The Journal Newsletter – February 2016

The Journal Newsletter

February 2016


Welcome to February! Somewhere in my schooling I once read that February used to be known as “cabbage planting month.” I’ve never planted cabbage, so I don’t know if that’s true. Nor have I been able to verify (using Google) that any civilization or culture has ever, actually called February “cabbage planting month.” So I’m not sure if this a failure of my education, or a sign of latent creativity. =)

At the beginning of February, I released a new update of The Journal 7. Check out “The Journal News” below for the details.

This month’s tip is about the new “View Deleted Entries” function of The Journal 7, and we have a handful of new writing prompts. None of the writing prompts, by the way, have anything to do with cabbage.

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The Journal News

The Journal 7 is the current release.

To see if you have the latest version of The Journal:

  1. Click on the “Help” menu in The Journal.
  2. Choose “Check for Update of The Journal”.

If you are using The Journal 6 (or an earlier version):

Tips & Tricks

TIP: View & Recover Deleted Entries

The Journal 7 added a new safeguard against accidentally deleting entries. Now, all deleted entries are saved in a special part of the database until you either decide you want them back, or you permanently delete them.

To see your deleted entries, click on the Entry menu and choose “View Deleted Entries…”

All deleted entries will be listed, sorted by category.

When you click on an entry in the list, you will see a preview of the entry.

To Restore an entry: Click on the entry in the list, then click on “Restore Entry.” If the entry has any sub-entries, those will be restored, as well.

The “Delete All Entries” button will do what it says: delete all the listed entries. You will be prompted first, though. Once that is finished, all the entries are *really* deleted. There’s no way to recover them (short of resorting to a backup).

Also note that if you delete a category from Category Properties, that will also permanently delete all the entries in that category. There is, currently, no undo for deleting a category.

Writing Prompts

Free Writing Prompt – Write for 20 minutes using the following as your starter: “Disproportionate Response”

Journaling Prompt – Thursdays have been sneaking up on me lately. I know every week has a Thursday, and it comes right after Wednesday–every time!–but it seems that each week Thursday morning dawns as a bit of a surprise. Sometimes it’s an ambush. How has your experience of the seven-day week changed over the years? Does any day catch you off guard? Or are you more in tune with the months, or the seasons, as they pass?

Memoir Prompt – Make a list of the bills of you currently pay monthly and yearly. Include automatic bank account debits and checks you write and stuff into envelopes. How has your bill paying evolved over the years? What regular bills did you used to pay that no longer apply?

Submission Information

If you would like to contribute to the “How I Use The Journal”, “Writing Exercises”, or “Tips & Tricks” sections, or would like to submit an article about journaling, writing, or another The Journal-related topic, we would love to hear from you.

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As always, if you have any suggestions for, or bug reports about, The Journal, please feel free to email them. Both are always welcome.


The Journal Newsletter

Editor: David Michael (
The Journal Newsletter Copyright © 2016 by David Michael.
Updated: February 17, 2016 — 5:35 pm