But this blog will wander far afield. I can't look at the central themes of life in Arcola without noticing their dependence on the course of events in the wider world. Trends, trajectories.
effect: the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work kernel: the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"
Sounds pompous, doesn't it? Well, feel free to comment.
Sounds close to "archeologist," a title which definitely doesn't apply to me. (But I do love to dig things up, especially the really interesting ideas that get buried in old news.)
I actually came up with the name by messing around with, among other things, "Arcola" and "ecologist." If there was ever any "-ogist" title that I could claim, "ecologist" would be the one. But I have too many interests, and hence too few credentials, to really measure up. Besides, I'm too many miles from a university library, and too many years from my general ecology training.
And I'm happy here. I have a slightly different view of the world than I might have as a "real" ecologist.
I hope you enjoy it.