A quick post to renew friendships and readers. Hard to believe I’ve been on hiatus for a couple of years. Some of you know about my vision impairment through my other blog, Macular Degeneration and Me, but it may be new to others.
Between some of my other volunteering and vision impairment, the research and writing of A Noble Purpose felt heavy on my shoulders. And my eyes!
Finishing up a terrific two years working on a volunteer project I decided to give myself a week of just thinking (and reading what I can handle). I’m glad I took this time to let various projects and ideas roam through my thought process because it’s led me to come back to A Noble Purpose with vim and vigor, but with some changes or caveats perhaps.
I’ll have to figure out what to do about misspellings, how to research without having to read copious amounts of words and to write lighter and brighter.
I would also like to continue with Macular Degeneration and Me because I have much to say about this disease and the impact it has on lives..including friends, families, travel, daily tasks like shopping and driving and life in general. But first I need to get some technical skills under my WordPress belt.
I hope I have some readers left and if you are out there, please give me a shout. I’d appreciate hearing from you and what you would like to read on this blog.
As the new year approaches I once again offer this lovely slide show to you thanks to Charles and Alexandra and to Dennis Garner for his permission to use. Happy and peaceful 2016 to all. Remember just one act of kindness or compassion can travel many miles.
Forty Pieces of Advice
Today is Valentine’s Day and many people are celebrating love and romance with gifts of candy, flowers, cards and special events. We see the heart motif everywhere and for some reason this morning I wondered where we get the term ‘you got heart?’ According to many traditions, the heart chakra has important meaning – it’s the center of love, caring and compassion, selflessness. According to Llewellyn attributes of the heart chakra are love, balance, relationship and compassion. Well this gave me some information but I decided to leave the study of chakras to the experts and moved on to an area I knew a bit more about – sports.
You’ve seen the Rocky movies where Rocky just won’t give up; he digs deep down inside himself to find the strength. Boxing is well-known for the use of the term ‘he has heart.’ In this context it seems to have meanings of motivation, spirit, energy, and perhaps, passion. And of course the musical Damn Yankees belts it for us.
The Olympics are another place that continues to define ‘you got heart.’ Just think about Oscar Pitorius. Speak of motivation, energy, effort and passion. There are hundreds and thousands of stories that help define ‘you got heart.’
I think about Rotarians around the globe working so hard to make a difference and to change and save lives. Here in our district Rotarians traveled to Haiti to install water filters in villages with no source of clean water. A Volunteer Training Team traveled to the Dominican Republic to teach doctors and nurses there lifesaving techniques of heart operations for children in need. Another Team just returned from Kumudini Hospital in Bangladesh where they trained nurses in midwifery skills. All around the world, Rotary Clubs are seeking grants from The Rotary Foundation to provide clean water, sanitation, education, economic recovery and disease prevention in some of the most difficult and remote places on earth. They do it with love, compassion, high spirit, great energy and they don’t give up.
To me, that’s a true definition of ‘You Got Heart.’ Happy Valentine’s Day Rotarians everywhere.
As the new year approaches I offer this lovely slide show to you thanks to Charles and Alexandra and to Dennis Garner for his permission to use. Happy and peaceful 2015 to all. Remember just one act of kindness or compassion can travel many miles.
Forty Pieces of Advice
Each year I get the biggest thrill when hand knit or crocheted hats for children start rolling in. I love looking at the colors, the designs, the newest patterns. And then every winter I get another thrill as we pack them up to head to their new owners. I love to look at each hat and picture the person who made it; the time it took, the love that went in to each stitch.
Hats For A Purpose, now in its fourth year, received hats from as far away as Arizona and Pennsylvania as well as our local Capital District area. And it was a banner year – we are distributing over 150 hats in the next couple of weeks – think of the big smiles on the children’s faces when they get a brand new, beautifully made and warm hat.
Thanks to all of you who take part in this project. Although you may never see the joy you bring to these children firsthand, your care and compassion knows no bounds.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families.
The other day a package arrived in my mailbox. It carried an Arizona postmark and was so soft and squeezable I knew children’s hats from Peggy had arrived. Peggy read about the Hats For A Purpose project and started knitting these lovely hats in all sorts of colors and styles.
I’m so thankful for Peggy and her wish to help others, especially through the ‘handmade from the heart’ medium. Even with our cold winter weather behind us I’m finding other children needing hats: one person crocheted the tiniest and softest baby hats that went to the neo-natal ward at the Children’s Hospital at Albany Med and two other readers made hats for cancer patients. I expect we will find other needs as well and perhaps other places to provide hats for children who need them. Maybe we should look to adults with similar needs.
Hats off to Peggy!!
Yesterday I was reminded, once again, of the goodness and love in the world. I think we need to keep these stories close to our hearts for strength when adversity or hatred raise their ugly heads.
Every Sunday I look forward to Nancy O’Donnell’s column in the Albany Times Union. Called Gardener’s Notebook, it’s chock full of wisdom, information, tips and ideas on gardening and nature. In fact, her December 2010 column on growing ginger is on my desk right now. I also love her reports on the most popular new annuals and perennials of the year.
Sunday’s column was a slight departure and one I’m glad she wrote. In it she describes how she found and adopted her dog, Rocky, and the life they shared together. She calls it paw prints on her heart and I couldn’t agree more. Nancy also writes about the new year as a place to start over and perhaps do something that makes a positive difference…….adopting an abused, abandoned or rescued animal. The love you will get in return cannot be described.
Click HERE to read this heartwarming and poignant story about her animal hero.
Nancy’s column can be found in the Real Estate section of the Sunday Times Union. She is also the owner of Perennial Graphics Nursery in Schaghticoke, NY. Thanks Nancy for all you do to make the world a better place.