"Who would allow you to totally ignore, abuse, laugh with, swear at, shed tears on, get angry at and be totally honest with him/her? Your journal does.
Your journal is an unconditional friend. It does not reject, manipulate, judge, laugh at or ridicule you. It’s always there for you. So be honest with your best friend and it will help you discover who you are."
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I also learned of another writing, artistic coach, Natalie Goldberg. She is quoted as saying, "The positive thing about writing is that you connect with yourself in the deepest way, and that’s heaven. You get a chance to know who you are, to know what you think. You begin to have a relationship with your mind."
So I googled her, her books and reserved one on-line at the local library. Wikipedia has this information on her: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natalie_Goldberg
I wonder how she compares to Julia Cameron and her book and 12-week course "The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity" http://www.theartistsway.com/index.php?section=4&sub=9&id=190 THAT course took me about 15 weeks as the morning pages were time-consuming. They were very revealing though in helping me identify the need for change and my sanity.
I haven’t written in my paper and pen journal for a few days now. Most of my writing has been of a technical nature for work purposes (user notes, procedures) and volunteer (minutes, fund-raising ideas)
I find this Windows Live Spaces tool slow and clunky. I will persevere though over the next few months in using it as well as testing out the assumedly Windows Sharepoint Services back-end.