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Exaclair Holiday Stationery & Samples Sale


Once a year we open our doors to sell “shelf samples” to building neighbors and area fans.  This year’s sale will be held the first week of December, but we’re not quite sure of the dates yet.  I will announce it on the blog at the end of the month, or, you can sign up to get email notice by getting on the Rhodia mailing list.  Sign-up is at the bottom of the home page.

A hodge-podge of products from all our brands will be available, including Rhodia, Clairefontaine, and G. Lalo.  Some of the samples are French products we decided not to import, others we have discontinued, and some are slightly damaged.  You’ll find some treasures for sure.

Please come by to browse and say hello if you can.  Exaclair is located near Penn Station in New York City.  We are in what’s called the “Flower District” which used to be the “Haymarket” — a very colorful chapter in NYC history.  Our address is 143 West 29th Street on the 10th Floor.

More soon!


Write This Down: One Line Per Day

Rhodia Webbie Gfeller

There is no question that we are all busy people with a multitude of things constantly vying for our attention. I know that sometimes we just don’t get the chance to put pen to paper as often as we would like, and so I’d been thinking about simple ways to keep the ink from drying up in our pens so to speak. When I recently came across a three year journal in a bookstore that prompted a single line to be written per day, my thought was, One line per day… that seems like something most people could accomplish if they really put their mind to it. It could also be a way for those who would like to begin writing, but don’t know how to start. 

So here’s my creative prompt to you: Use a pen/pencil to always write as least one line per day in your favorite notepad or journal. The line can consist of anything – how you feel, something you’d like to accomplish or have just accomplished, a favorite quote, headline news – anything really. Just so long as you do it every day.

And what if we liked this exercise so much, that we were to put aside a separate notebook just for this prompt? One line per day: 365. A year in the life of (fill in the blank)

What do you think of this idea? Is it something you’d be willing to try? Already do? Have shared with other people?

Notes Organization

whale log

I am coming to the group as a budding writer and asking for your advice. I will be starting research on two (wildly) different subjects this year. One I hope to eventually turn into a magazine article; the other a museum exhibit.

My question is: how do you organize your notes? Do you use one notebook at a time and tab it for particular sources or subjects; or do you use a series of notebooks for different parts of your research or story?

My first project concerns a man named Ed Murphy, who ended his life as the “Mayor of Christopher Street” and first came to notice back in the early ’60s as one of the defendants in some infamous extortion cases. William McGowan wrote a fabulous article about Murphy, the people in his ring and the victims in The Chickens and The Bulls. My personal interest is that I met Eddie Murphy and liked him. After his past came to light, I have yet to be able to sort out my feelings about him, particularly the irony of ending up as an iconic gay pride figure. I hope my research will help answer some questions.

The second is the transcription of logbook from a whaling ship that sailed out of Greeenport, NY in 1847. The barque, Philip I, went all the way to the Crozet Islands in the southern Indian Ocean near Antarctica. The log was penned by a man named William Smith Beebe, who was not the ship’s master but may have been first mate? Lots of mysteries and interesting things to explore, not least of which is the beautiful handwriting on a ship that surely was rolling and rarely calm.

Thank you for any help you can give me.


Write This Down: Smoked Paprika

I am a decent cook. Mom was a decent cook. Gram was a very good cook. (It was her job for 18 years to cook for the elderly at an extended care facility.) I watch lots and lots of Food Network programming and shows with Gorden Ramsey. I am not afraid to try new things and typically throw things together rather than follow recipes. I also tend to shop without a list which means that sometimes, things can fall by the wayside. Continue Readering »

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