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Pensations — A Quick Guide

Here is a brief guide to the Pensations web site. This page contains blog posts — items which may be of interest to people who use and collect pens.

The online store is accessed by clicking “Shop” in the above menu. The “Cart”, “Checkout”, “My Account” and “Store Policies” buttons provide easy access to store functions and information.

The “Resources” button  in the above menu contains links to pages with useful and interesting information. These include the pen calendar with pen shows and club meetings; pages of links to sites and articles pertaining to pens, handwriting, writing, and entertainment; contact information for pen companies; and lists of interesting books.

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National Handwriting Day

John_HancockJanuary 23 is National Handwriting Day, sponsored by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA), and celebrated each year on John Hancock’s birthday. John Hancock was the first person to sign the U.S. Declaration of Independence, and is remembered for his large and stylish signature on the document. Some folks extend the celebration and brand January as National Handwriting Month. Some schools and organizations have special events or activities to mark National Handwriting Day. If there’s no sponsored event in your community, you can celebrate the day by writing a letter or postcard, or making a journal entry.

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Color of the Year for 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity

Pantone_Color_of_the_Year_2016_shop_Pantone_Plastic_ChipsPantone has announced the 2016 Color of the Year, and for the first time, a duo was named. According to Pantone, Rose Quartz and Serenity were chosen because the combination “challenges traditional perceptions of color association. In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design.”

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letter_writing-1-ust4mzInCoWriMo is International Correspondence Writing Month, and it is celebrated each year in February. InCoWriMo is a challenge to send one handwritten letter, card, note or postcard each day for the month of February. InCoWriMo is sponsored by Fountain Pen Geeks, and Fountain Pen Geeks (FPGeeks) has a forum for the project. The FPGeeks is a good place to get on-going information on InCoWriMo or share information with other participants. The InCoWriMo web site also has news and is a good place to get started with the InCoWriMo project.

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Pelikan Hubs 2015

pelikan-hubs-2015.enPelikan Hubs is a get-together for fountain pen lovers sponsored by Pelikan. The first Pelikan Hub was in June 2014, and the second one will be September 25, 2015. Pelikan will sponsor Hubs in cities around the world on that day. Hubs will meet at 6:30 PM local time. The cities for the Hubs will be chosen based on demand from Pelikan fans. You can register for the Hub project and nominate a city for a hub on the Pelikan web site. You can read the list 2015 Hub locations on the Pelikan web site.

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Virtual Vatican

12th-century_painters_-_Manuscript_of_Church_Law_-_WGA15726Have you ever dreamed of roaming through the archives of the Vatican, viewing the magnificent collection of manuscripts, books, and art objects? Thanks to NTT DATA Corporation (and the Vatican, of course) you can go on a virtual tour and view items from the museum on your PC or tablet. NTT DATA’s digital archive solution technology, AMLADTM, allows one to browse the Vatican Apostolic Library’s digital archive online. The archive includes reproductions of more than 4,000 ancient manuscripts. Read more about the digitizing project on, or visit the Vatican Apostolic Library site and start browsing items.