“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”

Spring has returned to wherever it goes during winter. The wind is wild and cold. Outside my widow the world looks most uninviting. Earlier, I went to my local Border’s as their closing sale began today. I hate losing it.

Paper will soon be obsolete. Bookstores are closing. When was the last time any of us wrote a letter on real paper? How about a diary? I remember writing in my diary. I wrote longingly about the boy who was my latest crush and I wrote sad descriptions of my latest teen angst, the sort that made my world fall apart. The key was always carefully hidden to keep the diary from prying eyes. When I traveled, I kept a journal, still do. Every night I write of the sights and the sounds and draw easily from my memories of the day. I have some aerogrames I wrote to my parents from Africa. They are filled with descriptions of my life in Ghana, and when I read them, I am pulled back to those days through my own words. There is something so personal about holding those letters as I read them.

The computer has made it so easy to write and to publish, sort of. I know this blog has become my diary, and I share with all of you. I write almost every day about all sorts of things, but the most personal parts of my life aren’t here. I hold them close to my heart. They are the feelings that filled my diary, the one with the key.

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12 Comments on ““I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    3F here right now but the day has been rather wonderful because we´ve had no wind and the sun has shined all day 🙂 The night will be nasty cold though.

    I do write the occasional letter now and again, but I think it was when I started my first blog that I stopped writing a diary. Like You I never write the most personal parts about me, but the itch to write more than in my blog sort of died that day.

    Have a great day now!

    • katry Says:

      The cold is on its way. We had thunder and lightning which was caused by the warm air mass hitting the cold air mass taking its place. Weird to have thunder and lightning storms in winter.

      The places I see and the things I write remind me of what I was feeling on any day-that’s enough.

  2. Bob Says:

    Spring has sprung here in north Texas. Clear skies and 75 degrees temperature.

    Between iPads and smart phones there is really no reason to write any longer with pen and paper except to sign your name after a document is printed. Eventually we will all have a registered digital signature that will allow us to legally sign any document that we can create on a computer or in cyber space. The public schools still waste our children’s time teaching arcane things such as cursive hand writing. Instead we should be teaching typing and printing. It’s always difficult to move into the unknown from the comfort of the known.

    I enjoy reading on my iPod Touch while traveling instead of having to carry around a book. I love book stores and books but as we go into the future they are going to become rare items. My grand children will probably go to the New York Public Library to see the books just like we go to art museums to see the paintings.

    • katry Says:

      Winter is back, and it’s really cold.

      I just think some things, archaic or not, deserve to be saved. Writing a letter was an art in Victorian times. I’d like to see it become an art again. It just seems so personal.

      Do not ever take my books! That’s what I’d say. Like you I’ll carry my iPod filled with books when I travel but that’s only for convenience. I love the feel of of a book and the turning of pages. It is in its own way sensual.

      • Bob Says:

        Soon no one will remember what a letter even was. With postage going up and E-mail free letter writing by long hand is as dead as the telegram. The education systems in India, China and Japan are producing students who are going to change the world. Our kids are wasting time during the short 180 day school year on fluff. The standard school calendar is tied to an agricultural cycle that doesn’t exist in this country any longer. The few precious school days in the year are spent learning cursive, and practicing football and basketball.

  3. Zoey & Me Says:

    My tomato plants are thriving. OK so how do we find the key to Kat’s heart? Steal the diary? Oh, how old fashioned. I see newspapers taking on another beating, still it wouldn’t be a cup of coffee without the newspaper. I’ll have to publish my own if everyone goes broke. And the world will be filled with propaganda, the Fox News type, where only balloon heads will prevail.

    • katry Says:

      In April I’ll start my seedlings for tomatoes and whatever else I want in the garden.

      I’m with you on the coffee and newspaper, and I’ll be one of the columnists in your paper.

  4. J.M. Heinrichs Says:

    1. http://www.hoboes.com/FireBlade/Fiction/Wilde/earnest/

    2. Gwendolen. [Examines diary through her lorgnettte carefully.] It is certainly very curious, for he asked me to be his wife yesterday afternoon at 5.30. If you would care to verify the incident, pray do so. [Produces diary of her own.] I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train. I am so sorry, dear Cecily, if it is any disappointment to you, but I am afraid I have the prior claim.


    • katry Says:

      I hadn’t read that play since college, but I did see it performed a few years ago, and it was funny. I didn’t realize the quote was from that play as only the author is listed.

      Gwendolen is such a wonderful name.

  5. zoey & me Says:

    You got a deal!

  6. sprite Says:

    I love to get real mail, but Christmas is the only time I’m consistent about sending out handwritten notes.

    But I want to be better. So I sent paper Valentine’s Day cards to my nearest and dearest this year. I could have sent them an email saying exactly the same things, but it wouldn’t have been the same. We all know it, but technology encourages us along the path of least resistance.

    • katry Says:

      I send cards for every occasion. I think it comes from remembering how excited I was as a kid to get mail. I love wandering to find the exact right card.

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