Personally, I keep many kinds of journals: personal journals, travel journals, garden journals, journals of gardens we visit, and journals of books I have read. Before I retired, I kept professional journals.
In 2000, when our first grandchild was born I began a journal for him, and in 2003, one for his new brother. My goal was to bring us closer together by my observation of their lives, and to hope that in the future they would have a perspective of their lives before their memories began.
Two Pages from Duncan's Journal
Close up of the Great Great Grandparents' Cabin
Built Circa 1900 in Natchitoches Parish, LA
Duncan's Journal - Close Up
I determined early to be honest. The books are a narrative, embellished with photos and other materials related to events in their lives.
I write when the mood strikes me. The kind of book you use matters little. I started with one 6” X 8” hard coverbook for stability. I use rubber cement to glue in the pictures and materials, and I’m now on a second volume for each.
Olga Christopher McLaren, 77, taught in both public and private schools for 42 years. Some of her students are professional writers on the East and West Coast. She stays in touch with many of them. She’s been married to Theron for 57 years. She is the proud mother of Christopher and grandmother of his two sons. The Olga C. McLaren Poetry Endowment was established when she retired in 2002. So far 12 poets, including Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, have visited St. John’s School in Houston Texas as a result of this program.
In honor of Olga's post, Sharing Our Notebooks will give away a children's book to a commenter on this post. Should you win, you will have the choice of one of Olga's favorite books, either THE IMPORTANT BOOK by Margaret Wise Brown or A HOUSE IS A HOUSE FOR ME by Mary Ann Hoberman. (There are so many good books that it was hard for Olga to pick!) Please leave a comment by Wednesday, February 24 to be entered into this giveaway.