One Journal's Life:
A Meditation on Journal Keeping

by Audrey Borenstein

Impassio Press, 2002. ISBN 0971158304.
Reviewed by Maggie Knorr
Posted on 03/31/2003

Nonfiction: Creative Life

Audrey Borenstein holds a Ph.D. in sociology and was an adjunct professor at SUNY, New Paltz, New York. Having resigned in 1986 from teaching to write full-time, she has been writing and publishing in a variety of literary genres since the 1960s.

Audrey has kept a journal since 1964. In this little book, One Journal's Life, she writes a tender memoir about her relationship with her journal. Her book is written like a letter to an old friend, only the "friend" is her journal. With the use of clips from journal entries to enhance the narrative, the book comes alive with glimpses into the author's journaling habit and her relationship with this friend.

As I read the book, I could identify with the tender sentiments, the nostalgic reminisces of a purposeful start that turns into a warm symbiotic relationship. It made me look at my journaling in a new light and bolstered my view that it isn't simply a practice or discipline, but truly a relationship.

Audrey's words capture the essence of the journal when she writes, "I thought for years, decades, that I was your keeper. Now I begin to understand that you have become mine."

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