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Thank you

Thank you to everybody who has sent kind words and book recommendations the last few days. I suppose I am not depressed so much as discouraged, but all we can do is keep on slogging!

I should probably go volunteer at the botanical garden or something...feel like I'm getting Real Work done on something I care about!

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All anyone can realistically do is make incremental positive contributions to the world, and hope enough other people do likewise.

Let me assure you: you are a person who is more than pulling their weight in this regard.

(if it's not too weird)
(from a stranger)

You do real work all the time--your garden is a prime example of that.

It's really hard to keep on going when all signs point to disaster being inevitable, but giving up is, I think, even worse and more disheartening.

Nobody has the power to fix what's wrong with the press of a button... and if that power did exist, I'm sure the bad guys would take control of it anyway.
I know what it's like to do good work and then walk away satisfied... and then see things slide back.

You are making a difference in many people's lives and giving those people all a boost so they can continue making a difference in the lives of others.

Oh yes, volunteer work really does help! Working in the cat room at an animal shelter got me through some tough times, messy as the work was. :)

I don't know if she still does it, but Mercedes Lackey used to help with raptor rehab with her husband (she wrote about it in one of her books [can't recall which one offhand]) while "bringing in the bacon". There are several other volunteer you can look at if you're interested (some are desperate for decent help.)

Anyway, one iota of your time can mean a lot to another (I just finished reading Ms. Lackey's latest book, Revolution, that kinda hammers home this idea.) *blush*

Yes, re: keeping on slogging, but also: the stories we (humanity!) make are enormously important. There are horribly destructive narratives going on in the world, and your counter-narratives are a serious part of making things better.

Psst, wildlife rehab volunteering is also a great way to feel good about doing something for the world. If you get on board now, you could be stuffing food into the mouths of dozens of hungry baby birds by spring!

Heh! I travel so much that I don't dare start something with anything that needs to be fed daily! But plants...plants are doable.

Depending on the types of wildlife centers in your area, you might be able to get away with wildlife rehab volunteering despite your travel schedule. Home care -- exactly what it sounds like, the kind where you care daily for rehab critters out of your own home -- is definitely right out, plus I imagine the cats and beagle would make such an arrangement, er, difficult even sans travel. But the good news is that you may be able to volunteer onsite if there are any brick-and-mortar wildlife centers in your area. Most places I'm familiar with ask their volunteers to do a single 4 hour shift once per week, and usually you'll be on shift with at least one or two other folks who can help out and cover for you. Clinics like that, if they're good and reasonable, understand that people will sometimes miss their shifts.

No idea if you've got any places like that near you, but if you do, you may yet be able to help care for all the broken Turtle-Bobs and Squirrel-Bobs and Bird-Bobs of the region, should you so desire.

And if not, as you said, there are always plants. Plant-Bobs.

Wow... really?

This is up there witht he Taliban destroying the Bamyan Budha statues.

never did like Greeenpeace. This confirms it.

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