Commonplace Book

I took a “Menu” layout page and made into my digital Commonplace Book for a semester-long compilation that I need, but also because I have all these little notes I keep everywhere and I am trying to be more organized. So yeah, you can do whatever you set your mind to, in my opinion.* Watch as the entrees change into ideas, quotes, pictures, poems, and new ideas week by week…

August 2020

Untamed, by Glennon Doyle

“In America there are not two kinds of people: racists and non racists. There are three kinds of people: those poisoned by racism and actively choosing to spread it; those those poisoned by racism and actively trying to detox; and those poisoned by racism who deny its very existence inside them.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu
“There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people from the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they are falling in.”

Possible Titles:
Shit Fire and Save Your Matches

In the Event of a Tornado

Expect Delays


Absalom! Absalom! by William Faulkner
There was a wisteria vine blooming for the second time that summer…”

Dinty W. Moore, in “An Interview with Dinty W. Moore” at Bookslut
“The speculation is part of the story of you, part of you as the character…”

The Liar’s Club
Re: If you get work, write tradition: “It turned out to be impossible for me to run away like other teenagers in America did. Any movement at all was taken for progress in my family.”

September 2020

Naked, Drunk, And Writing, Adair Lara
“The more intensely individual a person’s thoughts are, the more uniquely applicable to him or her, the more they will have meaning for other people.” 

Desperation Road, Michael Farris Smith
“She could see the bad habits not listening to her demands to stay away… she had kept the Ziploc bag underneath the sink and not thrown it away, taking it out and opening the bag and sticking her fingers into it and raising them to her mouth was an easy thing to do.” 

To Show and Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction, Phillip Lopate
“What is important, in writing childhood, is to convey the psychological outlook you had as a child, not the limited verbal range.” 

A Good Man is Hard to Find, Flannery O’Connor
“Shut up, Bobbly Lee,” The Misfit said. “It’s no real pleasure in life.” 

I Could Tell You Stories, Patricia Hampl
“At least when I begin writing, my page has a wash of color on it, even in the absence of words must finally be faced on a yellow sheet as much as on the blank white one. We all have our ways of whistling in the dark.” 

A Taxonomy of Nonfiction; or the Pleasures of Precision, Karen Babine
What we call things matters.” 

October 2020

Dust, Scott Russell Sanders
“Through our windows the breeze delivers soil from plowed fields, soot from fires, ash from volcanoes, spew from cars and trucks, the spawn of bacteria, the spores of plants, the grit of meteors and quarries and mines, the down of birds, slivers of insects, scraps of whatever is broken, abraded, blown. Sitting here on the porch, warming my hands on a cup of tea, I swallow bits of the world with every breath.” 

No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear, Toni Morrison
“I felt foolish that morning, especially when I recalled the artists who had done their work in gulags, prison cells, hospital beds; who did their work while hounded, exiled, reviled, pillories. And those who were executed.” 

Dust, Scott Russell Sanders
“I rehearse the hard litany—from ashes to ashes, dust to dust—while thinking of Malcolm’s mother. Every mother, if you think of her steadily enough, becomes your own.” 

A Braided Heart: Shaping the Lyric Essay, Brenda Miller
“The world is chaotic, certainly, and always clichéd. Face it: our lives are full of stories already told.” 

Lemon Tart
zesty lemon tang, creamy custard and topped with meringue

Trio of Fruit
Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, plums and passion fruit


Chocolate Macarons
A classic French delicacy, filled with rich chocolate ganache

Crêpe Suzette
Delicate crêpe in buttery, orange sauce; served flambé

Praline Cake
Multi-layer praline and chocolate cake with caramel cream cheese

Tarte Tatin
Sticky caramel sauce with apples, served with whipped cream

Lemon Tart
zesty lemon tang, creamy custard and topped with meringue

Trio of Fruit
Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, plums and passion fruit

*Our fish is responsibly caught from sustainable sources

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