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Thanksgiving – Pens

As an exercise in almsgiving over the next 40 days, this webpage will joyfully give up its praise and thanks for one aspect of life, and not always necessarily a religious one.

In the CBD is a new strip of prestige shopping which stretches east from the Queen Street Mall and along Edward Street. One of these prestige establishments is a Mont Blanc store. If by happenstance I were someday to come into a windfall, one of the few indulgences I might fall prey to would be to buy a nice Mont Blanc pen. As the Rolls Royce of the handwriting world these models are both pleasing to the eye and have the feel of gliding along the page on skates. They even seem to accommodate left handed people better, usually bedevilled by smudging our handiwork as we move our hands across the page. At a cost between $500 and many thousands of dollars these items might be a luxury but I like to think that one would take a lot more care of a bespoke pen, and to the quality of words we put our name to when writing with it.

Mont Blanc

As the world moves to adopt touch screen computers and to tap away at their new form of the tabula rasa in the shape of iPads and Galaxies, the art of penmanship must be falling away at an alarming rate. What an irony that in an era with so much education and technology at our fingertips, our ability to handwrite may be falling back to the levels of the renaissance and earlier, where only the educated could do so legibly and the illiterate or slaves marked their name with an X.

Perhaps I overstate the case but there is still much to commend the use of the pen in hand as we know it.

Physically and emotionally it connects the scribe to what is being drawn or written. Think of how invested the American forefathers were in the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and you go a long way to understanding the flourish of John Hancock’s bold signature.

John Hancock

At the height of his 1970s fashion empire, French Designer Yves Saint Laurent could always be found with the fag end of a cigarette in one hand and a thin sliver of charcoal in the other etching out new patterns and designs.

Yves Saint Laurent

So too it must have been a labour of love for the compilers of the gospels and other books which make up the bible. How hard they must have slaved with basic writing implements to best capture events witnessed first, second or third hand. The sweat of their brow and the diligence of their work essentially sealed it in a time capsule until Johannes Gutenberg invented moveable type and opened the bible up to a much wider audience.

For the simple inventions of pens, so essential to giving witness to many facets of our work, thoughts and feelings, we say thank you.

Previous thanksgiving article: Tension

The season of Lent asks of us for sacrifice and the foregoing of many things, but an attitude of joy and gratitude should not be amongst them.

As an exercise in almsgiving over the next 40 days, this webpage will joyfully give up its praise and thanks for one aspect of life, and not always necessarily a religious one.

At the outset it should be made clear the viewpoints expressed here are a matter of individual opinion. If any one item doesn’t coincide with your own personal tastes then why not seek to better it with some thanksgiving of your own rather than a critique? You are always welcome to do so at the Archdiocesan website feedback mechanism.

So we invite you to come, walk with us awhile, and be thankful as we journey together to Calvary and beyond to Easter.

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