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Finding Beauty by Wendy Green

Great ideas. Thanks to your daughters. 

I am struggling with positivity these days as I hear about the rising numbers of Delta variant patients because of failure to be vaccinated. I see videos of such anger from parents who want to restrict mask mandates. I shake my head, wondering when we as a society got so angry and selfish. And then I realize, it is at the society level that we see this. I still see neighbor to neighbor helping each other, sharing smiles, taking the time to say hello. 

I remind myself to thank the grocery store workers who are still wearing masks, the health care workers, completely exhausted, and still coming to work each day. This is where the beauty of our society shines through. It may be more difficult to find, because the news does not point it out. Too bad. 

Anais Nin said, “we see the world as we are, not as it is.” The news shows us one view. We can choose to see the world from the love and care in our hearts, and that will be the way the world is, for us.

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Finding Joy by Ann

Thank you for sharing. I am overwhelmed by the news these days…and then my asthma is starting to bother me. I’m caught between the hope that resting more and taking my inhaler will make it go away, or giving up hope and getting on prednisone. UGH…neither are great choices, and it seems to make me lethargic physically and mentally.
Kudos for getting some cleaning out done! Today I’m going to try and get ONE THING done…and take some joy from the accomplishment.

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I have never commented here before although I love reading all of those left by the special women on this site, however, this is a topic very near to my heart and one I’ve been concerned about for many years. It began shortly after I learned about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. I was reading the paper one morning, glanced to my side and noticed the plastic newspaper sleeves in which the paper had been delivered. We had two papers delivered to our home at that time and since it was a rainy day there were not two sleeves but four as the delivery person had double bagged both papers. That morning began my quest to reduce plastic in my life. I started by creating bracelets from the newspaper bags and that is a whole other story but now I also have the paper delivered electronically, use biodegradable trash bags, laundry detergent that comes in a paper container and which dissolves in the wash, cake shampoo and conditioner, etc., etc. Small steps for such a big problem. I worry for my grandchildren. I remember the years that my friends and I met to organize and plan what we might do to help change the world for women. Could we do it again for the earth’s climate and leave yet another legacy, this one of climate activism, behind?

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What turns my crank? What makes me smile? Pieces of joy all around me. My azaleas blooming a second time. Finding the stock I was looking for, after 5 hours of searching. Hearing from my famly. Watching 2 furry tailed backyard creatures doing their mating dance…where he is chasing her, she flips her tail and leaps to another branch while he leaps to thin air. My cranberry relish turned out ok. The smell of a ripe cantaloupe. We have eyes to see with but do we really look? A thousand little joys far surpass one big joy for me.

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