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Among Friends — Again

Rocking chairs welcome guests to the front porch of a rustic log cabin

The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you’ve had. ~ Author Unknown

*waving*

Hello again!

Pull up a chair and stay awhile!

*grabbing a cup of coffee and tucking myself into a chair*

How are you doing?

Today’s the day, my friends. April first – April Fool’s Day – and the kick-off for the April A-to-Z Challenge!

If you’re dropping by from the blog challenge, welcome to Second Memory! It’s my front porch on the web, a place to settle in and visit, to chat about life and family, memories and history, reading and writing. Or whatever else we end up chatting about. Feel free to poke around a bit and see what I’ve been up to around the place! 

As always, I want to say a big thank you to my faithful friends who drop in to chat and make me smile, who read and share a moment on a regular basis! You have reserved spots on the porch, and I am always so glad to see you here. Especially lately, when you all have been blogging away and I’ve been away from here. Not sure why, really. I suppose there doesn’t have to be a good reason, or any reason. But hopefully April will get me back in the habit. I have missed your company. Since we moved in August and the challenges that has brought with it –both good and, well, not– I haven’t been in a writing frame of mind. Here’s to changing that.

This is my third year doing the challenge. In 2011, I started this challenge, only to have to drop out near the end of April when I had my first of two hand surgeries, thanks to a night before Easter cooking accident. Last year, I made it to the finish! This year, I hope you’ll get in on the fun! With more than 1600 participants in the A-to-Z challenge, I hope you have the chance to go explore some of the other blogs participating! There are some great folks signed up, and you can check out all the information, including a list of participants on the main challenge website.

Whether new visitor or returning friend, thanks so much for dropping by! I appreciate you taking time from your day to do so.

[Note: This post is #1 of 26 of the April A-to-Z Challenge. Please click the button on the upper right of the page for more information.

Previous A-to-Z posts:
2012 post: Among Friends
2011 post: Archival Research Tips for Writers]

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Among Friends

Rocking chairs welcome guests to the front porch of a rustic log cabin

The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you’ve had. ~ Author Unknown

*waving*

Hello!

Pull up a chair and stay awhile!

*grabbing a cup of coffee and tucking myself into a chair*

How are you doing?

Today’s the day, my friends. April first – April Fool’s Day – and the kick-off for the April A-to-Z Challenge!

If you’re dropping by from the blog challenge, welcome to Second Memory! It’s my front porch on the web, a place to settle in and visit, to chat about life and family, memories and history, reading and writing. Or whatever else we end up chatting about. Feel free to poke around a bit and see what I’ve been up to around the place! 

As always, I want to say a big thank you to my faithful friends who drop in to chat and make me smile, who read and share a moment on a regular basis! You have reserved spots on the porch, and I am always so glad to see you here. Just a note that I’m rearranging the chairs a bit during April. While doing the A-to-Z challenge, my usual Monday Moments will be on vacation until May, and to live up to the challenge, I’ll be around the place a bit more! As some of you might remember, I started this challenge last year, only to have to drop out near the end of April when I had my first hand surgery. This year, to the finish we go! I hope you’ll get in on the fun! With more than 1600 participants in the A-to-Z challenge, I hope you have the chance to go explore some of the other blogs participating! There are some great folks signed up, and you can check out all the information, including a list of participants on the main challenge website.

Whether new visitor or returning friend, thanks so much for dropping by! I appreciate you taking time from your day to do so.

[Note: This post is #1 of 26 of the April A-to-Z Challenge. Please click the button on the upper right of the page for more information.

Last year’s A post: Archival Research Tips for Writers]

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Monday Moments: Madness in the Air

It’s that time of year again – madness is in the air – in multiple ways!

March Madness, of course, kicks off today with a feverish scribbling and erasing and rescribbling of brackets. In the years since we got married, I have converted my husband into a college basketball fan, particularly when March Madness rolls around. In part, that’s because the first year he had the job here, we (and by “we” I mean he entered and I did the brackets!) entered his office bracket pool and took first place out of more than 100 people! Of course, I’ve never been able to do that again in the years since then, but not for lack of trying! Dang those bubble-bursting teams….

Also, Dayton is home to the “First Four” play-in games on Tuesday night, so beginning yesterday, Madness is indeed in the air. The level of madness escalated tremendously with the announcement last week that President Obama and the British Prime Minister will be in attendance at those games on Tuesday. Wow! Very cool! The Dayton Daily News even did a piece on other presidential visits to Dayton, something one of my colleagues here did all the photographic research in the DDN archives here for them!

Finally, madness of a different sort is also on the horizon! As you may have noticed from the dancing zebra in today’s lead photo, the April A-to-Z Blogging Challenge is just weeks away (actually less than 3, now)! If you haven’t heard about it, it’s a marvelous way to work on blogging skills by completing a 6 day per week, alphabet-driven blogging challenge throughout the month of April. Introduced in 2010 by Arlee Bird, at Tossing it Out, the Challenge continues to grow. Last year, more than 1300 bloggers took part, and when I added my blog to the list yesterday, I was number 985 for 2012. And seriously, one of the best parts of the Challenge is the community it builds, as part of the fun is hopping from blog to blog to see what everyone else is doing. I met some great bloggers last year, and I’m sure I will this year as well! Hopefully this year I’ll get to finish, since last year I was closing in on the end of the Challenge when I injured my hand on April 24 (soooo close!) — now, I can’t believe it’s a year later, but that means I have extra motivation to dig in and complete the Challenge this year! Let us know if you’re going to join the challenge ~ we’d love to follow along on your journey, too!

So, what kind of Madness is hovering around your world??

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