Counting my blessings: Counting you twice.

Counting my blessings: Counting you twice.


23 November 2020


By David Allen, Development for Conservation


Last year’s post from Thanksgiving week referenced Larry Smith’s Op-Ed from the NY Times asking readers to use the six-word form to make sense of 2020. The six-word story form idea was reportedly born at Mr. Smith’s Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family and was based on an anecdote attributed to Ernest Hemingway: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

I thought it would be fun to challenge the land trust (conservation) community to reflect on their COVID experience. Here’s some of what I got back:


  • Her land protected, she felt fulfilled.
  • His mountain view will never change.
  • Pandemic mental health booster: Everybody outside!
  • I’ll be buried in that meadow.
  • 2021 can’t get here fast enough.
  • Saving land makes it all worthwhile.
  • Hold on tight! Don’t let go!
  • Home Work. Garden never looked better.
  • I’m tired of people. Going outside.
  • Where are my pants with zippers?
  • There is good in the world.
  • I hate ZOOM. I love ZOOM.
  • Conserving land helps with climate change.
  • Dogs on a leash please – thanks.
  • My toddler can say ‘conservation easement’.
  • I miss working from home — alone.
  • Grateful for meaningful work, health, sanity.
  • Even the dog’s a little depressed.
  • Grateful for donors’ attention and support.
  • Thursday is sourdough bread baking day.
  • Pandemic wine choice? All of them.
  • Black Friday. More people outside instead.


That was fun; do it again!


  • Sick of ZOOM. Remember the telephone?
  • Pandemic 2021 – more preserve parking needed.
  • Never before considered 2019 as nostalgic.
  • How could we have exhausted Netflix?
  • Working from home; Living at work.


Your turn. Post your six-word story in the comments, below.


Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Stay safe and stay well,




Photo by World Wildlife courtesy


PS: On a more serious note: Do you know someone who needs a lift this Thanksgiving? A call? A friendly voice? Take some time this year to reach out. It will lift you also.


PPS: In case you need the reminder, here’s the link to Alice’s Restaurant.


PPPS: Your comments on these posts are welcomed and warmly requested. If you have not posted a comment before, or if you are using a new email address, please know that there may be a delay in seeing your posted comment. That’s my SPAM defense at work. I approve all comments as soon as I am able during the day.

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  • Carol Abrahamzon
    Posted at 13:56h, 29 November

    Back to the office…office closed!
    Upgraded my masks, got my booster.
    Time outside is bringing us together.
    Everything is still so very hard!
    Nature saves me day after day.
    This’ a nice distraction from work. 🙂

    • David Allen
      Posted at 07:11h, 30 November

      Love it! Love it! Love it!

  • Julia F Landstreet
    Posted at 10:49h, 23 November

    Open space makes all the difference.

  • David Lillard
    Posted at 10:01h, 23 November

    When will I hear live music?

  • Kate Patton
    Posted at 08:48h, 23 November

    There’s no time like the present

  • Chett Pritchett
    Posted at 08:22h, 23 November

    No events. Change tactics. Thanks COVID.

  • Bob Ross
    Posted at 08:18h, 23 November

    Happy Thanksgiving, David, and everybody here. Regards, Bob

  • Dennis S Main
    Posted at 06:37h, 23 November

    Happy Thanksgiving, David! Talk real soon!!