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The Happiest of New Years!

My enthususiastic daughter

Woke up feeling very grateful today for my wonderful family and friends and knowing that whatever challenges lie ahead I know we will always have each other to love and support. I have been blessed to be able to help a friend who is a single mother these past few months. She has a twelve year old daughter who spends time with my daughters and we have been able to pick her up from the YMCA and offer her sleepovers when it was difficult for her mother due to her work schedule at the local hospital. Have also helped out with a broken toilet, getting her car safely home from being stranded on our icy mountain roads, helping her break into her house when she lost her keys, bringing her dog to the vet when it was hit by a car and offering some eFoods meals when they couldn’t get to the store because of the snow and ice. Today the Mom and the daughter each sent us cards of appreciation with an invitation to breakfast and a day at the incredible Biltmore Estate here in Asheville, to be followed by a home made dinner they want to cook for us. What really touched me was the handwritten words of thankfulness from the daughter. They were so sweet and heartwarming in their simplicity and cute misspellings. Brought tears to my eyes. I feel so blessed to have the ability to share and help others in their time of need and to have such beautiful friends that I consider extended family. May your New Year be filled with beautiful magical treasured moments like these. Happy New Year!


Are You Suffering From ‘Solastalgia’?
By Carolyn Baker Phd
In a New York Times article entitled “Is There An Ecological Unconscious?”, author Daniel B. Smith describes an emotional state described by Australian professor, Glenn Albrecht, known as solastalgia, a word combining the Latin word solacium, which means comfort, and the Greek root, algia, which means pain. Specifically, Albrecht defines solastalgia as “the pain experienced when there is recognition that the place where one resides and that one loves is under immediate assault . . . a form of homesickness one gets when one is still at ‘home.’ ”

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