Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A Star for Everyone - a reflection on the A to Z challenge

 In one comment someone wrote that maybe there was more to California than Hollywood. That reminded me that I did not mention Hollywood. Quite frankly, it is overrated and not the same as it used to be in the 1960's when it was a really fun. But I digress...

I am giving everyone a star on the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard. Just substitute your name for Godzilla. I took this picture last year for my Squidoo page on "How to escape from Godzilla". For those who finished the challenge, congrats. For those who attempted but did not finish, congrats too. It's much more demanding than I expected and I was prepared.

So here is my take on the challenge. I am a grandmother raising a grandson. When this picture was taken, he had been playing baseball for about a year but he was young and sometimes his focus wasn't where it was supposed to be. He was 7 years old when this was taken. This is me at the start of the challenge. I have blogs but they just sat because I don't quite know what to do with them.

This is All Stars last July when he was 11 years old. We were at Big Bear. Notice that he has a batting stance that works for him. He knows which way to turn his body so the ball goes where he wants. (However, he needs to get his bat up. I will remind him again today at  practice.) Does he always hit the ball? No, he doesn't. Still, he knows the rules, makes a concentrated attempt and is a darn good player. Is he the best? No, he needs more practice. This is me at the end of the challenge. I know the rules, I made a concentrated effort and finished. Am I the best? Certainly not but I just need more practice too.

It was a learning experience. It was fun. I met wonderful people who were encouraging. I learned from everyone and found so many others with interesting lives and experiences. 

My hats off to those who set this up and managed it. What an incredible job! The encouraging posts were helpful, especially in the middle of the month when it sometimes seemed overwhelming.

Thanks to all of you who followed me and to those who left comments. It helped. I am going to take my time and catch up on the posts I missed and finish the list of blogs that I didn't get too.

I have no complaints or suggestions. Now that it is over, I can say that I am ready for next year.   


  1. Ah, such a great post to finish up the Challenge, Ann! I'm so glad you joined in all the fun and I'm looking forward to seeing what you do next year too. I think we all have a little catching up to do...I know I sure do. Best to you and yours:)

  2. A baseball analogy is always GREAT. My daughter was a fastpitch softball player in Little League and high school. As a family we love baseball and baseball movies. So I do LOVE this reflection on AtoZ. And for the record, you're better than you think you are.

  3. The star is so much fun :)

    Thanks for joining the RAK Blogfest. That is really awesome of you.

  4. Nice ending to a month of ups and downs, for me anyway.

    Came by from

  5. Sorry you didn't make it til the end of the challenge, but perhaps next time round. Kids take alot of time. Speaking of swing by, hoping you'll get yours involved. I did finish the challenge on all 3 of the blogs I entered, but am still making visits from the list of those I couldn't get to before hand.

    1. Ann finished the challenge. Wonder why you can't see all her posts. Click on F5 and refresh your screen. A - Z is all here. You should see what she posted for's really good!

  6. One nice thing about the Reflections post is that I discover blogs I previously missed. I am a new follower here now. And it's good to find an almost neighbor. Yes, Hollywood is vastly overrated, but I trudge over every time I get an out of town guest because it's what visitors want to see.

    Nice illustrated post with good examples of what you faced during April. Glad you were able to stay on for the ride.

    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

  7. Yes, right you are she did finish. I think I misread her statement about finishing above and thought she was saying she hadn't because of the kids. Probably hadn't had enough coffee.

  8. I miss those Little League games - my boy is grown up now.

    Cheers from an AtoZ cohort ~

  9. I love the comparison between baseball and blogging! Thanks for the star...I might just change my name to Godzilla :-) Congratulations on a great A to Z!

  10. Congrats on completing the challenge too Ann! I gave you a mention as one of my favourite blogs!

  11. I know what you mean. Right in the middle I was dying, wondering if--even with all the posts ready and scheduled--I could really make it through. Now, I'm looking forward to next year!

  12. This was great, like the analogy with your grandson's baseball training.

    I included you in my post too:


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