Category: Gratitude

Help #Japan

Sometimes, when a big disaster like the one in Japan happens, even if people want to help, it becomes confusing to choose which charity to donate to.

I can’t claim that I did extensive research, but here are my choices of charities:

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund, on

This project will disburse funds to organizations providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami. GlobalGiving is working with International Medical Corps, Save the Children, and other organizations on the ground.

Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support (click the arrow on the top right PayPal page to change the language from Japanese to English)

We are a coalition of three groups; HEART-Tokushima, Animal Garden Niigata and Japan Cat Network. We are groups that have been rescuing and rehoming animals in Japan for many years. Our intention starting this group is to keep animal rescue on the agenda, provide shelter space, coordinate some Earthquake/Tsunami animal rescues, and to share animal rescue related news to the public. Like our individual groups, our collaboration will be staunchly no-kill. Any funds donated will be strictly and explicitly reported as well as expenses. Money and resources will be used strictly for rescue, care and support of animals in crisis due to the earthquake and tsunami. And while I first imagined cats and dogs, we can not yet know what animals beyond that we will be in a position to help.
Thanks to all for the support!

My favorite animal/vet blog, Pawcurious, is raising money for World Vets.

Donate to World Vets


Wise Women

I was thinking today about the concept of “guru” and what shape(s) it might take in our modern Western world. What came to mind, are all the wise women in my life. Each plays a role, each teaches me something and points the way when I’m confused.

I’m grateful for…

Liz – who opened the portal for me, and who is more gifted than she knows. For offering her gentle grace as a ladder her yoga students can climb on during class.

Angelica – whose healing skill is guided equally by profound knowledge and amazing intuition.

Kim – for her gentle hands, sense of humor, and bits of important information trickled humbly like her healing raindrop treatments 🙂

Margarete – for blending East and West seamlessly and effortlessly and teaching me that I don’t have to make sense of it all, but that I can change my mind, change my life.

Shari – for her kindness and care in restorative yoga, for making everyone there cared for.