Tag Archives: Journaling

Creative Juice #232

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Creative Juice #232

Beautiful things to look at. Creative solutions. Interesting journeys. And a possible assignment for you.

  • Free quilt block of the month patterns.
  • Awesome journal pages.
  • These abandoned buildings break my heart.
  • Artwork doesn’t have to be large to be impactful.
  • Searching for happiness in a book.
  • How one college is addressing systemic inequality in its curriculum.
  • Maybe more than you ever wanted to know about folk dancing’s fascinating history as a social movement. Keep scrolling down–there are a bunch of cool dance videos.
  • An artist’s watercolor journey.
  • Beautiful photography on this Instagram account.
  • It’s interesting to watch this sketch artist’s process.
  • When I was in college, I had a roommate who decorated envelopes. When I transferred to a different school, I was the recipient of letters from her in those beautiful envelopes. Who can you think of who would be blessed by a handwritten letter in a hand-decorated envelope? Maybe you could do that this weekend. . .
  • A photographer discusses a favorite photo.

Things That I’ve Forgotten

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Things That I’ve Forgotten

Stashed in boxes, on bookshelves, in closets, and on my desk are hundreds of notebooks dating back decades. Each has a different purpose. Some contain ideas I want to pursue further, that might become an essay, a poem, or a book someday. Some contain notes I took at conferences. Some refer to books I’ve read, summaries or brilliant passages I’ve copied out because I didn’t want to forget them. Some are journals in which I wrote down experiences on trips or my day-to-day feelings. In some notebooks I’ve recorded my insights when studying scripture.

As Greg and I have gotten older, we’ve encountered more medical challenges, and we found we couldn’t always remember what tests or bloodwork we’ve had done and what the results were. We couldn’t remember when we had certain procedures. So in May of 2019, I started taking another notebook to all our doctor appointments to write down our concerns and all pertinent information.

So much of what I write every day is for one reason—I’m trying to remember stuff.

Strangely enough, much of what I write gets forgotten anyway. I recently grabbed a journal from 1996-1998 out of a box, and I don’t remember any of the stuff I wrote. In August ’96 I wrote down some details about a trip our daughter Carly had taken the month before. She visited Bennington College for “July Program” the summer before her senior year in high school. This is about her return flight: “Departure from Albany delayed approx. 1½ hours due to new security procedures resulting from crash of TWA 800 (?). Had to stop over in Atlanta—same day as bombing at Centennial Olympic Park. Reassigned to another flight to Phx. Had to spend extra couple hours in Atlanta airport. I was sure bomber was in airport, trying to get on Carly’s flight. Carly got to fly 1st class.” I don’t remember any of that happening, except for the bombing.

Most of the rest of that journal is notes about books I was reading at that time. For example, this excerpt from the book Waiting, by Ben Patterson: “Robert Schuller asks, ‘What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?’ The question is designed to break us out of our mental ruts and to think of the possibilities of our lives.” For me, reading this excerpt now is like seeing it for the first time.

So all those things I’ve recorded in notebooks and journals are essentially wasted if I do not go back and reread them. I don’t know if that’s true for everyone; certainly some people remember what they’ve experienced over their lifetimes. But I don’t remember what I read a year ago, much less 23 years ago.

When my Mom passed away in 2004, my brother and I went through her “art collection,” our affectionate nickname for the stack of papers piled up in the corner of the kitchen counter. We found all sorts of old stuff in there, including letters I’d written to her from college in the early 1970s. I wish I could say the letters brought back memories. Mostly, I couldn’t even remember the people I’d mentioned in them, students in my classes and my dorm, even professors I’d had.

I still believe in taking notes at conferences and in journaling, in writing down ideas and interesting things I’ve read; but now I’m going to make a point of rereading my notes and journals from time to time. I’ll let you know how that goes—if I remember.

Creative Juice #225

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Creative Juice #225

Some creative inspiration for your soul.

Creative Juice #172

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Creative Juice #172

 

 

 

Creative stuff from all over the internet.

 

 

Creative Juice #164

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Creative Juice #164

Inspiring works of creative genius.

Creative Juice #158

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Creative Juice #158

Beautiful and interesting stuff here.

In Remembrance

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In Remembrance

Today is the seventeenth anniversary of the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. Let us never forget the innocents who lost their lives, nor how the country came together after the tragedy. Celebrate with a random act of kindness in memory of the first responders.

Here and here are some of my journal writings from that time.

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Creative Juice #81

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Creative Juice #81

You’re going to be so happy you read these articles:

Creative Juice #76

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Creative Juice #76

Articles to inspire you.

  1. My husband doesn’t have the board game gene. I have no one to play with. Sigh.
  2. Why we will miss Sue Grafton—what she did to the mystery genre.
  3. Mount Fugi seen from the air with clouds streaming by.
  4. Quilt guild show and tell.
  5. Do you want to keep your resolutions this year?
  6. 16 thoughts for creatives.
  7. 50 interesting books.
  8. It’s not too late to join this daily art challenge for 2018.
  9. Are you still making the same old fried eggs for breakfast?
  10. Beautiful photographs of animals, people, and exotic locations.
  11. I am so jealous of this artist’s journal. She’s so talented.
  12. I dislike big box churches. Why aren’t there more churches like this one in the United States? A church should be beautiful. Give me arches any day.

Creative Juice #48

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Creative Juice #48

Twelve articles to tickle your fancy: