I preface this blog by stating that I found myself entertained online tonight which "lead" to laughter and a little reflection – here ’tis!
If you are a pencil maker, today is a big day for you. Today is the feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas and for a pencil maker there is no bigger day as good old Thomas is your Patron Saint. Perhaps on a day like today you can put down your pencils and take the advice of your patron that “it is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes.”
Now all of this got me thinking a little bit about pencils, and pencil makers. Is there such a thing as a pencil maker? It turns out that there is a PMA – Pencil Makers Association. A little internet searching and you find out exactly how this cedar contrivance comes to life. And it is all quite interesting. Take a look by clicking here. It looks something like this.
The importance of this little instrument (whether Texas Instrument or not) should not be underestimated. The Internet tells us that Ernest Hemingway used cedar pencils to record his thoughts, while Steinbeck was said to us 60 pencils every day. I find that hard to believe when you consider that www.pencils.com claims that each pencil can write 45 000 words! Either Steinbeck was superhuman or somebody is off on their numbers. All that being said, I am fascinated by the pencil this evening – it’s a slow night I guess.
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