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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!

When Only the Finest in Ornamental Concrete Will Do!

When Only the Finest in Ornamental Concrete Will Do!

Just south of Easton PA on Route 611 stands Paolini’s Cast Stone. It’s difficult to imagine a finer and more extensive collection of ornamental concrete than that found at Paolini’s!

Heroism on Record: Ensign Allen Flory, USNR

Heroism on Record: Ensign Allen Flory, USNR

James Lileks on Pluto and American Foresight & Ingenuity

James Lileks on Pluto and American Foresight & Ingenuity