When I turned thirteen, I was given a diary for my birthday. It had a picture of a teenager on a telephone, and came with a lock and key. I kept the diary until I filled all the pages, and when it was full, I destroyed it.

In my adult years, I didn’t keep a diary/journal until recently (maybe starting about three or four years ago). Now, I have a quotes journal, a gratitude journal and miscellaneous other journals. Here are some I have filled

I posed my reading bears on top of my journals last March for my virtual trip to NYC, whose skyline is in the background.
This is the most recent journal I filled as of January 2021.
This art nouveau journal, purchased at Half Price Books is the journal I am now writing in.

Sometimes, I am too lazy to copy something longish into my journal, so I just cut it out and paste it in. I keep blog ideas, “project” ideas, pictures of things from magazines I want to copy, and a myriad of other things.

Keeping a journal or journals is a good way to keep organized as well as a way to “store” ideas and thoughts.

Thank you, Evin for the sign off.

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

3 thoughts on “DEAR DIARY DAY”

  1. My first journal was a Rainbow Tablet that I was given when I was six. I’ve kept a journal consistently since I was in college, and I have drawers and drawers of these at my house. My mom kept a journal all her life, and when she was first diagnosed with terminal cancer, she burned them all. I’ve always wondered about that.

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