New Leaf News
February 22, 2001

Leaf Friends -

A belated “Happy New Year!” to everyone. My desire to get out a quick post-Millennium Project newsletter ran smack into my new-found freedom from pressing deadlines and the latest addition to the Newsome household, Max-Pup. I know you are all curious about how the Millennium Project turned out. I hope everyone had a good time. I had no idea when I planned this event 4 years ago that we would be having a record cold winter. I appreciate every one of you who trudged bravely in the snow to complete our mission of planting 2000 Leafs on New Year's Day. You are my heroes!! I’m also wondering if there’s a way we can turn this into some kind of immunity challenge for “Survivor” (just kidding!!)

BEATING THE MID-WINTER BLUES
I am putting this at the top of this month’s newsletter for all you folks who might never make it to the bottom. Give yourself a nice treat this week. Get rid of that winter depression by visiting some foliage friends. Plants generate negative ions, which are needed to balance out the overdose of positive ions in our environment. Research has shown that being surrounded by too many positive ions creates stress. Negative ions reduce stress. That’s why walking in the woods is a great de-stresser. But, hey, it’s cold and there’s no greenery.

Best bet: take your lunch break at your local conservatory. Most are inexpensive or free. You’ll get a wonderful blast of humidity while you are there, as well as the benefits of sunlight. If your conservatory has a waterfall, sit near it. Moving water is also a wonderful source of negative ions, and the white noise generated by the water is very soothing too.

No conservatory? Fake it: Visit to any store with a large tropical plant selection and linger. If you work downtown, find a building with a sunny atrium that has lots of plants, a fountain, or both. Spend some time watching the fountain. This is a simple form of meditation that is very relaxing. No atrium? Hang a some potted ferns in your bathroom, lock the door and take a nice long shower...

For a quick lift right now, read some of the e-mails posted below -

RESPONSES
Lots of great responses so far to the Millennium Project. I received a delightful photo from Germany which I will be posting on the site. Some have volunteered to Plant. Many folks wrote just to say “Thank you”. Here are some of the more eloquent e-mails. You may read one of these and realize that you planted that Leaf. If not, remember that for every e-mail I receive, there are many people who felt the same way but do not have access to e-mail or have not chosen to respond.

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I was in Niagara Falls on New Years Day and while walking by the falls with my girlfriend I spotted one of your paintings. I was compelled to write to you and tell you that the painting was the best part of the entire New Years weekend.My girlfriend and I have it hanging in our home now. It was also fun to find more of the paintings and instead of taking them we watched the reactions of other that picked them up. Thank you so much for brightening our New Years and I hope that someone can brighten yours as well.

Gary and Tammy
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The thing that was so wonderful about my finding it was this......the year 2000 was a bad one for me. I turned 40 and am having health problems. So it was almost mystical for me to find it in the dark, off a walking track, in a snowstorm. Of course, my husband just laughs at me! I am going to Europe this summer, and will decide later whether to keep my leaf or put it somewhere over there.

Thanks!

Holly
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Happy New Year Carol Ann,

You have brought a special surprise into my life over the 2001 New Year weekend! While standing outside next to Linn's Bakery in Cambria, CA I discovered something that caught my eye. It was a beautiful piece of artwork laying on a bench outside the bakery. It inspired me so much that I had to pick it up and turn it over where I found your sticker of information. What a beautiful work of art! Very interesting and eye catching.

I was visiting from Burbank this last weekend and its the very first time I have ever been to Cambria. I'm fairly new to California and its a delight to discover something new everyday. They say, "Curiosity killed the cat and satisfaction brought him back", so I was wondering what the New Leaf project is all about? If you have any more information or news it would be wonderful to hear more about it? Thank you very much for the New Leaf and may you have a prosperous and joyful New Year!
Your Friend,
Jeff

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every time I look at my New Leaf that hangs proudly on my bedroom wall I sense a deeper meaning from it. Pondering the thought of "You have just turned over a New Leaf" takes me out of the past or future and puts me in the present which is a beautiful gift that truly has no price tag. Very Inspiring. Thank you again!Feel free to quote anything you would like from my emails.To your continuing success in the New Millennium!!!
Your new fellow friend in foliage,
Jeff
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Carol,

I just walked out to go to lunch and there was a leaf leaning against the wall of our building. I turned it over and got chills from reading the back. What an awesome thing you have created.

Jim (Knoxville)
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hello out there, just had to write and tell you thank you for the leaf picture. found it sitting at the park on the pillar, my friend saw it and we were both happy about finding it. it was appropriate for this moment in both our lives. thank you. the story of finding it and the picture are going to be shared with others. thank you, blessings, karen. what a wonderful thing to do!!!!!!!!!

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Carol, i guess i assumed the leaf was put in the park by somebody local. I am writing from Sheridan, Wyoming. my friend and i found the leaf picture in the kendrick park sitting on a pillar that is dedicated to someone who has passed on. when we first saw it we thought it was a memorial kind of offering and didn't want to disturb it but my friend picked it up and looked on the back. my friend, daniel took the leaf to his group meeting last night and shared the experience with others, it was recieved with mystery and amazement. it also touched daniel as he is really starting over in his life right now, as am i, it gave us both a validation for starting over and "turning over a new leaf" thank you. yes you may quote me. blessings, karen
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Just wanted to let you know I found one of your leaves in Sparks, Nevada. I haven't passed it on yet, as I really enjoy turning it over and thinking about how I would like to "turn over a new leaf" in my life right now. It's a beautiful idea.
Linda
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Dear Carol Ann
My wife and I were just about to enter our neighborhood coffee shop,Kava Kava,
when I caught a glimpse of a small wrapped object behind the planters.I was quite intrigued by the leaf design and even more so by the message on the back. Needless to say our coffee conversation was spent on the item found it's message and it's relevance to the day of it's finding.We just wanted to say thank you and to ask if there was any other information about your project you would like to convey.
sincerely Mark&Holly (West Dundee IL)
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This New Year was decidedly lacking in some intangible thing that I could not identify until I found your piece this morning. It was the sense of magic and possibility that tingled through me when your lovely leaf seemingly just appeared in my path.

Thank you! I will treasure this wonderful little bit of faerie dust for the rest of my life.

-Matt (Orinda CA)
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Dear Carol, My wife and I are on vacation in Honolulu. Today, we went for a walk, just to talk. The conversation went to how I felt a need to make a few changes in my personal and work life. In looking down at a park bench along the canal, I saw one of your New Leafs. I first thought it was an attractive piece of the bench itself, but thankfully looked further. I can't tell you how much finding this leaf meant to us. It was definitely a sign which I will always treasure. I thank you for the wonderful thought behind this project and thank you in advance for all of the wonderful things that will come along with this new treasure piece.

Aloha and Mahalo!
Steve
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MILLENNIUM PROJECT
Several Planters reported sharing their Leafs with traveling friends, so we added several countries and states at the last minute. (Thank you, Maria Richardson, Karen Schaffer, Carole Byers, and Cathie Crawford!!!!) Our final count was 46 countries, 39 US states and the District of Columbia. Whew!! Many people wrote to say they took family and friends along with them planting. My best estimate is that we had over 200 Planters out on January 1.

Countries: Antarctica, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bahamas, Bosnia, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Paraguay, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Venezuela, and Wales

United States: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

PRESS
Articles about the Millennium Project appeared in Cincinnati, Denver (thank you Katy Charles!), and San Luis Obispo. Ann Ream created a major media event in San Luis Obispo, with TV and radio coverage in addition to a wonderful article in the Tribune featuring Tom Allison’s photos. Susan Lachman, long-time Leafer in Tennessee, invited me for my 3rd interview on her radio program, “Women on Air”. Just this week, Anchorage Planter Richard Kidd posted a Millennium Project follow-up interview on his wonderful inspirational site, “The Sharing Tree”. I also interviewed with the Charleston Post and Courier after their editor found a Leaf and contacted me.

The Sharing Tree http://www.thesharingtree.com/
Cincinnati Enquirer http://enquirer.com/editions/2000/12/31/tem_leaves_of_class.html

WEB-SITE
Nothing new up on the web-site yet. I have lots of photos from planters and responses from finders to add. I WILL get to it...AFTER I finish my taxes. Until then, you can check out Millennium Project photos by Arkansas printmaker, Evan Lindquist at http://www.clt.astate.edu/elind/album_newleaf.htm

There’s lots more, of course, but that can wait until next time -

Love,

Carol


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