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My First Journal

My First Journal


I just moved all my posts over here to try to connect to other bloggers more. I’m blogging 30 years of journal writing as I work on a memoir about love, loss, and letting go. If that sounds interesting to you, follow me because I’d love to follow you.

Here is my first post (originally published 2/27/83):

On February 27, 1983 — a week shy of my seventh birthday — I started my first journal, a lock-and-key diary of the Little Twin Stars from the Hello Kitty series. Even with the lock, my younger sister still found her way into its pages, but her snooping never stopped my writing.

Now – five days shy of my 37th birthday — I begin my 18th journal.

Here’s the catch: Instead of revealing my entries chronologically from 1983 to now, I’m telling my story in reverse order, beginning today as an almost 37-year-old teacher/writer with a husband and two sons. Each day, I will release a new (old) journal entry until I get to that memorable day on Feb. 27 in 1983 when something significant happened in my seven-year-old world — something diary-worthy.

So began my journey as a writer. How did I get here? Read my journals — backward — and find out!

NOTE: I am now on 2007, so there is plenty of back material to read. Hope you stay awhile!

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My top-five most popular posts

  1. “On Turning 25”
  2. “Life in Your 20s vs. Your 30s”
  3. “Life in Your 20s vs. Your 30s Redux”
  4. “Why I Cut My Hair Short”
  5. “On Having Boys When I Wanted Girls”

Last week I found him | 5 March 2007

Ritsos — last week I found him. The things made other. The things. To explore the world defined by loss.

I marched to that beat
then turned
where are the birds that
used to live in the house
made of straw and
newspapers and sunshine?