It’s 2014! A New Year, a time for resolutions, reinventions, and reformations.  Or, at least, anything that starts with R.  I’m not a huge proponent for making New Year’s Resolutions; however, I did resolve to start the blog I’ve been nattering about.

Deciding on a name for this blog was rather difficult.  I am a writer but ‘writer’ doesn’t begin to cover all my interests; which are many and varied.  No, I needed something more.  I liked the idea of Renaissance Woman and looked up renaissance in the dictionary.  The fourth definition I found bore a close resemblance to the thought I wished to convey: a renewal of life, vigor, interest, etc.; rebirth, revival (more “R” words). And yet, it still didn’t feel right.

Google gave me the word ‘Polymath’.  Polymath is defined as “a person whose experience spans a significant number of different subject areas: such a person is known to draw on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems.”  I learned that Polymath is applied to great thinkers of the Renaissance as well as the Golden Age of Islam.  Leonardo da Vinci is considered a polymath; so are Omar Khayyam and Hildegard of Bingen. 

I learned the term Polymath is used interchangeably with Polyhister and, while both terms seemed a more apt description of what I wanted to do with my blog, neither “Polymath Woman” nor “Polyhister Woman” rolled easily off the tongue.  Fortunately, as I continued to read through Wikipedia’s entry on Polymath, I learned that Renaissance Man had been used to mean Polymath in early 20th century.  Now thoroughly educated, and relieved I wasn’t stuck with polyhister, I settled on a title for my blog. 

I imagine I’ll post an eclectic mix of writing, but the posts will always be about something that interests me.  I also imagine yours and my opinions will often differ: I thank God for it.  Imagine how boring life would be if everyone thought the same!  I welcome comments and the opportunity to learn from all of you something I would not have seen on my own.  However, let’s please keep it civil.  I understand opinions won’t always coincide but let’s not belittle others for not seeing something the way we think they should.

Again, welcome!  I look forward to 2014.  The new year is full of possibilities.
 K.A.M. Boham

P.S. Just for fun:  here’s a quote from Robert A. Heinlein that sums up a polymath:
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.  Specialization is for insects.”
Time Enough for Love (1973)