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The Great Diary Project Is Preserving Hundreds Of Years’ Worth Of Angsty Teenagers’ Thoughts

The Great Diary Project Is Preserving Hundreds Of Years’ Worth Of Angsty Teenagers’ Thoughts

Did you keep a diary as a teenager? Does the thought of reading it now make you want to cringe with embarrassment or would you jump at the change to gain some perspective on the course of your life so far?

Dr. Irving Finkel of London, a self-proclaimed diary rescuer, has it made it his personal mission to preserve, archive and exhibit as many long lost diaries as possible. By day, Finkel works at the British Museum, but in his off hours, he’s slowly amassing a museum of his own with his Great Diary Project and receives regular donations of families’ old journals. His reasoning, he says, is that:

Diaries are among our most precious items of heritage. People in all walks of life have confided and often still confide their thoughts and experiences to the written page, and the result is a unique record of what happens to an individual over months, or even years, as seen through their eyes. No other kind of document offers such a wealth of information about daily life and the ups and downs of human existence. The Project’s idea is to collect as many diaries as possible from now on for long-term preservation. In the future these diaries will be a precious indication of what life, in our own time, was really like…All human life, in fact, is there, packed into small pages where every entry – for the future historian – is accurately dated.

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How To Start A Gratitude Journal

I’m an avid reader of Penelope Trunk’s Brazen Careerist blog. It’s a great mix of information that can help you out in the workplace, confessional blog writing, and random other assorted ways of looking at the world that will cause your mind to bend in new and interesting ways. Recently, Trunk mentioned starting a gratitude journal. What’s that? Keep reading »

5 Celebrity Diaries That Fell Into The Wrong Hands

This week, Star magazine got its grubby little hands on Ali Fedotowsky‘s diary from high school. They apparently read the whole thing to find the most scandalous material and uncovered that, at least back in the day, she smoked pot, took ecstasy, and drank lots of alcohol. They honed in on one diary entry where Ali described an ecstasy-fueled night. “It was really fun at first,” she wrote. “I went downstairs to sleep at 4:30 and sat there until 6:30. I was completely freaking out. I really thought I was supposed to die. I really thought I would… I was so scared.”

Divulging the contents of someone’s diary is, well, the lowest of the low. Here are other stars who had their diaries made public. Keep reading »

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