When I read Iliana’s (Bookgirl’s Nightstand) post this morning, about keeping notebooks and journals with book excerpts from her reading, it hit home with me. I love notebooks/journals, too! I don’t write in them all the time, but over the years those little word treasures add up and reveal a pathway. Books lead to other books…and the quotes we choose to keep remind us of who we were and illuminate who we have become.
Connections…On one page in my notebook, dated 1974, while reading one of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s diaries, and being curious about a reference to a writer she loved, I wrote: “Who is Henry Beston???” Without the benefit of the internet, it took a trip to the library to discover that he was the author of a beautiful little classic, The Outermost House, a lovely read which lead me to a number of other lovely reads…
Guidance…And a tender quote, written down a year after my father passed away, still gives me solace. I found it while reading May Sarton’s Encore, A Journal of the Eightieth Year.
Is no longer where he was before,
He is now wherever we are.
–St. John Chrysostom (4th century)
Like the Jane Austen quote I used to define this blog, “A fondness for reading must be an education itself,” my reading notebooks and journals give me insights into the pathway of my education over the years.