Pencil Revolution Turned 8!

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With a few long-term lapses in posting*, it feels odd to outright celebrate 8 years of this here Humble Pencil Blog. We were not posting for at least half of that time, not regularly. But I think this little anniversary bears mentioning, if for nothing else, because a lot has changed in 8 years:

1) Many muchly far-too-big-numbered less American-made pencils.
2) Smartphones.
3) The role and popularity of blogs.
4) Social media, etc.
5) Etc. etc. etc.

I think we’ll celebrate this week with some blasts from the proverbial past.

Today is also Hemingway’s birthday. We celebrated at a wedding last night with mojitos.

*[Notably, summer 2006-2010 when Your Humble Editor was writing a dissertation and “doing” two years of National Service in AmeriCorps.]

This Week, in 1918.

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On July 8, 1918, Ernest Hemingway was wounded by a trench mortar in Italy, while working as an ambulance driver during WWI. It’s no secret that Papa is a Pencil Hero here at Pencil Revolution. But I thought this would be a good opportunity to draw attention to an excellent website.

Biographile is about discovering the world through biography and memoir.

I am one of those people who enjoys reading about the writers whose works I admire. As such, I enjoy that site immensely. Check out this piece on the writer with whom Baltimore likes to associate itself the most (such as The Ravens!). I have a large Poe biography that’s been gathering dust for a year and a half that I might have to heave down from the shelf and delve into soon.