Jack's Mannequin

Jack's Mannequin
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Beyond You...

One can name a few popular journal entries that have marked ordinary peoples lives then and have very strong impact on people in the present. One of the famous daily accounts was that of Anne Frank, who has shown the world how the human spirit can not be broken easily in times of extreme hardships. Personally, Anne Frank's diary is a reminder to all that race should never be taken against anyone at anytime.

Another series of accounts through letters were made by Ernest Hemingway. Unlike several romance novels written from a point of view of a woman, the book that included accounts and pictures of Hemingway's recuperating during the war was enough to melt a woman's heart. Of course he looked dashing and was described as being good-natured and polite. The book took me 2 reads to fully picture Hemingway at a different light.

Last September, remnants of a journal that survived entering the Earth's atmosophere was presented in an Israeli Museum. The pieces of the diary was found in a field in Palestine, Texas. The journal was owned by the first Israeli astronaut, Ilan Ramon, one of NASA's Columbia crew. Restoration of the said journal started in 1993, most pages remain unreadable and burnt in the edges. The readable parts that had accounts of life in space were displayed while the pages containing personal entries have been given to his wife.

These are 3 of my favorite journal/diary keeping stories that bring out the value of jotting down notes and personal musings. Though for the ones who have written the journals and entries touching others beyond their lives was never realized until after their deaths.

I close with a quote from Carol Shields,

"There are chapters in every life which are seldom read and certainly not aloud."