The Forgetful Frog #23: You Write, I Read, We Talk

The Forgetful Frog
By The Forgetful Frog August 8, 2016 12:03

forgetful-frog-image3-300x2301-300x230-132By The Forgetful Frog

I know that people are all different, and there is no one remedy for all this world’s ills. But if I were queen of the planet, my single edict would be that everyone should begin and end their days writing a few sentences.

Creative journaling is immensely valuable. Its importance for my own mental health is quite certain to me. In order to write, I must sort through my thoughts. Once my jumbled impressions are reigned in by words, they cease to bounce around in my mind. And I can read over them, and find new understandings.

Once again, I discover how tricky life is  how the answer to one problem might be hidden behind the solution to another problem.

I have made real progress toward identifying and creating a new activity for myself: helping people write for their peace of mind. Also, to share their own discoveries or solutions to problems. Essentially, it will be sharing with others the concept and benefits of my own blog, Forgetful Frog.  My husband, my sister, and my editor have all encouraged me to pursue this notion. Therefore, I think it may have potential:

full color dependent claws

Interested in creative journaling? Hop to it! Froggy becomes a creative journaling consultant under the moniker “Dependent Claws.” Can you tell I love dogs?

Here’s how it works: You write, I read, we talk. I give you feedback to help you strengthen your writing, and you send a tax-deductible donation to the Humane Society of Tuolumne County (

Your goals are self-expression and improvement of your writing skills. My goals are helping the Humane Society and helping one more person become a more confident writer.

In case it matters to you, I have a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and a master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley. I am devoted to the value of excellent writing and human expression.

You can’t tell from this, but I also have a robust sense of humor. I think writing is both fun and valuable, despite our new world of electronically projecting our voices and images.

So there you have it! If you think you would enjoy creative journaling and would like some help getting started, please send me an email:

I’m sitting here, next to my sweet doggy. As usual, he is poised at the window, watching for the enemy. Those evil squirrels just never seem to learn!

Musing over this, just now, I began thinking about how everyone wants a purpose in life. As I’m writing this, he is skulking away, toward the dog door. And, he strikes! As always, the squirrel escapes with ease. But Elmo’s intentions are not daunted. He is back at his post, his attention once again trained.

My blog, it occurs to me, is like Elmo’s squirrel. As far as I can see, I am speaking only to myself. Just as the squirrel is long gone by the time Elmo reaches it, by the time my words are published, the thoughts behind them have long escaped me. Usually, I read my blog online, and think, “That’s pretty good.” I don’t recall writing it, but I am not ashamed to have done so.

Without a thought in his head,          frog staircase
Froggy rolls out of bed.
He greets the morning
Without any warning
Wishing he could keep sleeping, instead.

He reaches for a handful of kibble,
To give Puppy a small breakfast nibble,
But Pup finds it rude,
Being offered dog food
And starts acting a little like Sybil.

He begins with a soft little growling,
Which turns quickly into a howling.
He wants coffee and donuts,
And he’s going to go nuts.
He considers the carpet befouling.

Froggy tries to recall
Why he got this puppy at all
He wanted a friend
But did not intend
To start every day with a brawl.

To be continued…

forgetful-frog-image3-300x2301-300x230-132Rose Oaks is a foothills resident in her 50s who writes with the help of a computer tablet and speech-recognition software. She hopes that her notes on coping with disability will help others facing difficult challenges know they are not alone. Read more Forgetful Frog blog posts at this link: Readers’ Journal




The Forgetful Frog
By The Forgetful Frog August 8, 2016 12:03
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