Sending a handwritten letter

“Sending a handwritten letter is becoming such an anomaly. It’s disappearing. My Mom is the only one who still writes letters. And there’s something visceral about opening a letter. I see her on the page. I see her in her handwriting.” Steve Correll


Dear Fellow Journalers,

Have you ever been frozen by the perfectly clean first page of a journal? I found the following to be a life changer:


Over the next 365 days I give myself permission to:

Play, rest, love, vent, grow,shine, learn, explore, simplify, color outside the lines, be loved, be strong, be daring, dream big, be grateful, help others, be creative, laugh more, ask for help, the successful, accept myself, try new things_be determined, create my own life, be kinder to myself, repeatn myself if I am not heard, keep an open mind, rise above negativity, let go of past hurts, celebrate my daily achievements, don’t give up on my dreams even if others put me down, grab new opportunities with both hands.

The Quotes

“One good quote is worth a book”

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Walks Emerson

“Age appears to be best in four things,- old wood to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.” Alonso of Aragon

“When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It is to enjoy each step along the way.” Wayne Dyer

“Everything starts as somebody’s daydream.” Larry Niven

“Never laugh at live dragons.” J.R.R. Tolkien

Turning a phrase

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Long ago, I started a phrase and quote journal. Boy, did it help when I was writing my stories. Here are a few phrases I like.


“History is in us. Our history lives in us.” The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

“Heroes are the people who are bigger than their times. Most of us are not. History is sometimes made by heroes, but it is a also always made by us. We, the people, who stumble around, who help the heroes out of loyalty, stubbornness, faith or fear.” – The Guest Book

“Life gives you two choices. Regret the past or change the present.” – When we were young” by Karen Kingsbury

“When do promises come with expiration dates?” The Revolving Heart by Chuck Hugely

“Humans tend to build walls when they should be opening doors.” Mr. Penumbra”‘s Bookstore by Robin Sloan

“Fingers of thought are raking the space behind the cushions, looking for loose ideas, finding none.”. Mr. Penumbria’s 24 Hour Bookstore” Robin Sloan

“If one has a book, Mr. Boone, one is never alone. They will talk to you when you want to listen, and when you tire of what they are saying, you just close the book. It will be waiting for you when you come back to it.” “The Cherokee Trail” Louis L’Amour


Dear Fellow Journalers,

Are you a collector of words? Do you read books and highlight phrases? If so, you are not alone. Some of the best prompts have come from those phrases.

I started collecting phrases back in high school. The one notebook I started with became several more until they filled up an entire shelf! The only problem with my collection is that some of my entries .did not mention the book title.

When I started again .earlier this year I made sure to note the origin of the phrase. I want to share some of these ” gems” with you today. Some of them are mine and these will be marked with a *.

“Journal writing takes you across the bridge toward acceptance of your creative self, your spiritual self; accepting what is, with love, joy and freedom.” The Four Methods of Journal Writing  by Melissa Burch

“Having a sense of self-worth is an act of faith” The Mistletoe Inn by Richard Post Evans

“The ache inside a person never ceases when there is no closure.Estrangement brings on a profound sense of loss.The ache is deep and never goes away.” *

“The problem with the past is that too often yesterday’ s lessons were meant for yesterday’s problems.” Richard Paul Evans

“Trace my face with your eyes,, her mother had told her a few nights before she died. Trace my face, then close your eyes and imagine me there. Can you see me? That’s where I’ll always be. Right there, locked away tight.”  Along the broken road by Heather Burch

“Memories, he’d learned, were the cornerstones of life. Memories are pictures. They’re stored in the part of your mind where happiness lives.”  Something like family by Heaher Burch

“I’m in mourning for the death of my hope and for the future. Joanne Fluke

“Life gives you two choices. Regret the past or change the present.”” When we were young by Karen Kingsbury

“It literally hurt my chest to breathe in this snow-laced air that made it feel as if I’d swallowed mouthful of icicles.” Murder She Wrote: The Murder of Twelve” Jessica Fletcher

“He was a hollow man, pieces of his heart were strewn about the ranch house like Mike’s  wooden soldiers forgotten  on his bedroom floor.” *

“My feelings break and crash over me like a dust storm on the prairie.” *

“The horse I thought was sitting on my chest has trotted off_ and if I don’t take a deep breath, I can talk to people”.*

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