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The Alphabet Is Fine

Today I start playing with the alphabet, again! Yes, I’m doing the April Blogging From A to Z Challenge for the second time. After our experience with the Challenge last year, I decided that I was doing it on Everyday Gyaan too besides on From 7Eight. I’m also linking into the Ultimate Blog Challenge and April’s NaBloPoMo.

When I began to think about what theme I would blog on for the Challenge here, I was tempted to go with many ideas, until I realized it was best to stick to my blog’s tagline : Keeping Life Simple, Authentic and Holistic. In other words, it’s business as usual – only that there’ll be a lot more posts in a short span of time.
Fred Rogers

I know from my experience last year that it’s easy to be clever with the letters of the alphabet when doing the A to Z challenge. However, this time, I’m trying not to be clever,  I’m going to stick to my own voice.

Natalie Goldberg writes about her Israeli landlady, a woman in her fifties. The woman called a repairman to fix her broken TV. It took the repairman four visits to fix the screen.

“But you knew even before he came the first time what was wrong,” Natalie told her. “He could have brought the correct tube and fixed it immediately.”

The landlady looked at her in astonishment. “Yes but then we couldn’t have had a relationship, sat and drunk tea and discussed the progress of the repairs. ”

Of course, Goldberg writes, the goal was not to fix the machine but to have a relationship. To make a connection–to touch, to see, to listen, to discover, to drink from the well of the day’s gladness.

This is exactly why I started a blog to make a connection with people via my writing. And that’s just what I’m going to do with the letters of the alphabet through this month!

This post is written for the letter A for the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014 José and I are undertaking the Challenge on our blog, From 7Eight too.

The Natalie Golberg story comes via Terry Hershey’s Sabbath Moment updates.


  1. Geeta Nair Geeta Nair April 6, 2014

    Alphabets link to make words, words to make sentences and sentences to make connections. Lovely way of looking at alphabets Corinne. Btw loved the story of the Israeli landlady.
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  2. […] 2.  Connecting with my readers on my blog. I’m not going to try to take those connections onto other social media platforms – except to find avenues to share the work of others. […]

  3. Rachna Rachna April 2, 2014

    Thank heavens for saying the alphabet. Everywhere I read, everyone says the alphabets. Good luck to you for the challenge!
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  4. Leo Leo April 2, 2014

    I need to be here earlier I guess if I want to scroll minimal. 🙂 Your own voice is good, Corry. Best option really. Waiting for you ka B 😉
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  5. Carol Graham Carol Graham April 2, 2014

    Now, THIS is something I am going to look forward to everyday. You are a very special lady and I am anxious to know you better.
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  6. SD Neeve SD Neeve April 2, 2014

    Relationships are important, and I love your theme. Great start to the A to Z Challenge. 🙂

  7. Preetilata Preetilata April 1, 2014

    And I know how wonderful it feels to make connections with people with the help of our writings. Did not I tell you before, about the connection that i feel for you Corry?

    Wonderful theme. I, for once again, going with ‘randomness’ as my theme.
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 2, 2014

      I’m sure you do, Pree. You must ‘talk’ more though – so glad to see you back. Randomness is great.
      About the connection – you did and I feel the same. 🙂
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  8. Adam Adam April 1, 2014

    Hi Corinne. Thanks for visiting the Crazy Town! Love the beautiful decorative letters illustrated here. 🙂
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  9. Ida Chiavaro Ida Chiavaro April 1, 2014

    Dear Corrine, your own voice sounds clever. Yes more words like friend and love would be great. I hope you have an awesome April.

  10. Danny Simon Danny Simon April 1, 2014

    Keeping it simple always helps to clear the clutter in our minds! Well put! Looking forward to read more!
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