The Book of Good Cheer

Published 1911, The Book of Good Cheer, p. 23

“There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world, which remain unknown even to ourselves, or when they are disclosed, surprise nobody so much as the benefactor.”

-Robert Louis Stevenson

“There has not been a single day since the world began when the sun was not shining. The trouble has been with our vision.”

Going, going, GONE!

The Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute that I founded 25 years ago, had a weekend fundraiser, “25 chairs for 25 years.” Members of the community signed up to decorate an Adirondack chair, provided by PCEI, parade it around town and at our local farmers’ market, and then attend a live auction. The chairs were art at its best! Take a gander and then get out your tools. You’ll want to do this in your own home town or at least, your backyard to your own chairs.

This photo typifies PCEI … a smart car and lots of bikes parked on our 13 acre campus smack-dab in the middle of town surrounded by houses on all four sides.

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I brake for half-naked men

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The Extra Mile

Are you the kind of gal who has a million pairs of shoes, a color or style to suit every occasion? Or are you more monogamous when it comes to your footwear, devoting yourself to one perfect pair?

Peek into my closet and you’ll find a few mostly sensible sorts, but none without flair (gotta be me). My must-haves include my fave “farm-to-photo shoot” boots, some DIY decoupage divas, and you guessed it—the requisite MaryJanes.

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It’s time for some pre-winter cleaning, and no doubt I’m ready to have the whole dust-bunny-filled affair over and done with. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that a little charity can turn any of my humdrum tasks into a real heart-opening experience.

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