A Story About You

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As you have probably guessed, I love the outdoors, and I care a lot about preserving natural habitat and biodiversity on our planet, so I try to contribute to organizations like CPAWS, and the Nature Conservancy of Canada in my own small ways. (To be honest, I care a lot about other types of causes, as well.)

A while back, I included in one of my posts a link to a petition by CPAWS to help preserve habitat for Caribou migration.  I love petitions because they are empowering – the simple act of taking a few minutes to sign can make a big difference, and it’s one way in which almost anyone can contribute.

Well, I was deeply touched today when I opened my mail and discovered that someone from CPAWS had sent me a cool hat and a hand-written thank you.  They didn’t ask for anything in return, no envelopes for a donation.  It was just a thank you.

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I was surprised by how this small gesture made my day, and inspired me to want to do more for this important cause.  It was a nice thing to happen on December 30th, the last day before New Year’s Eve.  It left a positive feeling inside me.

It reminded me of this little poem that was on a card given to me more than a decade ago.   I think it’s a wonderful mindset with which to approach the fresh year, and I dedicate it to my lovely readers:

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In these difficult times, it helps to remember that our small acts of kindness can make a difference in someone else’s life and help make the world just a bit of a better place.

As we head into the very last day of 2015, I wish each and everyone of you joy, love, peace, and success in 2016 and always. The New Year is a time for fresh starts, when we can pause, reflect, and begin again with renewed strength.

A special thank you today to my dear blogging friends, to those of you who read this blog, and also to those who take the time to comment.  It is one of those things that makes my day! 🙂

All the best in 2016!

A Quick Decision

I hope you are all doing well and having a wonderful holiday season, finding your own ways to enjoy it.

I was taking a walk in a near-by park yesterday afternoon, when I came upon this lovely wreath on the side of the trail.  Someone had loosely laid down some dry, white roses and cranberries on the snow, and framed them with pine needles.

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Lovely, isn’t it?  There was something so sincere and beautiful about it, I wondered about who had created it and when.

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It is hard to believe that the year of 2015 is coming to an end.  It has not been an easy year – I recently lost my father.

There is so much I could write about, so much that I have been wanting to share.  The truth is, though, until mid-February, I won’t have much time.  So, I’ve had to make a decision:  Do I abandon blogging (at least until mid-February), or do I share very quick (and somewhat random) posts for the next while?

I’ve decided to try for the quick posts.  Some posts will be light-hearted, some will share interesting info and links, and some will deal with the deeper topics that we all face in different ways.  A show and tell of sorts that will reflect… life.  I am looking foward to sharing.

Take good care, and thanks so much for stopping by.