the couch with notebooks in our laps and my pencil box between us. I told her she could use whatever she wants. There are no taboo pencils in our house, not ones that can be reached by children.

First, she took a new Staedtler Noris (HB) and colored for a while.

“Look, a pencil from France,” said I, showing her a green Bic Evolution. She took the General’s Kimberly (B) out of my hand and colored with that for a while instead. She drew a picture of me as a “little boy” and a rainbow with a short Blackwing Pearl. She took up a Staedtler Wopex and colored with it until she chipped the point. Then she put it back and picked up a Mono 100 (HB).

“I like this pencil. Can you give me one — from The Archive?”*

“Sure,” I said. “What do you like about it? The color?”

“No,” Charlotte said. “I like the way it’s made.”**

She colored with a Hi-Uni (HB), asking, “What’s this one?”

She took the ultra-smooth General’s Draughting and said, “I’m being quiet.” Was she talking about the Silent Glide of that smooth core?

Soon, it was naptime for her, too. We read Shel Silverstein on the couch that smelled a little like cedar.

*(Her emphasis.)
** (I’m not making this up!)

Hen’s Love for Pencils.

We love Rad and Hungry at Pencil Revolution. Those good folks are continually spreading The Pencil Message and gathering pencils from afar to share with Like Minded Individuals. Plus, Hen sent my daughter a box of really cool pencils last year that Charlotte still uses and talks about. So my ears were already open to Awesomeness when this was posted, and I was, well, moved. Please, Comrades, read Hen’s post about how she got into pencils. It will strike a chord with a lot of Comrades.

Thoreau’s Pencils, Notetaking and Harvard.


Interesting news from a location about which I’ve been thinking a great deal lately, especially at this time of year, via Orange Crate Art and Notebook Stories.

Harvard University is hosting an exploration of note-taking called TAKE NOTE. Comrades can view the exhibits online, if you are too far from Cambridge to see them in person. One of the exhibits features the Brazil notebook of one of my very favorite philosophers, William James, and Thoreau’s pencils are also on display. This exhibit and conference are among the myriad reasons I wish I could visit my home (Massachusetts) of two years this autumn.