With apologies to General Douglas MacArthur, I submit these facts:
Old writing journals, well-read, highlighted, underlined, perhaps a big dog-eared, do not fling themselves into their own funeral pyre. Rather, they just pile up on my bookshelves or in the wicker basket beside my recliner. How to send them--honorably and kindly--to their final reward?
Four journals arrive regularly in my mailbox: Poets and Writers, The Writer, Writers' Digest, and Writer' Journal. I make every attempt--and usually succeed--to read each issue from cover to cover. I share them with my critique partner, who reads and returns them. Then what? I have a couple of options, neither of which suits me: I can toss them in the trash, or I can give them to the local library which has a room from which to sell donated books and magazines. I wouldn't mind the latter IF I felt that writers would find the magazines and plunk down their dimes. I suppose that any magazines there too long receive a one-way trip to the dumpster.
One of the magazines, to which I'm less attached (it's thicker and a bit more technical) is available for Kindle. I will go that route when the renewal comes due. Still, three magazines remain to be dealt with in some "green" fashion. I recycle cardboard, glass, plastic, and aluminum cans, so surely I can recycle these writing magazines.
If you do not subscribe to any of these treasures and would like to browse, leave a comment with a suggestion for recirculating them among other writers, and I'll draw a name for the January-March issues of each. I'll even pay the postage!
Think! (I don't have time right now.)