For the comrades

As a semi-regular user of pencils, I stumbled across this New York Time article (on LinkedIn of all places) and found it fascinating to see how pencils are made today in America’s last pencil factory.
The place in question, The General Pencil Company, is a refreshing example of a company sticking to its roots. If you’re a scribbler, it’s well worth a read.
The photos by Christopher Payne are a fantastic mix of human and environmental, with splashes of colour all over the show. You can see more of Christopher’s photos on Instagram (


Every January I get excited about writing a blog.
By February a lot of the resolve seems to have been consumed by the general noise of life.
By March – DOA.
Nevertheless, I’m restarting today.
I’m generally unsure about what I’m going to cover or how it’s going to be different, but sometimes it’s just better to start than sit on the sidelines.
To conserve writing energy, I won’t be spending much time wondering what people want to read. There’s enough of that already online.  So I’ll be writing as if no one’s reading. Which is easy because currently no one is. If I have to start worrying about it down the line then that’s a quality problem. I’m sure a theme will develop (maybe).
At the very least it will be cathartic.
A happy 2018 to you all.