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Journals I’m currently using: the Paperblanks Blue Filigree and the Happiness Journal

Total pages written since last JWW post (June 18): 16

Total pages to date since project inception (Dec 11/13): 424

Total pages written in 2014: 369

Total number of notebooks/pens/ink bought since self-imposed spending freeze (Jan 1/14): 19

  • 1 pen + 1 bottle of ink = 2 items in a gift set on Jan 14
  • 1 bottle of KoninginneNach-Blauw from Akkerman on Feb 5
  • 1 Visconti Rembrandt Calligraphy set in Red = 2 items (pen and ink bottle) from Goldspot on May 15
  • 1 bottle of J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche from Goldspot on May 15
  • 1 bottle of De Atramentis Heather Violet from Goldspot on May 15
  • 5 pens, 4 notebooks, 3 tins of ink cartridges from Reid’s on June 14
  • 1 Jinhao X450 from ebay; received on June 19
  • 1 bottle of De Atramentis William Shakespeare ink from Goulet Pens; received on June 25 (blog posts to follow)

Topics covered since last update (just a few; been busy!):

  • Had a lovely dream of London in the rain
  • Ordered flowers for a friend who has had multiple surgeries of late, with more to come
  • The birds in my yard are hungry buggers. I fill the feeders in the morning and they are empty by noon. Sigh.
  • Re-discovered the Barnes and Noble website; they have very reasonable shipping rates to Canada
  • On the day Maya Angelou died the Oprah Winfrey network replayed Master Class with Maya Angelou. I have slowly been transcribing every word the woman said. Her words had a powerful impact on me; I have never read any of her books but that will change very soon.

…I’ve had a lot of clouds but I’ve had so many rainbows in my clouds. One of the things I do when I step up on the stage, when I stand up to translate, when I go to teach my classes, when I go to direct a movie, I bring everyone who has ever been kind to me with me; black, white, Asian, Native American, Spanish speaking, gay, straight, everybody – I say come with me, I need you now. So I don’t ever feel I have no help. Rainbows in my clouds. And the thing to do it seems to me is to prepare yourself so that you can be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud. Somebody who may not look like you, may not call God the same name you call God, if they call God at all. You see? And may not eat the same dishes prepared the way you do, may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That’s what I think. – Maya Angelou