It was, of course, a hot August day when I worked my sweaty fingers over the keyboard to get ideas down for this blog post. My brain felt as waterlogged as the day’s humid air. Dew points aside, and no cool weather front expected for days, I decided to write about nothing.
Writing about nothing lasted as long as it took to type this sentence. Why? Because that devilish imagination of mine popped up with, “You always have something to write about. You’re always fascinated by things.” That led to the question of what fascinates me?
Since I’m a “lister” (one who makes lists), I began to type and ended up with more than three pages, in a two-column format on my computer screen. In other words, lots of things interest me. My list began with subjects and the top subjects and their lists were:
— Space, as in: aviation, astronauts, stars, our solar system, planets, moon, and all things outer space, deep space— plus the technology to get us to the stars and beyond
— Earth, as in: geology, archeology, ancient civilizations, modern technology, oceanography, biology, chemistry.
— Faith, as in: religions, myths, gods, angels, and legends
— History, as in: all things medieval, Roman, Russian, Mayan, Renaissance Italian, and ancient to modern Britain.
When I finally paused and reread my list, it occurred to me that I should make the “Faith” entry part of the Space entry. After all, where else do gods and angels live? And where else does one find a multitude of legends spangling starry constellations across the heavenly voids?
By the time this blog entry is posted, the weather certainly will have changed. August’s Dog Days will have waned, giving over to September, Labor Day cookouts and BBQs, and the kids going back to school. The days shortening, cooler nights, and Autumn in the air. Autumn fascinates and astounds me with the brilliant foliage and a world of russet and orange, pumpkins and pie, and Halloween.
So, what fascinates you?