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A Joyous Season To All!

12-22-17 Otis3 049A7987I wish each and every Naturally Curious reader a holiday season filled with joy, laughter, kindness, compassion and love. If you need confirmation that there is still goodness in this world, find a two-year-old…their innocence and joy is undeniable and irresistible! (Photo:  Otis Brown)

Naturally Curious posts will resume on January 3rd.


50 responses

  1. Rema Boscov

    Have a wonderful vacation! And what an adorable little boy! So glad you have this loving grandson. Rema


    December 22, 2017 at 7:16 am

  2. And very best wishes to you – and your family.

    December 22, 2017 at 7:29 am

  3. shielaswett

    Oh, Mary, I am pondering right now about who has a two-year old for me to hug! GREAT message, and especially meaningful for you this Christmas. See you next year!!
    cheers, Shiela

    December 22, 2017 at 7:37 am

  4. Patricia Normand

    Children are the best! Your pictures and words enrich my life! Thanks Wishing you and your family a peaceful New Year!

    December 22, 2017 at 7:38 am

  5. Daphne

    Thank you, Mary, and thank you for the joy and wonder you bring to all of us. Sending love to you, Sadie, and Otis.

    December 22, 2017 at 7:38 am

  6. Treah Pichette

    What a cherub! Children are indeed what make the holidays happy.

    December 22, 2017 at 7:41 am

  7. sarah linane

    Thanks for all you do, my goal today is to find joy and love through the eyes of a child, thanks for sharing your sweet boy.

    December 22, 2017 at 7:44 am

  8. Alice Pratt

    Mary…one thing you don’t need to find…you already HAVE a super adorable two-year old grand-son…have a wonderful Christmas time, together….enjoy your time away from the blog. Such a beautiful photo of Otis…pure bliss on his face! ♥️

    December 22, 2017 at 7:46 am

  9. Dianne Rochford

    Oh Mary, this is one of the most precious photos I’ve every seen. I am so glad that you have Otis in your life. I can tell that he brings you such LOVE and JOY!!!!!

    Love to you, your daughter, and Otis,

    :-), Dianne


    December 22, 2017 at 7:46 am

  10. Dianne Wright

    So true ! GREAT adorable picture , Mary!! Warmest Wishes to you for health, happiness, and a peaceful year. Thank you for highlighting the joys of knowing nature in NH!! Diane

    Sent from my iPad


    December 22, 2017 at 7:53 am

  11. Don Mccabe

    Thank you, Mary, for your posts and pictures throughout the year.
    Don Mccabe, Norwich

    December 22, 2017 at 8:02 am

  12. Mary Ellen Brunsdon

    May these holidays hold the same for you Mary! What a beautiful happy little face and your best email this year – which is saying something as your posts are always appreciated for being unique and imformative! All the best in 2018 Mary Ellen Brunsdon


    December 22, 2017 at 8:04 am

  13. Linda Walsh

    Seeing your beautiful grandson brought tears to my eyes, Mary. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    December 22, 2017 at 8:05 am

  14. Elizabeth Hall

    Such a beautiful child! Thank you for sharing your knowledge of the natural world with all of us. Happy holidays!

    December 22, 2017 at 8:08 am

  15. Chris Doyle

    Merry Xmas to you, too! I totally agree about the little ones – I have an almost one year-old grandson who brings more joy than I could have imagined. ❤️

    December 22, 2017 at 8:30 am

  16. Susan Kellogg

    Ooo! Oooo! I don’t usually know the answers to your ‘what’s happening in this photo’ quiz, but I know this one! A cherub has made his way into the world, bringing hope, joy, and light where darkness was threatening to triumph.

    Mary, thank you for sharing Otis’s brightness with us, and for your daily reminders of wonder and beauty. YOU are a gift!

    Happy Holidays, Love, Susan


    December 22, 2017 at 8:38 am

  17. Barbara Hager

    Merry Christmas to You! Your blog is a joy, and greatly appleciated.

    December 22, 2017 at 9:12 am

  18. harriette griffin

    What a fantastic holiday joy card!

    December 22, 2017 at 9:14 am

  19. Juliet barash

    What a wonderful message! Thank you and right back to you with wishes of lots of laughter, new and adventures in 2018!

    Juliet Barash


    December 22, 2017 at 9:25 am

  20. Pat

    Aw, what a great photo! Wishing you, Sadie, and Otis a happy holiday and good things to come in the new year.

    December 22, 2017 at 9:46 am

  21. Kathie Fiveash

    Happy solstice, Mary. We know the sunlight will grow into spring, and this brings hope that darkness of all kinds will be eclipsed by light. The beauty of this child reminds us of all that is good about being human. And I think he looks like you!!

    December 22, 2017 at 9:49 am

  22. Karen in Vermont

    Oh! Such joy…that is a child who is raised with love! Thank you Mary for the delight and wonder that you bring me nearly every day. To small Otis I send wishes for the magic and adventure of this winter season, the lights and sparkle and the hilarity of unexpected gifts. To the remarkable women, and community of friends who are raising him, I send hopes for strength, peace, joy and wonder. Be gentle with yourselves too, as this memories and meaning of this milestone Christmas embraces you.

    December 22, 2017 at 10:18 am

  23. sue gerry

    Looks like nature has contrived to make the perfect human being. What a beautifully happy child. Thanks for this.

    December 22, 2017 at 10:32 am

  24. judilindsey

    What a delightful, joyful photo – it says it all. I love your blog and look forward in the new year to learning more astounding facts about nature!

    Judi 🙂


    December 22, 2017 at 10:54 am

  25. Awh! Thanks! Very cute! ❤️🎅🎄😋💕

    December 22, 2017 at 10:59 am

  26. James Macneil

    Amen, Mary !

    December 22, 2017 at 11:02 am

  27. Stephanie Moffett Hynds

    Thank you, Mary, for all of your posts, each one a gift to us all. And now this photo of Otis (who is not only adorable, but also has the BEST name) and your warm advice — so true! Best wishes to you and your family and here is to a joyful, hopeful, progressive and healthy 2018! Cheers from Stephanie and all my colleagues at Hildene who so enjoy your posts.

    December 22, 2017 at 12:00 pm

  28. And to you Mary! Grace and peace …

    December 22, 2017 at 1:14 pm

  29. Deb Hawthorn

    Such a precious child! I’m thinking of you and your family, Mary, as you navigate this first Christmas without Waylon. May your own wise and loving hearts open the way to new experiences of peace and delight in this world that you so deeply cherish. I send love and blessings to you, Sadie, and that adorable Otis.

    December 22, 2017 at 1:20 pm

  30. Lynn

    Happy Holidays to you and yours and may you know the Peace of the Season. 💜

    December 22, 2017 at 1:55 pm

  31. You already have the best Xmas present ever, Mary! Innocence and sweetness are written all over his precious face and reflected from his eyes! You bring us such joy with your blog that I wish I could return it ten fold. Have a lovely, restful break and return to us for what I hope will be a wonderful New Year!

    December 22, 2017 at 2:12 pm

  32. Law, Kathryn T, EMNRD

    Have a blessed holiday season! I agree with you about little ones.

    Kathryn T. Law

    Interpretive Ranger II

    Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

    P.O. Box 100

    Carlsbad, NM 88220

    (575) 887-5516


    December 22, 2017 at 2:22 pm

  33. Bill On The Hill...

    A beautiful child…
    Mary Christmas Mary,
    Bill Farr…

    December 22, 2017 at 2:56 pm

  34. Ellen Hoffman

    Beautiful child!

    December 22, 2017 at 5:11 pm

  35. johannah Powell

    wow wonderful photograph, has a vintage feel to it, such a beautiful child! Merry Christmas. Thank you so much for all the knowledge that you share. I have purchased every book you have written. My class loves them… ( me too)

    December 22, 2017 at 6:39 pm

  36. Mary Jo

    Your blog reflects so much joy and wonder at our natural world, Mary. Thank you very much! And now, may joy and wonder surround you, Sadie, and Otis as you cerebrate this season together. Sweet photo!

    December 22, 2017 at 6:49 pm

  37. russell wilson

    I wish the world were filled with 2 year olds. Thank you! Sometimes I forget.

    December 22, 2017 at 8:18 pm

  38. Judy

    Amen Mary, God Bless You all

    December 22, 2017 at 9:15 pm

  39. What a sweetie – have a blessed Christmas, Mary!

    December 22, 2017 at 10:16 pm

  40. Cecelia Blair

    Thank you for sharing this and a few other pictures of Otis. He is so beautiful and dear. Your dedication to him and your daughter means a lot to me, just from the little you have shared here. I am touched the same way I am by your pictures of the vixen and her kits, or some of the other animal mothers who give their best so that their children can have life too.

    December 23, 2017 at 12:02 am

  41. Inge Ackermann

    How beautiful! My best to you, who gives us so much! Happy holidays, Inge A. In Amherst

    – Inge 413.549.4870


    December 23, 2017 at 7:25 am

    • Tim

      Thank you for everything. Have a nice holiday.

      December 23, 2017 at 7:54 am

  42. Lin Peyton

    Mary, what amazing joy gift Otis is for you and your daughter especially this Christmastide, a very hard one for you both…. sending love

    December 23, 2017 at 7:59 am

  43. the very sweetest – what a cutie!!

    December 23, 2017 at 7:12 pm

  44. Susan Tucker

    Otis ” smile made my day despite the stormy weather. What a gift ! Merry Christmas to you and Yours. Susan

    December 23, 2017 at 9:29 pm

  45. Dianne C Jewett

    Your little cherub..beautiful.

    December 25, 2017 at 11:28 am

  46. Cheryl McKeough

    This nana of a two year old boy wishes you great joy with your adorable little guy! You expand my appreciation of the world around me, as I’m sure Otis does for you.

    December 26, 2017 at 10:14 am

  47. Judith Reeve

    He’s such a joy! What a great smile. Through my friendship with Sandy Holland and a onetime visit at your family’s home in the early ’60’s, I send my best to you and yours for 2018. Judy Reeve

    December 26, 2017 at 10:56 pm

  48. Susie Peters

    Thank you, Mary, for sharing such a beautiful photo of your grandson with all of us. It’s the hope and promise we all need for this world. Love, Susie Peters

    On Fri, Dec 22, 2017 at 7:12 AM, Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

    > Mary Holland posted: “I wish each and every Naturally Curious reader a > holiday season filled with joy, laughter, kindness, compassion and love. If > you need confirmation that there is still goodness in this world, find a > two-year-old…their innocence and joy is undeniable and ir” >

    January 1, 2018 at 5:59 pm

  49. Dianne Rochford

    THANK YOU……….THANK YOU …….For sending this beautiful photo of your cherished Otis……

    I’m sending caring thoughts to your, your daughter and grandson this NEW YEAR !!

    :-), Dianne >

    January 13, 2018 at 10:02 am

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