Teaching Kindness

Sebastian is an amazing little guy. Has always been.  He started kindergarten this year and he’s flourished there, growing and maturing as the year has gone on.  Teaching is a hard business, and teaching kindergarten must be impossible at times.   Hopefully it’s also rewarding.   We think Sebastian’s teacher has been great with him,Continue reading “Teaching Kindness”

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Dropping The Dime on Kindness

We were at the library, where we go frequently.  I’m a huge fan of the library.  We probably go there a couple of times a week.  Anyway, we were in the parking lot, which has meters, and we noticed the meter enforcement person pull up.  She got out and walked over to a car andContinue reading “Dropping The Dime on Kindness”

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Cups of Kindness

We drink a lot of coffee.  Everyday in the morning, then some decaf each night in Grannies cups.  K’s Granny.  It’s cool. Point is, we like coffee.  Today we decided to spread love and kindness through coffee.  We went through a drive-thru and paid for the person behind us.  We were going to do itContinue reading “Cups of Kindness”

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Littered With Kindness

We pretty much take our dogs for a walk everyday.  The length varies, depending on weather and our schedule, but for the most part we try to get them out for a jaunt on a daily basis.  When we walk we choose routes in our area of town, in our neighborhood.  During today’s walk weContinue reading “Littered With Kindness”

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Call With Kindness

Today’s random act of kindness was to call a faraway friend or relative to say hello.  We decided to pick up the phone and give Lisa, K’s cousin, a jingle.  We hardly ever get to see her, and shamefully never talk to her on the phone, so we thought she would be a good choice.Continue reading “Call With Kindness”

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Being Kind to Creatures Great and Small

Today’s kindness adventure led us to our own backyard where we fed the birds with Tessa.  As we did we talked to her about how it’s good to be kind to all creatures great and small.  Her comment, “I feed birdie’s”.  She’s already getting the hang of this kindness thing.  

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The Advent of Kindness

K and I have been in a funk for a bit.  A lot of people have, we aren’t alone in this.  Mostly for us I think it’s because there’s so much anger and nastiness out there.  But when we talk about it we, being us, inevitably end up talking about how we can’t do anythingContinue reading “The Advent of Kindness”

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Kindness – Naomi Shihab Nye

KINDNESS Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What you held in your hand, what you counted and carefully saved, all this must go so you know how desolate the landscape can be between the regions of kindness.Continue reading “Kindness – Naomi Shihab Nye”

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Maybe There’s Hope For Us After All

I believe we all basically want the same things, even if we don’t agree about how we might get them.  Trying to understand each other, giving each other simple respect as human beings, goes a long way.  We all have different experiences which inform how we’ve decided to live our lives.  There are many waysContinue reading “Maybe There’s Hope For Us After All”

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“… it grows perhaps the greater.”

“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

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Words to Live By (Part 1)

“The greatest wisdom is in simplicity. Love, respect, tolerance, sharing, gratitude, forgiveness. It’s not complex or elaborate. The real knowledge is free. It’s encoded in your DNA. All you need is within you. Great teachers have said that from the beginning. Find your heart, and you will find your way.”  ― Carlos Barrios, Mayan elder andContinue reading “Words to Live By (Part 1)”

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Sailing Away

There is so much beauty in the world. I try to remind myself to be open, compassionate, and kind every day. We don’t know anyone else’s story. People are complex and have lived through things we will never understand. It’s important to remember that. A public piano was installed, and then a homeless man satContinue reading “Sailing Away”

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Be The Love You Want to See in The World

I’m in a good mood.  And maybe because I’m in a good mood I want everyone to be in a good mood.  Happy speaks to happy, that kind of thing. I know, I know, there’s a lot of shit going on in the world.  Yes, I said shit, I’m allowed to cuss once in aContinue reading “Be The Love You Want to See in The World”

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A Drop Becomes a Ripple Becoming a Wave

I was commenting on a friend’s Facebook post today, trying to put across the message that we need a little more positivity in the world and how positivity catches hold, just like negativity, if we let it. So, here’s the deal. (Yes, I’m on the soap box again.)  I don’t post negative stuff on Facebook,Continue reading “A Drop Becomes a Ripple Becoming a Wave”

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Great Depths of Kindness

I’m always rambling on about kindness.  It’s, in my opinion, one of the paramount things we should strive for in our lives.  To be kinder to ourselves, to our fellows, to animals, to the natural world around us.  This quote, that came the other day in the Sierra Club’s Daily Ray of Hope, fits thatContinue reading “Great Depths of Kindness”

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Kindness

Kindness.  That is all. kind·ness ˈkīn(d)nis/ noun noun: kindness the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. synonyms: kindliness, kindheartedness, warmheartedness, affection, warmth,gentleness, concern, care; More a kind act. plural noun: kindnesses “it is a kindness I shall never forget” synonyms: kindliness, kindheartedness, warmheartedness, affection, warmth,gentleness, concern, care; More

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What Kind of Eyes Do You See With?

I happened to be looking at quotes this morning, which is something I occasionally do, and found this little gem. I’ve never been a huge Eisenhower fan, and to be honest, I don’t really know too much about him.  He was a two term president, a conservative who also happened to be against McCarthy, forContinue reading “What Kind of Eyes Do You See With?”

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Even If I Tried – Even If I Wanted To

I just really listened to the lyrics of this song and it made me cry. Crying is not unusual for me, I’m emotional. It’s just that this basic message is one I want to shout from the rooftops — we are all people, all living our lives. So be kind, don’t judge, and love your fellowContinue reading “Even If I Tried – Even If I Wanted To”

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A Good Tip Goes A Long Way

I just got done reading a story on NPR, and then watching the video, about the dying wish of a 30 year old. With a request in his will this young man has changed the world. A simple thing has turned into something magical and meaningful, giving hope and the knowledge that good things canContinue reading “A Good Tip Goes A Long Way”

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And Above All Things… Kindness

I’ve written many times about how I feel we should look at all sides, find common ground, talk over places we disagree with compassion and a willingness to hear. I’ve also written a lot about being open, non-judgemental, and how we are all, most of us anyway, pretty much the same, wanting the same basicContinue reading “And Above All Things… Kindness”

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Our Better Selves

We can be a divisive country.  Throw politics and religion into the mix of any conversation and it’s likely people will not agree on something.  It’s our passion and our conviction that makes us so. In those moments of disagreement we are also not always our better selves.  We point fingers, call names, and talkContinue reading “Our Better Selves”

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Happy New Year

We spent the day hanging out at the house, mostly watching The Gilmore Girls.  We went to bed at 10:00 and ended up staying awake talking until after midnight.  We were there, in the dark, whispering so as not to wake the baby, and saying… woo hoo! as we heard the fireworks go off somewhereContinue reading “Happy New Year”

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