New Name, Same Nerd

Hi folks!

I just wanted to give you all a heads’ up that I changed the name of my blog. Originally, I started with the title “The King’s Nerdy Daughter” a few years back during grad school, when I wrote maybe two posts a year. Now that I have a bit more of a plan of what I want to do with this blog, though, I thought it was a good idea to shake things up a bit. The new name for my little kingdom of words, as you can see above, is “Linnaeus and the Lamppost.” So, eh? How did I come up with that? Well I’m glad you asked!

Linnaeus

The first part of the name came from the Father of Taxonomy, Carl Linnaeus (also known as Carolus Linnaeus and Carl von Linne). He was a well-rounded scientist of the eighteenth century– a botanist, zoologist, and an explorer–and he developed the binomial nomenclature system that we use to name species today. Though he was proficient in a variety of disciplines, he is best known for his expertise in biological fields. Since this blog will definitely always have a biology slant, I thought that he was an appropriate figure. Besides a nod to a great naturalist, the name also reflects a bit of my Swedish heritage, as Linnaeus was himself from Sweden.

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The Linnaeus house in Uppsala, Sweden (I’ve been there!) Wikimedia Commons

The Lamppost

Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” Since my goal in renaming this page was to reflect that faith and science are an important part of who I am, I wanted a phrase or a word to represent my faith. What does a lamp do? It illuminates, it shares light, it reveals truth in darkness. If I can share a bit of what my faith looks like through my wonder of the natural world, then I will consider my efforts a success. Plus…there was a lamppost in Narnia. ‘Nuff said.

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Mr. Tumnus?

Eventually I will shift my material over to a new domain name, but I will keep you all in the loop for when that happens.

In the meantime, keep exploring!

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