The Way Back from All the Divisiveness

Braver Angels

I’m excited to share with you about an organization that blew me away.  It’s started around 2016, but I just found out about them and participated in one of their online zoom debates with 1600 people around the country.  My husband, Ron, also participated, and afterward, he said, “This is the first thing in a very long time that gives me hope that Republicans and Democrats can have civil conversations.”

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50 Ways to Get Wild

Nature

I’ve been thinking about all the people out on the west coast who can’t go outside because of the fires, I’m so sorry.  I just want to say that you’re in our thoughts.  Stay safe.  For the rest of us, much gratitude that you are able to get out and enjoy nature.

There’s no better time than now to get out in nature.  Our world is stressful with COVID, home-schooling, politics, racial injustice, financial worries, social distancing, and more.  Life is stressful, nature heals. 

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Unsung Heroes

clinical trial volunteers - kindness

Everyone is waiting for the magic bullet, the Covid-19 vaccine, to bring some normalcy back to our lives.  We all want to be able to get back to hugging our loved ones, inviting people over for celebrations, going out to dinner, shows, and sporting events.  But for now, we’re in limbo trying to figure out the best way to stay safe, keeping our distance from loved ones, wearing our masks, and fearfully watching the number of cases and deaths rise every day. 

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The Power of a Smile

Matt's Smile
Matt’s beautiful smile.

THE POWER OF A SMILE
The power of a gun can kill and the power of fire can burn
The power of wind can chill and the power of a mind can learn
The power of anger can rage inside until it tears you apart
But the power of a smile, especially yours, can heal a frozen heart
                – Tupac Shakur

These days, with everyone wearing a mask, I’m really missing the smiles. 

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One Race, Human

No Hate

This is not the post I originally had for today, but I have to speak out about the hate and racism that is going on in our country.  It was sickening and heartbreaking watching the video of George Floyd, handcuffed, face down with an officer’s knee on his neck, begging for air.  As George died, the officer sat with his hands in his pockets, unmoved by calls from bystanders to give him air. 

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The Coronavirus is Contagious, but so is Kindness and Generosity

kindness is contagious

“We human beings have survived for a thousand generations, helping one another and inspiring each other. We know how to do this. Instead of getting caught in collective fear and anxiety, we can remember to take a breath, center ourselves, and take practical precautions and protections, but calmly and in the spirit of love. Each of us can contribute to the well-being of ourselves, our communities and our world.” – Jack Kornfield

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