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    Bridge Ladies Sometimes I think a meteor could strike the earth and wipe out mankind with the exception of my mother’s Bridge club — Roz, Bea, Bette, Rhoda, and Jackie — five Jewish octogenarians who continue to gather for lunch and Bridge on Mondays as they have for over fifty years. When I set out to learn about the women behind the matching outfits and accessories, I never expected to fall in love with them. This is the story of the ladies, their game, and most of all the ragged path that led me back to my mother.
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The Movement You Need Is On Your Shoulder

Custom-Cartoon-Printing-Cover-Girls-Diary-Wholesale-School-Supplies-Cute-Diary-Notebooks-for-Gift.jpgDid you ever start a successful new writing project in a new notebook? I think not. A new notebook, in my opinion, is a cry for help. All of my new notebooks start with a proclamation that I will write every day. It’s like making a promise you know you’ll never keep. Like a diet or the desire to become a better person. I wrote every day from the time I was in high school until I got married. If you call squalling writing. What you want is a notebook that’s broken in like a pair of jeans. And yes you mourn when you have to throw the jeans out. When the tufted pages dwindle down. What I can’t figure out is why some notebooks stall out after a few pages and others take root. For all those years when I wrote every day, I used a basic composition notebook. Now it’s all Moleskins and Shinolas, and other fancy assed notebooks. What’s become of me? 

Do you have a relationship with your notebooks?




7 Responses

  1. I love my notebooks. I am always there when they need me.

  2. I own notebooks – most of them empty. What is written in one or two of them, grates. Like the sound of my own voice when I hear it recorded. I like the ability to wipe out words on a PC. I like how I can back up, re-write, clarify, polish, shine the words until I don’t hate them. In a notebook, they’re there, drippy, maudlin, dumb sounding. I could use White Out. I could scratch through them. I could keep doing it and improve – maybe. IDK. There’s something about writing in notebooks that I don’t cotton to, and likely why I don’t keep a diary either.

  3. “A new notebook is a cry for help.” haha!

    In grad school I carried on intense torrid affairs with CVS notebooks so I wouldn’t get above myself. Now I turn to expensive Rhodia pads when I can’t think and a Leuchtturm for my book notes. I am so fancy ass I can’t even stand myself. (But you can take away my notebooks from my cold dead hands, thank you very much.)

  4. “Do you have a relationship with your notebooks?”

    Yes. It matches my relationship with people. I fill them partway, set them aside and ignore them, but never let them go.

  5. When I used to interview someone for a story, back in the day, my notebooks were bibles. I panicked if I misplaced one. Otherwise, I hate my own handwriting.

  6. The end of this is 100% how I feel about my shoes and makeup. I used to be all “yeah I don’t really care about shoes or makeup!” and now I have??? far too many??? of both??? and they’re all really nice??? //What happened?//

    I have a notebook habit but I’m not ready to seek help yet.

  7. Yes.

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