Holiday and New Years Thoughts

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Landing in The Newark Airport early Christmas morning, I am always somewhat pleasantly surprised when the custom officials say ‘Welcome home’ to me. My first reaction is to say ‘Thanks. It’s good to be back on U.S. soil’.

But over the past several years, I have found myself feeling something quite different: that I am ‘home’ wherever I am on this earth. I know that a statement such as this probably sounds trite and cliché.  Well, guess what? It’s true.I can be thousands of miles away from my home gazing at some amazing wildflowers miraculously growing in rocky terrain, in a lush tropical climate or in the center of a crowded, bustling city. Regardless of where I am though, I am always able to find some piece of nature that immediately fills me with a sense of ‘place’ and a gratefulness for the silent beauty that it bestows upon humankind so magnanimously. All of us at Gardening Gone Wild choose to participate in this blog because it gives us a sense that we are a part of an international community: a community of individuals who find deep meaning and beauty in interacting with the earth and nurturing plants. For many of us, in fact, gardening may be the place where we feel ‘most at home’ with ourselves and our place on this earth. Imagine what the world would be like if we could transmit this sense of awe to all human beings!To each one of you, a big ‘thank you’ for participating in Gardening Gone Wild this past year. We look forward to continuing our dialogues with you this coming year. Have a joyous, relaxing and reflective holiday season. And much new growth for all of us in 2008!

Fran Sorin

Fran is the author of the highly-acclaimed book, Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, which Andrew Weil, M.D., recommends as "a profound and inspiring book."  

A graduate of the University of Chicago with Honors in Psychology, she is also a gardening and creativity expert, coach, inspirational speaker, CBS radio news gardening correspondent, and Huffington Post Contributor.

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Colleen December 27, 2007, 11:12 am

Happy New Year to the GGW team as well! You are all great— I learn something every time I read this blog. It’s always a joy to visit—you are all so positive and encouraging. I’m looking forward to another great year!

Angela (Cottage Magpie) December 27, 2007, 2:13 pm

What a lovely post, and thank you! You’ve created a wonderful conversation here, as you say, and I look forward to more in 2008. Happy New Year! 🙂
~Angela 🙂

fsorin December 27, 2007, 3:56 pm


Thanks so much for your kind words.
All of us at GGW appreciate all of your efforts in the garden blogging world as well! Have a great New Year! Fran

fsorin December 27, 2007, 3:58 pm


It is wonderful having you participate on GGW. Thanks for all of your support. A healthy and happy new year! fran

Pam/Digging December 27, 2007, 4:53 pm

I’ve enjoyed sharing that love of the earth with you all at GGW this year. Happy New Year!

Frances December 28, 2007, 6:27 am

What you say it so true. Maybe we can all help spread the gift of gardening through our blogs. Sometimes it seems help like that is sorely needed.

Lisa at Greenbow December 28, 2007, 9:25 am

Welcome Home ideed. I so enjoy reading the GGW posts. Something to get me to thinking possibly a different way about the same subject, the one I love and enjoy so. I am so pleased to find like-minded people all over the world. This feel-good helpful energy is sure to be passed around.

Happy New Year ~~ Lisa

fsorin December 28, 2007, 11:05 am


The feelings are mutual. And thanks so much for your many contributions and remarks on GGW. Fran

fsorin December 28, 2007, 2:44 pm


If you have any ideas on how gardening blogs might ‘collaborate’ on getting the message the ‘gift of gardening’ (as you say) to those who don’t read blogs or to ‘arm chair’ gardeners, let me know. Fran

fsorin December 28, 2007, 2:47 pm


Thanks for kind words….the feelings are reciprocated about you. And I do agree that this ‘positive energy’ is put out into the universe and that those who are open and receptive can receive it. Life is full of gifts and miracles. We just need to intermittently remind ourselves that they are right in front of our eyes! It has been great having your thoughts and reflections on the GGW pages. Have a great new year! Fran

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