Welcome to The Vintage Diarist, a site offered for viewing Steps, a personal journal, investing commentary, photography and poetry by the same author. Illustrations include photography, graphics, and art. The photography is original. Unless the art is otherwise recognizable, it is by the author. Steps was begun in late 1971, with frequent updates, to the present. The writer has an eclectic variety of interests. The entries so far include the period 5/99 on and the period from 1971-79. The current Steps diary continues in its new form, Dove Feathers and Dog Hair. Another Steps section, "Broken Branch, Fallen Leaf, Rippled Water," continues with a now online Interlude through Chapter X, to bring the reader up to speed for 1976-1979, and will be extended through the balance of my bachelor days.
NEW! With the addition of Chapter X of "Broken Branch, Fallen Leaf, Rippled Water," the old years of the diary now go into 1980.
In contrast to the more narrative style of Steps, Phil's Place, a complementary website, is dedicated to blank verse, hypnotic trance, stream of consciousness, dream image, meditation vision, and free associative entries, moving backward in time. I believe, with Carl Gustav Jung, that to explore the "unconscious" is to plumb our deepest selves, our essential, archetypal states of being. In the depths we may discover exotic and mysterious aspects of our own natural history.
Investor's Journal, is a diary focused strictly on investments and personal finance issues, primarily from a contrarian and retiree point of view. Follow along with an average guy's failures and successes as he learns, by trial and error, the fine art of value investing.
My most recent addition, Dream Realm Diaries, is a personal journal, with related dream diary links, about the confusion, inspiration, grief, joy, fear, humor, excitement, wisdom, frustration, and adventure of following and interpreting one's dreams with the aid of an experienced and supportive dream group.
You can view the available portions of Steps, as well as visit Phil's other pages, at the links below: