For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it.
For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it.
For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.
—Ivan Panin, Russian mathematician 1855-1942
Permit me to take an aside... I find the word "blog" unattractive and incongruous with the substance that I welcome at my personal favorites. The poet in me cringes at the way "blog" falls flat on the tongue. It doesn't dance or spin or even remotely capture the spirit of the blogger. The word "blog," a shortened version of "weblog," reminds me of a clumsy pet with no pedigree.
With that out of my system, I am approaching my 200th post and I find myself reflecting on my blog's name. I've read other accounts involving the birthing and naming of blogs, and I realize that there was no epiphany for me. Honestly, the naming of this blog was spontaneous. I didn't sit cross legged on some lofty precipice or cloister myself in a remote region of California (like that could happen.) The naming of this blog was almost instantaneous and it occurred as a natural flow of this journaling stream.
Merriam-Webster's Dictionary defines the word idyllic as: 1 : pleasing or picturesque in natural simplicity 2 : of, relating to, or being an idyll
...and the word "idyll" is described as:
1 a: a simple descriptive work in poetry or prose that deals with rustic life or pastoral scenes or suggests a mood of peace and contentment b: a narrative poem (as Tennyson's Idylls of the King) treating an epic, romantic, or tragic theme 2 a: a lighthearted carefree episode that is a fit subject for an idyll b: a romantic interlude
At this blog's conception, it seemed a fitting choice to name it "eye-dyllic" as a way of giving sight to a word brimming with romantic images. It is much like handing my guests a pair of binoculars and pointing. To my delight, my visitors hand those same field glasses back to me, turning my attention to something I haven't yet seen!