Good morning! Today is Theme Reveal Day (like it’s a big drama or something). Anyway, I’m going by the A to Z guidelines, so today I’ll let you know what I’ll be blogging about next month.
This past year has had plenty of challenges, as I’m sure it’s been the same for you. On this day last year, I boarded a flight at Boston’s Logan Airport and flew to Reykjavik, Iceland, then on to Zurich, Switzerland. I’ve blogged about that ill-fated trip, cut short after a few days when COVID-19 concerns had me flying back home just three days later. Since then, it seems that COVID has dominated everything – the news, chats with friends, concerns with family, how we socialize, dine out, shop. And we’re not quite out of it yet, but the days do look a little brighter. (Please get vaccinated when it’s your turn!)
This year I have stayed close to home, and I’ll be blogging from A to Z about places within the 1,214 square miles that make up Rhode Island, my home state and the smallest one of the fifty. Road trips with my husband gave us fun destinations in January and February, as we plotted out our drives. I was able to cover all the letters in the alphabet, even if I did have to get creative with “X” and “Z.” (Don’t we always have to get creative with at least one of the letters?!) There was history to research as well, and not all of it is pretty. Rhode Island was inhabited by Native people until European settlers moved in, sometimes forcefully. The state’s industry was rooted in the mills, and the wealthy mill owners relied on the labor of immigrants. Textile mills turned cotton (picked by slaves in the South) into fabric. Slave trading took place along with the import of tea and spices from far-off lands. I hope to provide you with a little insight into Rhode Island and its Native American and early Colonial connections, as well as our beautiful shoreline. We are The Ocean State, after all.
My theme for 2021 is…
STAY HOME! WEAR A MASK!
So whether you’re a Rhode Island resident, someone who was born and raised here but have since moved away, or you’ve never set foot in Little Rhody, this is a chance to learn a bit about the 13th state. I hope you’ll join me, every day in April except Sundays (when I’ll be catching up on all of your blogs!).
For the 8th year in a row, I’m participating in the April A to Z Blogging Challenge, and today is Theme Reveal Day. For me, these themes are generally about books, music, travel, or food.
If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know about some of my previous themes (note: themes aren’t required, but I do enjoy choosing a topic for the month). Here’s a quick refresher, with links:
2012 – Poets, Novelists, Lyricists (I was new to the game, but earnest)
2013 – Oh! The Places I’ve Been!
2014 – Smile! And Say…. (the infamous cheese theme)
2015 – Listen Up! (musical instruments)
2016 – Paris Between the Wars (1919 – 1939)
2017 – Broadway Musicals
2018 – 1968
I thought about doing a whole series on 1969, because there would be plenty to blog about, but I didn’t want to repeat Apollo and Nixon and Vietnam, and so decided to try something new.
Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in October 2016, and I wanted very much to showcase this iconic songwriter in 2017. But by the time he finally agreed to accept the prize, I’d compiled my month’s worth of blogs, on a different topic.
So here we are in 2019 and Dylan’s songs, most of them anyway, ring as true today as they did in the 1960s. And he’s been covered by so many artists that I thought I’d do an A to Z of his songs, but performed by others. And so…next month I’ll post A to Z blogs about Dylan songs.
My sixth year doing the April A to Z Blogging Challenge! This is probably the highlight for my blog each year, and, as many of you know, I start planning for the next year as soon as the current year wraps up. Sometimes a theme is just in my head, but I do a lot of planning (I learned how important it is during the 2012 Challenge, when I had not written my blog posts in advance).
In 2012, I focused on writers (novelists, poets, lyricists, essayists). 2013’s theme was Oh! The Places I’ve Been! In 2014, I titled my posts with Smile and Say….. – yes, the A to Z of cheese. In 2015, it was Listen Up! and featured musical instruments.
Last year’s theme was Paris Between the Wars and each day featured someone who was part of that twenty-year span (1919-1939) in Paris, when the city experienced a cultural and intellectual boom.
So you may have guessed that I like to blog about food, books, music, and travel. I’d had a few ideas about my 2017 theme, but in the end, I’ve decided on something I hope is uplifting, fun, a little bit educational. This year’s theme is…..
♫ BROADWAY MUSICALS!!! ♫
Some of these musicals you’ll know well, some you may not be familiar with. I had tough choices to make! And with each post I’ll include a clip that features a song from that show.
Hope you enjoy! And if you’re blogging in April, let me know so I can be sure to check in.
Here’s a beautiful rendition of What the World Needs Now from Broadway for Orlando: