Category: Nature

December 28th, 2014 by Kat Nagel

Since this isn’t a single-theme blog, and my main goal is to become better at writing non-technical non-fiction, I use blogging challenges to prompt me to write outside my comfort zone.

  • NaNoBloPo (originally National Blog Posting Month; now continues with a new topic each month) has a new topic for January 2015: Habits. This could be fun.
  • January is usually when a new Mindfulness writing challenge begins at Writing Our Way Home. No announcement for 2015, yet, and they’ve just (physically) moved their Buddhist retreat center to a new home. I will try to write a weekly Small Stone anyway. I like the way it focuses my mind on one small thing.
  • Teaser Tuesdays and Third Sentence Thursday are a nice way to share what I’m reading.
  • Wordless Wednesday reminds me to recharge the batteries for my camera and get out there into the world and use it.
  • Flashback Friday is my alternative to the Internet meme “Throwback Thursday.”
  • Bev at My Reader’s Block is hosting a variety of reading challenges this year. I’ll sign up for Mount TBR again, of course, but there are a couple of others that look interesting: “Read It Again, Sam,” and “Vintage Mystery Bingo.” Sign up for those can be any time up to November 4, 2015, so I don’t need to decide on those right away .
  • I’ve lost one of my sources of inspiration for blogging topics. Sunday Scribblings shut down in 2013. I miss it. I’ll keep their prompts page bookmarked, in case they start up again.

Posted in Books, Ideas, Life, Music, Nature, People, Travel

October 29th, 2014 by Kat Nagel

October landscape

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.

~ from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery



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October 6th, 2014 by Kat Nagel

For most of my life, my year has begun in the fall.

School, choir rehearsals, meetings for professional associations and clubs, theater and concert seasons all start in September or October. New clients generally come in the fall, in a hurry to spend allocated funds so they won’t disappear in the next budget cycle. Fall is also when I begin most new personal projects: knitting, furniture rearrangements, attic cleaning, wardrobe weeding.

Right now, I’m listening to the excited voices of the kids in the school playground across the street, and watching the neighborhood squirrels fighting over acorns.

What shall I begin next?

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November 13th, 2013 by Kat Nagel

Photographer: Kat Nagel
Camera: Olympus SP570UZ
Taken: 2013-05-26

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December 28th, 2011 by Kat Nagel

Like resolutions, predictions flood the media around the beginning of the new year. Whether it’s a misreading of ancient manuscripts, half-baked interpretations of astronomical events, or the work of sensation-seeking conspiracy theorists, everybody gets into the act, predicting drama and disaster.

2012 has attracted a bumper crop of disaster predictions. Those and other, less disastrous predictions are catalogued at the 2012 Predictions website.

Half the news stories and columns stress the horrors to come. Most of the others just ridicule the first half, without actually explaining what is or isn’t happening. Among the few to serve up facts along with sensational fiction, these two stand out:

2012: The Beginning of the End, or Why the World Won’t End?

2012: Shadow of the Dark Rift

Both sites give links and references to further information on the real science behind the hype and hysteria. Please read them. Please tell your friends. Please don’t spread the mythology.

Posted in Ideas, Nature