Author: Tom Carroll

Made In The USA: Pen and Wallet

Machine ERA Makes great products right here in the USA. Check out the products I own below.

If you want to see more check out my ever growing list of useful products made in the USA.

I have the very first version of this pen and it has lived in my pocket eversince. I has a nice weight, uses Pilot Percise Gel ink and is Made in the USA.
The companion to the pen I carry is an early version of this slim wallet. I have had it for (I think a decade) a long time. I can carry 8 cards plus a little cash, just the right size.
This is my personalized Machine Era wallet. You may not be able to fly the flag everywhere you go but you can carry it with you.

Write to Change the Mind of the Reader

Larry McEnerney, Director of the University of Chicago’s Writing Program, gives a lecture on writing effectively. While the presentation is focused on academic writing, he provides great insight into how experts and professionals need to think about effective writing. There are many takeaways, but right up front, McEnerney hits on the first barrier to effective writing, “stop thinking about rules and start thinking about readers.”  Other valuable insights are:

  • “Experts use language in one set of patterns to do their thinking, but those very same experts read with a different pattern.” (@6:57)
  • “more than anything else, from now on your writing needs to be valuable, because if it is not that nothing else matters” (@13:43)
  • “What is professional writing? What is it? It’s not conveying your ideas to your readers, it’s changing their ideas. Nobody cares what ideas you have.” (@21:44)

The academic bent of the presentation is a small price you pay to better understand effective professional writing in general.