June 14, 2011

A Commonplace book

commonplace book from the mid-1700s
 A commonplace book: a collection of ideas & thoughts used in years past.  I have kept a journal since I was 13 years old.  Now I journal on my blogs, my computer journal, my facebook, my pinterest, my twitter...all these technological ways to express my thoughts, ideas, and random insights.  But despite all the technology, I keep what I know now is called a "commonplace" book with me at all times.

It is usually a simple spiral notebook. My commonplace book is my collection of to-do lists, sermon inspirations, recipes, directions, how-to's, phone numbers, addresses, quotes, and thoughts that I am working out.  I go through a commonplace book about once every three months.  I keep them for a while--ok, for a long while. They are the roadmap of my daily life.  They are messy, beautiful, brilliant, unreadable, pithy, unorganized, random, detailed, list-mania, and authentic.
My commonplace book is my life in details.

Do you keep a commonplace book of some sort?


  1. Love it! Wish I could say I did as well. I just make lists (and more lists). Mom

  2. Always! And it's just as messy and just as dear as you describe.


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