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Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.

― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh


Remember that every tiny heart has an infinite amount of room for gratitude.

And love.

And compassion.

Wishing you all a peaceful and quiet Thanksgiving Day…

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“It’s snowing still,” said Eeyore gloomily.

“So it is.”

“And freezing.”

“Is it?”

“Yes,” said Eeyore. “However,” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake lately.”

― A.A. Milne


The reactionary part of me has me feeling a bit like Eeyore this morning.

It’s a morning filled with way too much reactionary behavior from both sides for something of which almost everybody still has little, if any, knowledge. The facts are still unclear and there are many,many questions to be answered and loose ends still to be tied up before any of us should be too optimistic or pessimistic. For now, refrain from gleefully high-fiving or angrily punching holes in the wall.

So, while I am feeling a bit gloomy like my friend Eeyore this morning and feel that it can only get worse, I also know this is only a short summary by a biased reader at the end of one chapter in a long story still waiting to be told.  We can’t close the book now thinking we know how it will all end when there are so many pages and chapters ahead.

We must be patient and wait, hard as that is, for the story to unfold.


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Original Drawing by E.H. Shepherd

It was on this day back in 1926  that  the first of  A.A. Milne’s classic children’s books, Winnie-the-Pooh, was published.  In the 85 years since, the beloved Pooh and Christopher Robin, along with his close group of friends who inhabit the Hundred Acre Wood,  have engrained themselves into the fabric of childhoods around the globe.  So great is this gentle bear’s influence that he has garnered streets name after him in Warsaw, Poland and Budapest.  There was even a Latin translation of the original book that became a NY Times Bestseller– the only book in Latin to ever do so.  Not to mention the countless trinkets and films the series has spawned from the Disney Co.

But while there may have been product overkill over the years, the basic gentleness of Winnie the Pooh remains intact after all these years.  His openly good nature and sweet simplicity still lives on.  And that, I think, is a good thing.  We could all learn a thing or two from this little honey loving bear and his friends.

Map of Hundred Acre Wood from EH Shepherd 1959

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