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Hats On Parade

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.

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Lovely Hats from Arizona

Hat for a Purpose

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.

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Remembering Rocky

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.

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40 Pieces of Advice – A Timeless Message

I posted this beautiful video last year and, with its timeless message, thought you would enjoy it again this year.  My thanks to Dennis Garner for his permission.

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A Few of My Favorite Things

As another year wraps up I thought I’d take a moment to mention a few of the people and organizations making the world a better place.   Yes, even after the indescribable acts of the past few days, we need, now more than ever, to focus on the good that surrounds us.

Some of the organizations are local and some  faraway but all deserve high praise for their vision, commitment, dedication and generous spirit.  Take an opportunity to fill yourself with the warmth and love generated by these stories.

Greetings of the season to all my friends and family.

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