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Today is my delivery day for my Hungry Harvest box.  I coordinate my choices of likes and dislikes and pleasantly receive some surprises in each box of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Tomorrow, I will have a new recipe to use the bounty received today;  I am committed to utilizing whatever I receive and reduce my own personal waste.  Sadly, I have had to toss fruits or vegetables that I just left too long purchased when in a more ambitious state.

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Hungry Harvest is a remarkable organization that “rescues” food and delivers to homes and offices produce that stores won’t accept based on how it looks.

Being judged on your looks is hard for a person, and it is used as a guage judging millions of pounds of produce.

28% are too big or too small

4% are too unique

14% are too ugly (ouch!)

13% have too many “beauty marks”

37% too many grown that cannot be accepted from the farmers who grow the produce

Evan Lutz, co-founder, began in the summer of 2014. Today, they operate in multiple states across the U.S. working to deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to those in need, sell below cost to subscribers, and prevent food waste.  Getting healthy and whole foods into the hands of those who struggle is such a worthwhile cause.

He says on the Hungry Harvest website that: “We’re just getting started. We’re just three years old, and have already reduced over 5 million pounds of food from going to the landfill and provided access to over 700,000 pounds of produce through reduced-cost markets and donations to people in need.”

To learn more about this remarkably powerful cause, and see if they deliver in your area, go to



Thank you for stopping by and the opportunity to, hopefully, do some good in our communities.



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This video will lift your spirits, make you tear up (especially if you are an empathetic person), and restore your faith in humanity.  It is hard to simplify the concept of Empathy in its broadest sense, but this video will fill your heart and spirit with gladness and a desire to help another.  There are battles that we each face, and most of us do it alone, or struggle in silence.  As you watch this video, and see the faces of the recipients of this kind of compassion and charity towards others, you will see how starved for compassion and a helping hand during daily struggles.  Challenges can cause mental and physical health symptoms, but kindness and empathy create such powerful healing.

Simply acknowledging our humanity, and restoring our faith in the inherent goodness of some people, gives us the strength to keep going when we have witnessed or felt pain.  It is a blessing to know that such people exist and seek opportunities to do good for others and the inspiration to pay it forward.



Thank you for stopping by.  I hope that you enjoy this and share with a friend who needs a lift too.


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“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”

– Arundhati Roy

Thank you for stopping by. I hope that you enjoy your visit.

may you never forget what is worth remembering

These are the ones that made my list. What are some of the things you have learned along the way?

Life is too short to wallow in someone else’s muck.

As long as you can still find something to laugh about, you are doing alright.

No matter how hard you try to rationalize someone else’s bad behavior, you won’t feel better about how badly they treated you.

Even a psychiatrist cannot change a light bulb if it is not willing to change…..and there are some pretty dim bulbs out there.

Choosing to remove yourself, and hold your head up high, is always more empowering than letting other people exclude you.

There is no such thing as too much kindness or compassion.

If someone asks “How Are You?” as they keep walking past you, they don’t really care about the answer.  Eye contact, or lack thereof, is an indication.

You will never find out who you really are if you are only willing to look as far as your mirror.

You don’t have to give birth to change the life of a child.

Choose to smile at someone and go the extra mile. It is not for them anymore, it is just for you and your dignity.

No matter how bad, or insecure, you may feel about yourself, ultimately, you will have enough self-esteem to keep someone else from putting you down. Trust me, it really is there.

It is OK to acknowledge the fear and the anxiety in daily situations and keep going.

If you have forged a new path, make it easy for someone to follow.

Your parents are not 100% wrong all the time. Leave some room in your life for error.

You are never responsible for someone else’s bad behavior. They are. Nothing you could ever do will make someone else behave badly unless he or she chooses to act that way.

Quitting is hard, and can affect your confidence, but there is strength in knowing when enough is enough.

There will always be people who have more than you. But, there will always be people who have less.

Say “please” and “thank you” to anyone who does something for you or helps you. Even if you pay them, they still deserve the respect and courtesy of good manners.

There is only one true Judge and it does not have to be me.

Charity is not just giving money. It is a state of mind and an act of being.

It is OK to cry and to grieve your losses no matter how little, or how much, time has passed. It comes in waves, and when the swells rise, the tears will fall.

Remember that it is normal and human to cry and grieve and that those who think it is “negative,” or tell you not to cry, or avoid you, have their own mental and emotional issues to sort out. Being human and empathetic is the way we were created to behave in these circumstances.

You can empathize with people if you have experienced difficult and life-searing changes and are honest about them. People can see phony from a mile away.

In the end, it does not matter how much you have or how much you spent. It matters if you were a mensch (human being).

Thank you so much for stopping by. It means more than you know.

PLEASE feel free to add your own lessons learned as there is so much more I need to know.


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