When the dog bites, when the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad
The last year has been very hard on our country and our psyches; many of us are entering the holiday season reeling from shock at what has happened and fear of what’s to come. The message of hope we yearn to hear is always delivered to us during the long, dark month of December—peace on earth, goodwill to all. This is a dream we share for our children, our country and our planet.
It is important when we are in distress to remember how much good there is in the world; abundant resources and beautiful places and people are everywhere. In the spirit of the holidays and counting our blessings, the team at OTV decided on “A Few of Our Favorite Things” as this month’s theme.
From Shawna Ayoub Ainslie, our former editor and beloved contributor, we will feature a look back at her tenure here at the magazine nurturing writers. She has chosen some of her very favorite posts to share with both our new and long-standing readers, with an introduction explaining why she feels they capture the essence of the incredible work she did in developing our voice.
From Shareen, myself and some of our favorite writers, a contemplation of the things we turn to “when the dog bites” for comfort, enrichment or a boost.
We will reminisce about the good in our past, bring forth some good in our present and look forward to all the good the future holds for us.
We hope you will join us in sharing a few of your favorite things! As Charles Dickens so eloquently stated in his classic A Christmas Carol: “It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.”
We wish for you joy and peace this holiday season, Kara
PS Listen to Julie Andrews sing about a few of her favorite things! Guaranteed mood booster! Try it!