Today is the first day of TeachersWrite! and we are writing about Writer's Notebooks. This is something that I have kept for about 6 years. I started journaling when my first grandson was stillborn. I didn't know how to grieve for this life that I had never seen, touched or felt. It was just an abstract concept that hurt so deep in my soul. I knew my son and his wife were hurting and I didn't want to add to that sorrow so I started writing about it. Just putting down my feelings. Soon I was drawing and finding comforting poems to add to the pages. As I wrote, I found affection for George Everett and could honor him with thoughts. I kept on writing and took this habit into my classroom and taught the students how to keep a "DayBook". That's what I like to call it- a Day Book. I have begun keeping a zentangle notebook, an inchie notebook and a daily diary in which I write down the Daily Rock from Patti Digh and the Daily Be from Facebook. I live in my head, so writing is something I must do to unravel the tangle of thoughts. I really hope that someday I can write something that will live on. I believe that that's how we live forever: through our written words.