It’s been awhile (again). I’ve been busy in the non-virtual world with things that felt much more timely and urgent than writing blog posts. But today, for the first time in months, the day stretched out ahead of me with nothing in particular calling for my attention. So I’m using the time to share just a few things I’ve found particularly entertaining, fascinating, and/or inspiring over the past few months of being homebound. (I’m working back up to speed before sharing, at long last, my pix from Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal in December and from Austrai-Slovenia-Italy in February.)
“Mysteries of Vernacular” is a beautifully animated short video series that explains the etymology of interesting words from A to Z.
I learned the word “kenning” from the Mysteries of Vernacular video about the origin of “window,” which led me to search for a list of kennings, some of which are exceptionally beautiful.
Resources for learning a new language from home.
Six virtual train rides you can take from home.
Window Swap invites you to “open a new window, somewhere in the world.” It is so meditative, life-expanding, and wonderful. And it also helped me to realize that my geographical sweet spot is grassy alpine mountains. (I would move to the spot in the window above in a heartbeat.)
Finally, a nonsense-English song that is so catchy, I had it in my head for WEEKS after listening to it.
I found it via Atlas Obscura, which delves into the fascinating history of writing in nonsensical languages.