“Commonplace” is a translation of the Latin term locus communis (from Greek tópos koinós, seeliterary topos) which means “a theme or argument of general application”, such as a statement of proverbial wisdom. In this original sense, commonplace books were collections of such sayings, such as John Milton’s commonplace book. Scholars have expanded this usage to include any manuscript that collects material along a common theme by an individual. – Thanks Wikipedia!
If you didn’t know it, I work for a fantastic Bishop – Bishop Donald Bolen. (more on that another day). He’s great, he also went to Oxford and gave me an idea.
He shares great bits of wisdom, poems, and writings from smart and wonderful people. I wondered how he always did it… well, he cheats – in a smart holy kind of way!