What’s The Commonplace?

For centuries, people have kept commonplace books as a way of collecting the things that mattered most to them — usually wise words from people, thinkers, artists, and writers they admired.

A Common Place is also a shared space to have meaningful conversations in meaningful places, a beloved sacred act to share with people this side of heaven.

Additionally, as dwellers on this shared dirt, a Common Place should be one of our highest values: prioritizing the care of the collective, common good for the betterment of us all. We become more human, more who we’re made to be, when this rises to the top of our motives for doing what we do.

All these are commonplace — ordinary yet sacramental — and these three myriad meanings describe this corner of the internet.

Hi! I’m Tsh Oxenreider.

I write books and other sundry, and I’m slowly eking out my first novel. I also podcast, lead a pilgrimage, and teach English to high schoolers, though my favorite titles are wife and mom. I’m a nomadic homebody besotted with wanderlust and a 4w5 INTJ Ravenpuff newly-minted Catholic (after a lifetime of being Protestant) with more questions than answers, and if you get the gist of what I’m saying with any of those things, you’re my people.

Part intrepid pilgrim and scrutinizer of cultural oddities, part whimsical homebody and charming troglodyte, my name really and truly is spelled correctly. You pronounce it as though there’s an i, like Tish, unless you’re a coffee shop barista, in which you pronounce it Lucy because you give them a fake name to avoid the hassle.

I also love exploring the world, but like you, I don’t get to as often as I’d prefer. While the backpacks wait in our closet until our next adventure, stories keep me occupied — books, movies, essays, TV series, podcasts, and beyond.

The Commonplace is for like-minded folks who want to know and love the world’s nooks and crannies (and the people who live in them), whether it’s by being there first-hand, or with a drink in a favorite chair, absorbed in a great story. It’s a space for those who like to explore the good questions about belonging, exploring, home, faith, placemaking, and really good stories.

You’ll receive my free weekly letter called 5 Quick Things, as well as quarterly essays about what’s most on my mind.

If this sounds good to you, I’d love you to join:

What else?

I’d love you to consider taking it a step further and become a paying subscriber.

If you enjoy the things I create — podcast episodes, books, essays, and beyond — your involvement goes a long way in making those things happen. It’s only a few dollars per month (and even less annually).

Why? Well, mostly because it’s lovely to pay writers and artists for their work. As a culture we’re so used to finding most anything we want on the internet for free, we forget that it’s real human beings who work hard to create the stuff we love. It’s good to pay for the good stuff out there because it helps that good stuff continue.

We pay for magazine subscriptions, streaming subscriptions, movie tickets, meals at restaurants, and more — why wouldn’t we pay for the things we enjoy over the internet as well? They’re not free to make, and doing so would only cost us pennies per day. It’s a tangible way we can vote with our dollars for more goodness on the internet. Let’s counteract the dumpster-fire yelling with the beautiful, good, and true.

But… ads. Yes, there’s advertising, and right now, ad and sponsor placements on things like my podcast do help support some of my work. But to be honest, it’s not as much money as you might think it is, and my goal is to move away from advertising entirely. I’d love the stuff I create to be 100% supported by the people who appreciate it. There are many reasons this sort of structure aligns with my ethos, values, and the type of work I find important.

When you join The Commonplace, you’ll receive 5 Quick Things and quarterly essays, but also episodes of The WLRD at Home (and other types in the pipeline), weekly community chats with question prompts, monthly deep-dives where I share what’s most on my mind, and other goodness throughout the year: a summer book club, a spring book exchange, occasional in-person gatherings, and more.

Regardless whether you stick to just 5 Quick Things for free or become a paying subscriber of The Commonplace… thank you. It’s an honor to do the work I do, and it wouldn’t happen without readers! I’m so very grateful for you.

xo, Tsh