HISTORY OF JOURNALING CONT.
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Want to be in with the in crowd? Let’s put it this way, many of the most brilliant writers, artists composers, scientist, philosophers, spiritual and political luminaries of the 19th and 20th centuries were dedicated diarists, writing in their journals consistently over decades or keeping project journals according to the life stages or interests of the moment. This fact does everything to highlight what study after study show to be the benefits of journal keeping and self engagement that improves memory, focus, comprehension, lowered anxiety, heightened self esteem, clarity of thinking and a stark lack of dementia in older age.
Ernest Hemingway wrote,”I belong to this notebook and this pencil.” When he was 79 years old, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “I am indebted to my notebook for the happiness of my whole life.”
Oscar Wilde quipped, “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train. “ The English novelist John Robert Fowles wrote, ” The diary will really try and tell people who you are and what you were. The alternative is writing nothing, or creating a totally lifeless garden. “ It was said of the journalist Peter Jennings, “ “Whenever we would go out on a story he carried a reporter’s notebook around with him-a small spiral notebook…He would take incredibly detailed notes. So if you went anywhere in the world, he would go back to his file of spiral notebooks and he would say, ‘well, there is this guy I talked to last time. Here is his telephone number and we’ll call him…” or “If you go down that road about a mile, there’ll be a church on the left. Hang a left at that church, and there will be a sugarcane field.” The essayist, Ralph Waldo Emerson was one of the most prolific journal keepers in history. He kept 263 notebooks that required a 400 page index. What did he write about? Aside from his reading list, philosophical musings, excerpts of letters and dreams, he kept a series of topical notebooks, devoted to a different themes: Beauty, Art, Reality and Illusion, and Love, to name a few. Henry David Thoreau, Andy Warhol, Ceicl Beaton, Thomas Edison, Pablo Picasso, and Leonardo da Vinic were all dedicated to their pocket notebooks.
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