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As I write this, I'm looking at the "whine jar" in our studio and thinking how the idea behind it and its meagre contents so far are in sharp contrast to our annual Tree of Hope Radiothon on Thursday.

First the whine jar. It will come as no surprise to people who know me and to listeners of the program that I am not a huge fan of winter. I am really bothered by the cold. But winter is long and complaining about the cold just makes it feel longer. So to keep the whining in check, every time I catch myself talking negatively about winter weather, I'll make a donation to the whine jar. Other like-minded people (ie my morning co-host Vanessa Blanch) are invited to do the same. Even a couple of guests this week threw in some money (and they weren't even whining!). By winter's end, we will hand over the money to a local charity.

There is no way I could possibly match what was donated to our Tree of Hope Radiothon: $176, 595. A sincere thank you to everyone who gave so generously. I wish I could come up with that amount of money to help the fight against cancer. But listening to the stories of survivors, I hope I never raise that much money from complaining about winter. Yesterday gives me 176, 595 reasons NOT to complain, to be grateful for good health and all the blessings life brings


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