There are some childhood memories that are nearly universal, but definitely cultural. In many parts of America including the south, family dinners at Grandmother's house is one such childhood memory most of us share.
When I sat down at my seat in the backroom of Old Salt Market on NE 42nd in Portland where chef Maya Lovelace hosts and prepares dinner on Monday and Wednesday evenings in her pop-up joint simply called , it was memories of those family dinners around Grandma's table that came to mind. Pitchers of water and sweet tea on the table with Mason jars in place of water glasses and gingham napkins helped complete the setting.
Around the start of every year I get hit with new planners and organizers promising to be just what the world needs to help them achieve their goals and dreams in the new year. Some of them last, some of them make just enough of a splash to get funded on Kickstarter and ship in time for people to have them by January. Most of them end up being cast aside by March in favor of peoples favorite apps on their phones or old standbys like Franklin Covey or good old Molskine notebooks.
I write a lot, and like most writers I have favorite writing utensils. I have a favorite pencil (Black Wing Palomino) that I carry everywhere in a bullet pencil. That pencil is always in my pocket, and a second one is always in my planner. When it comes to pens my tastes change sometimes because sometimes there are variables that make one pen better for a project than another. Sometimes I need a fine point for delicate script so I use a Pilot rollerball V2 or V5. Sometimes I need something that will dry really quickly so I need something like a Fisher Space Pen or Sharpie Liquid Pencil. I've spent a long time looking for the perfect everyday pen. I like a pen with a decent sized barrel so my fingers don't cramp if I'm writing for a long time. Something with some weight, but not too heavy. The problem has always been that I would find a pen I liked the feel of but the refills it held were ink that I hated; it would take too long to dry, or be an off color (not all black pens are created equal my friends), or would feel weird on the paper. This week I think I finally found the perfect pen.