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Animals, I like animals…

“Tread lightly in the lives of others for you don’t know what pain is in their heart.” – I wish I could remember the actual quote but that’s the gist of it. As I glanced down at my phone to see who had sent the text I heard come in, I tried to adjust my course to avoid a couple carrying two small children across my path. Instead we both veered and ended up doing the two step. Instead of smirking like I did, the response was a hostile “watch where you’re going!” as they continued to the store. After a couple of kinda rough days, this really didn’t sit well with me. What if the text I was looking at was about something bad? What if they had said that to someone in a fragile emotional state? What if it was the last straw that broke them? We can’t know what’s going on in the lives of strangers. We rarely know what’s really going on in the lives of those we’re close to. Would it have killed them to show a little understanding and patience? So much for today being a day of love.

And this is why I like animals.

Oh. What was my response to this?? Well after a snarky retort of “sorry, did you have to take an extra step?” I finished my grocery shopping then went to Tim Horton’s and paid for the order for the person behind me in the drive through.


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#RAKit – Who are you going to RAK?

This is just a pretty picture....not really relevant to the topic!

This is just a pretty picture….not really relevant to the topic!

The Chive
I love this crazy little site. It’s a source of lots of photos, videos, links…general time wasters. It’s also filled with awesome people. The Chive charity has given countless numbers of people financial help they need for a whole host of causes. They also kicked off the week with a challenge to all their followers. RAK week. And their reasoning is very sound. With all the chaos in the world, maybe we need a little kindness!

So here’s the challenge…go out and RAK someone today!!! I took popsicles to some friends working hard outside in today’s hot, mugginess. Yesterday, I shared candy with my ball team, and well….does shooting them all with a water gun count as a RAK?

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But I like monkeys….

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I keep seeing this quote popping up on the net, “Every time you feel yourself being pulled into other people’s drama, repeat these words…..NOT MY CIRCUS, NOT MY MONKEYS.”  Not so much keen on the drama, but yes, monkeys are quite cool. My volleyball team is even made of monkeys…


Does that mean I have monkeys? 

Anyway, I am still feeling a little lost, which is why this site has fallen silent. Life has been full of stories of illness, murder, robbery, identity theft, abduction, animal cruelty…just so many reasons why a moat filled with hungry crocks would be a fantastic gardening option for my home. It’s just hard to think that my buying a stranger a cuppa joe can make a difference.

But maybe it’s not about changing the world.

Maybe it’s about changing yourself. It’s been so easy to withdraw into the safety of eremitism. After all, it’s much easier to handle loss (of any kind) when you have no one to lose right? It’s also made me lose my sense of fun.

So enough of that! I’m not letting the “bastards get me down,” as a former coworker used to say all the time. Starting yesterday, I RAK’d the lady behind me in the Tim Horton’s drive through. It’s a start right?

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I received a text Monday from one of my my niece who also shares my enthusiasm for Halloween (and Christmas for that matter). She had texted to tell me that she left a surprise on my kitchen table for me. Just something she saw that she thought I’d like. A surprise! For me!? She had mentioned weeks ago that she had picked up something when she was out one day, but one of the benefits to others of my advancing age is that my memory isn’t quite what it used to be and I’d forgotten that she had something for me. Well, could I wait to get home to see what it was? No. What a question. Excited, I ran up the stairs as soon as I returned to find what she left behind. I giggled and quickly hung the two Halloween signs she found for me in the windows. How cool is that?! However, do you think she’s trying to tell me something with the one on the right? If she is…I’m good with that! 😉 Thanks for my surprise! It really made my day!

Halloween signs

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You are beautiful……still


Beauty © 2013

In December I performed an act of kindness (see “Hey you! Yeah, You! You’re Beautiful!”) that consisted of leaving notes reminding women just how beautiful they really are. This act actually inspired me artistically as well! As I mentioned in my blog a friend of mine has a painting on her wall that said, simply “You’re beautiful!” This combined with my act of kindness stirred my creativity and I created a painting of my own with that sentiment. It’s a part of a larger series, actually on display, locally, right now. So I thought I’d share that painting here…I can see it possibly becoming part of that act of kindness again one day!!!! Keep an eye out!

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And the countdown begins

Happy new year

Happy new year (Photo credit: Amodiovalerio Verde)

Tonight is New Year’s Eve and the last day of my mission to perform acts of kindness throughout the month of December. The idea was that these acts would help make this month and my first Holiday Season without mom a little easier. Well, although I don’t think it this season any easier, it did serve as a good distraction. It gave me something else to focus on rather than how different this Christmas would be. While this is the last day I’ll be planning an act of kindness, it will not stop tonight. There are so many things that can be done, I’ve barely scratched the surface. I will continue to do random acts throughout the next year. I plan to dedicate more time to raising awareness about women’s cancers. One day, hopefully, removing the mystery and ignorance surrounding them and even contributing to their cures. Wildlife and nature conservation and rehabilitation are also very close to my heart…as a wildlife and nature artist, I believe our wild and natural world deserves our respect and protection. There are many, many ways that I would like to be more involved in here as well. So for today, I created a care package to send to an organization whose sole occupation is to perform daily acts of kindness to our wounded wildlife. Salthaven is a volunteer wildlife rehabilitation and educational facility. Rehabilitating injured and orphaned animals is their primary function. They also serve to educate the public about our wild world. I have collected some of the items on their wish list and included some of my art cards for their use as well.

I wish you all a very happy, healthy, kind and prosperous New Year.

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Where the wind blows

Imagine this. You’re sitting in your car in the parking lot at the mall, doing whatever last-minute things you may do before exiting, when a gust of wind suddenly rages. You glance up and that’s when you see it.  Attacking with a vengeance, the wind urging it on….a rogue shopping cart hurling itself toward the side of your car. CRASH. There it stops, as if to survey its handiwork, lingering over your car’s new battle wound. Ok, it’s a little dramatic, but you get my point. On a windy day, a shopping cart can travel at speeds that render a cheetah jealous if not housed safely in its corral. While at the mall today, I gathered some rogue carts after emptying mine at my car and returned them to their stockade averting another attack on a helpless vehicle.

English: Kid's shopping cart, picture taken at...

English: Kid’s shopping cart, picture taken at a Wegman’s store in the U. S. Deutsch: Kinder-Einkaufswagen, fotografiert an einem Wegman’s-Supermarkt in den USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)