The Greatest Gift of All
is YOU 🎀

I am so grateful for each and every one of you. It is an honor to share my life and thoughts with you! Thank you so much for being in my life and sharing this journey with me.

The greatest gift we can offer the world is our love.

I love you and appreciate you and
wish you and your family a
blessed holiday season.

Winter is a time of reflection and rejuvenation. For most of us, the thick of winter is in the air. Even though I am grateful to live on the Big Island, I still find myself missing the peace and tranquility that winter brings. Before I moved to the Big Island I lived in beautiful Homer, Alaska. My home was the picture you see above! I will always appreciate the beauty and majesty of Alaska. This is where I learned the value of conservation it taught me. With an abundance of wildlife and diversity, clean air, and pristine I was shown the importance of protecting our beautiful Mother Earth.

This brings me to the point about how important it is to be
mindful of the
value of conservation.

The biggest commercial holiday is upon us. Last minute shopping, wrapping, and shipping can lead to frantic and panicked days.

I know because I used to be that way.

Years ago, I decided that buying expensive gifts and using unnecessary packaging materials robbed me of the joy of what it means to truly give. And I also realized it was depleting the earth’s resources for future generations.

While the winter holiday season brings good cheer for many people, it also brings a lot more solid waste to landfills and harms the environment. Not to mention, it also adds additional debt to the average American family.

**According to a report by Stanford University, Americans throw away 25% more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday period than any other time of year. The extra waste amounts to 25 million tons of garbage or about 1 million additional tons per week!

If every family reused just two feet of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon could tie a bow around the entire planet. If every American family wrapped three presents in reused material, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.

Here are a few suggestions that I have incorporated into my gift-giving that eases stress on the earth and saves time and money.

1. Wrap your gifts in repurposed clothing and fabric: Use a fancy belt as a bow or some functional rope. You will be amazed at how well this is received.

2. Make homemade gifts: A few ideas could be fermented vegetables, mead, preserves, lip balm, salves, bee’s wax candles, soap, or whatever you enjoy making. Think healthy and wholesome, and made with Earth-friendly ingredients.

3. Wrap your delectables with a repurposed scarf. Create them with a friend or family member. Meaningful time spent with loved ones is the most memorable gift of all.

4. Repurpose gifts rather than buy something that someone might or might not enjoy.

5. Try thrift stores and antique shopping: I’m a fan of garage sales. I find incredible stuff, often brand .new, unique, and fun.

6. If you buy gifts, look for durable, functional, and re-usable items. Resist the latest fad. Think of how many useless things end up in the landfill! For the gardener on your list, how about hard-to-find seeds for next year’s seeding, or gardening tools?​

7. Make a photo book filled with memories.

8. Support local artists and farmers. Share tickets to a concert, museum event, or movie for a fun night out with friends.

9. Why not give of your time? Give an IOU to shovel snow, rake leaves, give a massage, or do home repairs.

10. Support a local organization in someone’s name.

11. Find gifts with a humanitarian and environmental message: a refillable thermos bottle, a canvas tote bag, a battery recharger, or items made from recycled materials. Make a point to look for fair trade. Choose solar powered instead of battery-powered products. Or better yet, choose something that requires no power at all. Books on nature, health, and love are excellent gifts, too.

There are also thousands of terrific organizations that you can give a gift in someone’s name. Perhaps your friend is really into saving endangered species or concerned about Human Rights. Below is a list of just a few.

Organizations as Gifts


Bioneers is a fertile hub of social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges.


Heifer supporters help end hunger and poverty.

Ten Thousand Villages:

Ten Thousand Villages opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trading relationships.

Stand With Standing Rock:

Helps to protect our water, our sacred places, and all living beings.

Conservation International:

Through cutting-edge science, innovative policy, and global reach, they empower people to protect the nature that we rely on for food, freshwater, and livelihoods.

Slow Food USA:

Slow Food USA gathers likely and unlikely allies to transform the way we produce, consume, and enjoy food.

**One more thought:

If you are receiving piles of mail-order catalogs and other undesirable mail, all you have to do is call the company and ask them to PLEASE take you off their mailing list. Dead mail, like colorful catalogs and magazines, makes for creative wrapping paper.I wish you a magnificent week, full of friends, family, wholesome food, time in nature, and time for yourself.

I wish to thank everyone who has supported me on my writer’s journey; for purchasing my books and writing reviews. It means the world to me that my work is helping so many.

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