I've been contemplating starting a blog for quite a while now. Now that I have cable internet (freedom from dial-up is indeed glorious!), I've decided now is the time. I haven't settled on a specific purpose for this blog, but I think I will be guided by my title. It comes from Annie Dillard's book The Writing Life. I'm going to comment on anything that astonishes me. Not knock-me-down astonishment, necessarily, but at least makes-you-say-hmm astonishment.