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Susan Adcox

Journaling Made Easy

By June 12, 2012

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When my dad passed away last year, one of the treasures I ended up with is a journal that he kept for about five years. On the cover he had written, "Entries Made Ever Now and Then!" Sure enough, he didn't write every day, and he didn't write at length. The longest entry was about four sentences, yet most of them brought back a whole panoply of recollections. Some were about everyday life. "Zinnias very pretty." "Carved Tommy a walking stick." "Bonnie baking pies." Others were about landmarks in our lives. "We have another great-granddaughter!" "Mark departs for Russia." Besides bringing back memories, the journal serves the useful purpose of reminding us of dates.

I've learned that there is a cadre of dedicated journal-keepers who subscribe to the "shorter-is-better" philosophy. Some keep their journals on their calendars. Some keep them on the computer. Some restrict themselves to one sentence per day. I've never been able to keep a journal consistently, but maybe I could manage a sentence a day. I'd like to create something that my children and grandchildren could read some day and remember-"Oh, yes, the zinnias!"

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June 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm
(1) Laurie says:

That sounds perfect. I used to keep journals, and I miss it. This sounds like something I could do!

June 12, 2012 at 6:21 pm
(2) kimberly says:

I too have failed many attempt at consistent journal writing. I hope to save my blog writings. It is so much easier to do on the computer, but doesn’t his own handwriting add to the words somehow?
I try to write things down for the grandchildren, but it is hit or miss as well.
I am taking an online class about painting and mixed media with journaling that I hope to share with my grandkids and students.

June 12, 2012 at 9:16 pm
(3) Grandma Kc says:

I like the idea but I know that for me, I would fail. First off I could never be that consistent as to write every day and second I could never limit myself to one sentence. I talk to much!

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