Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A couple of tags

Thinking Aloud tagged me for a random facts meme. I thought about it for a while and then decided to dust off this old chestnut and use it again. It actually still fits nicely.

The instructions tell me to tag others but, oh heck, you know me, just jump in and have some fun. Then let me know so I can read YOUR random and weird facts.

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Ret recently sent a tag along to me that I thought was really interesting. The tag asks for an explanation of why/how I chose the name of my blog. I am to then ask two other people to explain as well. So here is my explanation - short and sweet:


I traveled across country several times via train when I was young. I think I was 12 the last time I road the rails. It was Santa Fe all the way. Back then kids were given a measure of freedom that no sane parent would allow today. I would spend hours alone in the dome car watching the landscape pass. It was, in a word, mesmerizing.

I remember thinking that the train seemed to be going so slowly. The world went by at a leisurely pace and I always felt I had enough time to enjoy the details of went before me. This image of a slow moving train has always stuck with me and somewhere along the line I imagined that someday I would write, short stories, vignettes, memories, etc. of my life and wrap them all up in a journal(s) called Scenes from a Slow-Moving Train.

That this actually happened, albeit, as a blog, is still a source of surprise for me. But in March of 2006 inspiration in the form of a friend's blog and then my introduction to the world of blogging has brought me to this day 21 months later still going strong yet immeasurably changed and all because I actually started writing MY scenes from my slow-moving train.

For this tag, I WILL select two to pass the question along to. I'm curious. So - what was the inspiration for YOUR blog name?

http://turquoisecro.blogspot.com/
and
http://bimbimbie.blogspot.com/





12 comments:

Rethabile said...

What a beautiful name. I hope your book will bear that name, too. Thanks, Annie.

Ally said...

I've always wondered where your blog title came from. It makes perfect sense now. I remember riding on the trains-- never across country, more of a cross region adventure for me. It was so soothing and interesting to look out the windows. Rather like your blog, eh?

qualcosa di bello said...

hi annie!...i'm catching up after an absence of blog hopping time. it is a joy to spend a few moments with your words...they always make me smile & sigh.

Lea said...

What a great story, and I so love the scenes that you share from your window...

tash said...

That's really interesting to hear how you named your blog. Ever since I started reading your blog it has reminded me of scenes from a slow-moving train because this blog lets you take some time out and think - and that's what I do when I'm in a train. The thoughts are whizzing by, but I'm able to take some time to think about things.

Julie Marie said...

I really liked your explanation. I thought it might be something like that, but wasn't sure.

Julie

turquoise cro said...

No wonder YOU were mesmerized!!! The skies in Sante Fe are spellbinding!! I want to go back there some day soon!!! I loved it there!!+ I took a trip on a train to Washington DC in the sixth grade! What FUN!!! well, I hate to be tagged but I'll get around to it some day! Maybe! hehe I'm soOOOOOoo busy with summer clothes and winter clothes I can't seeeeee straight!!

Mary Timme said...

I think I rode on a train in my twenties for the last time. Our son was a baby and went from this area to Omaha to help a family of dear woman friend who had died a month or so before. It was a sad, but memorable trip. I loved riding in the vista cars!

Thinking aloud said...

one of the reasons i visited was the name...it sort of fits in with what we do in our blogs and yes trains are a forgotten luxury in this jet-age world...

and thanks for sharing :)

Bimbimbie said...

I was drawn to your name after seeing it listed on the sidebar of another blogger and being curious looked in, so pleased I did *!* Would make a great title for a movie too! Yesterday I was listening to a lady describing her first trip as an 8/9 year old into the outback of Australia. The train traveled so slow in areas that she remembers getting off and picking the wildflowers and then getting back on board. Smiles *!*

Susie said...

Thanks for sharing the story of your blog name. It suits you very well :)
xo

UL said...

Hi Annie, this is superb. I am so glad I caught this post, and so many thanks for bringing me here, the last time I was here I didnt actually catch the name of your blog, but this post makes so much sense. I love trains myself, trains of any kind brings a joy to my heart as does this post of yours. Thank you for sharing.