Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pangaea Point of View - huh?

I have been obsessed with the word "pangaea" since I first heard it many years ago. The image it conjures for me is the whole earth as one literally and figuratively. Puzzle pieces that slide together seamlessly and answer many mysteries of this planet. The entire world connected not by email or phone or wires but by soil, vegetation, flora, fauna - every aspect of what makes this earth intriguing, valuable, and priceless - connected.

Scientifically speaking, here's the real definition: Pangaea, Pangæa, or Pangea Pangaea, Pangæa, or Pangea ( /pænˈdʒiːə/ pan-jee-ə; from Ancient Greek pan "entire", and Gaia "Earth", Latinized as Gæa) is hypothesized as a supercontinent that existed during the Paleozoic and Mesozoic eras about 250 million years ago, before the component continents were separated into their current configuration. The forming of supercontinents and their breaking up appears to be cyclical through Earth's 4.6 billion year history. There may have been several others before Pangaea.

Isn't that cool? The idea of one supercontinent engages my imagination is such a variety of ways. Maybe it explains why certain fossils are found on different continents where they don't seem to belong. Maybe it explains a lot of the mysteries in life.

It's mesmerizing to imagine that the entire earth, at one time at least, could have been traveled on foot. And it probably was!

So when I was trying to come up with a title for this blog... my mind kept swinging back around to "pangaea" - "entire earth". I'm probably butchering it and making some poor scientist cringe. And grammatically speaking, I'm not convinced that I'll use it correctly 100% of the time but let's just assume that it's a verb, noun, adjective - whatever way fits best in the way that I choose to use it - and that it works.

Getting started...

Last year I started my foray into blogging by committing to trying 50 new experiences on Cape Cod and blogging about each one. It was part New Year's resolution, part effort to connect with my new-ish community, part effort to jumpstart my writing brain. Life got incredibly busy with two jobs and being a partner in a small business and although I did manage to knock off the 50 new experiences, I got a little behind on putting it all down in writing. I will. I must. Part of me gets really twisted up when I leave things undone so leaving it incomplete would not work for me.

That writing effort was a good start but I found that I often wanted to write about other things but because they didn't fit into my blog's mission statement, I redirected those efforts elsewhere.

Recently two different friends sent me invitations to read their blogs. Coincidentally, both are women that I used to work with, they know each other, but I'm not sure they realized that they started blogging in a similar fashion at about the same time. Both inspired me to blog with a wide open format and allow my mind to wander and share what catches my eye, my ears, my heart.

So here goes!