Tag Archives: Hope

Life’s Dunkings

Last night, I completed a year long commitment as leader of a non-profit organization. Over a year ago,  before I was elected to lead,  I thought I had some postive qualities.  I was a good cupcake.  I contained a decent … Continue reading

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Writing Characters’ Secrets

  Great picture, huh? But it’s the story that takes you one step deeper in meaning…. When a 91-year-old, Hungarian-born grandmother was feeling lonely and depressed, her grandson, French photographer, Sacha Goldberger,  suggested they take some fun photos. I suggest … Continue reading

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It was Memorial Day. We stopped by the Mausoleum to see the sequestered room that’s only open to the public one time each year. Two stone sepulchers filled the marble room. One unopened rose leaned wearily in its vase, semi-hidden … Continue reading

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Healing Balm in My Suitcase

I recently read a book by a school teacher of 35 years. In Positive Words Powerful Results, Hal Urban shared the difference he saw in students when he stood by the door and greeted each by name as they entered … Continue reading

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Cramming Sacrifice in the Backpack

I’m adding sacrifice to my Lenten Journey. It’s not what you think. Recent usage has come to mean “giving something up, like: He sacrificed cable to get Netflix. OR  She sacrificed lattes for Lent. I’m going with the old The … Continue reading

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Check the Weinermobile Off The Bucket List

I really wanted to wrap up the thorny discussion we were having last week, but I’ve got to tell you about my close encounter with the Weiner mobile. You’ve all seen it. That 20+ footlong hotdog that rolls through marathons, … Continue reading

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Choices: Oh That I Had a Thousand Voices

We Conclude the Week’s Discussion of CHOICES: I wrote this post, then deleted it last night. I rewrote it because, I thought the conclusion to a week of  choices about kindness deserves simple language: If we were perfect, we would … Continue reading

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Choices: The Grumpy Factor

This week we’re looking at CHOICES “Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.” ~Samuel Johnson This experiment in choosing  “flash-kindness” as Roxie so brilliantly labeled it, is netting unusual results (which I’ll talk about tomorrow). But TONIGHT, … Continue reading

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Choices: I Ear You

Here’s the thing I’ve noticed about kindnesses. I’m more inspired by what you all have told me you’ve done, than my own drops in the bucket of good will. It seems that several of you have offered your time and … Continue reading

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Choices: The 4-H Kid and the Pizza Cynic

Wow! Thanks for your feedback everybody. Here’s why I need you. I told my brother I was trying out random (okay, substitute the word spontaneous) acts of kindness this week to see if it made any difference in my life … Continue reading

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