Category Archives: Journaling

My Momma’s Newest Blog

101 Creative Writing Exercises by Melissa DonovanMy mom has always been a fantastic writer. I love to read her stuff. Most recently she has been doing a lot of blogging for our website at Journal in a Box. Her most recent blog over there is about a new book she has been reading (and learning from) called 101 Creative Writing Exercises (Adventures in Writing). Written by our friend Melissa Donovan over at Writing Forward, this book is a fantastic way to get started with almost any kind of writing you want to do. I wanted to repost this particular blog, because one of the subjects my mom picked to use for an exercise from the book is a subject near and dear to my heart – the way that my grandparents met. I wanted to share this story here because it is such a heartwarming story! So, here is my mom’s blog:

My Experiment With Melissa Donovan’s New Book, 101 Creative Writing Exercises (Adventures in Writing)

If you’ve been searching for a goldmine concerning all-things-writing you need look no further than Melissa Donovan’s, 101 Creative Writing Exercises (Adventures in Writing) Continue reading



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Outdoor Musings: Reading From My Husband’s Blog

My husband blogs on occasion, too. He blogged yesterday about outdoor adventures and I really like what he wrote (maybe I am biased…)

At the Ranch

Are You Really Experiencing the Outdoors?

The other day I was out with the family on my dad’s ranch – one of my favorite places to be. I was just enjoying the day and watching my kids run and play with no worries, as free as   birds. On this particular day as I leaned on a horse pen and watched a hawk play up on the hill, I was listening to my dad and kids as they were driving down to the back forty on the quad to feed the cows. As I thought of them enjoying the time with their grandpa…

Read the rest of his post over here at Joe’s Call of the Wild.

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Open to Suggestions!

The past couple of months were hectic as we prepared some new products for Journal in a Box and prepared a new presentation for our workshop at the Arizona Families for Home Education convention in Phoenix, AZ. We were very blessed by our experiences there at the convention and look forward to exhibiting again next year. In the meantime, we are in the process of setting up quite a few more venues in the 12 months between now and then.

I’ve also been having fun the last few weeks looking at ideas for curriculum for Nicole. She is finally showing an interest in putting the symbols/letters she sees together into coherent words. Just the other day we picked up an Usborne First Dictionary for her and she was able to read quite a few of the words out of there no problem. She is such a perfectionist (I cannot imagine why…) and so she struggles whenever you present something to her as a ‘testing’ situation. If I put the book in front of her and say, “Here, sound out this particular word,” she absolutely freezes. On the other hand, if I just hand her the book and say, “Look at this fun book!” she will start reading all the words she can. Similarly if I pick up two pencils and say to her, “Okay, one plus one is…” she answers with an immediate, “Two!” Continue reading

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Discovering the Roots of Base Ball

This morning I am blogging over at Journal in a BoxTM. Check it out!

We are loving Spring Training time here in Arizona. What a great time of year! Days filled with the sounds of the crack of the bat and distracting chatter, the smells of hot dogs and popcorn and the sights of players and fans alike basking in the warm spring sun. Ah, this great American pastime! But, wait…

“Went to Stoke church this morn.- After dinner, went to Miss Jeale’s to play at base ball with her the 3 Miss Whiteheads, Miss Billinghurst, Miss Molly Flutter, Mr. Chandler, Mr. Ford and H. Parsons. Drank tea and stayed til 8.”

Thus reads a fairly simple, seemingly mundane, entry in the diary of William Bray. William Bray lived 97 years and kept journals throughout many of those years. Parts of his diaries are available today at several places on the internet (like here, here and here) and they give a fabulous insight into the time in which he lived. What is remarkable about the entry above and the reason it made headlines a couple of years ago is that he wrote it on March 31, 1755 at his home in England. The AP story began, “Baseball is as American as …

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