Amazing    writer    and    instructor    Brenda    Maas made   a   wonderful   master   class   for   Older Adults in   Billings   Public   Library   last   Wednesday.   But her    lecture    would    be    interesting    for    anybody, regardless   of   age.   As   you   know   some   of   the most   influential   people   in   history   kept   detailed journals    of    their    lives.    Those    journals    served two   purposes:   a   permanent   record   for   posterity, and    cathartic    release    for    the    people    writing them.   Even   if   you   don't   think   you   need   either, keeping   a   journal   has   great   benefits   you   can enjoy   immediately.   Brenda   Maas   used   her   thirty years’    experience    as    a    writer    to    show    how journaling    can    help    you    document    your    life    and    can    also    serve    to    be    an    important therapeutic outlet. Here are few very intresting points of view. "Morning   bagels   have   to   be   done   in   the   morning",   -   Maas   said.   Otherwise,   they   will   lose   their   freshness.   If   you   write   about   the   morning sensations   in   the   evening   they   will   be   analyzed   through   the   prism   of   everything   that   happened   to   you   during   the   day.   It   would   seem   a pretty   simple   lesson.   But   often   we   are   too   lazy   to   write   down   an   interesting   idea,   and   afterward,   in   due   course,   we   forget   about   it   or   we distort it. When   you   start   to   run   your   journal,   it's   important   to   decide   why   you   do   it.   For example,   to   preserve the   memory   of   interesting   events or    just    express    your own   thoughts. And   for   whom   you do       it.       Only       for yourself    or    you    will    have    an audience of readers. "To    make    your    story rich   you   need   to   bring   interesting details    in    it.    Use    all six   since   you   have.   We   used   to much     rely     on     our eyes,    but    did    you    know    your nose     remember     all the     aromas     it     ever     senses?! While   all   the   senses are   connected   with   memories,   a smell,     in     particular, sparks     a     flurry     of     emotional memories. Why? After    a    smell    enters the   nose,   it   travels   through   the cranial   nerve   through the    olfactory    bulb,    which    helps the      brain      process smells.   The   olfactory   bulb   is   part of   the   limbic   system, the   emotional   center   of   the   brain. As   a   member   of   the limbic   system,   the   olfactory   bulb   can   easily   access   the   amygdala,   which   plays   a   role in                  emotional memories   (it’s   also   where   the   "fight   or   flight"   reflex   comes   from).   Brenda   Maas   did interesting   experiment   with   an   audience   when   people   whose   eyes   were   closed   offered   to   sniff   cinnamon.   And   even   if   we   often encounter cinnamon throughout this experiment, many people remembered absolutely incredible things. "Writing   is   passion.   It   is   important   for   me   just   sharing   with   other   people   and   teach   other   people   don't   be   scared   about   writing   because the writing can be for many many people. You don't need to be writer for have your journal and journaling", -  Maas said This   program   is   sponsored   by   the   Foster   Grandparent   Program   in   conjunction   with   the   Billings   Public   Library   Senior   Outreach program.   Don’t   miss   this   fun   event;   the   first   80   participants   will   receive   a   free   pen   and   writing   journal!   For   more   information,   call   406- 237-3485. (406)855-7123
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  Journaling for beginners with Brenda Maas
Master class
Amazing    writer    and    instructor Brenda        Maas        made        a wonderful     master     class     for Older   Adults   in   Billings   Public Library    last    Wednesday.    But her   lecture   would   be   interesting for   anybody,   regardless   of   age. As   you   know   some   of   the   most influential   people   in   history   kept detailed   journals   of   their   lives. Those journals    served    two    purposes:    a permanent   record   for   posterity,   and cathartic     release     for     the     people writing   them.   Even   if   you   don't   think you   need   either,   keeping   a   journal has    great    benefits    you    can    enjoy   Brenda     Maas used   her   thirty y    e    a    r    s    ’      experience    as a      writer      to show          how journaling    can help             you d   o   c   u   m   e   n   t     your     life     and can   also   serve to        be        an i   m   p   o   r   t   a   n   t       outlet.        Here are few very intresting points of view. "Morning   bagels   have   to   be   done   in   the   morning",   -   Maas   said. Otherwise,   they   will   lose   their   freshness.   If   you   write   about   the morning   sensations   in   the   evening   they   will   be   analyzed   through the   prism   of   everything   that   happened   to   you   during   the   day.   It would   seem   a   pretty   simple   lesson.   But   often   we   are   too   lazy   to write   down   an   interesting   idea,   and   afterward,   in   due   course,   we forget about it or we distort it. When   you   start   to   run   your   journal,   it's   important   to   decide   why you   do   it.   For   example,   to   preserve   the   memory   of   interesting events   or   just   express   your   own   thoughts. And   for   whom   you   do   it. Only for yourself or you will have an audience of readers. "To   make   your   story   rich   you   need   to   bring   interesting   details   in   it. Use   all   six   since   you   have.   We   used   to   much   rely   on   our   eyes,   but did   you   know   your   nose   remember   all   the   aromas   it   ever   senses?! While   all   the   senses   are   connected   with   memories,   a   smell,   in particular, sparks a flurry of emotional memories. Why? After    a    smell    enters the    nose,    it    travels through     the     cranial nerve      through      the olfactory    bulb,    which helps        the        brain process    smells.    The olfactory   bulb   is   part of   the   limbic   system, the    emotional    center of     the     brain.    As     a member   of   the   limbic system,    the    olfactory bulb        can        easily access   the   amygdala, which   plays   a   role   in   emotional   memories   (it’s   also   where   the "fight   or   flight"   reflex   comes   from).   Brenda   Maas   did   interesting experiment    with    an    audience    when    people    whose    eyes    were closed   offered   to   sniff   cinnamon.   And   even   if   we   often   encounter cinnamon   throughout   this   experiment,   many   people   remembered absolutely incredible things. "Writing   is   passion.   It   is   important   for   me   just   sharing   with   other people    and    teach    other    people    don't    be    scared    about    writing because   the   writing   can   be   for   many   many   people.   You   don't need   to   be   writer   for   have   your   journal   and   journaling",   -      Maas said This   program   is   sponsored   by   the   Foster   Grandparent   Program   in conjunction    with    the    Billings    Public    Library    Senior    Outreach program.   Don’t   miss   this   fun   event;   the   first   80   participants   will receive   a   free   pen   and   writing   journal!   For   more   information,   call 406-237-3485. (406)855-7123
Johnson’s Billings News
Master Class
Hosted by Johnson Computing
They are read.  We are Quoted!!!
  Journaling for beginners with Brenda Maas