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'Twill Recompense the Woes of Earth (Tombstone Tuesday) & Reflections on Blogging from A to Z

Dora (1869-1942) and J. A. Moore rest at Hopewell Church Cemetery in Suwanee, Gwinnett County, Georgia.  Dora lived almost 24 years after her husband died in 1918.

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I found a poem printed in 1852 that contains the phrase found as part of the epitaph on Dora's side of the headstone she shares with her husband.  Unfortunately, I didn't find the author.

Souls of such witchery and worth
Are never long to nature given;
'Twill recompense the woes of earth
To think we'll dwell with her in heaven !

Now for some reflections.  Last month, I participated in the Blogging from A-to-Z Challenge and really enjoyed it.  (You can see all my entries here.) I'll admit, using this blog as a theme, was kind of easy.  Kind of.  There definitely were some letters that gave me pause.

I learned – for sure – that should I join in the future, posting ahead will be a must.  I decided to join in at the last minute this year.  My goal was to get and stay a week ahead.  I got there, but wasn't able to stay there.  I finished my last post just a few days before the challenge ended.  That might not seem like a big deal, but I author several blogs.  The others suffered greatly while this challenge was ongoing.

My blog does not get a lot of comments.  It is a niche blog, and I guess not one that fosters conversation.  So getting comments throughout the month was very nice.  I did my best to reciprocate with other blogs and bloggers in the challenge.  Having said that, I do think categorizing the blogs would be beneficial.  It's not required, and I'm one who did not put myself in one of the categories listed.  But I found it difficult to find blogs early on that I wanted to follow.  That did come, and I have added a few to my feedly reader to continue to follow after the challenge ended, but it took some extra clicks and was frustrating at times.  I understand no one wants to be pigeon-holed, so maybe we could be allowed to put our blog into more than one category if desired – two, maybe three? I nominate the following categories:  history (I don't like lumping it in with mythology), genealogy, homemaking, homesteading, and gardening.

Bottom line, for me, is I do plan to join in next year.  In fact, I hope to have two blogs entered into the challenge.  I think it's an awesome exercise and worth doing even if no one were to notice.  But, thankfully, I don't think that would happen! :-)

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The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?"

So I answered, "O Lord God, You know."

Again He said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!' Thus says the Lord God to these bones: 'Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live...'" (Ezekiel 37:1-5, NKJV)