New Leaf News
November 23, 2000
Happy Thanksgiving! For those of you overseas who are not familiar with American customs, today is a day set aside to feast with friends and family and to be grateful for the abundance in our lives.
Now that all the Leafs have been painted, the exhibition is over and almost all of the Leafs have been shipped out, I am finally seeing the first signs that I live in an apartment and not a factory : ) It was wonderful to reclaim my kitchen for culinary purposes and to sit down to a big breakfast with my friend Anna. After months of take-out and microwave dinners, it is a delight to have time to cook again.
Wow!! At last count 28 Countries (and a few more possible) and 32 States (plus District of Columbia) are participating in the Millennium Project:
Antarctica, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bermuda, Bosnia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy,Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Oman, Paraguay, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, and Wales
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming
Last week I shipped out over 70 boxes of Leafs to their Millennium destinations. So the first thing on my mind to be grateful for this Thanksgiving is that there are only a handful of shipments left to send!!!
Big Thanks to Anita Handel for her extensive efforts to resolve a shipping mishap overseas. Big Thanks to Kathy Beck. Kathy came over to my house a week ago and packed up 20 shipments in 2 hours. (which would have taken me all day if I had to do it myself) Thanks to the anonymous coffee break delivery man who has been saving his empty boxes for me. And thanks to Rick and Pat at the Hamilton Branch post office, for being cheerful when they see me, even when I brought all 20 of Kathys boxes in at one time....
There are so many things to be grateful for. right now the biggest thing I am grateful for is all of you - if you are receiving this newsletter it is because you are a friend of New Leaf - and without you this project would not be happening. New Leaf has no funding, it is not part of any organization. New Leaf is possible through the generous hearts and whimsical imaginations of all of you, and the marvel of technology that connects us across the globe. Most of you receiving this letter will be or have been Leaf Planters. It takes a special person to find value in putting a gift out for anyone who comes by, to give anonymously with no expectations. Organizing the Millennium Project has kept me too busy for individual correspondence, there are so many of you now! But I just wanted you to know that you are all very special to me.
I have moved the Peoplesection of the web-site to its own page and will be updating it in December. With so many new Planters and other volunteers involved in the Millennium Project, updating this section is not a simple task anymore. I will be sending out an email questionnaire to all of you involved in the project. Inclusion on this page is not mandatory and I do respect your privacy. So if you what to be known as Sally in the UK instead of Sally Smythe-White in Devonshire, then just say Sally and leave the town blank, etc.
After 10 years in the field of Addictions Treatment, I have come to realize that one of the most powerful, and certainly the most under-used, tools at our disposal to heal the worlds ills is the ability to make another person smile. I also have been a long believer in the transformative powers of art. Sometimes I am lucky enough to hear from a Leaf Finder. Through these emails I became aware that New Leaf was more than a quirky project by an eccentric artist. So in case you have not gone to the Responses section of the New Leaf web-site, I am including one of my more recent warm fuzzies here.
I had the joyous opportunity to "turn over a new leaf" last Monday (Aug
21st) while visiting the Yakima Indian Heritage Center in Toppenish WA.
My wife and I and our 2 granddaughters (10 & 8) had spent the morning at
Ft Simco State Park and were in Toppenish to see the center and the
murals. The Girls had been somewhat spirited and had a small "attitude"
which I had let influence me in a negative way. I had become somewhat
"grumpy" and short with them. We parked the car and as I got out and
closed the door I noticed the leaf laying beside the curb near the front
wheel. I first thought that it was something that the center had placed
there. I reached down and picked it up and discovered "a new leaf".
That moment truly changed me from the "grump" to the "gramps".
What a delightful way to reach out and touch someone. Your gift gave all
of us the "warm fuzzys" I kept in on the dash of the car for the rest of
the week. If anyone seemed to be getting "grumpy" someone would pick it
up and say "Time to turn over a new leaf!!"
Thanks for reminding us that life is too short to be a grump!!!!
Yours in Foliage,
Carol Ann Newsome
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