Writing Wednesday: Journals as historical records

Personal journals often give insight or provide firsthand accounts of significant historical events. Examples include soldiers’ diaries recording specifics of battles, and Samuel Pepys’ diary where he wrote about the plague and the Great Fire Of London. The fact that people took the time to record events in detail is interesting to me. This indicates […]

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The Diaries of Miss Anne Lister

Anne Lister (1791-1840) was a wealthy heiress who inherited Shibden Hall in West Yorkshire from her uncle in 1826. Shibden Hall had been in the family since 1420. Throughout her life, she kept diaries in which she chronicled the details of her everyday life, including her financial concerns, her industrial activities, her work improving Shibden […]

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Comic Journaling in a Scholar

Sandra Steen Bartholomew is an author, illustrator, cartoonist, mixed media artist and a Certified Zentangle Teacher.  She is currently in school to get her Masters in Applied Cartooning. Earlier this summer, Sandy got in touch with me about possible Quo Vadis planner formats to draw daily cartoons!  She heard from a mutual friend – Sandra […]

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The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon

Sei Shonagon (c. 966-1017/1025) was a court lady to Empress Consort Teishi during the 990s and early 1000s in the Heian period in Japan.  Lady Shonagon was a literary rival of Lady Murasaki, whose novel, The Tale of Genji, fictionalized the elite world of the nobility they both inhabited.  Sei Shonagon’s gossipy and witty Pillow […]

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The Grail Diary from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”

“This is his whole life. Why would be send this to me?”  Muses Indiana Jones over the Grail Diary he received from his father, Dr. Henry Jones, Sr.  His father had disappeared, kidnapped by the Nazis and held in an Austrian castle. The film is set in 1938, the same year Dr. Jones, Sr. almost […]

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Writing Wednesday: Journaling through the ages

I’m currently reading a book called The Assassin’s Cloak: An Anthology of the World’s Greatest Diarists. The book is set up in a very interesting way: For every day of the year, there are several diary entries by different people in different years. The entries span hundreds of years and various continents. It’s fascinating to […]

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