Z-2The A–to–Z Blogging Challenge has been one of the most rewarding things I have done—especially here, on this blog. There have been days when I’ve had to really think hard of what to write about; sometimes soliciting advice from my dear wife, Jan, the subject of “J.” I know that “Z–end” is a bit of a stretch but I want to write about this whole experience and what it has meant to me, so I took some liberties with the letter Z.

When I began this A–to–Z Blogging Challenge, I had no idea what I would blog about. Twenty–six of 30 days, have to come up with something to pontificate about. To tell you the truth, there were weeks when I was glad it was Sunday and I had the day off. To refresh my memory as much as yours my topics included:

      • A—Antietam: The South Wins & Ends the War
      • B—Bible
      • C—Catton, Bruce
      • D—Daniel, Man of Conviction, not Preference
      • E—Easter: “He’s not here…”
      • F—Fuller, William—Persistence Personified
      • G—The Gashlycrumb Tinies
      • H—Heaviness of Water
      • I—Intolerance
      • J—Jan
      • K—Kennedy
      • L—Abraham Lincoln II, President?
      • M—Manna
      • N—New
      • O—Otherwise
      • P—Phantoms of Devotion
      • Q—John QUINCY Adams
      • R—Roosevelt
      • S—Sin
      • T—Tarmangani
      • U—(Under) Armor
      • V—Verily
      • W—War!
      • X—X–Life
      • Y—Yesterday
      • Z—Z–End

A2Z-BADGE-0002014-small_zps8300775cAlong the way, I’ve dabbled in history, theology, speculation, personalities and some fun (The Gashlycrumb Tinies). Robert E. Lee on the eve of the first day’s battle at Gettysburg, remarked to James Longstreet, “When this is over I shall miss it.” He didn’t mean the warfare, the fighting, the strife, the killing—he meant the camaraderie and espirit d’ corps. Now that this is over, I can say that I will miss it and will probably participate next year.

Along the way I have met some new people, been introduced to their blogs and they to mine.  I am glad to have discovered that the blogosphere is much larger and more varied than I imagined.

I will finish with this quote “To make an end is to make a beginning.”