Monday, October 26, 2015

The All-Important Elastic Closure

An eleastic band is vital to any good working journal. Many journals come with them and most do not. Mine don't (darn it!) so here is an instructional video.





Why is an elastic band vital?

Because it's extremely important to trap a pen or pencil inside the journal. Nothing kills the journaling urge like ransacking your house looking for something to write with! 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Begin to Journal

If your great grandmother had kept a journal what would you have liked to read?

These ladies were born sometime between 1910 and 1915. One of them could be your grandmother, your great grandmother or your great-great grandmother. If you could phone the past and ask one of them to keep a journal so one of their descendants could read it, she would probably giggle and tell you she had nothing to write. She lives a perfectly boring and ordinary life. She cooks and sews, cans fruit and vegetables from the garden, goes to the movies whenever she has an extra ten cents. She's especially partial to Claude Rains and Clark Gable. Like every ordinary person she loves to listen to Fibber McGee and Molly on the radio and read the Saturday Evening Post. She has nothing interesting to write about!

She could never imagine that you'd be interested in how she fell in love with your grandfather and what your dad was like when he was three years old. Who would be interested in reading that?

You would.

Heck, I would. I've read lots of old journals and they are wonderful windows into the past.

So your journal prompt for today: What would you have liked to read about if your great grandmother kept a journal? And what would you like to tell your great grandchildren?

Photo from Elston: Family Archive Photos