April A-Z Theme Reveal

Today is the day that we reveal our theme for the annual international April A-Z Blog Challenge. 

I haven’t fully decided on what my theme will be. Most probably on “Aging” excerpting a quote from my and co-author, Dr. Susan Schwartz’s book, ‘Aging & Becoming ~ A Reflective Enquiry’. And elaborating a little. It will be psychological. Not long. We post daily in April, on a topic for each letter of the alphabet, except for Sundays when we get a day of rest.

I’ll also be linking my posts to We Are The World Blogfest (#WATWB) whose aim is to spread love and peace amidst our turbulent world and hopefully telling of positive, even personal, stories where ordinary human kindness is the order of the day. These effects are felt, no matter how small the ripple. This begins next week and continues for a year, posts to be put up on the last Friday of each month.

Sing up for We Are The World Blogfest!
We Are The World Blogfest

So, wish me luck. As I wish you, those joining in on this roller coaster ride …

I like this quote below – apt as today is the equinox – equal day and equal night, as the earth tilts on its axis. Here in South Africa, we move towards Autumn, and the northern hemispheres towards spring. I like also what it says about ‘certainty’ – 

“When you’re young you prefer the vulgar months, the fullness of the seasons. As you grow older you learn to like the in-between times, the months that can’t make up their minds. Perhaps it’s a way of admitting that things can’t ever bear the same certainty again.”
― Julian BarnesFlaubert’s Parrot

51 Comments on Theme Reveal for April A-Z

  1. Go, Susan. I’m definitely behind. I’m so glad I’ve read your book. It’s an important meditation on Aging, something Western culture has forgotten how to do with grace.

  2. Hi Susan, I am not participating this time in the April challenge, but would definitely be reading all your posts, thanks in anticipation, all the best again:)

  3. Glad for you susan, hats off to you for being able to do so much, I got your book from Amazon and have completed reading; I have made a post too:) thanks for being my inspiration, love and hugs to you:) and yes all the best too….

    • Thanks Genevive so much! I look forward to your post and seeing what you have to say. Thank you so much for purchasing it 🙂 xx

  4. Hi Susan!
    I’m looking forward to the ‘A to Z madness’ and of course I’ll be following your psychological posts on the topic of “Aging”. I think it’s a topic that scares lots of people.

    Talking about aging, I’m not sure if you know about the non-fiction book compiled by Karen Helene Walker, that has just been released.
    The title is: Still Me…After All These Years: 24 Writers Reflect on Aging.
    It’s a collection of personal reflections guaranteed to keep you inspired and entertained on that journey we all travel together,The Journey of Aging.
    There are quite a few bloggers from our blogging community who have contributed to this anthology. You may even know some of them.
    I can send you the Goodreads/Amazon link, or a link to Karen Helene Walker’s blog, if you’d like to have a look at the book.
    There’s also a blog tour which is in progress at the moment.

    • Thanks Michelle! I was invited to contribute but I missed the boat in terms of getting in my contribution for possible acceptance. I have the book on my Kindle .. wish I could join in he blog-hop – when there’s time I’ll check it out, thank you!

  5. I envy you for getting to involve yourself in these two blog challenges. I’m going to have to pass on any this year, but next year I should be able to get back into blogging challenges. I’m familiar with the A to Z, but the other one I’ve never heard of. It sounds wonderful. Good luck to you.

  6. Beautiful quote.

    I wish you luck with the Challenge and with settling on a theme. I’ll be checking in to cheer you on as often as I can. Although I’ll be blogging weekly, I’ve decided not to do the Challenge this year. 🙁

    The other blog hop sounds like a lovely idea.

  7. It just occurred to me I haven’t been receiving notifications of your posts, Susan, though you have commented on mine. So, I have re-subscribed. That should fix the problem.

    I look forward to your A-Z marathon though I will probably not be able to keep up the pace. Why? My sisters and I are clearing out my aunt’s house.

    You have stamina and creativity, my dear. Have the best April ever!

  8. Best of Luck dear Susan… Sounds extremely interesting… There are many studies by Simone de Beauvoir in which she analizes in which many ways elder people are conceived in our modern society. If you search on Goggle: “Simone de Beauvoir aging” you´ll find out some good stuff which might be useful… Love & best wishes.

    • Thank you dear Aquileana. Simone de Beauvoir is very familiar to me from a long time ago, and your comment is a timely reminder to check her out again. Love to you – Susan

  9. HI: Susan, have found your blog via reddit.com that I was too late to make comment on – was it your book with Susan? Am a Jungian reader most of middle to now older age etc in my 60s. I read about your book On Becoming on my Twitter and felt immediately interested to buy the book. Your up and coming A-Z on the blog, is it something one can input on? Have not got exactly the idea of blogs yet.
    PS My new class friend is a twoman teacher from S.Africa, in Sweden where have lived 10 years, and started learning Swedish again. My family and I are from Uk

    • Hello Anthony. Yes the reddit was with Dr. Susan Schwartz, Jungian analyst in the US and the co-author of our book ‘Aging & Becoming ~ A Reflective Enquiry’. I think the reddit link is still up with the questions and responses – my particular 2 blogs that followed gave only some excerpts.

      Re the upcoming April A-Z blog challenge: yes please, I do hope you will comment. As you have done here. It may be an idea to subscribe to receive posts by email? There is a little block on this page on the rhs where you can do so – you can unsubscribe at any time.

      How interesting that an ex South African is teaching you the Swedish language! Though you must be at least reasonably proficient in the language having lived there for 10 years? Great that you are learning to become more proficient.

      Thank you for coming by – hope to see you again.

      • Hi Susan, wanted to reply to you on the blog but my reply would not send. Is there another contact than the blog…..Believe the A-Z will be on the blog, later….BLess

          • Hi Susan, Am trying to send reply on wordpress but it does nót seem to allow me but seems you are getting my reply there. Please confirm as not sure if i can be personal on here..BLess A

            • Hi Anthony, all seems to be getting through quite fine. Re: being personal on these Aging posts – I hope that they do resonate with whoever reads them and that they make comments as they pertain to them if they so wish – comments broaden the scope, people like reading other people’s comments as I do too.

    • Lovely to see you here Stephanie thank you for coming by. Are you taking part? I’ll check your web page tomorrow – it’s now late at night ..

  10. Your theme for the A to Z Challenge sounds perfect for you. I look forward to reading what you have to say, alphabetically. I like the #WATWB idea, as well. I’ll try to think up something to write for it, but this month is getting out of hand for me. I’m scattered, not feeling the most relevant lately.

    • Thanks Ally Bean for your encouragement! I need it believe me! At least I’ve started writing some posts – up to D as of today. I’ve enjoyed it – keeping them short. Will give it more attention when time permits. It would be wonderful if you would pop by the #WATWB …. I have to put up something for Friday next week, and I’m wondering – let alone links and what have you … not my strong suit by any SOTI 🙂

  11. Hi Susan – thank goodness someone has the sense to keep their posts short! But I just enjoy posting, meeting new friends and definitely seeing ones I’ve known a while – I shall enjoy reading your words of wisdom … they resonate so well and then I’ll get an insight into your and Susan’s book “Aging and Becoming”, which I see is in the A-Z format … glad you’ve chosen that route – it’s different … cheers Hilary

    • Hi Hilary and thank you for coming by. So pleased you’re taking part. I still have to fashion my posts so along with the #WATWB I’d better get my a into g …

      I know I’ll enjoy yours. Hopefully you’ll enjoy mine! Susan

  12. Dear Susan, Wishing you luck with your A-Z challenge this year! Aging (& Becoming) is such a natural, and perfect theme for you in 2017 … and if any of your blog readers are still hesitating over whether to purchase your amazing book, hesitate no more, for this has been my favourite book of the year to date … if in doubt check out my review (Deep in the JUNG-le) on amazon UK. Blessings always, Deborah.

    • Thank you dear Deborah! Your encouragement is so welcome believe me. As is your appreciation for the book! Blessings to you – Susan xx

    • Thanks Sharon! Your theme on women scientists through the ages will be fabulous I know .. I remember previous ones – eg on women pilots …

  13. My theme for the A-Z Challenge is A Clean Mind. I’ll be posting essays on the challenge we all have in developing clear and clean minded thinking. Mental illness is a daily battle I struggle with, but if we can put more prohibitive measures, advice and popular level material out there the less maybe mental illness will rob people of an abundant life.

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