One Hundred Pages on Wizzley: Enjoy the Journey Because the Destination Approaches Anyway

by DerdriuMarriner

It seems to be a tradition for authors to toast their 100th page on Wizzley. Here's to my summiting at 100.

Should you keep your eyes on the prize to stay motivated?

Or should you enjoy the journey so that arriving at the destination happens, oftentimes unexpectedly, as a wondrous reward?

Here on Wizzley, I took time:
• to feed the animals,
• to listen to the birds, and
• to smell the flowers.

I wrote about the fauna and flora that have been, and always will be, an important part of my journey on planet Earth.

Planet Earth, the Blue Marble: continents of North America and South America; oceans of the Atlantic and the Pacific

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image by Reto Stöckli (land surface, shallow water, clouds); enhancements by Robert Simmon (ocean color, compositing, 3D globes, animation).
source: NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), onboard the Terra satellite; data acquired Feb. 8, 2002
source: NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), onboard the Terra satellite; data acquired Feb. 8, 2002

By Its Right Name: Looking Deeply into Nature


Thanks to the gravitational pull of this watery planet, my feet have been planted, firmly and gracefully, on a shifting landscape of land and water.

This firm anchorage has afforded me the leisure of appreciating and participating in an inspirational vista: that of nature's infinite and intricate grandeur.

Among the many artistic, literary, scientific, and spiritual sources that have guided me in my enjoyment and understanding of nature, two twentieth century thinkers in particular have encouraged my pilgrimage through the natural world by way of their compelling writing:

• Boris Pasternak (February 10, 1890 - May 30, 1960) and

• Albert Einstein (March 14, 1879 - April 18, 1955).


Smuggled out of the former Soviet Union in 1957, Doctor Zhivago was first published in Milan, Italy. The next year, on October 23, 1958, the Swedish Academy awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature to the historical, romantic epic's author, Boris Pasternak, in recognition of his dual achievements as a contemporary lyrical poet and as a writer in the "great Russian epic tradition."

In the sweeping tale of Russia in the first half of the twentieth century, Boris poetically yet succinctly nuances the charismatic idealism of Lara Guichard, one of the main trio in Doctor Zhivago, through her rapport with nature:

"For a moment she rediscovered the purpose of her life. She was here on earth to grasp the meaning of its wild enchantment, and to call each thing by its right name. By its right name."


Widely recognized as a genius in his lifetime, physicist and violinist Albert Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921. Forty-four years after his death, his still familiar image closed the twentieth century by gracing the December 31, 1999, cover of Time magazine as "Person of the Century."

Through interviews and writings, Albert imparted a sense of awe at and oneness with the natural world. In a tributary biography which aired in 1991 on A&E Network (Arts and Entertainment), Hanna Loewy Kahler (September 20, 1925 – March 31, 2007), stepdaughter of Albert's colleague and friend at Princeton University, Erich von Kahler (October 14, 1885 – June 28, 1970), recalled Albert's comforting words to his stepdaughter Margot Lowenthal Einstein (December 3, 1899 - July 8, 1986) after the death of his sister Maria "Maja" Einstein Winteler (November 18, 1881 - 1951):

"Look deep, deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."


Shirley Temple as Sara Crewe in "The Little Princess":

happy days for Sara before the glad news of the Relief of Mafeking (May 17, 1900) turns into the sad news of the reputed death of her father.
"Screenshot from a public domain film The Little Princess (1939) starring Shirley Temple and Richard Greene."
"Screenshot from a public domain film The Little Princess (1939) starring Shirley Temple and Richard Greene."

Shirley Temple film sails across the 100th Wizzley finish line on Wednesday, February 19, 2014: Oh my goodness!


I have been so busy interspersing pages on ringtails, my favorite fauna, with film summary tributes to actress-diplomat Shirley Temple Black (April 23, 1928 – February 10, 2014) that I was not noticing the tally of published articles.

Fortunately, Mira visited my writeup of "The Little Princess," one of Shirley's better-known films from her tween years, noticed the milestone of 100 on my profile page, and left a congratulatory comment.


Although I joined Wizzley over a year ago, I did not start publishing until the end of September last year, 2013. Five months have passed, and I am happy to see that now my profile page, as I scroll down the screen, features several "more" tabs to replenish my growing portfolio.

Would I have guessed back in September 2013 that the honor of being crowned as page 100 would fall to a Shirley Temple tribute?

No, because back in the autumn I thought that I had plenty of time to profile Shirley's films. I had no way of knowing then that Shirley would quietly make her final bow, at the elegant age of 85, on February 10, 2014, two months two weeks and two days shy of her 86th birthday.

If I had given a thought to the topic of my hundredth page on Wizzley, I probably would have pondered with a blend of bemusement and bewilderment the perfect process by which I could single out one natural science illustrator or one butterfly or one ringtail or one rose for the honor of lucky 100.

All in all, though, "The Little Princess" fits well into its milestone status.


In the process of attaining this first milestone, my creative flint was sparked through weaving my interests into symbolic nests and anchoring them with careful links to Amazon and Of special relevance for my nature topics are Amazon's large collection of photo jigsaw puzzles, which offer the double charm of being educational as well as entertaining.


apart from jigsaw puzzles, my other favorite Amazon link:

six fully-faceted ruby crystal rose blossoms in faceted clear crystal vase: silver-tone rhodium detailing on rose leaves and stems
Swarovski Crystal Red Roses

Conclusion: the end which is also the beginning


To demarcate the end of my articles from Amazon and capsules, I selected the public domain image with the tags "Farmer Animals Camp Camping Dividers Horses" from among the 27 images responding to my search term, "dividers," on Pixabay.

That image by OpenClips appears on all of my pages on Wizzley. I entitled it as "the end which is also the beginning" because farming and ranching are locked into a never-ending cycle, with the close of one day's chores leading into the dawning of the next day's activities.

The appreciation of nature and the pursuit of knowledge also offer never-ending cycles. Thus, the ending of one article on Wizzley promises the beginning of another, and so forth, and so on.


one of my favorite books ~ A Guide to the Nests, Eggs and Nestlings of North American Birds, Second Edition by Paul J. Baicich and Colin J.O. Harrison

Geographical coverage spans the Arctic Circle to the southern border of the United States. Details breeding cycle of each species.
A Guide to the Nests, Eggs and Nestlings of North American Birds, S...



My special thanks to talented artists and photographers/concerned organizations who make their fine images available on the internet.


Image Credits


NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image by Reto Stöckli (land surface, shallow water, clouds); enhancements by Robert Simmon (ocean color, compositing, 3D globes, animation)
source: NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), onboard the Terra satellite; data acquired Feb. 8, 2002: NASA Visible Earth, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons @; via NASA Visible Earth @

"Screenshot from a public domain film The Little Princess (1939) starring Shirley Temple and Richard Greene.": Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons @


the end which is also the beginning

"Farmer Animals Camp Camping Dividers Horses"
"Farmer Animals Camp Camping Dividers...

Me and my purrfectly purrfect Maine coon kittycat, Augusta "Gusty" Sunshine

Gusty and I thank you for reading this article and hope that our product selection interests you; Gusty Gus receives favorite treats from my commissions.
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Updated: 04/04/2024, DerdriuMarriner
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DerdriuMarriner on 10/31/2022

Thank you, Frank, and congratulations to you and your more than 100 wizzleys!

frankbeswick on 10/26/2022

Congratulations,Derdriu, Wizzley needs writers who persevere.

DerdriuMarriner on 10/26/2022

Thank you for the best wishes and congratulations, WriterArtist!

You're to be commended and role-modeled for your 300 pages and going strong!

WriterArtist on 10/25/2022

DerDriuMarriner - 100 pages is a milestone , achieving it is no simple feat. I can see that you are at 529 pages which is a good motivation for others. Keep on writing. It definitely feels good to see that some of the writers are still keeping pace.

DerdriuMarriner on 02/24/2014

JoHarrington, Thank you! Time flies when you're having fun, doesn't it? These past five months have flown, not too fast, but oftentimes just right -- if time had been a little slower, though, I could have written more! :-) Actually, the spate of brutal blizzards that have blasted the east coast over the past few weeks did slow me down; I was snowed in and everything was shut down, so I didn't have access to a library or a computer for 3 days. Yikes. It's a nice feeling to reach 100. And it's nice to see via your work here that momentum can be sustained, all the way to approaching 600 pages and counting. You go, girl!

DerdriuMarriner on 02/24/2014

Dustytoes, Thank you! Me, too, I agree that it's nice that Shirley Temple shares in my milestone.

JoHarrington on 02/24/2014

Congratulations on reaching your 100th Wizzley article. Full commission to you now. :) And you wrote 100 articles in just five months? Go you! Wooot! :D

I did see all of your Shirley Temple ones coming through and met to check them out. you were writing like a demon last week. Congrats again. <3

dustytoes on 02/24/2014

Congratulations on article 100 here at Wizzley...! It's so nice that Shirley Temple gets to share in that.

DerdriuMarriner on 02/24/2014

VioletteRose, Thank you, and the same applies for me concerning your articles.
Yes, I also love the Swarovski vase of roses: such artistry.

DerdriuMarriner on 02/24/2014

Mira, Thank you for a wonderful compliment, and ditto for you and your articles.
Thank you again for letting me know that I'd reached my 100th. :-)

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