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Hugs are more important than ever

As the world seems to be getting crazier and crazier, it is a good thing to remember that sanity and comfort are only a hug away.  A hug in time can dissolve a lot of friction and friction is what we could use a lot less of.

If you haven’t hugged anyone today, there is still time.

Happy Easter everyone!


The World Kindness Movement

Joan and I are really heartened to see that there are so many movements around the world that are about ‘making this a kinder and gentler world’.

One that is exciting to us because Brock Tully here in Vancouver has a vibrant branch of this kindness movement, is The World Kindness Movement (WKM)  I will quote what it says as the introduction to this site:

“The idea behind the World Kindness Movement (WKM) crystallized at a conference in Tokyo in 1997 when the Small Kindness Movement of Japan brought together like-minded movements from around the world.  The WKM was officially launched in Singapore on 18 November 2000 at the 3rd WKM Conference.  The mission of the WKM is to inspire individuals towards greater kindness and to connect nations to create a kinder world”.

Yeah!  This is a movement to get fully behind!

May your days be full of kindness……………….



My Confession

This morning I was writing to my daughter and telling her the story behind the hug video that I posted in the last blog.   I decided to tell it here because it was so enlightening to me:

Hi Carrie,

Thanks so much for your enthusiastic support kiddo!  It means a lot to me.  I was so excited when Kate and Peter volunteered to come and help give out hugs and film it.  I was dragging my feet in doing this and Joan was still in Holland so it had to be me alone.  Late in the week I mentioned it to several friends but they were all doing something else.  Besides it was supposed to rain all day.

I woke up that morning intending magic and miracles.  Peter phoned and told me he and Kate would meet me at Granville Island.  Not only did it not rain, but the sun shone near the end!!  We chose a spot right outside the Net Loft.  When we arrived, the magician was just leaving and when we were packing up, the musician busker was just coming.  The people responded beautifully and it really was pure joy.  I will not drag my heels next time.  I will just intend magic and know it is there for me.

What a lesson that day was Carrie.  I will confess the worst moment for me.  When I was leaving Ann’s where I stayed the night before, I was taking many bags and boxes and a huge plastic bag full of colourful baskets for the hugs, red balloons, a large sandwich sign that I had done and then re-done just the way I wanted it and streamers to hang on the trees.  I also had an order to deliver to our sales rep in North Van.  I propped the bag of signs and balloons beside the car as I packed up the trunk – and drove off without it!!  I did not even miss it until I drove into the lot at Granville.  I was totally dejected and now I had to tell Peter and Kate that they had come for nothing.  All I had were the hugs themselves.

My angel friends took this in stride and we marched off to Opus art store and got bristol board and markers.  I had a few ribbons with me that we used to decorate them.  Oh!  I said, I don’t have the baskets to put the hugs in.  No problem says my angel Kate, and off she goes to borrow a large basket from a wool shop nearby.  The rest is now filmed in history…………………..

It just goes to show that people joining together in  common purpose of spreading love make magical things happen.  I still have to pinch myself………

lots of love,


A Video Celebrating Hugs

It was a magical afternoon yesterday as my friend Kate and I gave away free human hugs and clay hugs to all who were open to it.  We were celebrating National Hug Day.  Having a day to encourage hugging is an amazing thing and I think it reflects the opening of our hearts to love and understanding.

I am full of gratitude for arms to hug and great family and friends and strangers to share a hug with.

Every time you give a hug, you get a hug, so we were high on hugs by the end of the afternoon.  What a rush!

Peter made this amazing video to share with all of you………………

A virtual hug to you all!


Today, January 21st, is National Hug Day!

National Hug Day is an officially recognized holiday in the States.  Rev. Kevin Zabouney founded it in 1986 and it has spread to many countries since then.

His purpose in forming this day was to help everyone show more emotion in public, so celebrate this holiday by offering a hug to anyone and everyone you want.

Happy Hugging!