I am a retired, left-brained, engineer (Taurus 1913), born in Colorado, raised in California, and now living in Virginia.
I began writing a journal about 30 years ago. At first it consisted of copies of monthly news letters that I wrote to my children. I tried to share a record of my activities; during the first 10 years it was mostly factual -- went there, saw that, did this. I hoped, in vain, that such correspondence would inspire them to share some of their own mental experience-ings.
I could not point a critical finger; when young my own responses to parental letters had mostly been limited to a few words on a penny postcard. I am still haunted by a wailing comment from my Mother: "We correspond," she wrote 60 years ago, "but we do not communicate."
Gradually I began trying to explain to myself the WHYs of my activities and my thoughts. About five years ago, in addition to recording my activities, I began trying to use my journal as a self-help management tool. I am trying to improve positive aspects of my experience-ings and to increase awareness and control of my behavior-ings.
Sherlock Holmes onc said, in his Memoirs, that nothing clears up a case so much as stating it to another person. A journal entry is, in effect, a technique for an internal "I" stating a case to another unknown external "I".
In stating that case through personal, off-line journal entries, my "I" has found it to be essential to create, and then identify, threads of information and perception about specific subjects. One of those threads will be the subject of these on-line journal entries: