my dad’s uncle has a line-a-day calendar that belonged to my great-grandfather. it works like this: the little leather-bound volume has its pages divided into five sections. once a day, for five years, he wrote what we might call a status update. on the page marked october 5, for example, there are five entries, one for each october 5 between 1923-1928. the result is beautiful, heartbreaking, haunting, and magical all at the same time.
before starting this blog i was never able to commit to any kind of long-term record keeping or journal writing. but a line a day? that seems doable. and isn’t there something about thumbing through a paper record that just feels good? i’d love to know what you all think!
mmm. i love this concept. i’d be fascinated (and hungry for more) if i was able to get my hands on something like this from my grandparents.
there’s something very pleasing about being concise.
I often wonder what remnants of my life will exist after I leave this earth. I try to write a little bit in a journal each day, even if it’s only a line. I agree wholeheartedly about handling paper, be it a newspaper (my heart is breaking with the demise of our nation’s print media), book, or a letter from a loved one.
That sounds like a fabulous idea. I would love to go back to this day 1, 5, 10 years ago and see where I was in my life. I think we also write more thoughtfully when it’s on paper, because you can’t go back and hit delete – all scratches and mistakes are clear. And what a great gift to pass on to the younger generation!
This sounds like a fantstic idea! I would die to have something like that from a relative! You may have just inpsired me to attempt to do the same! I am like you in that I have never been able to commit to journaling or or keeping daily entries until the blog (and even that is not day to day personal) but this seems very doable! Thanks!!
That’s a really cool idea. It’s funny – just this morning I had the same thought about my blog and will it still be around and available 20 years from now?
thats the best idea ever!! if we can update our twitters and facebooks everyday, we have time to write a line on a piece of paper!
what a great post! i love the idea of journaling but never keep at it. i LOVE what your great grandfather did and think i may start something like that myself!
great post! 🙂 thanks for sharing…xoxo
Yea. hm… Maybe I’ll start doing this? I used to keep a journal.. It was rather. awful. haha
Wow, that is incredible, what your great-grandad did. Love this post…very inspiring!
i love this, what a sweet idea. i may have to start the one-line journal. i like the idea of my kids reading my thoughts on paper rather than a screen. thankyou!
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