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I ran across a website about journaling and found a blog that gave 8 reasons to journal. I wanted to share the 7th reason for journaling as I thought it would be beneficial to all of us. This gave me a new meaning to leaving a journal as a legacy. Also it gives a new meaning to handwritten letters versus emailing! See if you agreeheart

 Because journaling is a way to leave a legacy

“My grandmother Mary passed away at age 36 in 1941, leaving my dad and his brother and sister orphaned. After my dad passed away in 2000, mom gave me a tin that belonged to him. I didn’t look in it right away. However, in 2001, as I still actively grieved my dad’s death, I was drawn to it.

When I opened it, letters came bounding out as if they had been waiting for release. All in all, these told the story of my grandmother’s losing her home and land to the U.S. Forest Service (KY is notorious for bad deeds!), her struggle with her husband who had to be institutionalized after he was gassed in WWI, letters from family in Oklahoma who wanted her to “come home,” and an assortment of notes, grocery lists, prayers and hymns written on rough paper.

As I organized these letters by category and by date, I began to *know my grandmother. What a gift her writing has been to me! I love her even though I didn't know her. This is what writing can do." ~Denise*

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