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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.

126 Comments

  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.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 6, 2014

      Thanks, Geeta. Yes, we string the letters of the alphabet into words – it’s our choice what words we use! πŸ™‚

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  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!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 3, 2014

      I guess we all make mistakes, Rachna. And this is a common one.
      Thank you! πŸ™‚

  4. Leo Leo April 2, 2014

    I need to be here earlier I guess if I want to scroll minimal. πŸ™‚ Your own voice is good, Corry. Best option really. Waiting for you ka B πŸ˜‰

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 2, 2014

      Thanks, Vinay. I was waiting for you to comment before I published the next one! πŸ˜‰

  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.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 2, 2014

      Thank you, Carol. I feel the same about you. I’m hoping to read your book next month – after the Challenge is over.

  6. Pratikshya Mishra Pratikshya Mishra April 2, 2014

    And You are connecting so well…bringing together people from all spheres, and walks of life…

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 2, 2014

      Thank you so much, Pratikshya. You’re not doing the A – Z challenge? πŸ™‚

  7. Laurel Regan Laurel Regan April 2, 2014

    “Business as usual” sounds great to me… looking forward to reading your posts!

  8. SD Neeve SD Neeve April 2, 2014

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

  9. Michelle Wallace Michelle Wallace April 2, 2014

    The Natalie Goldberg snippet is PRICELESS!
    It’s as simple as that!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 2, 2014

      Yes, the beauty is that it’s so simple, isn’t it? Thanks for visiting.

  10. Loni Townsend Loni Townsend April 2, 2014

    Good use of the alphabet, and some really great quotes there! You’re such a great source of inspiration.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 2, 2014

      Thanks so much, Loni. Loved the start of your story! πŸ™‚

  11. Debbie Debbie April 1, 2014

    To be one’s self is the best thing! Always enjoy your posts Corinne. Very insightful!

  12. 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.

    • 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. πŸ™‚

  13. Adam Adam April 1, 2014

    Hi Corinne. Thanks for visiting the Crazy Town! Love the beautiful decorative letters illustrated here. πŸ™‚

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 2, 2014

      Thanks so much, Danny! Off to read your post now. πŸ™‚

  16. Amrit Rukhaiyaar Amrit Rukhaiyaar April 1, 2014

    Just trying to add a comment to check if my link appears πŸ™‚

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 2, 2014

      Nope it didn’t πŸ™ Wondering why – what message is it giving you?

  17. Meena Menon Meena Menon April 1, 2014

    N cory lemme tell you, you excel at building relationships. **Respect**

  18. Carrie-Anne Foster Carrie-Anne Foster April 1, 2014

    I really love what you’re doing with this, Corinne! A little bit different, is good πŸ™‚

  19. Amrit Rukhaiyaar Amrit Rukhaiyaar April 1, 2014

    Did I tell you, that you are a genius… wow… loved the quotes, loved the sense you made….this was an awesome little post

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 1, 2014

      No you didn’t, Amrit? πŸ˜‰ Thanks, all the same. Glad you liked the post.

  20. 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!

  21. My Inner Chick My Inner Chick April 1, 2014

    LOVE Natalie Goldberg. She’s one of my faves.

    Love you, too! xx

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 1, 2014

      I am certainly getting her books, Kim. I love whatever I’ve read of hers so far!
      Love you, Kim.

  22. 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

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 1, 2014

      Thanks, Sitara. That’s a great quote.
      Your post is amazing!

  23. Sushree Dash Sushree Dash April 1, 2014

    Amazing theme πŸ™‚ Just loved the pic and the quote…so inspiring .
    It’s my first time at A-Z Challenge….do drop in by my blog πŸ™‚

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 1, 2014

      Thanks, Sushree. I’m sure you’ll do great with the challenge!

  24. lisa prince lisa prince April 1, 2014

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

  25. Sheela Sheela April 1, 2014

    Making and maintaining connections….Life is all about this…
    Lovely … happy blogging!

  26. Rajlakshmi Rajlakshmi April 1, 2014

    that’s a beautiful thought because in the end, it’s the relationship that stays and matters

  27. 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!!!

  28. 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. πŸ™‚
    (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.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 1, 2014

      Thanks, Monica. You’re grandmom sounds like an amazing woman. What an example for you and your family!

  29. 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.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 1, 2014

      Thanks so much, Cat. It’s lovely to have you blogging again. I do love our connection. β™₯

  30. Jolie du Pre ( Jolie du Pre ( April 1, 2014

    Yes, an important part of A to Z is forming relationships. Nice post.

  31. 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! β™₯

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 1, 2014

      We’re going to rock this challenge, aren’t we, Kathy? πŸ™‚

  32. Doreen McGettigan Doreen McGettigan April 1, 2014

    Oh Corrine what a lovely start to the challenge. Here in Philadelphia it is 8:45 a.m. on 4/1
    I am at work but had a break so I made a cup of tea and I am off to make some connections.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 1, 2014

      Thanks, Doreen. I hope you enjoyed your tea and made some good connections! πŸ™‚

  33. 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 πŸ™‚

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 1, 2014

      Thanks, Sulekha. You should know – you’re the veteran A to Zer! πŸ™‚

  34. 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:-)

  35. Shailajav Shailajav April 1, 2014

    You amaze me with your energy- AtoZ, Nablopomo, UBC πŸ˜€ 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 πŸ˜‰

    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!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 1, 2014

      Ah it’s a breeze! πŸ™‚ Thanks, Shailaja. Yes, I loved the story too.

  36. 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!

  37. Tasha Tasha April 1, 2014

    A very straightforward and admirable aim. Good luck with the AtoZ.
    Tasha

  38. G Angela G Angela April 1, 2014

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

  39. 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.

  40. sunila sunila April 1, 2014

    Simplicity is not easy to achieve and stay with. Looking fwd to your posts Corinne πŸ™‚

  41. Psych Babbler Psych Babbler April 1, 2014

    You are truly keeping it simple by not playing around too much with the alphabet! πŸ˜‰ I love your tagline and looking forward to this month…

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 1, 2014

      Yes, I am, PB. I’m looking forward to the month too. πŸ™‚

  42. Sheethal Sheethal April 1, 2014

    Making relationships in this busy world is very important πŸ™‚ … as always <3'd this too πŸ™‚

  43. simple girl simple girl April 1, 2014

    connection is what we really want.. waiting for more feel good posts.. πŸ™‚

  44. Suzy Suzy April 1, 2014

    So true. It’s all about connections. What would life be if we all lived in isolation. I love how you convey your message through a story.

  45. Ananya Kiran Ananya Kiran April 1, 2014

    Tell me tell me How do you think what you think, what a post πŸ™‚

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 1, 2014

      Ha ha…now I don’t go giving out secrets for free! πŸ˜‰
      Thanks, Ananya.

  46. 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!!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 1, 2014

      Thanks, Dayana. I hope we can sustain it though! πŸ™‚

  47. 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 πŸ™‚

    PS: Hope there would be some posts from Pablo too…

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 1, 2014

      Thanks, Bhavya. That’s the nicest thing I’ve heard today!
      Poor Pablo is suffering from writer’s block! πŸ˜‰

  48. Beloo Mehra Beloo Mehra April 1, 2014

    Aah…I like this very much, Corinne. A is indeed for Alphabet, I suppose πŸ™‚ 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!

  49. Sreeja Praveen Sreeja Praveen April 1, 2014

    Aah, the alphabet ! Lovely tapestry of words here, Corinne πŸ˜‰ loved the way you’ve woven the smartness into the ‘not being smart’ thing πŸ™‚ Hugs, Corinne πŸ™‚ Staying tuned for the rest of the smartness πŸ˜€

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 1, 2014

      Thanks so much, Sreeja. You have a way of making people feel good about themselves! πŸ™‚
      Hugs.

  50. Vidya Sury Vidya Sury April 1, 2014

    That landlady is my kind of person!
    Great start to the A to Z, Corinne! Love, Vidya

  51. Inderpreet Kaur Uppal Inderpreet Kaur Uppal April 1, 2014

    Hi,
    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!

  52. 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.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 1, 2014

      Thanks, Tulika. And you’re right, we need to be clear about it.

  53. 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 πŸ˜€

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 1, 2014

      Right you are, Richa. If our words can make sense to another – that’s a great connection, I think! πŸ™‚

  54. 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! β™₯

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 1, 2014

      Thanks, Shilpa! Remember how we made a connection last year? πŸ™‚

  55. Gauri Gauri April 1, 2014

    Keep it simple, eh? Lovely theme! And a great post as usual Corinne πŸ™‚

  56. S(t)ri S(t)ri April 1, 2014

    Whoa, you have made a nice theme and an excellent write up based on the theme!! I am so curious to know more!!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 1, 2014

      My theme is just the same as the one I have all year through, Sri. πŸ™‚

  57. Aditi Aditi April 1, 2014

    Lovely that you are keeping it simple, authentic and holistic! πŸ™‚ Making beautiful connections is certainly a reason for blogging and what a golden opportunity this A-Z gives no?

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 1, 2014

      Thanks, Aditi. And you’re right – you make some great connections via the A to Z.

  58. swathi shenoy swathi shenoy April 1, 2014

    i love ur theme πŸ™‚
    trying not to be smart with the alphabets and being smart at the same time πŸ˜€

  59. nabanita nabanita April 1, 2014

    I love the theme Corinne…but I think in reality you are being smart with the alphabet πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 1, 2014

      Thanks, Naba. Making a connection with our words is what it’s all about. You do that well! πŸ™‚

  60. 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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