Letters are a more personal way to connect to your family, friends, and loved ones. It is a great way to let someone know you are thinking about them.
I struggle with the carbon emissions used to deliver letters, so I will be cautious not to go overboard. I keep in touch often via the internet, but I would like my friends, family and loved ones, to have the tactile experience of holding the letter in their hands.
With our Fellowship fundraising drive drawing to a close (though we're always happy to receive unsolicited donations!), The Tyee is now looking for pitches from journalists with ground-breaking, solutions-oriented ideas. We're here - thanks to our readers' generous donations - to help fund these investigations!
I lose track of this conversation with myself (and yes, there are a couple of other folks who've read this stuff and commented to me, but mostly it feels very singular). But I do want to leave an update.
I don't get to spend a lot of time on ChangeEverything these days, but whenever I come back I'm always astounded to see the list of changes I've expressed interest in staring back at me, I come to realize that I've actually been really busy doing the things that bring those changes about.
When this challenge to write about the change in my life came up several months ago I had no idea where I'd be heading. Yes, I thought maybe I'd get some more writing. I thought I'd focus on some of my personal writing/foto projects that were being neglected because I was so busy the last couple of years.
I'm a borderline ADD kind of guy whose been too busy in recent years to follow up on some of the cool personal projects that keep bubbling up in my mind and in conversations with others. With some space in my schedule this year (read: less paid work), I've got time and energy to work on some things that I'm passionate about.
I am not making any new year's re-solutions this year. I am working instead on a new approach. Guided by the recognition that we don’t have to be limited to one kind of action or approach, I’m going to make some moves with a tool I wield clumsily, but passionately: words.
I know words have the power. The test is whether we (words and I) can make some positive difference when we act as a team. My aim is to use words to multiply qualities of justice, harmony, peace, union, spirit, communion, diversity, and growth. I'll be blogging about it, check back.
I have an idea for a book documenting ordinary "ecoheroes/heroines" in our midst, particularly in the Lower Mainland. That is people who are making a difference to the world and the environment, taking action, not just talking.