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The journal as a true memory


You think you will never forget feeling this way. The emotion, the memory, burns in you, consumes you.

You will forget. The details will blur, shift, fade, disappear.

The daily journal is your chance to chronicle your life: the feelings, the details.

When older, and those younger in your life ask you what it was like — when they accuse you of never being young yourself! — the record will stand as you have written it today.

Understand me?

Journal choices




from the Landy article:

Landy pointed out that in the Gorgias, a stretch of tortured logic leads Socrates to the curious conclusion that “if you want to harm a criminal, the best thing you can do is to make sure he escapes punishment.”
As for the parables in the Gospel of St. Mark, Landy rejects the popular belief that they are there to help Jesus make himself understood. Quite the contrary, they are designed to “keep outsiders out” and to bring those with advanced metaphoric interpretation skills “even further in,” Landy suggests…To get the most out of the text today, Landy said, readers “should try to talk and think in metaphors, just as Jesus is doing,” rather than look for hidden meanings.


This speaks directly to the summer readings, hey?

Journal: Poetics


Journal: Philosophy


Journal: Metacognition


Journal: Equilibrium


The body informs the mind. The scholar takes care to build both.

Journal sample: sound




An idea for journaling. I like the half-lined format as I am a diagrammer and sketcher.

You may use a spiral notebook or a composition book or loose-leaf sheets, or run your idea by me.