What’s in a Name? Everything!

Welcome to Loreguardian’s Kalaidescope: Namer of Wonders, where the Loreguardian muses about many things.  (LG hates the term “blog;” it’s ugly, and she refuses to use it.  What did we call such things, pre-Web?  Essays?)

You may wonder about the name “Loreguardian.”  Does it belong to a librarian?  No, though I adore librarians and celebrate their quiet, polite service.  They are truly “lore guardians.”  LG has been a scholar, a writer and I use this name because my purpose is to guard truth about lore of many kinds: lore of myth, history, political and religious discourse, science, literature, music, and countless other forms of knowledge.  The “oh-so correct” era in which we lives nibbles at truth, silencing many points of view and avenues of conversation, shutting down even the ability to speak and write about certain subjects, which effectively leaves silence the victor.  Debate ceases, and the prevailing view marches onward to the next topic, establishes its view there, then works to silence opposition again.  LG does not concede victory to cultural ghosts.  KNoW won’t be a political vehicle, but if it’s necessary to discuss truth that elites prefer to leave unmentioned, LG serves notice that KNoW is a free zone.  Guarding lore means revealing all aspects, popular or not.   With civility, of course, like those polite librarians.

Kalaidescopes are marvels of light, color, ever-shifting bits of glass which form amazing patterns.  Every time the viewer turns the scope’s tube, or the ring around the lens, the view changes.  Views differ, but the lens remains the same. Each view is delightful, gorgeous.  As one looks through the lens, however, one must have light.  Without light, the kalaidescope is useless.  We can look through light, but can never escape it.  C. S. Lewis  writes that we can look along light, but cannot step outside it, because light is the very thing that we need to see everything else.  The light I speak of is God-light, Christ’s, the kind that darkness cannot comprehend or overcome. LG’s a Christian, and writes from that worldview.  Yet KNoW welcomes other views and is willing to understand, if not accept them.  That is the meaning of the well-loved modern word people bandy about, but don’t truly practice: tolerance.  A Christian virtue.

The theme and the symbol I used the last time I served as the leader of my local Eastern Star chapter in 2012 was the kalaidescope.  I didn’t want to let the theme and symbol go.   Stained glass and illuminated medieval manuscripts, especially the carpet pages of Gospels which Celtic monks of Iona and Kells produced, carry vivid colors, vibrant hues filled with the light that flows through.  (How they can capture that light on vellum is beyond me.)  The kalaidescope has that same character.  Beautiful as they are, both manuscript and stained glass are static.  That’s part of their value, but the kalaidescope changes with even the smallest shift, offering new surprises with every turn.  That’s what LG wants to reflect in KNoW.

Why “Namer of Wonders?”  Well, the “Namer” came later.  It occurred to LG that Kalaidescope of Wonders, when abbreviated would spell KoW. LG figured she’d abbreviate the title a lot, because it is long.  KoW?  Somehow that’s not the ambiance LG wanted.  KoW is close to know. “Namer” was the first n-word LG thought of, because writers definitely name things.  But the first thought was Adam naming the animals in Genesis.  Madeline L’Engle writes powerfully about names and naming.  Naming wonders, so that others can share them with me, is exactly what KNoW is about. I hope to name them clearly, and without fear.


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