The Marble Notebook

Being away from home…I’ve returned to using the marble notebook. It seemed like a good time to share an older post.


Marble_notbook_deskIf you find yourself mired in the dreaded writer’s block, get one of these. Forget the colorful desk and the apple, go to the “Back to School” section and get yourself an old-fashioned marble composition book.

It was most likely something you were “forced” to write in as a child. The smartest teachers had you invest in these, rather than loose leaf or spiral bound notebooks,whose pages could be torn out and easily discarded.  These were the ones you could keep;  the ones that recorded your thoughts, feelings and activities on a day-to-day basis. These were the words that you could share with your parents and teachers; the ones that reflected the progress in your command of language, grammar, even your penmanship.

These were not the books that included  your innermost thoughts and secrets; those were locked away in a diary; a hard-bound book that came with a tiny key…

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4 Responses to The Marble Notebook

  1. Angie Mc says:

    Endearing, Van. And this, “I credit my parents for their forward thinking; or maybe it was a sign of the times and I was being directed toward one of the only two careers that Dad believed were appropriate for women of the early 1960’s; teaching or nursing.” As a first-generation college kid, this was still true in my town in the late 70’s/early 80’s…perhaps is still true?

    On another note, I’m curious…do you set aside certain pens, pencils, that sort of thing for these notebooks? I want to get back to doodling, coloring, watercolors…

    • I have a collection of Cross pens that I used to use for business. I’m partial to them. I took up calligraphy for a while, and returned to pen and ink, but it didn’t last. And regarding women’s career choices…it is so much more confusing is all so open. We have a genuine rocket scientist in the family…that’s pretty amazing. Thanks, Angie ☺

      • Angie Mc says:

        I’m strongly attached to Sharpie ultra fine point pens. No idea why! Amazing times we live in, indeed. It was a dream come true to watch my daughter in action, freelance writing from home. One morning we sent her to Starbucks while we watched Henry. She was back in 1.5 hours because she got so much written, so quickly 😀

      • Those Starbucks…seem to be a writer’s haven. ☺

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