Pensieve: My Fountain Pen Addiction

Pensieve: My Fountain Pen Addiction

My name is Susan. And I am a fountain pen addict.

My addiction began with a Lamy Safari.

Well, sort of. It actually started when I was having trouble getting motivated to write in my journal. So, I thought, “If I get a fountain pen, surely that will make me write more, because fountain pens are what real writers use!” You know, like Hemingway, even though he’s dead and fountain pens were normal when he was writing. But maybe he didn’t use a fountain pen at all. Maybe he just used a typewriter. Frankly, I don’t know what Hemingway wrote with and I don’t care because I don’t like Hemingway. But I’m sure Mark Twain wrote with a fountain pen, and so should I. I love Mark Twain. Continue reading Pensieve: My Fountain Pen Addiction

Things That Shouldn’t Happen in Old Testament Survey but Totally Did

Things That Shouldn’t Happen in Old Testament Survey but Totally Did

Since 1993 I’ve been teaching at least two sections of Old Testament Survey to students at the private Baptist university where I’m employed. During these 21 years, things have happened in my classroom that, honestly, shouldn’t have. I’m sure other professors have their horror stories (or comedies of error, as the case may be). Here are mine. Continue reading Things That Shouldn’t Happen in Old Testament Survey but Totally Did

Really Bad Bible Interpretation: The Alef Tav Sermon

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Really Bad Bible Interpretation: The Alef Tav Sermon

I’ve been a professor of Old Testament for twenty-one years now, and in my profession you run into some very strange and, often, ridiculous interpretations of the Bible. Continue reading Really Bad Bible Interpretation: The Alef Tav Sermon

Pensieve: Dance of the Fountain Pen

Dance of the Fountain Pen

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I am gadget girl. I love electronic gadgets, particularly ones from Apple. I adore my iPhone. I adore my iPad. I adore my Mac. I adore my new Pebble watch. So, one might wonder why on earth I would choose to keep a hand-written journal, a Midori calendar that I have to fill in myself, a written to-do list, and why I would grade student papers with fancy schmancy fountain pens? Continue reading Pensieve: Dance of the Fountain Pen

Announcing Scribalishess

Well, here goes nothing! I’m starting a new blog called Scribalishess. It’s a name that covers many of my interests–story telling, fountain pens, Hebrew Bible, writing. It doesn’t really include my other major interest: photography, though really photography is just another way of telling stories. I’m going to try to post at least once a week. I’ll review fountain pens and inks, discuss the Hebrew Bible, tell stories about my family, my life, my cats. And, of course, I’ll post lots of photographs and do photo essays. That’s the plan anyway.

A blog filled with stories, fountain pens, photography, and the Hebrew Bible