Again this April I’ll be joining others in the annual Blogging from A-to-Z Challenge that invites bloggers to write their way through the alphabet. Given my penchant for abecedariums, I find it impossible to resist. This will be my be my eighth year playing. I confess, I thought long and hard about whether I’d participate this year or not – my life is so different than it was eight years ago, and these days time and energy feel much more fleeting. I’m being far more mindful of what I give my attention to, but in the end, I’ve decided to give it a whirl and see if I can make it through the alphabet.
Underlying this year’s challenge for all of us playing is the remembrance of Jeremy Hawkins, who died earlier this year. He had been the official graphics guy for the challenge for ever-so-many years, and his loss is felt in the hearts of many.
Today we’ve been encouraged to “reveal” our theme – what we’ll be spending the month of April writing about.
I started the year inordinately delighted to discover a word for an image I’ve long been a fan of. The word is manicule and it’s defined as “a symbol in the shape of a pointing hand, used in printing and graphics to draw attention to or indicate something”. It’s from the Latin manicula, the diminutive of manus, meaning little hand.
I often say I like to keep my feet on the joy trail, and I’ll be using the pointing-fingered hand to direct your attention to various things on my trail that are delighting me. Of course, since I’m a self-confessed word nerd, all of the things I’ll be writing about will somehow be related to an obscure, obsolete, or simply charming-to-me word. I’m thinking of this series as “Pointed Ponderings” or perhaps “Manicule Musings” or even “Handy Revelations.”
While I’m meandering through the alphabet rambling about this or that thing that has captured my fancy, perhaps you’ll find an enchanting word or two that you’ll want to claim as well.
I hope you’ll consider playing in the challenge too. I always look forward to reading my way through the alphabet on an endless variety of topics via a myriad of bloggers. There’s still time to join, and you know I’d love to read your abecedarium.