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Commonplace book - Wikipedia
Commonplace books (or commonplaces) are a way to compile knowledge, usually by writing information into books. They have been kept from antiquity, and were kept particularly during the Renaissance and in the nineteenth century. Such books are essentially scrapbooks filled with items of every kind: recipes, quotes, letters, poems, tables of weights and measures, proverbs, prayers, legal formulas. Commonplaces are used by readers, writers, students, and scholars as an aid for remembering useful concepts or facts. Each one is unique to its creator's particular interests but they almost always include passages found in other texts, sometimes accompanied by the compiler's responses. They became significant in Early Modern Europe.
creativity  process  notebooks  commonplace 
9 weeks ago by jmahoney
How And Why To Keep A “Commonplace Book” –
A commonplace book is a central resource or depository for ideas, quotes, anecdotes, observations and information you come across during your life and didactic pursuits. The purpose of the book is to record and organize these gems for later use in your life, in your business, in your writing, speaking or whatever it is that you do.
creativity  process  notebooks  commonplace 
9 weeks ago by jmahoney
Kristin Chenoweth Has Got Your Back
“Well, Kris, I read the Bible like I eat fish: I take the meat, and it serves me well, but I don’t choke on the bone.”
kristinchenoweth  commonplace  quotation  lgbt  bible  religion  2pnyc 
august 2019 by galletto
Jessica Francis Kane’s Rules for Visiting in real life: The author takes her own friendship advice.
It made me think of Katherine Mansfield beginning a letter to a friend: “From my life I write to you in your life.”
july 2019 by esperluette
The Preacher Ruminates Behind the Sermon | Wisdom Like a Stone
Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000)

I think it must be lonely to be God.
Nobody loves a master. No. Despite
The bright hosannas, bright dear-Lords, and bright
Determined reverence of Sunday eyes.

Picture Jehovah striding through the hall
Of his importance, creatures running out
From servant-corners to acclaim, to shout
Appreciation of His merit’s glare.

But who walks with Him?–dares to take His arm,
To slap Him on the shoulder, tweak His ear,
Buy Him a Coca-Cola or a beer,
Pooh-pooh His politics, call Him a fool?

Perhaps–who knows?–He tires of looking down.
Those eyes are never lifted. Never straight.
Perhaps sometimes He tires of being great
In solitude. Without a hand to hold.
poetry  god  commonplace 
march 2019 by kwlblt
Farewell and Thanksgiving by Mark Van Doren | Poem - Poetry
Whatever I have left unsaid
When I am dead
O'muse forgive me.

You were always there,
like light, like air.

Those great good things
of which the least bird sings,
So why not I?
Yet thank you even then,
Sweet muse, Amen.
commonplace  poetry 
march 2019 by kwlblt
Walmart US CEO asked workers to email him their biggest complaints, and a surprising theme emerged from the deluge of 2,700 messages he got in return - Business Insider
Workers needed basic hygiene to get their work done. What if we asked this question if the church? "What do you need to get your discipleship done?" This puts everyone on the same team...
church  god  commonplace  leadership 
march 2019 by kwlblt
Meet the Guardian of Grammar Who Wants to Help You Be a Better Writer - The New York Times
“The best thing to know about semicolons is that Shirley Jackson liked them,” he said, of the author of “The Haunting of Hill House.” “End of discussion.”
semicolon  commonplace 
february 2019 by esperluette
George Saunders: what writers really do when they write | Books | The Guardian
According to Donald Barthelme: “The writer is that person who, embarking upon her task, does not know what to do.”
february 2019 by esperluette
Talk:Buckminster Fuller - Wikiquote
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
quotes  commonplace 
february 2019 by esperluette

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