Montclair’s Kyra Peralte with the original marble composition pad of The Traveling Diary Tour. “Storytelling is key to our survival as human beings,” she says. (Courtesy of Kyra Peralte)

Aging in Montclair’s September Saturday Social at 2 p.m. Sept. 25 will feature Montclair resident Kyra Peralte, who will share how she created “The Traveling Diary” and read diary entries written by women from around the world.

In April 2020, Peralte started keeping a diary in a marble composition notebook to help her sort out her feelings about the challenges of the global pandemic. She began to wonder if she was alone in her feelings, and so she invited women from near and far to fill the remaining pages of her composition book with their own pandemic tales. Thus her simple notebook became “The Traveling Diary.”

More than a year later, seven marble composition books have traveled to various locations around the world. To attend, the community is invited to email AIM at by Sept. 23 to receive a Zoom link.

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