When I wrote my first post in July of 2004, I thought the word Soliloquy was a perfect name for my blog. At the time, my posts were simply a random collection of thoughts, often focused on writing, and even more often, meandering aimlessly down unfocused paths. This blog post, in reply to a question Gail at Clay and Limestone had tossed out to us, explains in greater detail how I came to choose the word, Soliloquy.
Since then, the focus of my blog has been on all aspects of Nature and gardening, with the odd post about family events or Life, in general. Soliloquy just doesn’t seem like a good fit any more. It is hard to pronounce, often misspelled, fussy to type, and has little to do with Nature or gardening. So, I’ve decided to re-christen my blog: Leaping Greenly.
The phrase “leaping greenly” is taken from a poem by E. E. Cummings, which I quote below in its entirety:
i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)
how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any–lifted from the no
of all nothing–human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?
(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)
E. E. Cummings, by the way, according to his widow, did not have his name legally changed to “e e cummings”. He did, in fact, write to his French translator that he preferred the capitalized version. Just as a point of interest.
Cummings exhibited “transcendental” leanings his entire life and was a very spiritual man. He would pray in his journals for inspiration for his poetry and art work; he also “prayed for strength to be his essential self”.
Two of Cumming’s beautiful paintings.
I, too, have felt the leaping greenly spirits of trees and revere “…everything which is natural. which is infinite…” In fact, I sometimes, literally, leap greenly! (When nobody’s watching, that is.)
I hope that this name change doesn’t deter my regular readers. I’ll post with both names for a while until my blogging friends are used to the change.
My site URL is the same, my blog feed is the same, and everything on Blotanical should be the same — the only thing you’ll need to change, if you wish, is the name.
Other than that, as Jon Bon Jovi wrote, “It’s all the same, only the names will change…” :-) Come leap greenly with me!
23 thoughts on “Leaping Greenly (aka Soliloquy)”
Nancy, I love the name change. I loved your other name too, but you do have such a lovely way with words. E.E. Cummings was a wonderful poet. I didn’t realize he also painted. Learn something new everyday through blogging.~~Dee
Thanks, Dee, for the first comment! ::phew:: I was hoping it wouldn’t be, “That was stupid!” :-)
As ever, Nancy, you have come up with the perfect quote – that e.e. cummings poem is perfect for me today. I’m a big fan of Cummings so it’s no surprise to hear he prayed for inspiration and to be his essential self – but it’s interesting to have it confirmed. What I didn’t know was that he preferred the capitalized version of his name! So now I will use it: E.E. Cummings.
I like your name change also, and this is a perfect time of year to be making it, don’t you think? When everything in nature is going from inner gestation to “the force that through the green fuse drives the flower” to quote another poet on spring.
Agreed, Pomona! Dylan Thomas is a personal favourite, too. :) Thanks so much for your input. It feels a bit like I’ve just moved into a new virtual house…different, but the same.
Nancy, I like the new look of your blog and your name change suits you!
Thanks, Robin! I’m liking it, too. :)
I agree, the new look, name & quote are perfect. :)
Well…I just commented on how much I love the title of your blog and you’ve gone and changed it! However, that said, I love this, too. For it’s not just the title of the blog that I love but your prose and poetry and photos and … you. Lovely, dear! I’ll still be here visiting and lurking and enjoying.
You’re very sweet, Debi. :) I really did like “Soliloquy” but it just didn’t seem to be as good a fit any more. I’m counting on your visits!
Sounds good to me! I bet you have one of the only posts out there that quotes E. E. Cummings and Bon Jovi!
LOL, Dave, it is rather an odd combination. But something tells me they might have gotten along famously. :)
Change is good, Nancy (although I never take my own advice … change for me is hard) Like Dee, did not realize Cummings also painted … love the hat! Trust me, we will find you :)
Yes, don’t lose me! :-?
Add me to the list of people who like your new name Nancy! I think it’s perfect. It’s funny how blogging evolves over time isn’t it? When I started my blog it was going to be a bit of this and that too and now it’s mostly gardening as well. ha. I think I’ll keep my name tho because i’m not nearly as clever as you at new ones!
Not so clever, Kathleen — I’d thought about this name a long time ago, and tossed it around with some others, but I’m glad I settled on this one as it seems to suit best. Blogs *do* evolve over time, and if I’d started a blog before ‘meeting’ all you wonderful gardeners, it’s a sure thing I wouldn’t have used Soliloquy. :)
‘blue true dream of sky’ is what we usually have. Yes, your new blog title is easier to catch hold of, reminds us of your skill in using words.
Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m sure the blue of your skies would outrival most. :)
Nancy girl : )
I think it is the right choice for you ! .. I hadn’t seen those paintings and I’m wowed ? by the similarity to the style of Van Gogh .. one of my favorite artists along with Monet.
I think it will be a smooth transition .. and you will feel more satisfied and happy with your new “name” !
Joy : )
GardenJoy .. ;-)
Thanks, Joy — I hope you’re right about the smooth transition. :) Yes, his paintings do resemble Van Gogh, and a couple of our Canadian Group of Seven painters, as well. If you Google his works, you’ll find he liked very bright colours and abstracts a lot, too.
I have changed your blog name on my sidebar blogroll. It might take me awhile to remember your new name, but I think it fits perfectly with the new background and layout of your blog. I have always loved to read your quotes/thoughts/poems etc and I know I will continue to do so.
Thank you SO much, Crafty! I always look forward to your visits.
Well how clever you are, Nancy;-) This ee cummings poem has been my VERY favorite since high school! It’s so appropos. I will make a note of it. I’ve been giving lots of thought to a ‘new me’ as well…actually, just a name change. While I’m still ‘thankful’, it just doesn’t fit the ‘gardening bill’ for me and I have hesitated only because I didn’t want to confuse people…but perhaps I’ll take the plunge soon.
Don’t forget the last two lines of cummings poem:
(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)
Thank you, Jan — I saw those last two lines on the page I copied the poem/quote from but they were such a distance away from the poem, I couldn’t remember if they were part of it or not. Go for the name change! (Though I do like your present title.) It feels fresh and clean. :)
You just changed names, but I changed hosts. I think you’ll rebound from your indecision much faster than I, my hits have dropped off a cliff. Not a problem here!
Oh dear, Susan — make sure you change your information on your Blotanical plot. About Me/Edit It could be that no one can find you. :-o
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet!
As always, I love visiting here Nancy.
Thanks for sharing!
Why, thank ye. :-)
Well, I did love the other name, but I like this one, too. Didn’t know it was so easy to change a name.
Thankfully, most of us are thinking green these days. I’m off to make the change before I forget.
Thanks, Sandy! Your name is just a setting, even in Blogger, if I remember correctly, as long as your URL and feed haven’t changed. :)
I recognized the poetry in the name and was immediately thrilled. Great choice, Nancy!
Thank you, Ms. S!
I am leaping greenly with you dear Nancy. I could never spell the former correctly as I’m a bit dyslexic. I think you fit the Leaping Greenly perfectly as your blog always seems so fresh.
Beautiful website – entrancing title. While I like the things you post by others, I really enjoy the things you write. Thanks for making life more interesting.
I enjoyed the poem so much, Nancy. And, Leaping Greenly sounds like a perfect name for your blog.
I like your blog’s new name Nancy. E. E. Cummings is a favorite of mine. I love the poem, and the paintings.
What a charming post to discover, Nancy. I too have enjoyed the literary allusion in the old name, but am thrilled by the new one! I don’t think there is any other poem I have tought with as much joy – for this poem is what poetry (and life for that matter!) is all about, and I always tried to convey that to my students.
I actually popped by to say I found a comment from you from over a monh ago lurking, awaiting approval. Don’t know how that happened… except that I have been a bit of an absentee blog-owner of late ;) Hope you’ve not felt rejected! Anyway: I thoroughly enjoy your blog, as much for the love of language as the love of plants. Good blogging to you! Jack
While I don’t share Cummings’ belief in ‘God’ as such, this is my favourite poem by him, for the last two lines in the poem are two of my favourite lines in all of literature. Congrats on your new name (again, belated congrats, I’m sorry) and on the gorgeous new look. Totally wonderful, Nancy.
I believe in leaping greenly — what a wonderful name. Of course, I liked Soliloquy, too. And I like the new blog look. Change is always fun!