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…


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.”

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.”


One Writer’s Beginnings, Eudora Welty
“I had to grow up and learn to listen for the unspoken as well as the spoken—and to know a truth, I also had to recognize a lie.”

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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