A to Z Challenge- People, Qualities or Things that inspired me – E

For the Letter E, I have chosen Amelia Earhart


Aviation legend Amelia Earhart was one of the most famous women aviators in America. She had set many flight records, including becoming the first woman to fly solo across both the Atlantic Ocean (in 1932) and the Pacific Ocean (in 1935).

She also was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic in a multi-person plane, making the crossing in 1928 with pilot Wilmer Stultz and Lou Gordon.

She authored the books 20 Hours, 40 Minutes (1928, about her first trans-Atlantic flight) and The Fun of It (1932).

In addition to her piloting feats, Earhart was known for encouraging women to reject constrictive social norms and to pursue various opportunities, especially in the field of aviation. In 1929 she helped found an organization of female pilots that later became known as the Ninety-Nines. Earhart served as its first president. In addition, she debuted a functional clothing line in 1933, which was designed “for the woman who lives actively.”

She and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared near Howland Island in the South Pacific on July 2, 1937, on one of the last legs of their around-the-world flight.

Despite extensive searches at the time (and in the years since), no clear evidence has ever been found of Amelia Earhart, Fred Noonan, or their plane.

(Sources; Who2 Biography, Britannica.com

I heard of Amelia Earhart when I was a teenager. Her story not only evoked curiosity about her death but also inspired me.

She stepped into a men-dominated field and made a name for herself. She inspired many generations of women to be pioneers like her.

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A to Z Challenge- People, Qualities or Things that inspired me – D

For my Letter D, I have chosen Discovery;

Discovery, be it self-discovery or finding out the secrets of the universe, expands our minds. If we live our lives without curiosity about the world around us or our own selves, we are only half alive. To live fully, we need to be inquisitive.

Be curious about our planet, our universe and take an active role as a citizen of the world. Be knowledgeable and try to educate those around you.

Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Knowing oneself is also important. Look at your reflection in the mirror and try to see into the soul of the person you are. We really never know ourselves completely until we are tested.

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.

Aristotle

Let’s start on this voyage of discovery.

BTW, I love the discovery channel too!

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A to Z Challenge- People, Qualities or Things that inspired me – C

For Letter C, I choose Caring.

Are we even human if we are not caring?

Sharing the burden, that life puts on all

Extending a helping hand when someone is down

Stories of kindness and care always inspire me

Gladdens my heart and encourages me to follow suit

I want to be a joy to those who I come across

And be the name that they call when in need.

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A to Z Challenge- People, Qualities or Things that inspired me – B

For Letter B, I have chosen Louis Braille.

Louis Braille Biography

Louis Braille was a French musician and educator who developed the now-famous raised-point writing system for the blind that bears his name.

Braille became blind as a result of an eye injury at the age of three. Despite his impairment, he went to a regular school, then earned acceptance to a state school for the blind.

By the time he was 15 years old he had perfected a system of embossed dots that could be used to translate text through the sense of touch.

Braille first published his system in 1829, but it wasn’t until the last years of his life that it became to be widely accepted.

Braille suffered bouts of ill health throughout most of his adult life, probably because of tuberculosis.

After his death the “braille” system was promoted by his former students and friends, and by 1854 his home nation of France had officially adopted it.

It spread internationally and is now the most widely-used system for teaching the written word to the blind.

I had heard of Braille but when I researched, I can across this amazing and inspiring man. Unbelievable are his achievements, and that too at such a young age. Truly an inspiration to us all.

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A to Z Challenge- People, Qualities or Things that inspired me – A

For Letter A, I have chosen Jane Austen.

Jane Austen Biography

Jane Austen was one of eight children of an English clergyman, and given her literary accomplishments, she lived a remarkably quiet and domestic life in the rural south of England. She never married and was only 41 when she died. Women authors were not widely accepted at the time, so her major novels were published anonymously, and Jane Austen was not associated with them until after her death.

Jane Austen’s novels were witty, warm, and ironic portraits of the privileged classes of 18th- and 19th-century England. Her best-known works are Sense and Sensibility(1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), and Emma (1815).

Source; Who 2.com

My first introduction to Jane Austen was Sense and sensibility. I found this book in my father’s library. It belonged to my late mother so it had more than literary value for me. I greatly admired Austen’s grasp of human emotions and how they influenced the course of their lives. For a woman who lived a sheltered life, she had a remarkable understanding of human nature. 

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Theme reveal for 2021 A to Z challenge

“The A to Z Blogging Challenge occurs every year in April. You are supposed to publish a post every day with the topic beginning with a letter of the alphabet. Sundays are excluded so that works out perfectly for the twenty six letters. Under the rules, you can pick a theme and post accordingly for the entire month or you can keep it open ended

After a lot of soul searching, and searching my brain, I still haven’t come up with any concrete ideas for my A to Z challenge for 2021.

So I think like last year I will play it by the ear and go with miscellaneous/ other. Let’s hope I can post something worth your time, and mine too.

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Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #70

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FFFCWelcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.”

The image below is from Fandango at fivedotoh.com8962495D-87C6-409B-A810-808737FC5FED(For the visually challenged writer, the image is of passengers in a dining car on a train)

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So many people sitting together yet most were oblivious of the others around them. Their eyes avoiding each other, their smiles vacant and mind preoccupied.

Cathy looked around and wondered, did they know what was going to happen in a few moments?

She knew, and try as hard as she may, there was no way that she could avoid being on this train at this given time. She had gone back in time so many times to change her fate but she always ended up in this particular train on this day.

She knew there was going to be a horrific crash in the next few minutes, killing everyone present.

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