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Friday, September 4, 2009

What's in a Name?

Why Ranunculus Turtle?

The most obvious, and least satisfying, answer is "why not?"

In a first season episode of The Mentalist, Patrick Jane asks a group of teenagers, "If you were an animal, what animal would you be?"

The teens, in that wonderfully prompt way of scripted television shows, blurt answers that are key in solving the mystery.

I did not blurt an answer. I paused. I pondered. I mused.

Ultimately, I decided I would be a turtle. Not because I'm overly fond of turtles, even though I wouldn't deliberately run one over with my car. I don't keep turtles as pets. I don't tune in to nature shows about turtles. I don't consider turtles particularly wonderful in any way above any other animal.

But turtles and I share a few traits. We are both slow-moving. We both focus on food and food-acquisition. If I could think of a way to carry my house on my back, I would.

What I find most memorable about turtles is that moral learned from Aesop's fable: slow and steady wins the race.

I have a goal. What I want is single-minded steadiness in pursuit of that goal.

Thus, the Turtle of Ranunculus Turtle.

Besides, Ranunculus Snail didn't have the same ring.


  1. Okay, so I wasn't thinking flowers or plants. I was thinking that the title of your blog was a play on words or pronunciation, I should say. You know, like that game.

    Then the whole Seinfeld thing and the blog about nothing....well, I kept thinking Seinfeld, as painful as that was, had something to do with your blog title. I was totally OVER-focusing and missed the obvious apparently.

    So, is the Ranunculus family of plants poisonous or non-poisonous to the turtle? I have a brown thumb. I do NOT do well with plants. Or turtles.

    Godspeed and blessings on the new blog, Robynn!

  2. Welcome, Susie! Thanks for following me and my mistakes. Ranunculi are the topic of my next blog.
    Never fear. I won't leave you hanging long.


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