Publisher’s Blog, December 2019

Last month, as we approached the holiday season, I decided I needed a boost of good cheer. I set about looking for a source of good news—positive happenings—information that would be uplifting and inspiring and display the kindness, courage, and generosity of the human race at its best. I wanted a shot of encouragement I could have delivered to my inbox each day that would offset the dismal news recounted repeatedly on the 24/7 news cycle to which we have all become accustomed.

In my morning meditations, I set an intention to find a source of spiritually uplifting news that would feed my spirit. I have discovered that putting a request/intention out to (God), (Divine Source), (The Universe), and nurturing it daily can yield some interesting results.

To explain the synchronicity of what happened next I need to rewind a few months to my birthday in July. My daughter, Michelle, sent me a book of poems by Pulitzer prize winning poet, Mary Oliver. She is considered to be America’s foremost poetic voice on the natural world around us, and her perspective reflects the multitude of reasons we have to marvel at such a gift.

I enjoyed the poetic beauty and tenderness for our planet and all the life that exists on it. After having it on my bedside table for a time I put it away on the bookshelf with some other treasures for future reflection.

Fast forward to last month. I began my quest for a source of positive happenings by typing in my search bar “good news email”. The first website name to appear was Daily Good—News That Inspires. I clicked on the link and there on the home page was an article with a picture of Mary Oliver who just passed away this past January at the age of 84.

The article was beautifully and magnificently written by Lisa Starr, a friend of Mary’s who recounted the special qualities of the poet and her grace and courage in the last few years of her life as she battled cancer. In the article Lisa speaks about the abuse Mary endured as a child and how she used her craft to not only transform her own suffering but also to transform the “heartbreaking nature of the world”—the fact, for example, that everything and everyone is going to die—“into a thing of beauty.”

Lisa also tells of Mary’s generosity to friends and strangers alike and of the sparse bedroom, the typewriter where she did her work and the book of Rumi poems that stood ready on her nightstand as her encouragement to go on searching for the words that the disease was stealing from her.

Mary Oliver’s writings to which I had recently been introduced was one of an assortment of stories on Good Deeds that inspire, motivate and cause us to reflect on the gift of living a life well spent. If you also want a daily dose of Good Deeds, here’s a link to the website, www.dailygood.org.

Wishing All a Blessed Holiday Season,

Roberta Bolduc, Publisher