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May 3rd, 2001

The Joys of Journaling

Though I’m not exactly an avid journal writer (these days, I only sporadically write entries as the mood hits), I have found a journal program that I really like: The Journal by DavidRM Software.

The Journal offers up a perfect interface for keeping a journal as well as looking back at past entries. That’s where the real interest lies for me — when I got my old Apple II up and running again, I found loads of old journal entries I wrote during high school. Some were simply exercises in writing, others were the typical teen-angst type entries bitching about this and that. In any event, I imported about two years worth of entries into The Journal and had an absolute blast reading them all for the first time in six years. I’ve also been adding entries (by hand, since the originals were handwritten) from my Vietnam trip journal. I’m considering importing certain entries from my blog as well.

I’ve been trying to become more conscientious of writing frequently. The more I think about it, the more I want to get down the various thoughts and everyday events in my life not just for future reference, but for my kids and grandkids, should they ever have an interest in knowing what their loony father/grandfather was like.

So, if you keep a journal (online or off), consider giving The Journal a trial run. I was sold after two days, something that’s pretty hard to do since I’m so picky about my software. -ram

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Robert
DATE: Thursday May 3, 2001 -- 12:37:44PM
I love to go back and read all my little thoughts and bitches over the years. It's amazing just how stupid I was in my youth (much more than today).

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday May 3, 2001 -- 12:55:44PM
I've found that it helps make you more naturally introspective, too... more aware of the current moment. If you find yourself getting up in arms about something, it takes just a second to think ahead, "What will I care about this a year from now?" I think journaling is a good practice in mindfulness.

That said, so is eating Oreos. :)

FROM: Robert
DATE: Thursday May 3, 2001 -- 1:15:53PM
I am chronically introspective by nature, but recording my thoughts has often made me realize how pointless a lot of anger is. It also creates the history that we're all supposed to learn from.

Journaling had nothing to do with my idea to use Oreos like potato chips and chocolate pudding like onion dip for a sweet, sweet snack.

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 3:19:33 pm

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 3:19:34 pm

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