The Challenges of Attending College as an Adult

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At 45, I am considering attending college for the first time ever.  Curious about the experiences of other adult learners, I reached out to my friends on Facebook: 

Lorraine M. Pasquali: I dove in feet first, like I do everything. After the first class, I felt I had made a huge mistake and cried in my car for 10 minutes before driving home. The workload seemed daunting… I was still working a full-time job Continue Readering »

Dialog Writing in Your Memoirs

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When I first bought character actor Stephen Tobolowsky’s book “The Dangerous Animals Club” I didn’t initially realize that it was a memoir. (If you don’t know Stephen’s name, you probably know his face because he’s been in over 200 movies – from Mississippi Burning to Memento.) Each chapter is a separate story, (some quite amusing) yet there are larger interconnecting narratives that weave together from the book’s beginning to end. From the very first chapter I instantly recognized Stephen as a gifted storyteller and was more than happy to read about his various experiences -including many from his 30 years in the entertainment industry.

When reading a book such as this, I’m always intrigued by the authors ability to either recall or write detailed dialog. I have a million stories I could write about, but how does one remember exactly what so and so said? If one does not have the memory of an elephant and did not take explicitly detailed notes at the time of the event, does the author simply use artistic license and make things up? I’d be concerned that I’d receive a phone call from Great Aunt Hilde screaming at me something along the lines of, “I never said that you should buy the tuna, It’s always been the cod!”

If you’ve ever penned a short story using actual events from your life, how did you go about writing the character dialog? If not, we can each check out the advice offered at the links below.

Can You Make Up Dialogue In Memoirs Or Nonfiction Books? at Writer’s Relief

Writing a Memoir Like a Novel: Dialogue at This New Mountain

 

Working It Out On Paper

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I don’t like when things get so busy that I neglect putting pen to paper. Why? Because I know that this is a place where I have been able to work things out. I can talk about an idea to 100 people in person or on the web, but there is something about writing it down that really seems to solidify this idea or new way of thinking in my mind. Perhaps this has something to do with the physical task of moving the writing implement across the paper-  recalling the muscle memory that knows this language as well as our minds…

Your thoughts?

Image courtesy of maximumtheyuta on Instagram

 

Do you Use Yellow Legal Pads?

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Karen Doherty and I were just chatting about whether or not lawyers have the market cornered on the use of legal pads or if people found in other professions find the longer length useful as well.

What do you think?

Have you ever pondered the history of legal sized paper? 

Or about the The illustrious history of the yellow legal pad?

Image courtesy of Joolsw on Instagram.

 

EDC: Leather Clutch, Tortoise Sunnies, Rhodia Pad

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What are the absolute bare necessities that you always carry with you when you leave the house? Keys, wallet, cell phone and what else? I have a beat-up aluminum water bottle that seems to always be traveling with me, along with some kind of sling bag or small backpack. There is always at least one pen or pencil and something to write on. Beyond a small tube of lip gloss, everything else varies by day.

(EDC stands for Every Day Carry)

Image courtesy of dnatheshop on Instagram

Which Rhodia Meeting Book Do You Prefer?

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Rhodia is currently offering two versions of their widely popular Meeting Book with its concise note-taking system.  Which do you prefer?

Invented by a CEO for his own use, these notebooks are designed to be an all-in-one record of meeting discussions, decisions & action items. Easy to review at one glance, with space for action items and room to organize notes on the side, these are the optimal tool for efficient meetings.

The Original Meeting Book
• Card covers are coated & waterproof (Available in orange or black)
• 80 g extra white paper, smooth satin finish
• Microperforated for easy and clean removal
• Double wire-binding – never snags
• Pre-printed pages: Date + Notes + Action
• 80 sheets lined, 2 sizes (6 1⁄2 x 8 1⁄4″ and 9 x 11 3⁄4″)

The NEW Meeting Book 90: Premium quality, sharp styling and superior strength.
• Extra strong black textured PP cover
• 90 g extra white paper, smooth satin finish
• Microperforated for easy and clean removal
• Double wire-binding — never snags
• Pre-printed pages: Date + Notes + Action
• 80 sheets lined, 2 sizes (6 1⁄2 x 8 1⁄4″ and 9 x 11 3⁄4″)

Top 5 Reasons to Try Life Noted for Free

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On the fence about another digital app that says it will make your life easier but fails to deliver?

Here are the top 5 reasons why you should try Life Noted for free today and how we plan on making journaling and planning digitally as rewarding and fun as on paper.

  1. Life Noted had a unique Today View lets you see all of your notes, photos, videos and events for that day all on one screen.
  2. Syncs with iCal and all supported calendars. Paired with our note taking feature to create an all in one stop for jotting down ideas and planning out your days, weeks and months.
  3. Search all notes and events by keyword and never lose an important idea or appointment again.
  4. By merging calendaring, journaling, organizing, photo and video apps you can have everything in one place and stop juggling multiple apps.
  5. With our intuitive Month View you can plan ahead accurately and easily. Borders around dates for all day and multi-day events for quick identification. Special feature that allows you to highlight selected calendars to show up in the Month View in a shade of blue so you never forget an important upcoming event again.

Clean and easy to use Life Noted will make recording, retrieving and remembering simple again.

Try it today for free on the App Store.

100+ Year Old Journals

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I spent a few hours yesterday at an ephemera show. If you’ve never heard of such a thing, it’s basically vintage book and paper items. Loads and loads of postcards, vintage advertisements, ancient handwritten letters, worthless stock certificates… you name it.

I hadn’t been to this show in at least a dozen years and didn’t really go looking for anything in particular except maybe for items that might either inspire my art or things that I could potentially use to make art with.

The first thing that really caught my eye was a booth filled with advertising posters of Hollywood-style glamorous women. From that vendor I ended up selecting a Coles Phillips illustration from a 1911 Life Magazine cover that depicted a stylish woman holding a fountain pen and appearing to have writer’s block. Continue Readering »

A Preference for Perforated Pages

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Many Rhodia products such as our top/head stapled pads, Meeting Books, and Unlimited pocket notebooks contain micro-perforated pages but our side stapled notebooks do not.

Would you like our side stapled books more or less if the pages were removable? We recently received an e-mail from someone looking for this particular combination.

I prefer the micro-perforated pages in a “notepad” (for easy removal) rather than in a notebook or sketchbook where my personal goal is more about keeping pages in the book than tearing them out.

Not too long ago, I bought a bunch of spiral bound sketchbooks filled with heavier paper for mixed-media applications. They were a recognizable brand name on clearance at my local Blick so I didn’t hesitate buying all that that they had left even though I hadn’t previously used the product. Unfortunately, it seems almost impossible to turn a page without it starting separate at the perforations. Boo. (I’m guessing it has something to do with the heavier weight of the paper.) 

Overall, do you prefer pages in any of your tablets/books to be easily removable via micro-perforations?

And how is your garden?

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While I did not think to take notes of what and how I was planting, I do have a few things worth noting about my first real year gardening.

  • When you put seeds in the ground and give them water, they grow. So simple yet so very magical…
  • Plants grow really big. I now know that I planted too many things way too close to one another.
  • Nothing I built prepared me for how these cucumbers would sprawl…
  • I planted two types of tomatoes three ways. Some seeds were started indoors then transplanted to the ground – others went in buckets. I also planted some seeds right in the ground. Transplants into the ground are doing the best.
  • Herbs bolt. I didn’t even know what that word meant. It means that the plant starts to flower and the taste changes. My cilantro bolted early. Best thing to do is to sow seeds at different times so they don’t all bolt at once.
  • Next year I will plant a better and more functional variety of herbs. I don’t even like parsley and I have no idea what to do with that pretty purple sage.
  • I should have bought 50 lavender plants instead of just one.
  • The Indian Poona Kheera cucumbers I planted (from The Seed Savers Exchange) can be eaten at any stage. They seem to have more flavor when they are smaller. The skin turns brown like a potato when ripe. (Shown in my hand above.)
  • Some tomatoes bear all their fruit at once. I sure hope the ones I’m growing don’t do that.

What have you learned about your garden this year?

Write Every Day: Morning Pages

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Are you familiar with the concept of “Morning Pages” from Julia Cameron’s popular book The Artist’s Way?

From Julia’s website: “Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. *There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages*– they are not high art. They are not even “writing.” They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind Continue Readering »

Have you tried a Rhodia Pad Holder Yet?

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Did you know that Rhodia makes pad holders for a variety of our top stapled notepads? Available in orange and black lightly grained imitation leather with an embossed Rhodia logo, the covers are flexible and smooth. They include an inner pocket for notes, business cards, or receipts. Each holder comes with a pad. Rhodia pad holders are available in the following sizes:

  • N° 08 – 3 x 8 ¼” (Long Skinny)
  • N° 11 – 3 x 4″
  • N° 12 – 3 ⅜ x 4 ¾”
  • N° 13 – 4 x 6″
  • N° 14 – 4 ⅜ x 6 ⅜”
  • N° 16 (w/ Pen holder) 6 x 8 ¼”
  • N° 18 – 8 ¼ x 11 ¾”
  • N° 21 (Le Carre) – 8 ¼ x 8 ¼”

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Rhodia also offers a special “R” Premium Pad Gift Set which includes a No. 16 (6 x 8 ¼”) R pad and a Rhodia pencil.

Holding it all in the head

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I have a not-so-helpful habit of keeping my to-do lists, appointments, etc., in my head. I try writing things down but always seem to leave the list at home or in the car OR I forget that I’ve made a note on my iPhone. Over the years I’ve tried using a variety of planners and while I often get off to a great start, things often quickly fizzle out. While I believe my life could greatly benefit from a healthy dose of quality organization and better time management skills, I often wonder why I can’t seem to make a real commitment towards making that happen.

This is the best I can come up with:

Maybe I don’t like to be told what to do, and so I resist accountability for my actions by not keeping them neat and organized.

Perhaps I have not learned the value in taking the time to plan & organize my life.

I might be afraid of writing everything down and becoming dependent upon a system that could get lost or deleted.

Or, I could just be lazy.

Those are speculative but these I know for certain:

 I struggle to do certain things when I’m not motivated to do them. (But when I am motivated, the quality of my efforts is top notch) 

I don’t want to be one of those people who lives out of their day planner. I need spontaneity. (Though does forgetting to pay the electric bill count as being spontaneous? More like forgetful…) 

Am I the only one who struggles to keep organized? One who keeps everything they need to do in their head and often relies on visual clues to take action? I suppose that if what I forget starts to outweigh what I remember, I might be forced to adopt some kind of regular system.

Do you have a regular system for keeping your life organized?

Image of the Rhodia WebPlanner courtesy of bakanekosan on Instagram

Rhodia in a Hawaiian Hotel?

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Remember when I said that I took a day off last week and was brainstorming new Rhodia posts? I must have had some serious Rhodia on the brain because the other day I woke up having had the most amazing dream of being in Hawaii (never been) and I distinctly remember there being 8×11″ Rhodia pads with orange covers in the hotel room. Someone somewhere was recently talking about the disappearance of hotel stationery, so I sent Karen a note asking if there were any hotels that offered Rhodia in the Room and as it turns out, the Delano Hotel in South Beach Florida stocks our Rhodia Webnotebook in their Mini Bar – something along the lines of an in-room shop box. I was thinking more of a dotPad in the desk drawer, but at least I’ve planted a seed!

In recent times, do you ever go looking for the hotel stationery pad?

Image courtesy of indigo_inferno on Instgram, who has a lot of amazing pen/stationery related pictures…

Rhodia Stack

Does this look like you? If so, I want you to know that you are not alone. From the mundane to the incredibly important, I know lots and lots of people that save their notebooks. Why do people hold on to them? I’m guessing each person would probably have a different reason but more often than not, I think it’s probably to look back down the mountain to see how far they’ve come.

Why do you keep your old notebooks?

Image courtesy of Alex Aciman – follow acimania on Instagram and @acimania on Twitter.

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