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Keeping a Commonplace Book | Toasted Cheese

<i>By Theryn Fleming (Beaver)</i><p>I love commonplace books; the most recent entry in my own is from the photographer Alfred Stieglitz: “Nearly right is …

Writing

The Commonplace Book as a Thinker’s Journal

For centuries, authors and thinkers have kept commonplace books: focused journals that serve to collect thoughts, quotes, moments of introspection, …

Strategies to Keep a Commonplace Book

I keep a commonplace book because I want to keep track of the best articles and books I read. A commonplace book is like a “thinker’s journal” that …

Productivity

Planner Decoration: Plan With JetPens!

If you've ever scrolled through #planneraddicts on Instagram, you'll know that using a planner is more than just scheduling and organizing each …

Rotring Tintenkuli Stylographs - Fountain Pen Reviews

Posted<p>Stylographs were a rather interesting variation on writing instruments that appeared around the start of the 20th century. The advent of the …

Nazi-confiscated pen helps ToI track down survivor’s son, rewrite family history

Istvan Rokza and his pen appear on a Nazi list of prisoners’ personal effects at the Neuengamme concentration camp. (Courtesy of ITS)<p>I conducted …

Israel

Use A Pen And Liberate Your Mind, Part One

With all the digital opportunities for communication, why bother to use a fine writing instrument, that is, something several cuts above the pen you inadvertently swiped from the dry cleaner? Is a pen just an anachronistic tool, much like a typewriter, or does using one actually affect one’s …

Anachronistic

Everyone Should Keep A Commonplace Book: Great Tips From People Who Do

By Ryan Holiday,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/18q9QMH<p>Well, the idea of keeping a commonplace book has clearly struck a nerve. Not only did the …

How And Why To Keep A “Commonplace Book”

By Ryan Holiday,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1dMrRKX<p>The other day I was reading a book and I came across a little anecdote. It was about the …

The Most Beautiful Small Town In Every State

Why yes, we would love to reside in a place where we can pan for sapphires.<p>There's always something to see in a big city, but sometimes, you want a slower pace. Thankfully, the United States boasts some incredible small towns. Whether you want to brush up on history or go where everyone will know …

Hot Springs

Mars Meets Lunar Eclipse, and More Can't-Miss Sky Events in July

Science & InnovationStarstruck<p>The red planet at its best, a long-lasting "blood moon," and a rare chance to glimpse Pluto will excite sky-watchers this month.<p>With Mars at its closest to Earth in 15 years, an extra-long lunar eclipse, and a dazzling meteor shower, July is shaping up to be a busy …

Astronomy

It All Started With a Few Trout. Now Yellowstone’s Iconic Birds Face ‘Collapse.'

EnvironmentYear of the Bird<p>An invasive fish set off a biological domino effect that has already affected bears and elk. Now it threatens trumpeter swans and other birds.<p>Doug Smith doesn’t remember the moment he realized that a serious ecological crisis was under way in Yellowstone National Park. …

Birds

The 14 Healthiest Leafy Green Vegetables

Leafy green vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. They’re packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber but low in calories.<p>Eating a diet …

Nutrition

How Long Can We Live? The Limit Hasn’t Been Reached, Study Finds

Since 1900, average life expectancy around the globe has more than doubled, thanks to better public health, sanitation and food supplies. But a new study of long-lived Italians indicates that we have yet to reach the upper bound of human longevity.<p>“If there’s a fixed biological limit, we are not …

Research

How to Make Your Own Woodblock Print Like the Japanese Masters

Inspired by the art of Hokusai and other masters of Japanese woodblock prints? Or just looking to get your hands dirty and express yourself creatively? The ancient art of woodblock printing is a perfect craft to get started with printmaking. And the uses are endless. From decorative wrapping paper …

Woodworking

Who Will Save the Elephants?

Culture<p>There’s a Buddhist proverb, later interpreted by the American poet John Godfrey Saxe, about people and elephants that goes something like this: Six blind men encounter the world’s largest land mammal and decide to investigate. They each arrive at a different part. One runs his hands over its …

Wildlife

Quotes from Anthony Bourdain on life and travel: I'm going to 'die in the saddle'

Outspoken host of <i>Parts Unknown</i> Anthony Bourdain has died, his employer announced Friday. Bourdain was known for his love of travel, food — and his colorful commentary.<p>"His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique …

Parts Unknown

Fountain pens are back, flashier and more functional than ever

Chatter among the morning news anchors caught my ear. Another state legislature had passed a bill removing penmanship from its curriculum …

Recipe: A Favorite Sandwich to Take to the Beach

Something about going to the beach makes me instantly hungry. Is it the fresh air, the sunshine–or the knowledge that out on the sand I don’t have …

Gardening 101: Sweetfern

Sweetfern, <i>Comptonia peregrina</i><p>When most of us think of scent in the garden, we think of perfumed flowers. And flowers are wonderful (if short-lived). …

Landscaping: 10 Clever Gardening Tips to Save Time

Anyone with a well-tended garden knows the endless hours that can be eaten up by chores. And there’s no finish line in sight—cultivated ground comes …

Gardening

DIY: How to Clean and Care for Garden Pruners

Like most things in your garden, tools need a little loving care to keep them happy. Here are a few easy tips for cleaning and caring for your …

Object of Desire: Pocket Pruner Multi-Tool

Call it the Swiss Army knife of the garden. With sturdy beechwood handles, a Pocket Pruner Multi Tool also has a knife blade, can opener, …

Unique neuronal firing patterns in our "second brain" observed for the first time

Using a newly developed imaging technique, a team of researchers in Australia has directly observed a unique neural motor firing pattern outside of …

Sleeping in on the weekend might be good for you, but it's not going to fix all your problems

Scientists still aren't sure exactly how to deal with our chronic sleep deficit.<p>There’s nothing quite like crawling under the covers on Friday night with the intention of snoozing well into Saturday. But sleep can be stressful, too: the questions of when and how long to sleep have been the sources …

Sleep

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal love story

Prince Harry

Meghan Markle is rewriting the princess story

<b>(CNN) —</b> In New York, the bookstores have front of store displays: Meghan, An American Princess.<p>Although we expect Meghan to be titled duchess after her marriage, she is still, strictly speaking, a princess.<p>And as well as being American, she is also an intelligent, successful, self-made woman, a …

Royal Family

Kintsugi, Centuries Old Japanese Method of Repairing Pottery with Gold

5 Frames With a Leica M6 and Kodak Portra 800 - By Martin Smith

A couple of weeks ago I attended a Beers and Cameras meetup and photo walk in Birmingham organised by this site’s very own Hamish Gill. I took my …