Ink Hands

Has This Happened To You?

The other Saturday morning, I was changing the toner cartridge in my home inkjet printer, and I carelessly got a smear of ink on my finger. I looked at my pointer with the long, black smudge, and was secretly pleased. I thought back over the years to the times I noticed inky stains on my hands. And why wouldn’t I be pleased? I’m a printer after all! Both of my parents were in the printing industry, as were an uncle, a cousin, and my paternal grandfather. Ink-stained hands are a badge of honor in my profession. It’s great to feel…

interrupted

Don’t Stop Me Now

It’s been almost 2 years since my last Pet Peeve blog, and I’m sure you have been tossing and turning sleeplessly, wondering what else really gets under my skin. Well, wait no longer, put on your footie PJs and prepare for a blissful night of rest. I hate to be interrupted. News flash, right? I mean, really, who DOES like to be interrupted? No one that I know. And yet… Have you found yourself in a conversation, talking about a particular topic, telling someone a story, or making a thoughtful observation, only to be “talked over” by your alleged listener,…

If I Knew Then What I Know Now

One of the blessings, or curses, of publishing your own thoughts in a public forum is the ability to go back and reread these scattered tidbits months or years, or even decades, later. You can almost follow the trail of thoughts, like breadcrumbs back through your evolution of thinking. I recently had the opportunity to do this, and ran smack dab into a 180 degree turnaround in my way of thinking. Ruh roh. As a printer who also likes to write, I publish pieces in some industry-related periodicals from time to time. One such piece, written 2.5 short years ago…