What's encouraging you these days? What's keeping your spirits up? We'll post new bits of encouragement from us and you.

Please Note: This is our third Bits of Encouragement page. If you'd like to visit the two previous pages, go to https://menucha.org/bits-of-encouragement and https://menucha.org/bits-of-encouragement-starting-april-19

As before, we'll just keep adding new items to this top area of the page, so you'll be able to scroll down and see past posts.

Send your inspiring stories of hope, compassion and care.

Pictures. Poetry. Art. Songs.

If it's somebody else's work, please be sure to note the author/composer/source when submitting

Musings on Community & Solitude in Mid-Pandemic• As COVID-19 compels us to live at social distance—and we realize how...

Posted by Parker J. Palmer on Monday, July 27, 2020


After the flowers...
Not Sure What You're Feeling? Journaling Can Help
And now for something completely different...meanwhile in Bandera, Texas....

5 Roots Artists Who Sing About Racial Injustice & Oppression

5 Roots Artists Who Sing About Racial Injustice & Oppression

a 14 year old’s song about the current times…


(from "Imaging the Word: an arts and lectionary resource, volume 1"

Spring is especially full of little things

I stopped and looked closer

did a little macro photography

Wow! The intricacy of those beautiful flowers.

Good News from Around the World is a Click Away

Portland man collects feel-good stories for new map, website

Over the past few months, he’s found them and then created a website that features nothing but good news from places as far away as Mongolia, China and Angola." Visit this good news website: https://oneworld-stories.org/



Looking forward to coming back to the Columbia River Gorge? Enjoy coloring? (try it, it's not just for kids and yes, you can color outside of the lines if you want).

East Multnomah County Soil & Water Conservation District made available a downloadable and printable book.

Enjoy the creativity of it.

The Great Gorge Adventure

"Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago."

― Warren Buffett

Sharing Creatively

Shared with us by a friend of Menucha who lives in Portland:
BLIND DATE WITH A BOOK! If you live in Portland, you can stop by my house and pick up a blind date.   It's like a Little Free Library with an air of mystery.

Humpback Whales Have Made a Remarkable Recovery, Giving Us Hope for the Planet

In the depths of the ocean, and out of sight for most of us, there’s a quiet miracle happening.

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Article points out whale recovery is good news for whales (of course) and also economically and environmentally.

Click for further reading


Plants which Disappear Entirely Over Winter Have Returned

Coral Bells wildflowers 

Idea: Escape into an Uplifting Movie like Babe

Honest Sportsmanship is Encouraging


A Special Performance of Rainbow Connection by Kermit the Frog

Take in this Gorgeous View

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”  ― Rachel Carson

Want more encouragement? Go to our previous pages