The RecordKeeper   -   more than a journal


(posted on 31 Oct 2018)

Halloween fun and a little spooky at that!  My friend E created Skellie giving birth (or whatever) and the RIP is my creation.  We had candles inside the pumpkins.  The kids (and adults) liked Skellie and friends.   



(posted on 15 Sep 2018)

Well, I'm back from my stay an an AIRBNB in North Bend, not far from Coos Bay, Oregon.  I wanted to check out both Coos Bay and Bandon as possible places to live.  Bandon would be a better fit for me.  In fact, I dropped off one of my books (the green one) and the manager will review for possible sales at the Windriver Bookstore in Bandon!  I will keep you updated.

From the Best to the Best!


(posted on 11 Aug 2018)

Disappointments - ah, yes, those.  We all have them.  A book signing was cancelled at a local winery due to the "quality" of our air (unhealthy) from the fires all around us.  True, it should have been cancelled, but still - a disappointment nonetheless.  So I hung out inside for the most part and enjoyed some relaxation time.  The book signing event (with about 8 other local authors) will take place in the fall.  That will be sweet.

Ah, to another day!

July 30, 2018 REASON #9 to avail yourself to “The RecordKeeper” - more than a journal. Looking Back on a month or even a few months ago is this week’s reason. As I journal I take note of the weather (yes, the weather – something as mundane as that) as well as the other categories I have mentioned in past “reasons.” As I look back, and I have had to look back when trying to remember a certain detail (for example), and journaling has saved the day. Because I journal/track/document/record-keep on a daily basis I can truly look back a month, two months, a year (?) and read the changes in my life, some good, some not-so-good. However, by reading what has gone before has been informational on so many levels. I don’t believe I’m anal about journaling, maybe to those who never journal I am, but when someone says “take note of this or that” I certainly take it to heart. I know using “The RecordKeeper” can improve your quality of life. How? Just the act of writing which includes coloring and pasting things in your journal is therapeutic; by providing your own own validation of your feelings, actions, pains, joys and so forth. And of course seeing your journal every day provides as certain amount of what, comfort maybe? It does for me and more. Next week I will talk about “my time” through journaling. Write on!

JULY 23, 2018 REASON #8 to buy “The RecordKeeper.” It makes a very thoughtful gift for someone and/or yourself!

Many of us love to give gifts, gifts from the heart. Though “The RecordKeeper” is truly more than journal, it is a journal plus more. As I’ve described in REASONS 1 through 7 about how valuable and useful it is to journal, document or record-keep if you will – it is also a great gift. I believe we all know someone who would benefit from journaling and giving “The RecordKeeper” as a gift shows them that you really care about them - not only their health, but about them altogether. At a recent book signing 3 of the 5 books I sold were for gifts. Of course that made me feel good. Not only is this book user friendly, it includes my black and whites images along with supportive quotes, forms and even an index of my images. And if purchased through my website or local retails shops a matching magnetic bookmark is included. I know there are people out there that still enjoy picking up a book, to feel it, smell it, touch it and have it plain sight as a reminder to write in it, hopefully daily. “The RecordKeeper” may also be purchased on Amazon. So when thinking about a thoughtful gift for someone, perhaps even yourself, please keep “The RecordKeeper” in mind. Keep on writing! Best.

July 16, 2018 (my birthday, too!) REASON #7 to purchase “The RecordKeeper” more than a journal. . . concentrates this week on the caregiver. The caregiver can work for a hospice, hospital, private company or even as a self-employed caregiver. This caregiver (you perhaps or someone you know?) may work at home for a loved one. As a caregiver, especially if you are a great one, observes much more than the average person. As a caregiver, he/she can journal or “record-keep” if you will, the various changes in the patients demeanor, appetite, and so forth. Not to replace any medical record documentation, but to have a separate book (The RecordKeeper?) noting smaller, perhaps what would be considered “inconsequential.” However, the patient or his/her family members or friends might like to have the journal to look back on and smile, even if it is a bittersweet smile. It could be a really cool memory book. Think of a patient receiving hospice care and they may or may not get better (some do) and to have “The RecordKeeper” with its many pages to write on, could act as a treasured keepsake. It’s certainly a thought. Best, Marie

(posted on 14 Jul 2018)

Thank you to all of those who dropped by (on Saturday July 14th) to visit me during my book signing at The Herb Shop.  Saw some known faces and met some new ones, too.  I sold a few books and planted many seeds.  It was a great 4 hours.  I'll keep on keepin' on with The RecordKeeper, more than a journal!


Hi everyone! OK -  Reason #6 July 9, 2018 to avail yourself to “The RecordKeeper” more than a journal if you are a healthcare provider (next week I will concentrate on the careGIVER) you may have asked your patients/clients to document how they felt when they were, for example, experiencing dizzy spells. By writing this information down, even if on a stickie note and is later placed into the journal – it can assist you (Dr. RN, LVN/LPN, FNP, PA, DO, P.T. to name a few) with additional information in order to form a clear diagnosis/diagnoses and further testing, etc. You may ask the patient to note what they ate, how they slept, how they moved and so forth. Some people jot down their symptoms on a calendar or stickie note or even into their phones. Great. However, having one book to document their concerns can be a time saving measure. I will always encourage people to ‘write it down” when they notice that “something just doesn’t feel right” with them. This creates a timestamp for any onset. Of course, if it is a major concern, call you, the provider asap. For your greatest well-being, Marie

July 2, 2018 REASON #5
Journaling can help to alleviate some pain due to a loss. Suppose you lost a close friend through death. By allowing yourself to write down how you are feeling, be it sadness, anger, depression and the like, you avail yourself the healing exercise of writing, almost a lost are The next day you can look back on your written pages (even week by week/day by day) and see how much better you may be feeling or your writings may indicate that you might seek professional counseling. Please continue to track your food intake (lake of appetite? Notate it), exercises or lack thereof. Journaling, tracking, documenting, record-keeping are all so very useful not only for today – for yesterday as well. In fact, many counselors encourage journaling as a healing exercise. “The RecordKeeper” is a viable choice.

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REASON #4 to purchase TRK (The RecordKeeper)

Journaling mid-day to end of day. I know some will not or cannot make entries everytime they eat or take their blood pressure; however, if “The RecordKeeper” is close by you can document through out the day. You would enter things like what you ate, how you moved, pain levels after exercise, other readings if guided by your health care professional (blood pressure, bowel movements, temperature, when certain medications taken and the like). And don’t forget to write down things you may have seen or felt or heard – from the song of a bird to the clap of thunder, to the sprinklers playing a tune. Keeping these sensations alive by writing them down – is a blessing.

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