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Journalling with Day One 2.0
Journalling with Day One 2.0

I've been using Day One (Day One 2.0 for Mac and Day One 2.0 for iOS) for a few years now, I think. In fact, I've just had a wee look, and the first entry that doesn't look like it was imported from elsewhere is just over four years old. In the time that I've used it, I've amassed 2,848 entries, though some of them have been imported from previous journalling experiments. I thought, since version 2.0 was released today, I'd try writing my first entry in it by explaining how I use Day One, what other tools I've tried in the past, and maybe even mention a couple of features I'm hoping will come to it some day! Read more…

The Retrospective Prime Directive states: "Regardless of what we discover, we understand and truly believe that everyone did the best job they could, given what they knew at the time, their skills and abilities, the resources available, and the situation at hand." I muse a little on what this means. Read more…

I've been reading Roddy Doyle's Brilliant over the past couple of evenings, with a view to reading it to our kids, M and Em. We've been looking for ways to explain the Black Dog of Depression to the kids, especially after the events of the past year. The book is as good as its title boldly states. It explains the effects of depression from the perspective of the kids whose parents, or family, are suffering from it. I won't lie: it made me cry, because it struck a real chord. Read more…

I recently read [Counselling For Toads][], an introduction to [Transactional Analysis][] set in the world of [Wind in the Willows][]. Toad (of Toad Hall) is depressed, and his friends are worried about him. They encourage him to seek help in the form of some counselling, to better understand his feelings, and to learn to cope with them. The story is of Toad's adventures in counselling, learning about himself, and figuring out his relationships with his friends. Read more…

How did I ever talk myself into getting involved in NanoWriMo? Well, I'd been thinking about it for a while, to be honest. I've really been enjoying writing lately. It's been theraputic. But then a conversation happened on Twitter, and a handful of friends all said they were going to give it a shot and, well, in some fit of craziness, I said "yeah, count me in!". Read more…