A commonplace book: an old-fashioned literary diary for recording interesting items from reading you've done. I use mine to record snippets from reading, conversation and life in general. (The early 2003 entries are from a period some years ago -- before the blog age -- when I tried an online commonplace book as a straight web page.)
PhD in political theory from University of Pittsburgh. Served 25 years in the US Foreign Service, in Latin America and Africa, 1980-2005. Served as a UN peacekeeper (2005-10) in Kosovo and East Timor. Taught at the University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia Wesleyan College, George Washington University, Drake University and the Daniel Morgan Academy. Now an independent consultant.