April 18, 2024

April…the start of something fresh.


When Hobonichi released their April start planners, I was confused. Why start the year in April? And then I learned that Japan’s school year, as well as their fiscal year, begins in April to accommodate the needs of their agricultural sector.

For me, the start of the new year has always been September, since that is when the new school year begins in the States. But, I am perfectly willing to adopt a fresh beginning any time it is needed, and one of those times is now. 

I have been absolutely lousy at leaving comments on blogs. And, I have been sporadic, at best, in writing new posts. Since most of the space allotted to me for free at WordPress is now used up, I think the best thing to do is reach for a new beginning once again. Over here, where I began in 2006. 

You won’t find any of the old posts here. I’ve deleted them all, in an effort to truly begin anew. No more stories of my teaching days, or waiting for my son to come home at 3:00 a.m. We’re past that now, and I have new stories to tell. Like the new blooms in front of an old evergreen, it is time to blossom here. Again.

Welcome back.

15 comments:

  1. Congrats on a brand new page of blogging, Bellezza! April and spring are good signs of beginnings. While we'll miss the old posts, I'm sure they've already settled firmly as precious memories of our blogging past. So, all the best in your new step forward! –– from your old blogging friend, Arti of Ripple Effects. :)

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    1. Arti, you are a dear and faithful friend. Thank you for your sweet words, and sharing the love of literature, and film, all these years with me.

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  2. How do I follow your blog from here? Is there a way you can add a think where we sign up to receive a note in email each time you post something?

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    1. I’m so glad you asked, Emma. Now I know that I can email an invitation, and I have added an option to contact me if anyone wants to do that. Blogger makes it a bit trickier than Wordpress did.

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  3. What a lovely photo and a great way to start your new blog. I will looking for more posts from you. Sometimes I slow down with my blogging and have a hard time keeping up with comments, but lately I have had more energy for posting. I guess I have to accept the ups and downs. Thanks for visiting my 1937 Club post.

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    1. Oh, it is so easy to be “up and down” with blogging, in spurts of commenting or not. Thankfully, readers seem to be so patient! The 1937 Club has me so enthused about reading books from that decade! I’m going to smash a few in before the end of the week…or, at least one. 😉

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  4. Fresh starts can happen any time, any place. They happen whenever you are ready to embrace them. It sounds like that time is now for you :-)

    Mr Books and I are also about to embrace a fresh start. In a few weeks time we will be leaving the hustle and bustle of Sydney and moving into the mountains. Still close enough for easy day trips to be with the boys, but far enough to not have to worry about daily traffic problems, smog and city noises.

    Love the fresh, clean look of your new blog design too.

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    1. Oh, Brona! Moving into the mountains sounds unbelievably glorious! Woods and mountains are my favorite parts of nature, more so even than beaches. I hope you’ll post pictures of your “adventures” there. And, thanks for coming here, as well as complimenting the new look.

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  5. Lovely new site. But PLEASE... add a follow link. I had to copy the URL, go to my old blogspot list and add this site manually.

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    1. Davida, that is such a good suggestion! Wordpress seems to automatically offer such a widget, but Blogger doesn’t. Therefore, I have since added a form in the sidebar (under Menu), telling people I can send them an invitation to subscribe if they so choose. In the meantime, a BIG thank you for taking the trouble to add me to your list.

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  6. Meredith, I'm so happy to read this post. A new beginning sounds perfect to me. I never left blogger, so I'm glad to see you are back. xx Nadia

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    1. Nadia, you are the smart one for never leaving Blogger! I cringe when I think of the trouble I could have saved myself, from switching to Wordpress, to my own domain, and then back here again. Thanks for following me everywhere I go! And, remaining easy to find, yourself.

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  7. Thank you for coming over here.

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  8. Welcome back to Blogger. :) I've stuck with this platform since my first day of blogging and it's suited me well. I rarely go back and re-read old posts, so don't worry about not having all of your archived material. Life goes on, right?

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    1. Bless you, Lesley, for coming here yet again over all these years. You’re right, we don’t really go back and reread old posts; I hardly go back and reread old diaries, so they just serve as a place holder in history. I like the idea of beginning anew. And yes, life fortunately does go on.

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