Reasons for Living

suit3.jpg I think I posted about this before but I keep a journal where every day I write down three things I accomplished that day, no matter how small, ie, “fed the cats.” Then I write three things that made me happy, again, no matter how small, “had Half & Half in my coffee.” I think the point is that most joys and accomplishments are small, but nonetheless, every day has them. It sounds so lame, but it’s a habit now and I enjoy doing it. I started it on January 10, 2005 because I was so miserable I could barely breath, and I think I got this idea from Oprah, or someone told me about it who heard about it from an Oprah show. This morning I compared my January 10th posts for the past four years.


Wrote Gretchen about talk radio. She answered in a friendly way.
Took a walk. It wasn’t as big a deal as I thought.
Picked up certified letter. It was money.

The cats continued health, my rent stabilized apartment, Howard.

1/10/06 (I was in Durham, NC)

Connected with Det. Arostequi.
Emailed Joyce about coming into the Rhine Research Center.
Worked out at fitness place.

Pizza, the show Supernatural got good, walking on paths.


More work on the chapter.
Got caught up in email.
Picked up kitty litter and laundry.

Howard cheered me up after the party, I looked good in any case, that’s a confidence builder if nothing else is, curling up with TV after.


Emailed section to Brenda.
Emailed with Sally about loose ends.
Worked on final draft.

Clean house, pedicure, Grey’s Anatomy.

That must have been some awful party last year. I have no memory of it. The picture is of more clothes I cannot possess of course, more yellow clothes specifically. This store also had a really cute yellow belt in the window, but I can go to Loehman’s and see if they have something similar for $5.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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