In Search of Good News

Cassandra Tondro, abstract art

Hi Friends,

It was another week of fires in California. Multiple fall fires seem to be the new normal for us. In the past couple of weeks we’ve had 13 large fires, including the Maria Fire, which was near me.

The Maria Fire started on Halloween Night during a dry Santa Ana wind event, and quickly spread from Santa Paula to East Ventura, where I live. Lucky for me there were lemon and avocado orchards between me and the fire, and the irrigated orchards don’t burn as easily as dry brush.

The mandatory evacuation zone was about 3/4 of a mile from here, but I wasn’t taking any chances this time. I packed up the car and was ready to go. Then it was wait and watch time, with very little sleep.

This fire was easier for me than the huge Thomas Fire two years ago. The power stayed on this time, and I had access to information on the computer. It’s much more difficult when you don’t have any idea what’s going on.

It turned out that I didn’t have to evacuate, the fire eventually burned itself out, and everything is OK . . . except in the burned areas. Things aren’t so great there.

How do we stay positive in these challenging times? We’re inundated with bad news about the state of the world and climate change, but there are good things happening, too. I think it’s important to seek out the good news so that we don’t sink into despair.

One source of good news for me is The Nature Conservancy. Their mission statement says, “The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive.” They do all sorts of amazing things to protect land and water, and as a member, you get their bimonthly magazine, which is focused on good news.

What are your favorite sources for good news? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

Stay hopeful, friends. We’re in this together.

With love and appreciation,

Painting at top: “Indian Summer,” 18 x 18 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas



  1. Hi Cassandra, Love reading your emails and seeing your art. Thought about you when the awful fires were shown on our TV News – (UK BBC) . Hope everything continues to improve. We now have a General Election before Christmas whether that will be good or bad remains to be seen!.
    All best wishes,

  2. Hi Cassandra, So glad to hear you are doing okay during the fires, I am sure they have their side effects, like the smoke. Sure enjoy seeing your art too.
    When I need hope I turn to the bible, there I find Love and support, so many forget what Jesus brought to the world, but I get love out of his time here. This is my rock to lean on when times are tough as God is larger than anything here on earth and he already knows my story. I hope you feel the blessings in your life.
    Have a Blessed day, Kim Moore your Iowa friend

  3. Thanks, Carol, Thanks Kim. Yes, these are challenging times, for sure. Fortunately I have art to help me through. It helps when I can lose myself in my painting and feel like I’ve brought some new creation into the world. I enjoy reading your comments and thoughts! Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

  4. Janet’s Good News is a free daily newsletter focusing on news that is good from a left wing perspective. The website also features people and charities that are helping others, recommended books, and petitions to sign

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