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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Blog (10/20/11)

TITLE: Cleaned, Pressed and Ready for Visitors
By Kristine Baker


I received my first diary when I was ten years old. It had a lock to keep my young thoughts hidden, and I wrote until all pages were full. To put off parent and/or sibling snooping, the key was hidden across my bedroom in an obscure place from where the diary was stored. Each entry started in a youthful way, "Dear Diary..." and went on to detail problems experienced with family and friends along with celebratory verbiage when applicable. This first diary was one of many throughout my pre-teen and teen years.

In my twenties my diaries no longer had locks, were referred to as journals, and remained hidden from the eyes of on-lookers. Thoughts transferred onto the pages proved that this stage of life was a period of trial and error in relationships. At twenty-five years old, an entry before a major surgery contained this thought, "If I die from complications of this surgery, and you found this journal and have read up to this point, I am sorry if my words and actions hurt you. Dear God, please forgive me for my sins."

During my thirties, my journals became a place of reflection of my life. Questioning God why my life did not turn out how I had planned was often penned with tears in my eyes. Guilt and regret from decisions I made in my twenties made their debut and became common topics.

Currently, in my forties, my journals have grown. I've made peace with God and have written many prayers of praise and thanksgiving for graciously carrying me through my teens, twenties and thirties. My journals have married with technology giving birth to a blog. My matured thoughts and contemplations have moved off the hand-written page and are saved on my computer as documents. The words are cleaned, pressed, and ready for visitors to read on an internet blog site where I collaborate with the Holy Spirit.

Whether writing a diary, a journal or a blog, there is a correlation with personal growth in every decade of my life. My once locked, hidden thoughts have become matured contemplations placed on public display. My words and I cordially invite you to spend time with us.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/03/11
I enjoyed this journey through your life. You did a good job of really hitting on the topic. I also thought the beginning and the ending were quite strong.
Randy Foncree11/04/11
I really liked the progression of this piece...in how you matured and grew as the years went on...God bless you in your writing...
Grace Merkey11/04/11
Your experience is very similiar to mine except I still write in a journal. Good for you! This is well done.
Hiram Claudio11/04/11
Thank you for your insight on the pilgrim's journey from diary to blog. It was very thought provoking and inspiring.
Catherine Maher11/05/11
Very delightful to read. Thank you
Melinda Melton 11/05/11
I enjoyed reading from the beginning to the end. I liked the way you took us on a journey through life. Great job. Looking forward to reading more of your work.
Glynis Becker11/06/11
Very nice. I love the title and the movement throughout the piece and throughout your life. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!
Lillian Rhoades 11/07/11
Your piece parallels my experience growing up. You were a bit weak on the topic.Your first reference to Blog came towards the end of your piece. Keep writing and reading other submissions to get the feel of how to write more creatively with an attention grabbing opening and closing.
C D Swanson 11/08/11
A fabulous and clever entry- topic was spot on.
It held insight and provided moments I could relate to.

Good job- God Bless~
djvenzke Venzke11/08/11
Yep...some people seem born to write and through that exercise seem better able to communicate. I liked this a lot. Good transition from decade to decade leading to the topic 'target'.
C D Swanson 11/17/11
Congrats on your HR placing! God Bless~