My 10 Favorite Books of 2020

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by Jana Gamble

January 3, 2021

Welcome to 2021! Most of us couldn’t wait to see the back of 2020, looking forward to better times with hope and anticipation. If you are at all astrologically inclined like I am, you know that on December 21st, our world experienced a rare celestial conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter, which promised to usher in an entirely New Era of Humanity. Here is a quick explanation:

For the last 200 years, every Saturn/Jupiter meeting has taken place in Earth signs. During this era, we invented Capitalism and with it an emphasis on economics over people and planet. Capitalism is in large measure driven by consumerism and our thirst for more, bigger, better, has created a degree of entitlement that ignores the negative impact of our actions.

Consumerism has almost become our religion and in our constant quest for more we’re destroying the harmony of Mother Earth. In short, our actions are compromising nature’s balance and we’re seeing this impact in our lifetime and leaving a sad legacy for our children and grandchildren.

The conjunction on December 21st switched and took place in the Air Element, where it will remain for the next 200 years. This means a transition into an era that will focus on global social evolution, ideas, information, technology, communication, relationships and collaboration.

In the new era, let us be concerned about what is best for all, including the planet, instead of the “Me-First” entitled way of living. Let’s make connection to each other and to Mother Earth a priority. After all, our very survival will likely depend on it.  

Like many, I have been concerned about our trajectory for a long time. The urgency of the issue became vividly apparent to me in 2019 while consulting as a Marketing Director at the Amazon Aid Foundation. The Amazon was being devastated by unprecedented fires caused by the most rapid rates of deforestation in history. The Amazon Rainforest is at a dangerous crossroads and the ramifications of its imminent demise are beyond monumental. In no uncertain terms, we are reaching a point of no return.

On a personal level, I have experienced chronic severe pain for many years, which led me on a journey of self-healing after our healthcare system failed me. This shed light on the state of human health and uncovered another dire truth, which is now being amplified by a global pandemic. Our healthcare system is a sick care system.

These experiences have underlined my desire to become a better human being, a better mother and a better steward of this planet.

The books below have been an important part of my quest to better myself and I hope by sharing them that I can in turn help others. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

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After one year and ten days, we were finally reunited with our puppies, 10-year-old Labradoodles, Mackie and Paigie, and 4-year-old Great Dane, Phoebe.

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We had no idea where we were going or how long we'd be traveling. Our kids, Jack, then 16, and Ellie, then 14, were doing school virtually and us parents were working remotely. Mackie, Paigie, and Phoebe had lived their whole lives on our property and we had no idea how they would fare in a "tiny house on wheels" living situation.

We traveled 10,000 miles through 21 states, visited 11 National Parks and spent 3 months over the winter living on the beach in Mexico. It was a trip of a lifetime and we loved it.

In June 2021, we sold Thelma and Louise and bought Hanavave, a 38-foot 2002 Fountaine Pajot catamaran in Tahiti. We decided to relocate our family to Australia, but at the time the only way to get there was by boat.

The puppies had to stay in Washington State and begin the long and cumbersome importation process into Australia. The minimum period is 6 months since the first test and since we had begun the process two months before, we figured that we were saying goodbye for a maximum of four months. It was a very difficult decision, but their caretaker, Colleen, is an amazing lady and we knew that she would take wonderful care of them. Saying goodbye to the puppies was one of the hardest things our family has ever had to do.

Little did we know that it would be a year and ten days before we'd see them again.

Our sailing trip was complicated by the fact that as soon as we arrived in Tahiti, all ports in the South Pacific closed due to the quickly-spreading Delta variant of COVID. This meant that instead of island hopping, we had to make long passages to Australia and there was a lot to be done on Hanavave to prepare her for that journey. We made it to Brisbane in mid-October, but it would take another 8 long months to get the puppies to Australia.

They arrived on June 1, a year to the day we left them.
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