thank you so much for entering the giveaway! mary graciously offered two more signed copies, so that's FOUR winners total! hooray!
mary chose the winners! they are:
- Kasey, who said: "The call of loons on the lake, daffodils blooming in the spring, my sons' bellylaughs, a silent snowfall, deer slipping into the trees, creating, making someone I love smile, ice cream, perfect blue sky Maine days, strong hot coffee, a warm dog..." [I especially loved this one for its range of sweet spots that touch on both nature and the joy of making others smile.]
- Katie, who managed to simply combine the universal joy of children with the unvarnished delight of outdoor play and laughter when she wrote: "My children on a hot summer day playing in the backyard. Belly laughs as they squirt each other with the hose!"
- Caroline, who reminds us that sometimes we need to proactively take advantage of those basic sweet spots that clear our minds and open us up to the peace and contentment of joy: "Whenever I feel down I try to go out for a run. I live about a 10 minute run from the ocean and as soon as I smell the salt and see the water, my head starts to clear and I gain some perspective and feel a little more hopeful and alive and open to possibility."
- Fine, who speaks to the joy that is found in the love of humanity when she writes: "What brings me joy...hmm, I'd say good food in good company, a walk in the woods, swimming, moving my body, and, very important to me, bringing other people joy, making them happy, cheering them up. I used to worry if that was healthy (psychologically spoken), but I don't care that much anymore. More joy in the world must be good, right?"
every year we go to what we call "blueberry hill" for a hike and a picnic. there is a fabulous stone cottage at the top covered with a sod roof where we like to eat our lunch and run around playing hide and seek.
this particular visit was the most magical one yet. we raced to the top, stopping to take a picture in the same place every year, then unloaded our feast. we dined on mostly things from our garden, sparkling beverages, and homemade chocolate chip cookies.
we made friends with some others at the top, who later gave the little one a kite to keep after they were so impressed by her ability to fly it with no wind!
he found his first four leaf clover after i told him he would. i had found one that very morning. his face lit up like a child's with absolute glee at the four leaf clover clutched in his hand.
we flew our kite despite having no breeze, raced around playing hide and seek, checked out the boats sailing in the ocean below through the binoculars, and then leisurely walked back down the hill to the car for more adventures.