(Photo credit: http://mrsgee.deviantart.com/art/Apathy-Bear-139883010)The greatest danger to our future is apathy. (Jane Goodall)

It’s so true, isn’t it?

Environmental concerns are what keep me awake at night, as do images of factory farming (animal factories) and poverty in 3rd world countries.  I fear for the future of my unborn grandchildren. What kind of a planet will they  inherit? What kind of society are we becoming?

And yet, do I speak up? Not often. I make contributions to organizations that are working to make a difference and I try to live in a way that leaves the least damaging footprint, hoping that I’m leading by example. But I know that is not enough. When I see other people’s apathy toward the state of our planet, or to absurd practises (ie. trophy hunting) I tend to keep my thoughts to myself.  I don’t like to make waves, but I guess that’s yet another form of apathy.

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Thoughts from two more of my heroes.                                                                                                                    Apathy1Apathy2


Photo credit: Titania Fernandez This diagram speaks to me – maybe not the ‘you are great at it’ part, (will always be working towards that – which is what makes writing challenging), or the ‘you are paid for it’ part (writers are generally poorly paid and many volunteers have a strong purpose), but all the rest, and especially the way they are interconnected. I think the ‘passion’ component could be slightly larger than the rest. It can come in so many forms, in how you live, how you love, what you believe, how you behave. It’s what I hope my family and friends will all find in their own lives, as it’s what helps us get through the grind of daily living.

(Photo credit: Titania Fernandez)

Authors for Indies

kidsbooksOn May 2 (11 – 2) I will be joining other local authors at the Edgemont Village location of Kidsbooks (North Vancouver) in a celebration of independent book stores. Come on out and chat about books with us. It will be fun, and a good opportunity to show one very special independent book stores that we support them.