I woke up to a bbq in my room…

Not a real one, but it sure smelled that way.

Susie Pinon
The Orange Journal
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2 min readJun 7, 2023


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Startled from a slumber, the evening skies were painted a haze to mask the strawberry moon.

It smelled like a charcoal grill — and then I realized it was the smell of wildfires permeating through from near and far.

We boarded up.

Turned on the fans, diffusers, and air,

to whisk away the unpleasant aroma that lingered into chest pains, itchy eyes, and cotton mouth.

Have you heard about the wildfires in Nova Scotia?

Then there were more — local to me in a nearby town.

Compounded, the air has become dangerous. 💨

And the first ones I feel for are the disadvantaged.

The ones who don’t have a home to protect themselves in.

The folks who must work outdoors despite the current air quality.

The animals that will suffer because that’s just nature’s way.

What can we do about this?

What can we learn from this?

Well — upfront, a few “bigger picture” things.

There are many things in life that seem to just happen…those which we cannot contain for it is simply out of our control. 🌲

Nature will be as it is, no matter how hard we try to insert ourselves. We can do so much, but nature will always have its will.

Being prepared for the unexpected means planning in advance to secure resources for “what if.”

How do you plan for the “what ifs” in life? Are the current wildfires affecting you and your loved ones?



Susie Pinon
The Orange Journal

If I’m not typing, I’m at the beach, eating chocolate, yoga-ing, or watching my soaps. Here to help you grow into your best self without making it hurt.😉