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.


  1. The world is indeed in a sorry state. One of the young people killed on that downed aircraft leaving Tehran was a young PhD student from the University of Waterloo who used to attend meetings at our naturalist club. She had her whole life in front of her.
    The fires in Australia are devastating beyond comprehension and I have good friends in both Sydney and Melbourne whom I will be visiting in July. Both have remained out of harm's way so far, but the fires are so unpredictable who knows what may happen tomorrow - or an hour from now for that matter. At least humans have communications networks and opportunities for escape, the wildlife is simply incinerated. It is emotionally disturbing. I can't watch it any more.

  2. Love the light you shine into the world ~ We will survive all the chaos some how ~ great post ~ ^_^

    Happy Moments to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  3. A sad state indeed. So many instances of hate, destruction, and disasters.

  4. So well said. You speak for most of us. Let the light illuminate the darkness that seems to be spreading further every day.

  5. Thank you for this post and the hope of light, Penelope, on behalf of many people in prayers and thoughts. What many people had been afraid of came reality. So heart-breaking. On the reflection of the plane crash disaster, the people on both sides should have constructive ideas for future for peace and not to repeat the same things.

  6. Hello, our world and earth seem to be even more vulnerable today. The disasters are just horrible. I have not felt safe since # 45 was elected. I feel he is putting Americans at risk when they travel. There is so much hatred, it has elevated attacks and more crime. I just feel sad and sickened. I wish you peace, have a great day!

  7. It has been a frightening and devastating start to the year. We can but hope.

  8. It has been the saddest start to the year. We could certainly all use some global goodness these terrible days. Thank you for doing your part.

  9. Add volcanic eruption in the Philippines. Here's to a better 2020.

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  10. The world does indeed seem very unstable and uncertain. So important for us to strive for light!

  11. It's true, we never read something nice and positive, maybe it had been like that centuries ago, but as there were no TV or Radio or Newspaper you didn't even know if it rained in your neighbor village !

  12. Great minds think alike - I am planning a post for this week about Hope. I thank you for some additional inspiration and moral support! Here's praying that the rest of 2020 will be brighter!

  13. There is indeed a lot going on which will continue We have to build on out strength and hope as well so thanks for the link Hope you have a great year Maria

  14. I love your phrase "lights flicker in dark corners"


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