MOLESKINE NOTES ENTRY: “From the trash can to the bookshelf”

I snuck in the back door as quietly as I dared. Setting my purse down carefully on the kitchen floor, I reached into the big black trash bag near the back wall. Forcing my hand through the leftovers–bits of gristle,... Read More

It was a real journal. The one I’d always wished I could find.

  Moleskine honors my story and my life. They craft the pages
with care, and they treat my words as if they matter. When I sit in a coffee
shop or on a bench at the beach, people often ask me what I’m writing. "That’s a beautiful journal," they say. I
smile, and nod, and inside, something is very proud.

"Take that!" I say inside myself to the family of origin I haven’t
seen or spoken with in over a decade.

  I buy Moleskines every few months, whether I need them or
not. I buy the Van Gogh green ones, the small ones, the blank ones, the lined
ones—I have a shelf full of them, as if they are a treasure. And they are
a treasure.

Recently I published my first book. I’m happy to say that
there was nothing left or ripped out of it… It is my words, and my story, in
all of its honest, sacred truth. I wrote much of it in my first moleskine. The
words poured out of me, and found a safe place among the pages. I’m happy to
say they’re all still there.

Renee Altson

author of  Stumbling Toward Faith  (Zondervan, Harper Collins 2004)
avid Moleskine user,  lover of all things cheese.
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A MOLESKINE NOTES ESSAY SERIES ENTRY. This is the last entry in the series. Thanks for your participation.

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Get out, have a life – and write about it! Enjoy the weekend everyone. See you on Monday!



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MOLESKINE NOTES ENTRY: “Joy and Revolution”

Moleskine. “What is it? What do they do?” These were the first things I asked myself when I saw a buddy of mine pull his [Moleskine] out.  A clean black textured cover, giving it a very modern and classy look,... Read More



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). Luckily, I was standing a few feet away from a corner bookstore. Without hesitation I immediately ran inside, nearly running over a large and sleeping St. Bernard sprawled by the doorway.  I shifted my attention to the attendant who had just lit a cigarette and asked if they had small journals.

I was pointed to the direction where notebooks with Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, The Vitruvian Man, cherub details from Raphael’s Sistine Madonna, and photos of the Vatican on the cover were arranged next to a stack of black notebooks with yellow and orange bands.  I had no time to choose which artwork I preferred the most so I chose the most inconspicuous journal for three reasons: It was black. It was small. It was black.

As soon as I paid for it, I took out the plastic, ripped off the yellow band (not even reading what was written on it) and shoved it in my bag. That night, back in our room, I flipped through my new journal and realized that its pages had grids. I scanned through it, hoping to see a blank or ruled page when a leaflet fell from its inner pocket; it read Storia di un taccuino leggendario. I turned it over and finally discovered the history of this legendary notebook. My inability to properly breathe shortly gave way to shrieks of excitement when   I read that Van Gogh, Matisse, Ernest Hemingway, and Bruce Chatwin also used Moleskines. I took out my copy of A Moveable Feast and scanned for pages where Hemingway wrote about writing in his pocket sized notebook. It was only my second day in Rome and I knew then, that I had to buy some more and this time I knew the right (band) color to pick. I took it as a sign, a moment’s burning bush, that I would be the writer I’ve always wanted to be and that I would try to make every single corner of that notebook count—every sentence, every word.

Mkes_6I had it with me throughout my trip; wine-stained pages and notes from Rome, doodles of sunflowers from a road trip through Tuscany, watermarks from autumn drizzles in Florence, short poems and pasta sauce from Venice, coffee stains and musings in Paris. My entire trip documented and fastened in that notebook. As an afterthought; one year, three worn and fully used pocket-sized Moleskines (and a stockpile) later, I’m happy brought the wrong journal with me.  It led me to find the last journal I will ever use. Now, like any other Moleskine fan that cannot readily avail of it, I have become greedy. I hoard. I scamper around dark cyber-alleys for good deals. I ask friends for favors. All because it’s impossible to find these notebooks in my country for the simple fact that it isn’t sold here. It’s quite expensive but worth every cent because I know that every time I turn a blank Moleskine page and dip my pen into it, I share that sinfully delightful and cathartic moment of writing with thousands of others. These days, I never leave home without it; maybe Hemingway said it best in A Moveable Feast  "wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you…" an indulgence that moves with me, goes where I go, and bears witness to the many facets of my life.

"Black as Sin"
By Pia Marquez-Matic
Manila, Philippines

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– Birthday greetings to Mark Wehrhahn, November 20
– Thanks to Jens Schäfer for her recent donation.
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Get out, have a life – and write about it! See you on Monday.



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