Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Keeping Company: Words and Themes
First, I love keeping Words. If you're new around here, you may not know that every Wednesday I post a linkup called "Wednesdays with Words." Cindy Rollins graciously allowed me to take over the linkup when she closed her blog [moment of silence for those who loved Ordo Amoris].
We participants enjoy sharing with one another words, phrases, and ideas that caught our minds as we read. You can always find the words I post in my commonplace book from the last week.
I like keeping Words because I love to see how creatively and powerfully writers can use the English language. Well-turned phrases are beautiful to me. I love a well-turned phrase that starts with one idea and twists it to mean something else. I love seeing unusual vocabulary used. I love historical ways of expression.
When Words make me stop and consider the author's usage and intent, I am a happy reader. The variation of usage and expression show man in the image of God who created all things with His Words. I've "Count[ed] on Perchance" of faith with Tolkien, I've viewed "The Whited Air" with Emerson. I've learned how "Hubris is [a] Death Knell" to learning with Karen Glass. And that's all in the last three weeks! Look at the vocabulary - Perchance, Whited, Hubris - and the phrasing; so beautiful. Keeping is, I hope the start of imitation. Oh, that I could write even a little bit such as they!
Paperless Home Navigation, I keep an Evernote account [ETA: Ooooh ... she's starting a whole new series on Evernote!]. In that account, I've been collecting ideas that I find on the web that particularly relate to my word of the year, *Revel.* I used many of those notes when I wrote my summary post at the end of January.
My written commonplace book does the same thing. I may not see the connections until much later, but going back through words I've collected, I see clear patterns and themes that have affected my thinking and practices.
I do my keeping, generally as I go. I underline and write in books a lot. It works better when I copy immediately because the quantity adds up quickly and then I fail to get them written in my copybook. I'm actually at such a standstill right now.
M-girl has taken to the idea of commonplaces and been very excited about it. In our Ambleside reading, she has hopped up several times and copied sentences that have sturdy ideas down. I'm very impressed by the selections she makes to include in her notebook. I included this picture in Our Weekly Amble on Friday.
Linking up with Celeste and the Keeping Company.