Monday, March 20, 2017

A to Z Theme Reveal: Perspectives


Welcome to Caneyhead and welcome to The Challenge!  Those of you who followed me through the challenge in previous years know that I usually do some form of personal story line.  This year I decided to stray from that and go a slightly different direction.  This year I will be sharing perspectives.  Simply put, my perspective on anything and everything.

To understand from where I draw my perspective you may need a little background on my life.  I was a child of the 60's, born to parents who had grown up during the Great Depression.  Both of them were born and raised in small Texas towns/communities, just like I was.  My father and most all of my 16 uncles fought in WWII.  Neither came from well-to-do families and neither did I. Working class.  Work ethic.  Strong Protestant Christian morals and values.  Rural/country lifestyle.  Gardens and farms.  Education was prized and pursued but did not always lead to professions.  You voted.  Patriotism was considered natural and good, even if you didn't agree with everything government did or said.  Mother raised my sisters more or less by herself in a time when there was no government assistance.  Manners were taught and expected to be minded.  There is a proper way to do things and a proper time and place for things.

I married into a family that also had roots in the land.  In the woods.  A heritage of a frontier mindset.  From a community that kept to themselves for the most part and did for themselves.  Their ideas were not as straight laced, but the basic ethical structure was the same.  Work ethic.  Marriage.  God.  Neighbors.  A little tougher, a little less refined.  Survivors.  After thirty-three years, they are as much a part of me as my own family.

All  of this goes into the make-up of me.  While I have thoughts, ideas, dreams, likes, dislikes, beliefs, etc. all of my own, all of them are colored and flavored by my life, my family.

In these times of discord popping up all over, I still feel that that we, as people, as Americans, share many perspectives.  And even when they differ, I think it is still possible to simply discuss how they are different and agree or agree to disagree.  Total agreement is not needed to be friends, or neighbors; in fact a real friend accepts where you differ and still enjoys the things you share in common and respects your individuality.

And even this is my perspective.  In April, I will be bringing you my perspective on a variety of subjects/topics.  Most entries will be rather light I suppose.  A few may be rather weighty.  It is my hope that you will come, read and consider my perspective.  Then please share yours!  No negativity.  No disrespect.  Just friends sharing their thoughts and views on a topic.

Do you have friends whose perspective on certain issues differs greatly from yours?  Are you comfortable sharing your perspective in a non-judgmental environment?

Barbara in Caneyhead


27 comments:

  1. Your theme is a good one, looking forward to reading them as I can.

    Betty

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  2. Your theme is interesting. Will look forward to reading about your perspectives.
    Suzy at Someday Somewhere

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  3. So Barbara, here we go again, don't we? ;-)

    @JazzFeathers
    The Old Shelter - Theme Reveal - 1940s Film Noir

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  4. As a child of the '60's too, but located on the other side of the globe, I'm really interested in your theme.

    Hop over to read all about your daily dose of inspiration in my theme reveal post!
    Writer In Transit

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  5. Your theme sounds interesting.. i will definitely be popping back to read.. i am always fascinated with different points of view. good luck with your AtoZ. :)
    Ishieta @Isheeria's

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  6. I have picked a theme as well this year. Last year I chose family and I must say it turned out well. Looking forward to your posts.
    (i have not gotten anything yet on the blogging challenge this year. I am guessing that you did?) Please let me know
    http://enchantedfantasies.blogspot.com/

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  7. Looking forward to reading your perspective!
    https://asmile4ufromjanet.blogspot.com

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  8. This is the perfect example of why I love A-to-Z - the opportunity to discover new blogs. I look forward to your posts.

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  9. This sounds like a great theme! I love personal stories, but I also love gaining personal perspective of others, so this is right up my alley! Looking forward to a great month!

    ~Mary
    Jingle Jangle Jungle

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  10. Looking forward to the month of entries. I've noticed similarities between us due to our respective ages. (I was born in 1956.) I doubt I'll be participating in the challenge myself, though.

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  11. Oh, this is compelling! Your posts so often seem like chats on a porch swing. I'll bring the sweet tea ;-)

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    1. Oh, how sweet of you, Diedre! Don't put yourself to no bother.

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  12. Oh I like this theme! One of the things I love about blogging is reading the perspectives and views of others who come from different backgrounds than myself. I look forward to following this. And wow! 16 uncles! - Louise

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  13. That sounds like a great theme! I also like the idea of a respectful and friendly environment.

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  14. Thanks for admiring my klingon graphic, I was really chuffed with that. I look forward to learning about new interesting perspectives. One really needs courageous spirit and bravery to explore and seek out the unknown. You've definitely got it!

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  15. Hi Barbara, I missed the theme reveal. I just stopped by the A to Z blog to sign up and learned about the linky or lack of. I also realized I missed the theme reveal. I wrote about my theme in the comment section. It's long and I don't want to go into it again. My reason for being away and for the change is sad and tragic. If you want to read about my theme, you can read my comment on the A to Z blog. It is the last one- at the bottom. I just don't have the energy to go into it again
    http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/2017/02/list-free-to-z-why-and-how-to-make-it.html?showComment=1490130350825&m=1#c5807159184112810534
    I'm looking forward to the challenge. I need a distraction right now. I'm really excited about your theme. An opinionated Texas woman sharing her perspective on anything and everything. I'm bookmarking your blog now. It's going to be hard to find new blogs without the sign up linky. I'm sure it will all work out. You asked if we have friends whose perspective differs greatly from ours and if we're comfortable sharing ours. Well, as a southern educated woman who voted for Trump, I can tell you that the majority of my college and law school friends didn't speak to me during the election. Thankfully my true friends and I weathered the storm, but I seriously lost one friend and several acquaintances and a plethora of social media followers, simply because I didn't support Hillary Clinton for Prez. Whatever happened to people having the right to believe their own beliefs and choose their own candidates? Can't wait to read your perspective on everything!!!

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    1. Wow! Sounds like the election winnowed the chaff from the grain for you. I'm glad you are giving the challenge a go!

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  16. I like this theme--"perspective" is one of my favorite words which I tend to use often in my blogging. So many perspectives in this country and so many of us are getting so far away from each other because the matter of differing perspective is not often considered.

    You should have some interesting topics at hand.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out Theme Reveal: It's About Time

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  17. It sounds like you're going to have some really interesting posts coming up next month! I just wish it weren't so complicated trying to hop between WP and Blogspot.

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  18. This theme sounds exactly like something I would find interesting and enjoyable as an over-60 naturalized Texan. I'll definitely be following for the A to Z!

    Josie Two Shoes

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  19. Sounds good! I like hearing the perspectives of others. It makes me think....Looking forward to reading your A-to-Z blog posts.

    https://pluckingofmyheartstrings.com

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  20. Sounds good, Barbara.
    See you around soon.

    Anna

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  21. Great theme, Barbara! I look forward to reading your perspectives on things!

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  22. Barbara I thought you were popping up in my Reader, but I realized I had not seen even one A to Z post. That will be fixed within minutes.

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