Chilly Cheeriness

November 7th

view from the continental divide

Thank you for not collectively rolling your eyes at my anxiety-fueled post yesterday. Oy. More than once I’ve come back to my blog and re-read my rants only to be sheepishly embarrassed, especially when there are comments and I know I can’t delete it and just move forward. Anyway — I am sorry that many of you feel the same way, but thankfully it seems collectively we agree that being panicked solves nothing and we’ve got to stay focused on change: administrations, energy policy, seasons…

I’ve currently got a workout-glow and happy mood and figured I’d share a bit of this cheeriness by celebrating bloggers who inspire the panic right out of me. (How can the world be bad with these folks around?)

Jessica is transforming the health of a community in rural Brazil. Single-handedly, this woman has raised money on her blog to help poor children have milk, schooling and clothing. Her dedication is incredible, and talk about being the change you want to see in the world! I am so proud to call her my friend. I’m planning on donating money to her work in lieu of gifts for the holidays. I hope you’ll consider helping too.

Jane is sewing up crayon packs for children in Tijuana — sharing a bit of pre-holiday CAOK love and creativity. When this woman isn’t revolutionizing the way children should be taught in the LA public school system, she finds the money and time to help kids across the border. Love it!

Andy is cooking up a daily feast to celebrate his children. This single dad talks about the importance of sharing his family history with his three children through food and how their lives make his worth living. I just wish I lived closer and could get in on a plate or two. Yum!

And for a bit more of the icing on the blog cake, have you read Ree’s series: Black heels to tractor wheels? She is madly in love with her cowboy husband and is writing about their courtship to honor their anniversary. It isn’t Fabio material; it is incredibly heart-felt sentimental sincerity and is great blog writing.

And when all else fails, I think of that lovely state of Colorado, with its cool weather, healthy folk, dog culture, liberal life… I bet they even have four seasons.

~K

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7 Responses

  1. I love your site, and I am constantly inspired by the work that you and others do for people in need. I would love to get involved in some of these projects and would someday love to travel to another country to do some volunteer work, but I don’t know where to start. Do you have any tips, advice or resources you can throw my way??
    Keep up the good work!
    -Sandy

  2. Four seasons,fah. I recall a coffee cup I saw in the Minneapolis-St Paul airport – THE SEASONS OF MINNESOTA — WINTER SPRING SUMMER FALL WINTER WINTER WINTER.

  3. What wonderful works are being performed in the world and all so inspiring. Thank you, Kelli, for sharing the links and the stories.

  4. I’ve been reading Pioneer Woman for months now, isn’t she hysterical? I love the story.

  5. We love that you speak from both your mind and your heart. Thank you for inspiring us and for being so honest.

  6. Denver and Boulder may be liberal, but unfortunately we’re still a fairly red state.

    And yes, we have 4 seasons, but spring and fall aren’t nearly long enough. I guess I should stop complaining. It’s beautiful while it lasts!

  7. I am loving “Black Heels to Tractor Wheels” — she’s a great writer!! I’m thoroughly enjoying her blog. And yours, of course.

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