It's said that it takes a “village” to assist a person with HIV. I'll attempt to identify the people of my “village”.
Unedited excerpt from the rough draft of: GROWING INTO MY SKIN, a memoir of a gay man. “Who is Dale Thele?” the interviewer asked. “I suppose I'm a person who's passionate about my beliefs.” “What do you believe?” “I believe in humanity, equality and I believe in myself.” “How would you summarize yourself?” “Passion … Continue reading Unedited Excerpt – Growing Into My Skin
Waterman "Carene" fountain pen is an elegant and classy pen making me feel as if I'm composing an epic tome. The Carene is a deep black luminescent lacquer finish barrel with electroplated palladium trim with a shape inspired by the streamlined symmetry of the world's finest yachts. The french translation of “carène” is “hull”. This … Continue reading Waterman Carene . . .
growing into my skin takes front and center as the current work in progress by Dale Thele a gay man's journey in search of his safe place A literary memoir in progress of the author's own lifetime of struggles through hate, bigotry and prejudice, a gay man searches for purpose and meaning of life. Through social … Continue reading growing into my skin . . .
Another of my fountain pens: The Pilot Metropolitan (a modern Japanese manufactured pen), black sleek, smooth-shaped pen great for everyday use. This pen features a stylish matte finish with a glossy middle band. The brass cap and barrel give the pen a comfortable weight and balance. Combined with its smooth-writing Extra Fine stainless steel nib, … Continue reading Pilot Metropolitan . . .
Here is another of my go-to pens, the Hero 616 in black plastic and chrome metal is a Chinese manufactured fountain pen which pays homage to the great Parker 51 model fountain pen. The pen is well copied in detail even down to the Parker arrow clip and the steel "jewel" crowned cap. The thin … Continue reading Hero 616 . . .
This is the first refillable fountain pen that sent me on the road to collecting and using fountain pens: The Fountain Pen Revolution (F.P.R.) Indus Clear Demo with gold-tone accents. This is not an expensive pen by any means, it's made in India exclusively for F.P.R., an Indian fountain pen distributor located in Arkansas, … Continue reading F.P.R. Indus Demonstrator . . .