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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

To Touch Every Flower This November

day 2 of 26 days of kindness
Pardon the rerun. You may recognize this image and quote from an October post but Leo Buscaglia’s words send a bigger and brighter message this morning. Today is day 2 of 26 Days of Kindness. Leo’s words state it best. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” This illustrates what Buscaglia was most passionate about, speaking about love, which often is associated with the color red.

On day 2, two children from Sandy Hook are being remembered, Daniel Barden and Noah Pozner. Daniel wanted to be a firefighter when he grew up. And Noah, well, today would have been his 7th birthday. Noah has a twin sister. For her, Noah is no longer by her side. 

Red, symbolizing love, intertwines Daniel and Noah together, still touching every flower when we choose to do an act of kindness and love in honor of Daniel and Noah. The rest is up to you. How will you choose to touch a flower today?    

Here is the FB event or page if you want to participate. Ashley Petersen chose to do something that she possibly underestimated could touch so many people. In a few short weeks, these pages have grown by leaps and bounds and with that, so have the acts of kindness. 

There is one quick gardening tip to share today. It’s a clip from the +National Gardening Association. One of the things NGA promotes is youth and school gardening. We feel very strongly about connecting our youth to touch every flower. “Protect the trunks of young trees and fruit trees from the teeth of hungry voles, mice, and rabbits. Make cylindrical cages out of wire hardware cloth to encircle the trunks. Cages should be 18-24 inches above the anticipated snowline, if possible, for protection from rabbits. Sink the bottom edge of the wire 2-3 inches down into the soil so that critters can't tunnel under. You can leave cages in place year round; just be sure to make them larger than the diameter of the trunk to accommodate the tree's growth.”

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