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  • 3 Oct 2013

    Get drawing!

    It’s that time of year again! Roll up roll up for the wonderful Big Draw event which runs from 1 October to 3 November. This year’s celebration of drawing will be taking place in fifteen countries, with more than 200,000 people expected to take part. There’s sure to be something for everyone, from those keen sketchers who never go anywhere without a pencil tucked behind their ear, to those who think they can’t draw for toffee. […] more

  • 2 Oct 2013

    National Poetry Day

    Most of us have a poem we remember from childhood. A simple rhythm that we could pick up easily, funny or poignant, a sense of a world conjured up in a few words: that’s the lifelong magic of a poem. Whilst paying for a plant in a garden centre recently, I got into a conversation with the cashier about Edward Lear’s The Owl and the Pussycat, and soon several people in the queue behind me were adding the few lines they recalled. It was a special moment and reminded me why poetry is worth celebrating. […] more

  • 30 Sep 2013

    Volunteer for health

    In his internationally bestselling book, Healing without Freud or Prozac, Dr David Servan-Shreiber put forward to idea that volunteering is one of the best tools we have of healing ourselves from depression and anxiety. In fact, he lists it as one of his seven key ways to heal from depression and anxiety without drugs or talking therapies. He cites several pieces of research on volunteering and health, most notably that written about in the scientific journal Science: “This study concludes that volunteer activities are one of the best guarantees of a longer life. […] more

  • 21 Sep 2013

    Seed Gathering Season

    We are blessed to live in a country with many beautiful trees, and The Tree Council are keen to teach us about them and help us grow many more for our grandchildren to enjoy. Seed Gathering Season is their annual autumn festival, running from the autumn equinox on 23rd September through to 23rd October. The aim is to get as many people as possible gathering seeds, fruits and nuts to grow the trees of the future. Seed Gathering Season is a great opportunity for children to find out about their local trees, and The Three Council actively encourage schools to take part. […] more

  • 20 Sep 2013

    10 ways to celebrate peace

    What a wonderful idea the International Day of Peace is. Taking place on 21st September, it’s an opportunity for individuals, organisations, and nations to come together to create practical acts of peace. Anyone, anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It can be as simple as lighting a candle at noon, sitting in silent meditation, or doing a good deed for someone you do not know. Or it can involve getting your co-workers, organization, community or government engaged in a large event. The impact if millions of people in all parts of the world, coming together for one day of peace, is immense, and does make a difference. […] more

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