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I am writing to tell you that when I went to drop off my mail at the drive up box in Lebanon I found one of your Tsa-tsas.
I must admit that 2011 has been a very difficult year for myself and my family. Today especially so, when I received notice that our Insurance carrier was dropping our homeowners insurance as our home needs work. Finding the Tsa-tsas put a smile on my face today! I want to thank you for taking on this venture. I think it is absolutely wonderful. I love that your efforts are making smiles:-)
I visited your web site and found it very interesting. This came at a time that my daughter is studying Buddism in Jr. High and has been very interested in learning more.
Thank you again and enjoy your day!
Just passing on I found (and took) one of your Tsa-Tsas! It's funny because I was on a walk with my son (our first walk of the year) and kind of in a hurry so I wasn't enjoying the walk like I normally would. I was cold, I was worried my son would have a melt-down, wondering about the stupid day-to-day things... Then I thought I saw *something* left in the Advance Transit booth, but I was in a rush and didn't go back to check it out. I figured it was a bit of garbage, something like that... But if it was something else and it was "meant to be," it'd be there when I got back.
Then I got to thinking about how, years ago, I was visiting the coast of Maine and because the tide was low, I was able to walk out to this little island that normally you can't get to. It was a tiny, tiny island, maybe the size of the Lebanon Green with only a couple little trees, lots of driftwood and polished stones, just a very natural, peaceful place. While I was just walking along the driftwood looking for sea glass, I stumbled on some sort of marker and, when I went to check it out, I found all sorts of little goodies. Sea glass, shells, a letter, something that was handmade that I can't even describe... Kind of a cairn with seashells and stones. The letter explained that this was a stop on a secret spots scavenger hunt set up by this group of people from across the country. You were supposed to come and take something, leave something, or write a letter then pass on to these folks you've found the spot and what you took and what you left.
I remember at the time thinking it was one of the coolest things I'd heard of and I remembered how special that was for me. To be on a little island that, honestly, I couldn't get to now if I had to, discovering this secret little treasure trove of things left by people as far off as the UK. I deeply, deeply regretted I didn't go to the website and learn more about it, since I've seen nothing like it since.
Then, I look over at the West Lebanon Public Library window and I saw another one of what I thought I saw at the booth... Your Tsa-tsa! I took it without a second thought and read the tag and thought all about what it could be. In all honesty, I almost didn't go to the website because I thought it was probably a gimmick for a store or something, and if it was, it'd have crushed me. LoL! But I'm glad I did, and even happier to see it's a project like the one I saw on that island on the coast of Maine so I won't have any regrets about not learning more about what I found.
Thank you for doing this and thank you for that nice memory that I had honestly let slide into the way back of my mind, behind the things that most people like me spend too long thinking about and not enough time keeping memories like those fresh. For somebody else, your project may have been passed over, but for me it was a vacation back to a warm, sunny, summer day on the coast of Maine, a secret discovery, and a nice memory on a cold day.
My name is Mercedes and I found one of your Tsa Tsas in White River today. The funny thing is that I just bought a book today called the Essence of Happiness by the Dalai Lama! I'm not really familiar with Buddhist practices at all so I thought it was funny that I happened to find these two things on the same day. My friends and I are doing a project/blog called Smile If You're Happy, which is partly why I bought the book. The basic idea is to try to find at least one thing to be happy about every day and to try and be more positive in general. I wrote about the book and the tsa tsa in the blog and I think it's a great idea! I like the fact that it's something being passed from person to person and place to place without using technology at all really, it seems very organic and personal. Anyway, I plan on putting it somewhere, I just have to find the right place. Here's the blog, feel free to share!
Hi, I found one of your tsatsas in the faculty and staff locker room at the Dartmouth gym last week. It's sitting in front of me at my desk at work (at Dartmouth) right now. I hesitated to take it, because it seems selfish to keep it, but I took it anyway! When I went to your web page and saw a couple other people had said 2011 had been a rough year, it has been for me, too. So maybe it's OK for me to hold on to it, at least for now.
This is a very cool project! Thank you so much sharing your art with the Upper Valley!