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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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  11. Meena Menon Meena Menon April 1, 2014

    N cory lemme tell you, you excel at building relationships. **Respect**
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  12. RM Hepler RM Hepler April 1, 2014

    Wow. Powerful post! It hit me really hard and warm like being tossed into a hot tub.

    Good luck with A-Z. I’ll be stopping by often!
    RM Hepler recently posted..A is for…My Profile

  13. SITARA NAIR SITARA NAIR April 1, 2014

    Yes you are right….it depends what all words we weave together with alphabets…
    Today I read somewhere that people who use words which hurt are not bestowed with enough wisdom to be friends with good ones…
    Your post…..reiterated that to me
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  14. Sushree Dash Sushree Dash April 1, 2014

    Amazing theme 🙂 Just loved the pic and the quote…so inspiring .
    It’s my first time at A-Z Challenge….do drop in by my blog 🙂
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  15. lisa prince lisa prince April 1, 2014

    what a great theme am happy you are enjoying doing the challenge

  16. Sheela Sheela April 1, 2014

    Making and maintaining connections….Life is all about this…
    Lovely … happy blogging!
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  17. Cristina Cristina April 1, 2014

    And aren’t we the luckier for it!

    Can’t wait to read and get a true sense of YOUR voice!!!
    Cristina recently posted..A is for AnnunciationMy Profile

  18. Monica Deshpande Monica Deshpande April 1, 2014

    Corinne, what a fabulous thought about using the A-Z to explore human connections. The landlady in your anecdote reminds me of my grandmum, who is the most interesting nonagenarian I have known, all because of her connections. 🙂
    (At 91, she visits her ‘mandal’ – her local ladies club – every Thursday, to catch up on news, the latest books and catch up with some of her friends, who have been members of this club since 1944. )
    Thanks for the reminder on the power of keeping in touch.

  19. Cat Cat April 1, 2014

    I love your simple, authentic and holistic blog, Corinne and am so glad we connected. You are great how you support others and are always positive and uplifting.

    And by the way, I think you’re VERY CLEVER, too! Just sayin…. Look forward to more fun this month with the A-Z Challenge.

  20. Kathy Combs Kathy Combs April 1, 2014

    This is going to be a great month! I look forward to all the uplifting inspiration that I will get here. I am already smiling and feeling refreshed! ♥
    Kathy Combs recently posted..A is for AdulteryMy Profile

  21. Sulekha Sulekha April 1, 2014

    Blogging is an excellent way of building relationships with other bloggers but as long as the effort is on from both the sides. One-way communication becomes less audible with time. AtoZ Challenge is bringing like-minded bloggers in touch with each other and helping build bridges across nations, loving it. You have started with a bang and the boom will get louder with every letter 🙂

  22. Eli Eli April 1, 2014

    Business as usual – coming from you- yes, please Corinne:-) Love your writings, so Ill be following for sure. So happy to have connected with you through blogging:-) The story with the repair-guy was cute. Can totally relate… many do have the tendency to come again and again don’t they:-) Super start of the challenge:-)
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  23. Shailajav Shailajav April 1, 2014

    You amaze me with your energy- AtoZ, Nablopomo, UBC 😀 And keeping WT running through all that and running the AtoZ group! Doing it with two blogs!

    Lady, I want to know what diet you’re on 😉

    On a serious note, I love the anecdote about the lady talking about making connections. Because after all, that is what blogging is all about. And you make it seem so easy. Hats off to you!
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  24. Proactive Indian Proactive Indian April 1, 2014

    ‘Smart’ and ‘not smart’ reminds me of a senior co-worker many years back. Everybody used to tell him he was lucky to have such a smart wife. One day, somebody insensitively asked him how come such a smart woman married a ‘not smart’ guy like him. Before any further damage could be done, I retorted, “She fell for a ‘not smart’ guy, but he successfully wooed such a smart woman, obviously he’s smarter than her!” From that day, people stopped bugging him about his ‘smart’ wife!
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  25. G Angela G Angela April 1, 2014

    I liked your post corinne, you are simply great ! thanks for inspiring !

  26. Diana Pinto Diana Pinto April 1, 2014

    Hi Corinne ! Great start to the A to Z blogging challenge. Making connections through writing is wonderful and it comes so naturally to you. Best of luck for the entire challenge.

  27. sunila sunila April 1, 2014

    Simplicity is not easy to achieve and stay with. Looking fwd to your posts Corinne 🙂

  28. Psych Babbler Psych Babbler April 1, 2014

    You are truly keeping it simple by not playing around too much with the alphabet! 😉 I love your tagline and looking forward to this month…
    Psych Babbler recently posted..A is for Acceptance #atozchallengeMy Profile

  29. Sheethal Sheethal April 1, 2014

    Making relationships in this busy world is very important 🙂 … as always <3'd this too 🙂
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  30. Dayana Dayana April 1, 2014

    I just heard about this alphabet blogging thing and I think its awesome to come up with clever ideas based on the alphabet to blog about!!

  31. Bhavya Bhavya April 1, 2014

    EG is a lovely place to be in and I love digging out your old posts are reading them, for they give a sense of comfort and peace. Glad that you are keeping the theme of EG as it is. All the best for April 🙂

    PS: Hope there would be some posts from Pablo too…
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  32. Beloo Mehra Beloo Mehra April 1, 2014

    Aah…I like this very much, Corinne. A is indeed for Alphabet, I suppose 🙂 And I should add that from what I have seen so far you certainly have connected quite nicely with so many people through your writings and helped people make their own connections too. Way to go, girl! Look forward to your B post and all the rest!
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  33. Sreeja Praveen Sreeja Praveen April 1, 2014

    Aah, the alphabet ! Lovely tapestry of words here, Corinne 😉 loved the way you’ve woven the smartness into the ‘not being smart’ thing 🙂 Hugs, Corinne 🙂 Staying tuned for the rest of the smartness 😀
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  34. Vidya Sury Vidya Sury April 1, 2014

    That landlady is my kind of person!
    Great start to the A to Z, Corinne! Love, Vidya
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  35. Inderpreet Kaur Uppal Inderpreet Kaur Uppal April 1, 2014

    This is a good idea, let us keep our life simple. This is what I am applying to my blogging too.
    In our speedy lives we just don’t sit and talk any more.
    Thanks a ton!
    Inderpreet Kaur Uppal recently posted..A is for ALONEMy Profile

  36. Obsessivemom Obsessivemom April 1, 2014

    I like it when you talk of keeping it simple. Easy enough if the goal is clear in our heads.

  37. richa singh richa singh April 1, 2014

    Yes we blog to make connections, find those with whom we share a lot of our human values and life. Writing is a way of life for me now. And it is because of this that we met too 😀
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  38. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg April 1, 2014

    Oh yes, the goal is to build relationships and enjoy the journey! Loved the path you are following, Corinne! ♥
    Shilpa Garg recently posted..A is for ArgumentsMy Profile

  39. Aditi Aditi April 1, 2014

    Lovely that you are keeping it simple, authentic and holistic! 🙂 Making beautiful connections is certainly a reason for blogging and what a golden opportunity this A-Z gives no?
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  40. swathi shenoy swathi shenoy April 1, 2014

    i love ur theme 🙂
    trying not to be smart with the alphabets and being smart at the same time 😀

  41. nabanita nabanita April 1, 2014

    I love the theme Corinne…but I think in reality you are being smart with the alphabet 🙂 And the making connection part says it all , doesn’t it? That’s why we blog I guess…It feels gr8 when people connect to us through our writings 🙂
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  42. Kajal Kajal April 1, 2014

    And it sure makes sense…not being too smart with the alphabet, eh?

    Anyway, I loved the theme and the way that you have weaved it. Will stay tuned
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