In addition, since my homeschool group was preparing for our next school year through the Renaissance, I found information on commonplace books. Commonplace books were popular for recording poetry, important book notes, favorite quotes, and the like. Someone somewhere suggested doing a commonplace book online. I figured I could record my “book notes” online as I read through The Well-Educated Mind list. I began on January 1, or a few days thereafter, in 2012. And so my blog was born.
|My tower of accomplishment|
This may seem silly, but I really do expect there to be some kind of transformation of my mind as a better reader and a deeper thinker, as well as a discerner of great literature. And after a year of vigorous reading, which for me could be an hour or less a day, I have come to find that somehow it is working because those questions are always on my mind. I find that I am even applying the questions to movies I watch. It makes for a more worthy experience. However, I must admit that I am only scratching the surface, and it may be many more years and many more classics before I truly reach my goal of obtaining that classical education I never had.
One last thing: after making the commitment to read through The Well-Educated Mind list and beginning the blog, I had no idea I would meet up and read along with several other bloggers on the same or similar mission. In fact, The Well-Educated Mind encourages a discussion of viewpoints. So, I am most grateful to know others on this journey, and I look forward to many more years of sharing and exchanging ideas.