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Ethan plants a hug tree

My six-year old grandson Ethan has been thinking about the hugs quite a lot lately and he decided that it would be a great idea to plant a hug tree, so that we could just pick the hugs off the tree when they were ready.

Joan and I thought that this was a fantastic idea, so last weekend Joan and Ethan went out and Ethan picked the spot he thought would be best, sheltered by a huge pine tree.

He knew, of course, that the hug would have to be buried upside down so that the tree could grow out of the hole at the base of the hug. A hug seed was not to be found anywhere, but this did not deter Ethan. The hug was buried and a circle of rocks placed around it to mark the spot.

Next Joan and Ethan went to the computer and Ethan dictated this poem about the hug tree:


Ethan’s hug tree is a huge tree
It is big and strong you see
Sometimes if you are quiet you will see
How it grows so fast and high

It grows near the water
In the shade of another tree
And it’s branches reach down
To hug you and me

And in the fall
When the leaves turn yellow
The hug tree cones fall to the ground
And they stay there until someone picks them up
And only by people who make ‘hugzz’

If you don’t make ‘hugzz’ or design them
The hug cones are invisible ad you cannot see or touch them
And when you try to pick them up they stay on the ground.

They hide from strangers
Because they like to know who they are hugging.


Urgent! Hug our oceans!

Deepak Chopra, Lynne McTaggert, Jean Houston, Barbara Max Hubbard, Gregg Braden and others are joining together to create a call to action. Let’s care enough to join them.

We need a healthy world for our children and our children’s children to grow up in.

Do you feel helpless, angry or powerless to make a difference
as you watch millions of gallons of oil pouring into the Gulf every day
with no end in sight and thousands losing their lives and their livelihoods?

Join The Gulf Call to Sacred Action

The Evolutionary Leaders: In Service to Conscious Evolution have joined together
to be a loud and important voice for all who feel powerless.

The People Need You ~ The Gulf Needs You

Join the Evolutionary Leaders for three FREE inspiring, profound and
world-changing, global, 70-minute gatherings via telephone and internet

When tens of thousands take one small collective step,
there will be a powerful impact for the good of humanity.

You have the opportunity here today to make dramatic change.
Let people know who you are and what you stand for.

This is the first talk in the series of three. Together we CAN make a difference!

Setting Our Sacred Intention
Saturday June 26th
10:00 AM Pacific/1:00 PM Eastern

We begin by setting our collective intention. Join Deepak Chopra to set our powerful vision and participate in a worldwide Intention Experiment with renowned author and scientist Lynne McTaggart. Explore how our collective intention, our voice and our commitment can impact the cleanup of the oil spill. And then we will be graced by Jean Houston who will share with us why this time matters and why we matter.

Moo and his hug buddies

Moo and friends

I was thrilled to get this in my e-mail. It was a letter from my grandson William, with pictures he had taken himself and attached.

This is a photo of his favourite stuffed animal, Moo. Moo is a well-hugged horse that William has had since his birth, and William wanted to show me how he looks nestled in with his two hug friends. I love the way he composed Moo on his favourite spot, the bed, with a hug on each hoof! Moo has a special “I Love Hugs” sweater that we were lucky to find at Christmas – and it fits him perfectly.

It is great that we can now ‘talk’ over long distances in these fancy things called computers and send photos back and forth and scan and send drawings and even better, we can ‘skype’ and see each other!

Thanks William. I love it!


Christie McFee, the manager of this fabulous store calls it “Hugs Central”.

“Starfire Studios” at 6607 Royal Avenue in Horseshoe Bay is a warm and friendly place to visit, as well as a great place to get unique gifts, art and jewelry. etc. Owned by Karen Hood, and run with a big heart by Christie, it has made itself indispensable to the town in the 7 years it has operated.

These are Christie’s words;

“Everybody who comes in here knows it as ‘Hugs Central’ – that’s why they come in. Before you guys showed up with your ‘hugzz’, we were known that way, so when I saw your ‘hugzz’ I thought, OK this solidifies it. This is perfect.
Here’s a story;
On the weekend a woman came through. She saw your ‘hugzz’ and bought one. She went home and she thought, ‘you know, I’ve got a friend who is struggling with lung cancer and she is in our running group.’ So she approached her running group and they decided to buy 30 ‘hugzz’ and all of them are going to carry them with them when they go running with her. So she just called and ordered 30 ‘hugzz’!”

Hugging my Home

Home is a big theme for me. What makes a house or apartment or city or village feel like home with a capital “H”? Almost four years ago I moved from Ontario to Vancouver and at the first sight of the ocean and mountains I knew I was home. I didn’t own a place then and I don’t now, but that is irrelevant to me. After exploring the many areas of Vancouver, I rented a little garden suite in a house in West Vancouver. Being a restless spirit, I always kept one foot poised to walk out the door and find another place with other attractions. Quite recently that all changed. I strolled down to the beach I love and I thought to myself, ‘this is my beach’, my special muse. I wandered up and down the street of this little Ambleside Village and thought, ‘my bookstore’, ‘my ethnic grocery’. Later that day I suddenly decided to take back the little private garden by the patio from the rampant weeds and create a garden. As I cleared and I dug, I felt a wave of pleasure roll over me. My restless foot stilled. It had a shovel to push now and it felt good to really interact with this wee home and it’s little plot of land. I look around my chosen home now and mentally I hug it. It fits me and I fit it, and a good fit is hard to find.