Category: Life

September 1st, 2015 by Kat Nagel

Since I’m updating my blog design for the first time in several years, I thought I’d add featured images for the major categories: Life (my personal stuff), Universe (science stuff), and Everything (everything else).


The tree of life cropped-treeoflife.jpgis a recurring image in many ancient cultures. A tree has deep connections with the earth. Its branches reach up to the heavens and outward to all sides.  It symbolizes the interconnection of earth and heaven, of body and spirit.

The tree of life is also used as a metaphor in biology, describing the relationship of all life on earth in an evolutionary context:

From the first growth of the tree, many a limb and branch has decayed and dropped off; and these fallen branches of various sizes may represent those whole orders, families, and genera which have now no living representatives, and which are known to us only in a fossil state. … As buds give rise by growth to fresh buds, and these, if vigorous, branch out and overtop on all sides many a feebler branch, so by generation I believe it has been with the great Tree of Life, which fills with its dead and broken branches the crust of the earth, and covers the surface with its ever-branching and beautiful ramifications.

Charles Darwin, On the origin of species

The image I’ve choses is a Tree of Life wallhanging created by Humdinger Designs, a husband-and-wife team of metal artists. I’ve requested the artists’ permission to use the image for non-commercial purposes.

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August 31st, 2015 by Kat Nagel

When I started looking for a title for my personal blog, I wanted something that would incorporate all of my non-work interests: Science, music, books, art, cats, family…well…everything! At the time, I was rereading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series for the third or fourth time, and had just arrived at the third volume, Life, the Universe, and Everything. So…well…there it is.

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our wedding picture
January 9th, 2015 by Kat Nagel

December 30, 1972

wedding picture

We were married in my mother’s living room, 42 years ago, and are still best friends.

My only regret: I doubt I will ever fit into that dress again.

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Black Stone Dish by she-sins
January 5th, 2015 by Kat Nagel

small stones

Outside: dark, windy, cold.
Inside: warm, books, knitting.
Where do I want to be?

Easy decision!

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January 4th, 2015 by Kat Nagel

Since I’m away from home, and can’t sing with my usual choir, I thought I’d try singing along with a You-tube video. Mozart, yeah, Mozart! So, I found this:

confutatis maledictis

No, I didn’t sing along.

I was giggling too hard!

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