I was recently asked "Why did you name your blog 'Meanderings?'"
First a bit of my personal experience: geographic, historic, and linguistic to make sense of the title---
I grew up in Mandan. One of my favorite places was on the hills on the west side of town, the ridge of hills that are just south of where present Mandan High School sits. I had a horse who grazed on that pasture land. I sledded there. I had a favorite granite boulder that provided me an expansive view of the meandiering Missouri, the mouth where the Heart feeds into the Missouri, the hills where the block houses of the Seventh Cavalry were posts from which soldiers maintained vigil of the river and Dakota Territory. My father's great uncle, John Peter Hoagland first stepped off the train in Bismarck in 1873---sixteen years before statehood. The River, as everyone called the Missouri, meandered across the prairie, dividine the west from the east. It was the route of Lewis and Clark---it was the path west. It carried the history of America.
But the history of the word "meader" is much older. "Meander" has Greek roots. "Miandros" is a winding river in Turkey. It forms a natural course as it twists and progresses. Rivers flow at varying speeds, eroding the banks that seem firmly set, carrying sediment to new places and depositing it. The speed and depth of flow varies and is often faster on the bottom than the top. Rivers roil things, they find ways around obstables or move the obstacle along. They deviate off course and form new channels. They are like life--sometimes calm and serene, sometimes out of control and dangerous. Even when they appear calm on the surface, there may be dangers under the surface, from creatures or from under currents which might pull one under.
Eventually, the word Meander evolved to also apply to decorative patterns in speech or ideas. I hope this blog erodes some set ideas, stirs and moves obstacles, flows into new territory and deposits just enough sediment to refresh readers just as floods refresh soil which then can produce nourishment.