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5 Stars There was so much wisdom here I saved this book to read at night when I felt the most receptive to it Phyllis Theroux adds quotes from certain writers that she admires to her journal, quotes that strike her as gems of wisdom I found Theroux s own personnal journal observations to sparkle just as brightly, and were often evenaccessible I wanted to underline certain passages and share them with friends I couldn t though, this was a library copy So I will have to have my own co 5 Stars There was so much wisdom here I saved this book to read at night when I felt the most receptive to it Phyllis Theroux adds quotes from certain writers that she admires to her journal, quotes that strike her as gems of wisdom I found Theroux s own personnal journal observations to sparkle just as brightly, and were often evenaccessible I wanted to underline certain passages and share them with friends I couldn t though, this was a library copy So I will have to have my own copy of this truely inspiring work What I love so much about Theroux is the way she is so full of genius, but so fallible and human She shares her thoughts so honestly As I read The Journal Keeper, I heard Theroux s voice in my head But when I watched a clip of her reading from her book on her website, I was so surprised that the voice didn t match Well of course not, but it just seemed like I knew her so well while I was reading her book I was led to this book by several women who are blogging buddies Since one had quoted parts of the book on her blog, I was interested and intrigued by what I read When another sent me a personal email and suggested I would really enjoy reading it, I knew it was the next book I needed to read This was one of those books that I hated to finish I wanted to keep reading Phyllis Theroux s journal The wisdom and insight about life that shared in this book practically leaped off the page as I read I was led to this book by several women who are blogging buddies Since one had quoted parts of the book on her blog, I was interested and intrigued by what I read When another sent me a personal email and suggested I would really enjoy reading it, I knew it was the next book I needed to read This was one of those books that I hated to finish I wanted to keep reading Phyllis Theroux s journal The wisdom and insight about life that shared in this book practically leaped off the page as I read through her journal I am a journal reader and a journal keeper This book ranks above most of the journals of others that I have read perhaps because she is so open and honest in what she shares, yet in her sharing she does not judge or condemn others She isintrospective about herself and what she learns in her interaction from others.I loved her small town and the people in it I loved her writing groups I wanted to be a part of both I learned much about journaling from her I am inspired to keep journaling and to keep writing If we look upon our experiences as assets, we must manage to preserve or transfer those assets to other people before we die or they dissolve in the grave with us Your journal should be a wise friend who helps you create your own enlightenmentPhyllis TherouxPhyllis Theroux s memoir is a collection of her journal entries over a period of six years In it we see her facing life s challenges and opportunities getting older, financial concerns, aging parents, and finding love I really enjoIf we look upon our experiences as assets, we must manage to preserve or transfer those assets to other people before we die or they dissolve in the grave with us Your journal should be a wise friend who helps you create your own enlightenmentPhyllis TherouxPhyllis Theroux s memoir is a collection of her journal entries over a period of six years In it we see her facing life s challenges and opportunities getting older, financial concerns, aging parents, and finding love I really enjoyed getting a glimpse through her life It has definitely inspired me to write in my journaloften This genre is a favorite of mine, and THE JOURNAL KEEPER A MEMOIR is an inspiring look at a writer s life Theroux was another one of those accidental finds I was looking for Paul Theroux and when I found Phyllis I was intrigued, thinking she might be one of Paul s ex wives I couldn t wait to absorb the dish But she isn t She is an introspective lady of a certain age who lives with her mother She fusses with her children and knows the gossip of the small town that she has moved to At on This genre is a favorite of mine, and THE JOURNAL KEEPER A MEMOIR is an inspiring look at a writer s life Theroux was another one of those accidental finds I was looking for Paul Theroux and when I found Phyllis I was intrigued, thinking she might be one of Paul s ex wives I couldn t wait to absorb the dish But she isn t She is an introspective lady of a certain age who lives with her mother She fusses with her children and knows the gossip of the small town that she has moved to At one time she belonged topowerful circles in Washington, D.C Sometimes the longing for ainvolved life and aglamorous array of friends tests her loyalties to her new home Ever introspective, she examines her yearnings and the things that satisfy her She shares books that she is reading and tidbits of wisdom picked out to muse upon She shares her teaching experiences where she teaches people to write She tells us what she has told her students as they labor over their work This is inspiring reading It is inspired writing It makes the writer in me want to write, write, write It makes me want to find all of my journals, and compile them into one organized and thoughtful melange This is a good book group book or a book to take to a writing group It is a good book for a person who has lost their way into the writing life It is a GOOD book The following is taken from the Journal Keeper website I could not invent abeautiful description of this book It has come at the perfect time in my life.Theroux is a natural story teller She slips her arm companionably into yours, like an old friend going for a stroll But her stride is long, her eye sharp, and she swings easily between subjects that occupy most people who are mid way through their lives love, loneliness, children, growing old, financial worries, spiritual growth, an The following is taken from the Journal Keeper website I could not invent abeautiful description of this book It has come at the perfect time in my life.Theroux is a natural story teller She slips her arm companionably into yours, like an old friend going for a stroll But her stride is long, her eye sharp, and she swings easily between subjects that occupy most people who are mid way through their lives love, loneliness, children, growing old, financial worries, spiritual growth, and in Theroux s case watching her remarkable mother prepare for death.Thirty years ago, Theroux began to keep a journal when she was in the middle of a painful divorce and in deep distress Over time, it evolved into something quite different a kind of daily light box that she uses to illuminate her path But not until Theroux sat down to edit her journals for publication did she realize, in her words, that a hand much larger andknowing than my own was guiding my life and pen across the page She makes a good case for this being true for us all This book both turned me off and drew me in There was a lot of manufactured drama Am I spiritual enough How do I develop spiritually Maybe I m too spiritual Ugh So much navel gazing And yet, I couldn t put the book down The language is beautiful The author mentions working on a book about her mother and I do hope she has or will finish that project Her mother was a fascinating and inspiring woman I would love to readAll in all, a mixed bag for me. |EPUB ♷ The Journal Keeper: A Memoir ☤ A teacher and practitioner of creative writing gives the journal treatment to six years of her life In her s, Theroux Giovanni s Light The Story of a Town Where Time Stopped for Christmas etc recorded her thoughts fromtoHere she presents them in a memoir of passing notions she considers worth savoring She reflects on the pleasures of authorship and on the care of her mother, who seemed to posses psychic energy fields both before and after her death The author chronicles her travels to Italy for writing seminars and the completion of a successful book while there, and she worries about her finances and the process of aging With the thoughtful intimations of mortality come solipsistic paroxysms of passion and confusion The romance turns out well Theroux writes of neighbors and nature, marks the passage of a pair of mallards and muses on the activities of an inchworm In the elegiac tone of Our Town or EB White in full rustic mode, she pushes to make mundane matters large She luxuriates in fanciful figures of speech a friend is like the net around a bag of onions living in small town Ashland, Va she sometimes feels like a bulb in a teacup and she includes snippets from some of her favorite writers, including Thoreau, Emerson, Arthur Miller and Karen Armstrong For current commentary and explanation, the author interrupts, in italics, the story by her former self On the whole, Theroux offers pleasant reading and a few deep thoughts surrounded by stylish writing probably most appealing to female readers A journal that may grace enough night tables to assuage the author s avowed concerns about her bank balance I really liked some passages and didn t care so much for others In a way, reading the journal entries notes about the author s life and observations of life around her was like walking through a gallery where you love some paintings but not others I enjoyed reading about the day to day life of a writer a professional writer generally on the edge if financial disaster and teacher She s in in sixties in the years covered by the journals, just a few years ahead of me in the aging game, and s I really liked some passages and didn t care so much for others In a way, reading the journal entries notes about the author s life and observations of life around her was like walking through a gallery where you love some paintings but not others I enjoyed reading about the day to day life of a writer a professional writer generally on the edge if financial disaster and teacher She s in in sixties in the years covered by the journals, just a few years ahead of me in the aging game, and so her comments about aging were also apropos She s muchspiritual and reflective than I am which simultaneously interested me and made me feel distant And which makes me think some of myspiritual and reflective friends would enjoy the book eventhan I did.My book group had a vigorous discussion of this, each of us finding lots to comment on The author convinced me that our journals should not be published Too much of her thoughts on things I wanted to bop her over the head a few times She expected others to change the way they were but never expected that she should change If you are in relationships you need to allow them to be themselves She expected people to change or she wouldn t have them in her life If you read the book hopefully you will see what I mean by this I don t know if I will read any of her books I thi The author convinced me that our journals should not be published Too much of her thoughts on things I wanted to bop her over the head a few times She expected others to change the way they were but never expected that she should change If you are in relationships you need to allow them to be themselves She expected people to change or she wouldn t have them in her life If you read the book hopefully you will see what I mean by this I don t know if I will read any of her books I think sometimes it is better to have a mystique about the authors and their thoughts on every day things This book got off to a slow start, but once I got into it it was hard to put down This Author was very brave to share her own personal journal enteries, but that s what makes the book so interestingthe raw, hard truth of one s personal thoughts, convictions, and opinionsand on top of that, all the quotes and books she recommends throughout was great This is a book I would love to have for my collection as I could see myself reading this one again and again.