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All posts found on this blog: © Tom Meninga.

Edited 8/23/17:

Note: 1.  This is an everything blog. Besides writing about a LOT of different topics, I share photographs, youtube videos, etc. Sometimes I keep the posts light. Sometimes I get deep.  In the future, my main focus is going to be on music and photography, but I’ll still write about other topics from time to time.

2. I don’t post nearly as often as I used to.

3. If you want to read about a particular topic, look at the tag cloud on the right (the words in red) and click on the topic you want to read about. A listing of posts about, or at least partially about that topic will appear. The larger the topic appears in the tag cloud, the more I have written about it.

4. I prefer to avoid writing about politics or current events.

5. I don’t select the Top Posts. Those are the ones that have been read the most during the past week, or past few days, or whatever. I honestly don’t know for sure.

6. I make no money by endorsing any band, movie, product, place, or anything else I mention. I pay $30 a year to keep this blog free of ads. If you see any ads, please let me know. I’ll contact WordPress. Thanks.

7. I sometimes change my mind about things. I might feel differently about a topic some months or years after I’ve written about it.

Before I go any further, I’d like to mention that I have a youtube channel. It is an everything channel, where you can find videos of birds, other wildlife, nature, various independent bands, Irish dancing, and more. It is called Kerkuil’s Channel. My username for this channel is “heartywhistler.” Wish I’d chosen another name, but I can’t change it.. oh well.

Right then..

Who am I? Male, straight, mostly introverted but somewhat social anyway, politically unaffiliated, just left of center.  I am an amateur writer, photographer, videographer, musician and artist who lives in Boise, Idaho.

I started this blog in August of 2009. I called the blog “Wandering Spirit,” because I had been wandering spiritually for many years. I was Protestant from birth until around 1996, when I left Christianity. I am still curious about spirituality, especially Buddhism, Taoism, Animism, and Paganism. However, I am not a convert, nor practitioner of any faith.

For many years I studied other faiths, especially Buddhism. I’ve also learned about Wicca, Catholic Christianity, and a bit about Taoism, Hinduism and Islam. (I am not an expert on any of these faiths. I wouldn’t call myself an expert on anything at all).

In the past, when I’ve written about spirituality, I have sometimes written about spiritual and religious topics in an irreverent fashion. If you are a fundamentalist of any kind, you will want to skip this blog.

When I first started this blog, I wasn’t planning on writing much about spirituality. One of the main topics I planned on writing about was animal care. I volunteered at a wildlife rehabilitation center for over two years. Up until late 2010, I had mostly been writing about taking care of animals and spirituality.

I stopped working at a wildlife center when I moved from California in December of 2010, so I won’t be writing about animals much anymore, although I will occasionally post photos of wildlife.

Besides writing about animal care and spirituality, I blog about books, movies, family, friends, music, musical instruments, life in a city in California – where I spent most of my existence – and my continuing life in Idaho. I’ve also written about various other random topics. This blog is called “Wandering Spirit” not only because I for so long was wandering spiritually, but because I wander around quite a bit in my mind, and in this blog.

I’ve been including photographs and art in some of my posts. Many of these entries are mostly, if not entirely, pictures. The photos were all taken by me, and I’ve drawn or painted all the artwork, unless I state otherwise in a post. If you want to see the entries that include photography, just click “photography,” “photos,” or “pictures”  in the tag cloud to the right.

Some of my posts  you will no doubt find interesting, and I’ve written them at least partially with readers in mind. Other posts I’ve written more for myself to keep track of my thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

On occasion, I write in an unconventional manner, forsaking the usual rules of grammar, punctuation, etc. And there are typos and inadvertently misplaced words. I can spell and type accurately if I choose, but sometimes choose to do otherwise. Some posts I have proofread and edited. Others I have just left as they are.

One other thing I want to mention is that what I write about a particular issue is how I feel about that topic at the time I write about it. I might feel very differently about the topic later on.

In all my entries, I strive to be honest. I speak my truth.

Comments are welcome, and, as long as I do not find them to be spam (I have an aggressive spam filter), offensive, or very poorly written, I will post them.

Thank you very much for dropping by and taking the time to read this blog. I greatly appreciate your interest!

Tom Meninga

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 28, 2015 3:41 PM

    Lost In Translation is my favorite film also. Saw it for the first time a couple of years ago. Before this, Deliverance was my favorite.

    • tomschronicles permalink*
      August 30, 2015 12:24 AM

      Glad you love “Lost in Translation!” “Deliverance” is awesome as well. Truly an excellent film. Not exactly soothing or good for watching if a person wants to de-stress, but a really great movie.


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