Commonplace books are compendiums of inspiration, ideas, and thoughts. They are places to capture and organize, not the internal thoughts of a journal, but the external influences of the writer.

In existence since medieval times, thinkers, scientists, and authors from Milton to Thoreau (who was taught the practice at Harvard) to Twain used forms of commonplace books to capture their reading notes and thoughts. Some were more formal and organized; others less so.

This is a commonplace blog: a place to capture ideas and share them. The ideas range from readings to one sentence descriptions of a moment that would be lost otherwise.

That, after all, is what the artist does.

There are enough voices telling you how to maximize your time, or the habits of millionaires before breakfast, or how to become a better _________.

This is not those. Rather, it is the urgent and forgotten need to stop and look, to be someone who is aware of life, to be someone who is alive.