red journal with gray pencil next to it

I began keeping a Pandemic Journal on March 13 after seeing a recommendation on Twitter.  I selected a red Leuchterm1917 journal that I had on hand. I love the smooth pages, the heftiness, dual page markers, pocket folder in back, the rounded corners, and the dotted lines. This journal measures 5.75 x 8.25 inches. Things…

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It is March 2020 and we are in the midst of a pandemic and have no idea how things will turn out. The fear and uncertainty is overwhelming. Even just managing through the constant changes and challenges can take their toll. Venues closing. Stores out of stock. New concepts being introduced: self isolation and self…

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drawin of woman, water paint

A Junk Journal is a notebook filled with scraps of paper (think labels, train tickets, concert tickets, parts of a letter or envelope, etc) mixed in with some art (drawings, doodles), some writing, maybe a list or two, cutouts from newspapers/magazines, printouts of memes and cartoons from the internet, a tag, a birthday card. Most…

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stack of used journals

My mother was 50 years old when she began keeping a daily journal.journal She doesn’t mention in her journal why she began documenting her life in small town North Dakota, nor did she ever share or talk about this private ritual with me or my sister. It was after she died in 1999 that we…

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lamp, candle, pen, paper

I am returning to the habit of writing first thing upon waking. In 2017 I discovered Proprioceptive Writing (PW), where you sit with a lit candle, a pen and blank sheet of paper (no lines or drawings), and some Baroque music playing softly in the background. This setting helps create a ritual while relaxing your…

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spiral bound journal

For years I’ve kept a Commonplace Book, although I didn’t always call it that. A Commonplace Book is a collection of whatever you want to collect- notes, quotes, diary entries, scrapbook pages, ephemera, photos, snippets of stranger’s conversations – You get the idea. I began this book in March 2004 and I called it a…

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I found a forgotten box of old journals and notebooks that have been languishing unremembered and unused in the back of my closet. Some of these journals were still new (unused) and some had writing in them. I especially like the Decomposition Notebook, ‘Deep Stretch’ with the scuba divers stretching in an assortment of positions.…

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winner is announced

Fox Chapel Publishing giveaway has two winners! Congratulations to Linda Hutchinson and Kathy Delumpa Allegri! Please send me your mailing address to my email and I will get your selected journal off to you! Thanks to everyone who left comments and mailed in entries! Stay tuned for another giveaway soon!

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ice skating journal, blank book

Fox Chapel Publishing has recently sent me some journals to review and give away. You can click on any of the four titles and it will take you to the page on the Fox Chapel website that includes a video and more info about each journal. My favorite is the Hello Angel Lined Journal. Isn’t…

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I had heard about the Daily Greatness Journal: A Practical Guide for Consciously Creating Your Days for a while, but couldn’t justify the cost of $49.95. Last November I decided to look at it as an investment in self-development and I made the purchase. There is a lot of reading at the beginning of the…

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