I never kept diaries because I have a very snoopy mother, but I had two boxes of letters from my first big love-of-my-life, from whom I was parted prematurely, picked back up with years later, and things ended VERY badly. Burning these felt like a good and necessary thing, but I lived in a house with no fireplace and a city with a no-burn policy. I decided to shred them (by hand, I had no shredder) and put them in a Weber BBQ grill. Once set alight, they made oodles of smoke and were sending little bits of lit paper into the sky. I was sort of freaked out about the no-burn thing and the massive amount of smoke these were making, sort of freaked about the karmic aspect of burning these letters, and then I heard FIRE TRUCKS coming towards my house. Convinced they were coming for ME, I ended up putting the lid on the BBQ, which only made more smoke but didn't put them out. So then I took the lid off and doused them with water. Of course, the fire trucks were not coming for me, and the papers ended up charred and soggy, and I scooped them into the trash at that point. Not the quite dramatic cleansing experience I had imagined. So, make sure you have a spot where you can burn them openly is my advice.
Getting rid of old diaries and picutres. - Page 2
Me too!! My diaries are basically the only things I feel attached to!
Ack! You people are freaking me out. As much as I love to declutter, I can't imagine getting rid of diaries. No way.
But, we all come from different perspectives - one of my favorite parts of MDC is seeing how differently people view topics.
Have great fun with your burning party!