“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love…and then we return home,” Unknown.

My weekly observations included watching the silly and often times amazing actions of the wild life that we find abundant at the retreat. The idiom “snake in the grass” is one who feigns friendship with the intent to deceive. This week it literally meant there’s a snake in the grass! He was just a baby but glad I observed him before I stepped on him! Our close encounters with our resident owl have not been close enough for a clear photograph and not often have I encountered a coyote in the day time but was quick to do a head count on our feline friends, happy to find them close to home.

I’ve learned that words spoken in anger hurt, but they hurt because I care. Caring helps us to grow and broaden our horizons to include others in our circle of life. This all adds up to loving one another and sometimes all we need is a hug to make it all come together. “A hug is an amazing thing. It’s just the perfect way to show the love we’re feeling but can’t find the words to say,” Unknown.

The great thing about hugs are that they are universal and can mean so many things. When greeting our Florida guests this week I greeted them with a hug. It was a way to say welcome, I’m so glad you are here and for them it was a way to say thank you, you’re a welcome sight after a long trip. When Sean’s daughter arrived hugs were exchanged meaning, I’ve missed you, so glad you came, I love you. We hug in times of sadness and times of great joy. You can’t have too many hugs or laugh too often and as Mahatma Gandhi said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Our annual benefit football game is Sunday, September 10 beginning at 2 p.m. at the Clinton High school football stadium. One hundred percent of all proceeds from the game will be used in addressing Senior hunger in our community. Since the closing of our Main Street location in November of 2016 we have been giving to seniors in our community. We need to expand our program and we need your help. If you are interested in becoming a cheerleader, football players or sponsor, call, or text us for a registration form or for more information. Registration and sponsorship forms can also be picked up at First Security Bank, Main Street Florist and Lula Belle Boutique in Clinton. Pick up locations for Fairfield Bay to be announced.

If you have a heart warming story to share, would like to visit the retreat, need a hug, want to book a stay, or volunteer to help call, 501-253-4716, 501-757-2750, email grandmayogi7@yahoo.com, text or message me on Facebook through The Dirty Farmers Community Market page.