April has come and gone and I completed the A-Z challenge again. I placed the survivor badge on the side, but I don’t feel so much as a survivor as just being glad that I am done with the challenge.It was enjoyable to explore the mythology stories of the stars (along with an elementary amount of astronomy). I tried to check out several different blogs each day, to see what other people were exploring. I was amazed at the talent of the bloggers and a variety of themes. I learned about a lot of new places on the world, picked up tidbits about reading, writing and editing, and gain inspiration and helpful hints of having a good life. I also enjoyed getting to know more people in blogland. There are four blogs that I would like to highlight. These bloggers blew me away by their research:
- Sara C Snider wrote about magic and medicinal uses of herbs. At first I was skeptical, as I hold about as much regard for magic as I do for using the zodiac for understanding life, but the post was fascinating and helpful.
- C. D. Gallant-King told us about weird and interesting facts about Canada. He reminded me again of why I like that country so much.
- Tamara Narayan wrote about various conspiracy theories. Although I knew there are a lot of paranoid people out there, I may have under estimated the numbers of such people.
- And from the other side of the world, Heidi from Australia also wrote about astronomy. However, she took a more serious tack than me. If you didn’t get enough science and math and heard too much of Jupiter’s sex life in my blog, check out her posts.
A bit about my sources... I have several star guides at home along with a neat sky app on my iPad. On the app, if you click on constellations or stars, it will give you more information. I also found some information online from Wikipedia, Space.com, and Constellation Guide. And then there is a favorite book that was most used during the month, Julius D. W. Staal’s The New Patterns in the Sky: Myths and Legends of the Stars (Blacksburg, VA: MaDonald & Woodward Publishing, 1988).
Next year… I decided just a few days before April to join the challenge, but about half way through the month I found myself pondering what topic I might want to explore next April. Right now I’m thinking that it might be ghost towns in Nevada, but we’ll see…
Thanks to everyone who made the challenge enjoyable!