Anne Strieber was a wonderful essayist, and left behind a lovely collection in the form of Anne’s Diary, which ran from 2000 to 2015. In this final entry, written by Whitley Strieber, many of her favorite entries are linked. Enjoy this wonderful outpouring of wisdom, love, humor and humility from the founder of Unknowncountry.com and Whitley Strieber’s beloved wife Anne.

To read the final entry and explore a collection of Anne’s favorites, click here.

This concludes Anne’s Diary. Her first entry was posted on April 6, 2000, her last on July 27, 2015. She loved her diary, and thought that this collection of essays, more than anything else she did, gave expression to her mind and heart. Her first entry was entitled "Typical Radio Show Day," and her last, "Ghosts and Ghostbusters." She wanted her diary to reflect her life and her ordinary as well as extraordinary experiences, but did not wish to post a final entry during the time of her dying.

Anne’s last words were spoken to her son: "I love you." Later, she may have whispered "joy."

Here are some of her favorite posts to her diary, in order from oldest to newest:

The Extraordinary Ordinary October 8, 2000

This defines Anne’s philosophy of how the extraordinary in everyday life is far more important than the "extraordinary" we are told to notice. Her message: notice YOUR extraordinary!

First Love: Coe the Cat, October 24, 2000

This lovely entry beautifully expresses Anne’s sweetness and compassion, and her abundant love.

Is There Life After Death?, June 27, 2002

Anne was highly interested in this subject. We both believe in an afterlife, but not in conventional religious interpretations.

Diary of a Marriage, February 13, 2003

We love our marriage and were so happy together when both in the physical. It was just fun!

The Love that Led Me Home, December 6, 2004

This one, about her near-death experience, was her favorite. This simple, clear experience was also the single most valuable
lesson she taught.

My Adventures with the Green Man, October 20, 2005

Anne came into a deep connection with the Green Man and the energies of life that he symbolizes, both pagan and Christian.

You Must Live Out of Love, November 3, 2005

Anne lived by these words every day of her life.

God is a Mathematical Formula, December 7, 2005

Incredibly, the science of the 21st Century is more and more defining the universe as math. This was really prescient in 2005!

I Met an Angel in Kinko’s, January 6, 2006

An all-time favorite. She told this story often.

Seize the Day, March 6, 2006

Anne’s attitude was always "Yes, do it!"

Dryer Sheets, June 13, 2006

Another huge favorite. This simple simple story is a powerful reminder that great miracles can take on a humble appearance. Don’t miss yours!

My Indian Name
, June 16, 2006

Anne loved to tell this story, and it defines her place in our relationship perfectly! What a joy for me to read.

Requiem for a Clown, July 8, 2008

Her favorite comedian was George Carlin, and she honored him when he died with this delightful eulogy.

Getting by Giving
, May 31, 2009

"Give" was her mantra.

What the Bleep, March 8, 2009

This was a favorite, also. She told this story often.

Marriage Hot and Cold, July 27, 2010

We were so happy in our long marriage, just as much in 2010 as in 1970! We would sit together arm in arm in the evenings watching TV or talking, and sleep hand in hand. What a catch she was for me, and a truly wonderful wife.

God as Dog, July 21, 2011

This magnificent story and extraordinary insight defined our last few years together.

There are many, many more entries in Anne’s Diary, and I urge you to explore Anne’s wisdom, enjoy her stories and laugh at her frequent flights of wit.

To link to the whole archive, click here.

Anne’s Diary was and remains one of the joys of my life. I am so grateful that she left this lovely testament of essays, and I hope you enjoy them, too.

                                                                                                                                             –Whitley Strieber

14 Comments

  1. So sorry to hear about your
    So sorry to hear about your loss, I think all of us have lost a friend.

  2. This is heart-rending, but
    This is heart-rending, but THANK GOODNESS we have this legacy, as well as many others, left behind by Anne to enjoy repeatedly!
    As with another commenter, I too felt very comfortable in listening to Anne’s voice, and the information that she often delivered humorously was mind-blowing on occasion. I certainly will miss the interviews with experiencers, and new entries in “Anne’s Diary” – but we do have this rich archive in which to delve.
    THANK YOU, ANNE, for all your hard work, making sense out of something that inherently didn’t make any sense, and your love and devotion to Whitley, your family (bi- and quadrapedal) and to all of us who came to depend on you for explanations of the essentially unexplainable. You enriched us all, and we are so very grateful!
    DaveGarf

  3. “Remember, have fun no matter
    “Remember, have fun no matter how much is working against you, and have joy!” Sage parting words, from an angel of wisdom.

    Thank-you, Anne!

  4. Thanks for this! I had to
    Thanks for this! I had to read ‘First Love: Coe the Cat’. I certainly can’t prove it, but I swear the morning after Anne passed, Coe dropped by and connected with my Zoe. A light flickered, and I saw Zoe staring at something in my downstairs hallway, and I asked her if we had a visitor. I immediately went upstairs, logged in and found out about Anne. I have no doubt that Coe was her trusted guide, the path was smooth, and she had absolutely no baggage to weigh her down on the journey—her heart was light as a feather!

  5. Thanks for compiling and
    Thanks for compiling and sharing this, Whitley. It amazes me that through her obstacles and pain (especially in her early life, and in a completely different way at the end) Anne became a guiding light, teaching joy to so many people, as though grinding the thorns to crystal optics with a very clear vision of how that joy can be lived. You and Anne have shared so much of yourselves. I am grateful. Thank you, Anne. Have a wonderful journey. How could you not with the wings you have built?

  6. “If the only prayer you said
    “If the only prayer you said was thank you that would be enough.”
    ― Meister Eckhart…..

    Thank you Whitley for posting Anne’s Diary and thank you for all you do for this website. God bless you Anne and do give Whitley a helping hand when he needs it.

    Ecclesiastes 3:1…

    King James Bible…

    To Everything There is a Season…

    1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

    2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

    3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

    4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

    5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

    6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

    7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

    8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

  7. Hi Whitley! Thanks for
    Hi Whitley! Thanks for making Anne’s diary archive available. I didn’t read all of her entries, just those that seemed to resonate with me. But I wasn’t a subscriber to the website until well after 2005. So I had the opportunity to read some of what she wrote before that time. I found her insights into some of her subjects very personal and informative. Anne’s insightful diary entries should be preserved for future readers whether they be subscribers or not. Richard.

  8. Whitley, thank you for
    Whitley, thank you for putting this together. I have remembered many of these diary entries by Anne. Such good memories brought back. I love her work, and yours too, Whitley. Thank you.

  9. Thank you for posting these
    Thank you for posting these Whitley. All very much worth reading if one hasn’t before, re-reading, and cherishing.

  10. I am so sorry to hear the
    I am so sorry to hear the very sad news about Anne’s passing. My thoughts are with Whitney at this sad time.

    I loved reading Anne’s diary and will miss her great stories.

  11. Thank you very much for
    Thank you very much for posting these samples of Anne’s diary, they take me back to when I read them in real time. I now wonder if these stories about Coe played a subconscious role in getting a Siamese cat for my daughter (the cat is 6 years old and named Si, with just as much attitude). It would be wonderful if the essays could be bound in a book. I will miss her perspectives.

  12. Whitley, I am sorry I had let
    Whitley, I am sorry I had let my subscription lapse. Learning of your loss today when I renewed, brought a deep realization that we all exist on this planet for so few years that we must cherish our time together.

    Thank you for sharing everything with us, including Anne’s diary. She, like you, has the knack of reaching and touching many people with love and inspiration. God bless you and grant you the fulfillment of your life mission.

  13. Whitley, my husband died in
    Whitley, my husband died in 2008. After 20+ years of marriage, it took time to grieve and work through my loss. During this time I also lost my mother, father and younger brother. Thought I would never dig myself out of the deep hole I had fallen into.
    It just takes time. And every day the memories grow more beautiful.
    Anne touched so many lives. She will be missed, but she lives on through you and her own words. Thank you for sharing her with all of us.

  14. Reading these comments, I’m
    Reading these comments, I’m so glad I found this community and that it has suggested so many possibilities when the bare nature of Human reality offers, at times, so few.

    Thank you, all, for just being you.

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