Why keep a diary

My 2012 diary
Maybe writing in a daybook is my praying. Talking to someone I don't know but believe in.

'Never abandon the wholesome practice of saying your own private prayers, night and morning. I have never abandoned it myself, and I know the comfort of it,' wrote Charles Dickens to his son.

Wholesome: promoting health or well-being of mind or spirit. A telling of the last twenty-four hours' events and thoughts soothes me.

It's more than putting memories, feelings and ideas in a vault for safe-keeping and posterity (I seldom re-read my journals anyway). It is a way of affirming the day. Today can only be complete if I re-call, re-assess, and re-construct it in words.

Wholesome: based on well-grounded fear. What is the consequence of missing a log? That what happened is not captured and made sense of, and is therefore meaningless and untrue.

Most checked out

Notes on 'Arsenic and old lace' and the insane

Dolphin love and limits

Beneath the covers: Notes on 'A comedy of tenors'

To rebel, to never rush

Two books

Applause for the clowns

The Pilot's Relief on Landing is No Release

An erring lace

If I Were A Planet

To always dress well