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Fleeting Snow & Drifting Thoughts


With nowhere to go, it was fine for a wintry blast to blanket my garden Buddha. It was not long before the pristine snow dissolved into a slushy muddy mix of earth and icy rain. Its spotlessness was as improbable to keep as a pure thought that the Buddha said brought happiness: "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves." If my backyard Buddha could talk, I would ask: Is a pure thought a selfless thought or less thought ... and why is holding one as fleeting as a snowflake melting the moment it is caught?

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Still the kid I used to be

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Holding Onto The Light


For me, personally, and I hope for you, too, 2020 started off calm and bright but on the world stage the New Year began with a chaotic bang … literally.

From the plane crash in Iran coinciding with bombings in Iraq, to earthquakes in Puerto Rico, to flames engulfing Australia (1 billion animals lost), it feels very unsafe when humankind seems unable or unwilling to coexist peacefully with nature or itself.

Among other atrocities, 176 innocents (most heading back to Canada from Iran after the holidays) maddeningly, violently, senselessly died as an accidental consequence of an escalating chain of events and reckless leadership entirely predictable in 2017.

The photo (above) was taken in 2017, the year of the first Woman's March in Vancouver. Many marches and global efforts have since occurred so one can only hope 2020 ends with wiser decisions that result in positive, not tragic, outcomes.

Our cosmic home is in a hot mess right now but lights flicker in dark corners. If you long for better news, visit global goodness to see what good people do. The company is based in Montreal so you might have to right mouse click and translate to English.

See OUR WORLD to explore more sights from around the globe.

Still the kid I used to be

Visit Postcards From Penelope Puddle and Penelope Puddlisms: BC Life Is A Whale Of A Ride to view more West Coast scenes.

Because the state of our planet is the most pressing issue of our time, link up and learn about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report.