Monday, April 19, 2010

Little Black Book

I've been a journalist for most of my adult life, but I've been a journal-keeper even longer -- since a student teacher in Mrs. Ahren's eleventh grade English class assigned us to write one for 12 weeks. I'd kept diaries before, I'd scribbled stories and poems -- but this was different. I wish I could remember the student teacher's name or the words he used, but the message I took from this assignment was to go out into the world and observe it, ponder it, make it my own. Suddenly a pen and a notebook were the keys to the kingdom.
I started carrying a small spiral notebook around in my purse, recording thoughts, observations, favorite quotations. When the 12 weeks were over, I couldn't imagine life without some notebook or other by my side.


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