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Welcome to my
Commonplace Book!

In the late Middle Ages, scholars started using “Commonplace Books” to collect knowledge of all kinds. These were not journals, but more like scrapbooks to gather quotes, letters, scientific formulae, and personal thoughts. Famous commonplace books were maintained by Thomas Jefferson, Francis Bacon, Henry David Thoreau, and Mark Twain. Sherlock Holmes himself solved a number of crimes by referencing his commonplace books!

This website isn't so much a blog as my own digital commonplace book where I keep items of personal interest.

I hope you enjoy it!

"What are Neighbors For?!?"

"What are Neighbors For?!?"

This tablet, c. 1750, provided a convenient hole where one could drop a paper containing the name and address of anyone suspected of Plague or other infectious disease. Anonymously, of course.

H/T Father Z

US Post Office, Mechanicsville PA 18934

US Post Office, Mechanicsville PA 18934

"'Little' Prelude & Fugue in C Major, BWV 553" by JS Bach

"'Little' Prelude & Fugue in C Major, BWV 553" by JS Bach