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A to Z Challenge: A Month of African Proverbs





I'm all in, once again.  This is my third year of participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. This will be an intense spurt of reading and writing for me, as I'm also editing one book and writing another. I will do my best to stay in, and keep up!

For the month of April (2017) I will be blogging and visiting other blogs. This is a fun and meaningful practice that I've taken on to increase conversations with other readers and bloggers. I am always happy to see newcomers and, whether you comment or not, you are welcome.





A Month of African Proverbs

My 2017 theme is drawn from my soon-to-be released book "Earth Mama's Spiritual Guide to Weight Loss." I have a section of my book that contains African Proverbs. I will be spending time on each of those proverbs, exploring their meaning and inspiration regarding losing weight or otherwise transforming yourself.

Here is the definition of the word proverb: (from Latin: proverbium) is a simple and concrete saying, popularly known and repeated, that expresses a truth based on common sense or experience. They are often metaphorical. A proverb that describes a basic rule of conduct may also be known as a maxim. Proverbs fall into the category of formulaic language.

I have always enjoyed proverbs and quotations. When I was growing up there was a huge complex of granaries, and on the outside of them, there were paintings of a variety of proverbs, and wise quotations. As I traveled by those huge containers, going to and from town, I would try to quickly internalize the meaning of a quote I'd select. Here we are X amount of years, later, and I am still exploring and ruminating on the wisdom to be contained in the arrangement of concisely written words, rich in layers of meaning.

I greatly look forward to your responses to the proverbs and quotes I take from my book. I hope they become personally inspirational and perhaps meaningful in your personal journey to wherever it is you are traveling.


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  1. Hi Stephanie - these will be so interesting to read ... fascinating idea - cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks a bunch Hilary! I've struggled with ideas in the past but this one really resonates.

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  2. I love proverbs. I'm not familiar with African proverbs, so this will be a great learning opportunity. Looking forward to April!

    Theme Reveal: Magical and Medicinal Herbs

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  3. Oh Stephanie I'm absolutely delighted you've chosen this for your topic! I have a great fascination for proverbs and can't wait to read what you'll be sharing.

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    1. I'm so glad! I'm looking forward to your posts too!

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  4. I love all things African! neat theme...will be back to read...all the very best for a great A-Z challenge!

    Nilanjana.
    Madly-in-Verse
    Theme : Arabiana

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    1. That makes two of us ( loving all things African). Stop by again. Should be a fun adventure for both of us exploring cultures.

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  5. This is great Stephanie! Am looking forward very much - a month or so ago my son told me of an African proverb - if you give a man a goat, let go of the rope. It's yours to use if you like -

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    1. That's a very interesting one. Thank you!

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  6. Weight loss and provers? Interesting combination. I'll be back.

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  7. Great theme! I do love proverbs too, but I don't know many of them from Africa. Looking forward to this!

    The Multicolored Diary: WTF - Weird Things in Folktales

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    1. Looking forward to your visits and your posts!

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  8. This should be good, and good advertising for your book. I'll be back...

    John Holton
    A to Z Challenge Co-Host
    The Sound Of One Hand Typing

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    1. I look forward to it John. Yes, my book is very niche as my small press publisher calls it, so most types of attention for it, is good attention. Thanks!





















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  9. This is a fantastic theme. Can't wait to read about it.
    I love popular wisdom. There's more in it than we think.

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

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    1. Yes there is a lot out there. I'm glad for the month, we'll come together and investigate and share through blogging.

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  10. Glad you were able to get on board with us. Great topic! And practical for you!

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

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  11. Excellent theme! I'm already curious to see what wisdom you'll be sharing.

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    1. Thank you Lillian. I hope you'll find something the resonates.

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