Happy 500th!

This post is my 500th—whether you’ve been with me from the beginning, or just happened upon this blog recently, I’m glad you’re here!

Five hundred posts ago, I was working on writing down some thoughts about our recent move to Spain, and the various things I was learning. I wrote on new routines, different kinds of differences, Y’all, and My Escort. And I did my first series on Las Fallas (a summary with links can be found here).

It feels like I’ve covered a lot of territory since then. My posting schedule was more fluid in the early months, but these days, at two posts a week, it takes me just under a year to get from milestone to milestone. Taken in a broader context, that’s not very much time at all.

So I asked myself, what was going on five hundred years ago?*

For one thing, Ferdinand Magellan organized the Spanish expedition bound for the Spice Islands:


Titian began a painting called Madona di Ca’Pesaro:


and Leonardo da Vinci died in Amboise, France.

Self-portrait in red chalk, 1512


Five years is a tiny time span in comparison, but it’s always interesting for me to look back. In my milestone posts I include links to highlight a few of the posts from the last hundred. Here’s the roundup since my 400th post:


Gained in translation


Let go or hold on? Follow-up to Buddhist alternatives


Dance of the ever-changing borders


Banned books week


And I quote: Anne Lamott


Why do you do what you hate that you do?


Found poetry and a slice of rust


Menacing molasses


Leaving a note on her arm


Packing with Mrs. Beaver


Nostalgia and the good stuff that’s coming


Mind Stretch: Randall Munroe, creator of xkcd


That’s a quick tour of some of the things that I took notes on over the past year. If you have a favorite post of mine from the last year or so, I’d love to hear about it. And here are earlier milestone roundups: 400, 300, 200, 100.


*Worldhistoryproject.org is helpful in providing a window on earlier times.


[Images: news.sap.com, worldhistoryproject x 3; see original posts for their image credits]

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