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I tweeted about my Levenger order -...has succumbed to the charms of Levenger and made another Circa order. Not cheap, but well worth it! #bliss - and found that Levenger CEO Steve Leveen had not only retweeted me, but thanked me and two others for our business: @Skyring @RingAroundRinn @MustOrganize Thank you all for your business at Levenger!

@SteveLeveen (on Twitter)
Steve Leveen's excellent blog: Well-Read Life

Gotta love this man!

And his company. I was a little bit mischievous with my email approving the shipping charges. It takes me a night's work just to earn the money for the shipping from the USA, but well worth it. I added the following line: If it's possible, could you spear a cattledog in with the order?

And they deciphered this, responding, We will be including a catalogue with your order.

I was kind of half-afraid they might be reporting me to the RSPCA!

Instead, I'll get to bliss out with my Levenger supplies and a cattledog full of you-beaut good gear.
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Or blame her.

I mean Bookczuk, of course. Way back in 2005 I was taking my first gleeful steps into the marvellous adventure of international travel, and of course documenting the steps in a series of travel journals.

The Fort Worth convention in 2005, and when i unplugged my laptop from the phone line long enough, Bookczuk was on the line. "Did you get the package?" she asked, before urging me to go off to vote for Charleston as the 2007 host of the convention.

And of course I had gotten the care package she'd sent, care of the hotel. The hotel had been the destination of any number of heavy boxes and urgent packages, it hardly needs saying, and I was the delighted recipient of one from Charleston.

Inside, amongst other cherished gifties, was a Levenger Circa journal. I promptly fell in love with Levenger and Circa. I'm an office supplies nut from way back, and whenever I get an excuse to wander around a stationer's shop, or one of those giant OfficeWorks warehouse outlets, I jump onto it with both hands.

Levenger is pretty much the cream of the cream of these things. Superb design, elegant, sturdy, desirable.

My life doesn't quite revolve around Circa, but it should. My travel journals are Circa, my household records, my jotting journals...

I've even gotten the odd bit of leatherwork to hold the notebooks. It's a complete system, and lugging around a leather case with all manner of specialised paper and plastic pages inside is no chore at all.

My wallet is a Levenger Shirt Pocket Briefcase. The International Bomber Jacket style. I love it on a daily basis.

My passport, loyalty cards, travel documents and boarding passes live in a bright red Levenger Road Scholar zip-up holder. Secure, visible, handy.

And I've always got Circa notebooks and personalised 3x5 cards around.

This morning I succumbed. Every few days Levenger sends another email with a special offer, and every few months I'm charmed enough to order more supplies. The hard part is stopping - the online catalogue is sooooo full of stuff that is soooooo good!

They should pay me a commission. As part of every order, I add in a couple of Levenger starter kits, and as a Pay-It-Forward homage to Bookczuk, I give them out to folk who might be as charmed as I.

Thank you, Dearestczuk, once again. I am way in debt for all the joys and delights you have sent my way.

Levenger is one such addiction, and I indulge myself shamelessly. But if I gave myself into the other addiction, one that involves yummy little sesame wafers, I would be both big and broke.
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Part One in an occasional series.

Steve Leveen's blog Well-Read Life

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, but Bookczuk, that all round wonder woman, deserves my eternal praise for introducing me to Levenger. Levenger's Circa journals and awesome stationery products, not to mention their wallets and bags, are all supremely well designed. I love my Levenger Shirt Pocket Briefcase, and my travel journals, in Circa covers and rings, are treasures to pull out so that I can relive and relove my trips.

Levenger's founder keeps a blog. You'd think it would be a new product advertisement, a promotion for the company, a sales tool. And it is, to a tiny degree. But most of all, it's a wide-ranging look at all the things that make up a life dominated by reading and writing, quality design, and a keen eye.

His latest blog entry is an expedition back down the supply chain to find the origins of the excellent paper that is used for the notebooks, journals, cards and so on that makes up much of the product line. A log blog. He's also blogged about libraries, books, shipping Christmas orders - a whole range of things. And he does it with grace and style, illustrated with appropriate photographs, full of links. An eminently readable blog.

Hard to classify it, but if anybody reading this is into reading and writing, take a look and let me know what you think. I don't often recommend blogs, because there are so many around to fill up my scarce spare time, but this is one I love.


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