Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Booking Through Thursday: Writing in Books, Part Two

A couple weeks ago, we asked about how you take care of your books, with one of the questions asking whether you write in your books. Well, what about books that are meant to be written in? Like, say, a journal or diary? Do you keep one? Obviously, if you're answering this, you have a blog--do you just let your blog be your journal? Or do you also keep one for private stuff also?
Journals are a women's tradition. If our American history texts were written from these sources, our country would most likely be different. Our foremothers from the Mayflower (the foremothers about which I have the most knowledge) kept journals. They had agreements with one another that upon the death of one, another would come to their home, find the journal and destroy it (usually by fire, which leaves no trace).

Journals are confidential. I would categorize blogs as public commentary: writing that we don't mind others read. People reading my blog can easily conclude what my political and religious beliefs are. But they won't be reading my journal.

I keep journals periodically: during tremendous times of stress or during transitional times. They are in several hand written books. When I lived in Connecticut I had a network of friends to whom I vowed to destroy their journals upon their death. They gave me the same vow to destroy my journals, unread, on my death.

We also swore that my move to Vermont would never destroy our bonds of friendship, but it did. But Sue, my friend since 5th grade, is in Vermont. She can now function as my "journal-burner" and I can do so for her, continuing our centuries old feminine tradition.

Thank you for stopping by. I look forward to reading the discussion this week on this topic!



  1. Hi Meeyauw, I'm impressed with your post, honestly! I didn't know that some people do that (ie. keeping journals and destroying them whenever one passes away), thanks for sharing this.

    And I hope you will find some new bonding friends sound lonely there. {Hugs} And I also think good friends are hard to come by these days!

  2. Hi Melody. I am so embarrassed! I forgot Sue! I am not used to asking Sue to do things such as this because she has always lived far from me. But we are both in Vermont now, even though she goes to school in Maine every week. I don't need a friend here in town for this chore! Sue is a lifelong friend of mine, since 5th grade. She is a therapist and minister, too. What better person! Thank you again!

  3. I agree with Melody, I didn't know this about our "foremothers" and their journals, and that they would vow to destroy them. Very interesting; I loved reading your post. Also enjoyed reading your thoughts on blogs vs journals and you're very right :)

    Hope you have a wonderful day!

  4. Hi - I'm very touched by your bond of friendship with the journals burning. The vows and the bond is such seem to be important and powerful thing for you. I enjoy reading your answer to this question. I enjoy your blog

    Happy Booking Through Thursday to you! Here is Mine!

  5. Very interesting about the burning journals stuff. Thank you for writing about it.

    (Since I have so many blogs - my meme is on my A Writer's Life blog)

  6. The notion of burning journals is news to me and an interesting thought.

  7. You gave me a very good idea! I've actually thought about what to do with my journals when my time's up, and I haven't thought of doing that.

    Thank you for the sweet things you said on my blog, and I hope to be a frequent visitor on yours ^_^


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