Keep giving away…


Journeys on an Inland Sea

Journeys on an Inland Sea

I have been pondering giving a lot lately.  When the world seems turned upside down and backwards, it’s often not clear what we can do to help.

One thing that can so soothe a weary or confused soul is really very simple.

We can give.

We can give of our love, our time, our attention, our possessions, our laughter, our unique self expressions.

I love the feeling of giving, the way joy fills the heart, the expansiveness of it.

We give to our local St. Vincent de Paul store regularly:  it’s Recycling 101.  What no longer serves me can serve you.  What no longer serves you can serve others.

I was going to give this book–Superior, Journeys on an Inland Sea–to St. Vinnies.  We’ve enjoyed it since the late 1990’s.  But, a little voice whispered, what about your Lake Superior Spirit readers?  Perhaps one of them might enjoy the magnificent photos and stories of a 2,000-mile circumnavigation of Lake Superior by Gary and Joanie McGuffin.


Wrecked lifeboat

Wrecked lifeboat

Would any readers like this giveaway from our Little House in the Woods?  From my heart and hands and stamps to your coffee table?

The only thing I ask in return is that you continue to pass along your own joy, inspiration, vitality and love.

Which, I’m sure, you already do.

One journey; many journeys

One journey; many journeys

The giveaway is open to any reader in the United States or Canada.  (Sorry you folks from Bangladesh or Vietnam; it’s probably too expensive to ship the book over the saltwater seas.)

It’s open to anyone who’s ever commented on this blog in the past eight years.  All you need to do is let me know you’re interested.

Wolves with wolves in their mouth

Isn’t it funny how when we give, we also receive?

How we need to be open as both the willing recipient and the loving giver?

How the Circle of Life really is abundant.

So when spirits get low or confused, remember this advice from an old friend.

Just give. Without expectation.

Give because you’ll be bringing joy to yourself.

I promise.

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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29 Responses to Keep giving away…

  1. Shirley Khodja says:

    I would love that book!

    • Kathy says:

      How fun that you would! I am going to put all the names (and there aren’t very many) in a hat maybe next week and let the Universe decide. If it were up to me, I’d want every one of you to have the book. 🙂

  2. Shirley Khodja says:

    I’ll be up in God’s country close to the end of May, and I could pick it up at a time and place convenient to you.

  3. Giving is an activity for the soul. And the heart. I just gave some brownies to my neighbors, and you’d think I gave them a dozen gold bars! I give lots of hugs and kisses to my grandkids, and they’re young enough to still want to take them! I give you my thanks for your friendship and your wonderful words, that always inspire me.

    • Kathy says:

      Oh I am just grinning ear-to-ear thinking of your kindness to your neighbors and how MUCH they appreciated your giving. And you’ve got the luck o’ the Irish to have grandkids upon whom you can bestow kisses and hugs! And I appreciate all that you give to our friendship. You’re a gift, m’ dear, indeed!

  4. The joy of giving is definitley good for the soul!

    We regularly pass on items we no longer need to the Goodwill store in town. Recently we tried to give them a portable crib we no longer needed for Katherine’s visits. I should have remembered they don’t take mattresses. (It’s not really a mattress, you wipe the waterproof surface clean so I assume it’s plastic.) They suggested we try a children’s consignment shop down the road. So we did. The proprietor gave us a form to fill out. As I was filling it out there was an option to donate the item to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society if it didn’t sell in two months. I checked the box and told her if it did sell in two months she could donate my portion of the sale to the society as well. She thanked me profusely and I felt nice and warm inside. 🙂

    Please count me in as one of the ones interested in your book!

    • Kathy says:

      Barbara, I love reading your story of giving, and especially the warm fuzzies you received in return from the Universe. It can be such a good feeling indeed to pass along what we no longer need and what others might treasure. I was reading recently how the Universe/Source gives constantly–that is its nature. It’s always giving to us. So we’re a true expression of Source energy when we give.

      So glad that you’re interested in the book. Will ask the Universe to decide the recipient, probably next week.

  5. Carol says:

    Your book looks interesting, but I have been trying to thin things out – with too many bookshelves of too many books no longer used, I must decline. Yesterday I took some bracelets I’d beaded a few years ago to a local bargain shop – run by a woman who sells various and sundry to raise money to take care of local stray dogs. Doing that yesterday turned on a light bulb in my brain – I’ve been wanting some place to which I could donate a lot of the “stuff” I have sitting around – thought of Goodwiill but I have donated so many things to them already – I’m going to start boxing a little bit here and there and take it to this lady for her little shop in town. Relief. Satisfaction. Peace.

    • Kathy says:

      Carol, what a lovely story. Your giving will continue its giving to the stray creatures who need it. And perhaps someone will cherish your bracelet, wearing it here and there, and people will say, “How nice they are!”

      I know what you mean about thinning out–that’s one reason this book is looking for a new home. The idea came to give this away on the blog years ago but, ahem, I am just finally listening. The Universe obviously wants someone out there to have it.

    • dawnkinster says:

      That’s a wonderful idea Carol. I wonder if I have anything like that near me. I too am tired of donating to Goodwill where they seem to just pile it up and who knows where it goes.

  6. debyemm says:

    Giving to and serving others gives me great joy. It is why I ever do anything. No expectations. If some nice blessing comes as a result, it is just that – a nice blessing. What an amazing trip that couple made !! Happy to visit your blog today. Best wishes for Spring and warming days.

    • Kathy says:

      Good morning, Deb, thank you for visiting! I love that the giving comes through you without expectation, and how much joy that reflects in your life. It IS an amazing trip they undertook, and their photos and story shine with it. Hope you are enjoying some warm(er) weather in your neck of the woods. We’re warming up so very slowly…but there is hope. It will be 40’s by the weekend.

  7. Brenda says:

    Oh my gosh, Kathy! Your generous spirit sure shines brightly in this world!! I would love this book about my favorite Lake ❤ May your generosity be returned in huge ways to brighten your world too! Bless you, my dear! ❤

    • Kathy says:

      Brenda, so far the odds are very good for you! Three people are interested. I will ask the Universe where It wants the book to go next…and off it will go. Yesterday I had a moment where I wanted every one of you to have the book so much. But realized that was putting it back on me, and it’s really the Universe’s decision. Love your enthusiasm and thank you for your generous words!

  8. Bonnie says:

    Giving is one thing I enjoy doing. Seeing a smile on another’s face is a blessing.

  9. I am heartened by the many people – you among them Kathy – who, in challenging times, look inward to see what more they can do to make the world a better place. I, too, am thinning my possessions, so I will pass on this lovely book, but thank you for your kind heart, in putting such a wonderful offer out there!

    • Kathy says:

      What a lovely response, Cindy! I think it’s way too easy to become disheartened, lost and confused if we focus on the woes of the world. (At least it’s been for me many times.) It does seem to keep coming back to finding a deeper inner truth, and shining that forward into the world. And, of course, then giving to the world as the Universe nudges. Bless you as you continue your giveaway to others who may treasure the sweet pieces of your giving life.

  10. Great idea but I’m not interested since I’m too old and family members would probably not want it if I were lucky enough to get it. I give to Salvation Army and minority churches that give out clothing/kitchen ware/furniture to the homeless or needy. Goodwill pays its CEO millions and the workers make minimum wage so I give Goodwill a thumbs down.I also give to pet rescues both locally and in other states. I don’t have much but a little bit here and there might be of help. Too many folks forget about the people saving pets from high kill shelters.

    • Kathy says:

      It sounds like you are a very giving person, Yvonne, passing your abundance on to those who might need it. “A little bit here and there” makes the heart keep opening to the love. Thank you for sharing your giving story!

  11. Kim Gagnon says:

    Hi Kathy, thank you for such a kind and giving gesture! I was raised in the UP and try to get back as often as I can. I would LOVE to receive this book, enjoy it then pass it on. In gratitude and warm regards…Kim

    • Kathy says:

      Kim, you qualify, and the odds are now one in four. I love how the people who would like the book all love Lake Superior and nature. Every one of you deserves a copy! (But I only have one, so we’ll wait and see how the Universe decides, probably some time next week.)

  12. dawnkinster says:

    What a lovely idea! I have taken boxes and boxes of books to my local library who will give them to the Friends of the Library who will sell them to other people who will enjoy them. I never feel bad about giving books there, but I like your idea even better!

    • Kathy says:

      Too bad we can’t get rid of all our old books on our blogs, Dawn. LOL! The Friends of the Library is a really good source to share our treasured books. Then the giving keeps on giving…

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