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Bad Date Diary: Why Online Dating Is Nothing Like The Ads

High50 | Posted 01.04.2015 | Fifty

Anyone who has tried it knows it can be a unique form of un-fun. You start with a shiny optimism which you later recall with hollow mirth, as you become hardened to the God-awful chore of yet another "date" of jaw-dropping hideousness, later to provide grist to the entertainment mill for convulsed friends.

11 Tips For Finally Starting Your Own Sketchbook

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 11.04.2014 | Arts

It was artist Paul Klee who said, "A drawing is simply a line going for a walk." His quote aptly captures the simplicity of sketching -- an art form s...

4 Simple Things Helping Me to Attain Personal Success

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 10.12.2014 | Business
Alex Ivanovs

Success means different things to all of us, in my working life -- success is the ability to have a stable income that supports my lifestyle and my choices, in return for my dedication and discipline.

On Being a Not-So-Peaceful Warrior: Lessons From My Mother's Diary

Peggy Tileston | Posted 07.23.2014 | Women
Peggy Tileston

Once again, I have to turn toward this war-like part of myself with curiosity and compassion so that I can train her, and train her well. I thought I had done most of that work, but opportunities for training and fine tuning my warrior self are on-going.

8 Reasons You Should Keep a Diary in College

Uloop | Posted 05.24.2014 | College

Clearly, the stereotypical diary keeper is not a college student. However, there is a lot you can gain from keeping a diary, especially as you get older. Here are eight reasons why you should go pick up a tiny pink book (or just a regular notebook) and start keeping track of your life.

Like a Rolling Stone

Lori Ferraro | Posted 04.28.2014 | Entertainment
Lori Ferraro

I made such a scene, it was talked about for a while afterward, and not in a good way. Jumping, screaming, almost crying, kissing the giant video screen -- it was not my finest moment.

My Big, Fat '80s Valentine To All The Boys I've Loved

Lori Ferraro | Posted 04.15.2014 | Women
Lori Ferraro

I had kept diaries and journals since I was 8. Ninety-nine percent of the entries from age 12 on up focus on one subject: BOYS.

50 Years of Keeping a Daily Diary

David Wallechinsky | Posted 03.03.2014 | Healthy Living
David Wallechinsky

When I was 15 years old, I decided to keep a daily journal. I was partly motivated by the fact that my father had started to do so two years earlier a...

Anaïs Nin: The World's First Blogger?

Kim Krizan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Kim Krizan

Was Anaïs Nin, a mid-20th century diarist, the world's first blogger? If so, it's taken the invention of the Internet to truly understand her work.

The Man Behind The Voice: Jermaine Paul -- Legend in the Making

Marjoriet T. Matute | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Marjoriet T. Matute

When the NBC show The Voice auditioned singers for their 2nd season, I don't think they expected to discover the next living R&B legend.

A Dialog With My 13-Year-Old Self

Renee Fisher | Posted 11.05.2013 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

Tell me about the "fabulously wonderful makeout party at Larry's Bar Mitzvah." You wrote about "four French kisses with Steve" like it was a good thing

Blogging vs. Journaling

Diana M. Raab | Posted 10.02.2013 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

My passion for keeping a notebook was sparked by the diarist, Anaïs Nin, who began writing, like myself, at a time of loss. Our journals became our best friends and confidants.

Why Childhood Diaries Should Self-Destruct

Rachel Weight | Posted 09.22.2013 | Women
Rachel Weight

What hurt the most was reading how even at 11 years old, I already hated my body. I'd like to say I grew out of that pain, but I really never have.

What I Never Expected To Find In My 5-Year-Old's Diary

Kim Bongiorno | Posted 10.20.2013 | Parents
Kim Bongiorno

Was it a place she wrote about what worries her? Is she describing her scary dreams at night? With a heavy, worried heart, I unlocked her diary to see what was inside. What did I find?

How Men And Women Record Things In Their Diaries (JOKE)

Posted 10.15.2014 | Home

Wife's Diary: Tonight, I thought my husband was acting weird. We had made plans to meet at a nice restaurant for dinner. I was shopping with my fri...

A Discussion Of Travel's Metaphysical Aspects

Thomas A. Shakely | Posted 12.21.2012 | Travel
Thomas A. Shakely

I'm sitting here on a Philadelphia sidewalk near 30th Street Station waiting for a bus to Manhattan, and this dispatch isn't revelatory but rote -- a collection of the thoughts I imagine we all sort of have in situations like that pressing itself on me. Consider this my disclaimer.

The Secret Diary Of A Foodie: Part Two

Anna Brones | Posted 08.01.2012 | Home
Anna Brones

Whatever happened to the foodie that was in search of love and a good greens blog? We snagged her journal for a follow-up.

Now You Can Read Obama's Ex-Girlfriend's Diary

TresSugar | Posted 05.03.2012 | Women

When he was 22, living in New York City, and right out of college, Barack Obama dated Genevieve Cook. The relationship was significant to warrant ment...

Facebook Is Not Your Diary

Sarah Alban | Posted 05.14.2012 | College
Sarah Alban

This teensy little post will soon lie buried, like today, beneath piles of newer items anyway. Besides, if all this fails you could delete it. So post. What's the worst that could happen?

'The Strange Events That Occurred When My Diary Went Missing'

| helloiwritebooks | Posted 12.16.2011 | Home

This is a regular column featuring original fiction by and for high school students, provided by, an online community writing site for you...

Orphan Heirloom Rescue: 1870 Diary of an Irish Immigrant

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 11.01.2011 | Books
Megan Smolenyak

A few weeks ago, I invited readers to send their orphan heirlooms home. By this, I mean returning family treasures to descendants of their original ow...

Send Your Orphan Heirlooms Home

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 10.09.2011 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

About a decade ago, I accidentally launched into a sub-hobby of genealogy - one I refer to as orphan heirloom rescues. The idea is to return items to descendants of their original owners.

Video Of A Foreign Correspondent's Decade By The Director Of 'Restrepo'

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

It's a rare filmmaker who could juxtapose festive fireworks with brutal gunfire and transition from the inside of a New York coffee shop to a huddle o...

I've Drunk the Kool-Aid: Gratitude works.

Abigail Pogrebin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Abigail Pogrebin

I never thought I'd say it, let alone do it: I'm keeping a gratitude journal. It's hard for me to even write those words because I know they conjure...

Nazi Doctor's Diary Up For Sale

Telegraph | Allan Hall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Nazi memorabilia collectors are expected to push the price for the diary and letters of the "Angel of Death" responsible for thousands of murders at A...