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Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

Blogging A to Z

Hey, I’m doing something neat next month! A group of bloggers (nearly 1500 as I write this post) will blog every day in April, except Sundays. Starting on April 1 with the letter A and going forward to the end of the month with the letter Z at the end of April 30, bloggers will write daily posts on the same letter. Over the month it will be like savoring alphabet soup, one noodle at a time. People say it is great fun, so I’m raring to go.

You can read more about it here.

Many bloggers who do this challenge orient their blogs to a theme. And today is the big Theme Reveal.

My theme is Reimagining Beauty.

One of the most beautiful children I have ever seen is a little girl. She was born with a genetic syndrome that among other things, alters the way she looks. It got me to thinking about the images of beauty that she will encounter in her life. Will she feel excluded? My recent blog posts have touched on this and other related issues, and there are more to come.

But when the A to Z Challenge came my way, I thought that it would be great opportunity to really dig down into this issue. So I decided to focus on how anyone – storytellers, writers, people in everyday conversation, parents – anyone has the power to describe beauty inclusively, regardless of cultural background, body type, age, abilities, or what their physical appearance has or “lacks” in terms of media driven imagery. Because that stuff is not what matters or makes one beautiful. At least that’s my take on it.

Storytellers know that words have great power to change mood and mind. My blog series on Reimagining Beauty will focus on the words we can choose to redefine and reimagine beauty in ways that are inclusive of anyone.

It will be one fun roller-coaster ride through the month of April.


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16 thoughts on “Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

  1. Sounds wonderful. As you get older, it gets easier. As you learn to detach from the constant barrage of having to look this way, or feel that way you learn to appreciate more the little things that make everyone unique which is their real beauty. Looking forward to your April posts.

    • Yes, Linda, I think you are right about the getting older thing. And yet I have been amazed to find how incredibly deep the other images go – even in friends who I would put, in both spiritual development and age, well beyond worrying about that sort of thing – even they have expressed gratitude for being reminded and have told me that they think this stuff is important for them and others. We shall see. Thanks for climbing aboard this maiden ship adventure!

  2. I look forward to reading your posts. I expect to have some notions challenged and learn a little along the way. Such is the beauty of being a master wordsmith.

  3. Wonderful theme. I’m looking forward to your posts.

  4. Suzanne Ong on said:

    I look forward to what you’ll come up with 🙂 Followed!

  5. This is a good idea and one that’s probably needed.

  6. I absolutely love your theme! I am so happy you are doing this 🙂 I put your blog on my list of storytellers in the A to Z challenge, and I’ll be checking back 🙂
    Happy A to Z!

    • Thanks for sharing my info. and more importantly, thanks for telling me about this challenge. It’s been neat drafting the posts, and i can’t wait for this part now. Happy A to Z to you too! See you on your blog… 🙂

  7. Just learned about this….and will “put my oar in” from time to time. Funny, the conversation is about BEAUTY, when only a few minutes ago I was responding to a blurb about Muscular Dystrophy, and the banner above the message depicted a very large woman (girl?) in a wheelchair with a therapy dog beside her. And she was smiling broadly. My first thought was “what’s she smiling about?” (Have no idea). My second thought was “even though she’s very overweight, she still has something to smile about.” And I’m still contemplating any following thoughts that my mind might concoct.

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