Category Commonplace

Commonplace 10: Through the Valley

“I walk through the valley of the shadow of death And I’ll fear no evil because I’m blind to it all And my mind and my gun they comfort me Because I know I’ll kill my enemies when they come”… Continue Reading →

Commonplace 9: Happiness

“My mother says I’m great And it always makes me sad” This line comes from the first verse of Wilco’s song “Happiness”, off of their new album Schmilco. This is the opening line, and the basic structure is “My mother says,”… Continue Reading →

Commonplace 8: Small Poppies

“I don’t know quite who I am, oh but man I am trying I make mistakes until I get it right An eye for an eye for an eye for an eye for an eye I don’t agree with that,… Continue Reading →

Commonplace 7: David Fleming

[A]n education [. . .] that was designed to support a truly direct, deliberative democracy [. . .] would be an education oriented to the ‘strong publics’ of decision-making rather than the ‘weak publics’ of opinion formation. (205) This quote… Continue Reading →

Commonplace 6: Paramedicize

Example sentence: After reviewing the results of your previous research, and in light of the relevant information found within the context of the study, there is ample evidence for making important, significant changes to our operating procedures.        =… Continue Reading →

Commonplace 5: University System of Georgia

“Shall Property owned by the University System of Georgia and utilized by providers of college and university student housing and other facilities continue to be exempt from taxation to keep costs affordable?” The basic structure of this sentence, which was… Continue Reading →

Commonplace 4: Bathroom Rhetoric

This sign is posted around the American University campus, and designates gender inclusive bathrooms, which allow people that identify as any gender to use the bathroom without any discrimination or judgement. Personally, I feel happy that American University has decided… Continue Reading →

Commonplace Entry 3

“Keller tries to get up, gritting his teeth, and then he sees it: ANNA’S RED WHISTLE lying a few feet away from him.” Prisoners, film written by Aaron Guzikowski In this sentence, there are multiple subjects and verbs. In the… Continue Reading →

Reading Analysis 1: Schindler

In Part 1 of her paper “Architectural Exclusion: Discrimination and Segregation through Physical Design of the Built Environment”, Sarah Schindler argues that “cities were constructed in ways,” that encourage segregated neighborhoods and prevent people of color and lower socioeconomic status… Continue Reading →

Commonplace Book: Entry 2: The Conversation

1: The cranes dot the campus like rigs in a fresh oil field, the drone and clanking of heavy machinery so common the clamor of construction has almost become white noise to those who live year-round in this small college… Continue Reading →

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