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The Basket Lady
Basket Lady enjoys reading esoteric books and magazines about spirituality and health; the soul and body connection kind of reading.
Recently, I read a fascinating story about a renowned photojournalist, Paola Gianturo, who, in 2004, travelled to 15 countries on five continents to document the festivals that honor the many facets of women.
One of the festivals’s that Paola documented surely grabbed my attention.
"There are many theories about the origin of the Swedish festival of Sankta Lucia. One goes like this: In the fourth century, a Sicilian woman took food to Christians hiding in underground tunnels. She wore candles on her head because her hands were full. Whatever its origin, there are now Sankta Lucias in almost every house in Sweden every December thirteenth. Girls wearing crowns and boys carrying wands wake their parents with coffee and saffron buns called Lussekatter (Lucia Cats). Communities and schools crown their own Sankta Lucias to spread light during the darkest time of the year. One young woman who wore a crown put it quite simply: 'It is about being kind.'"
The following angels in training deserve a heartfelt thank you for giving a basketful of abundant kindness:
Thomas and Grammy, Judy Pelletier. The mystery angel who donated a basket filled with soaps/shampoos. Linda French, Allan Gallant, Barbara “Jean” Smith, Dot Benedix and Kevin Frost donated baskets. Linda and Jim Macgregor found our wayward baking dish. Cindrie Cormier. Pam Rosseau. The Hope Association’s What Not Shop staff and volunteers. Gerry Boivin, Jeffrey Leonards, John Kezal, Scott Fraser, Dick Lovejoy, Irene Haynes, Melissa Williams, Jennifer Kreckel, Barbara Baker-Smith and Galen Topper.
Friends, go ahead, make someone’s day. You haven’t lived a perfect day until you have done something for someone without expecting them to repay you.
Juut is a Japanese word that means “to uplift humanity and serve others.”
Light the way-serve kindness…
We miss you every day, Dot Sanchas! Until then, smile and live in the present.