Saturday, December 31, 2016

The wisdom of Oprah

Yesterday I quoted the wonderful Oprah Winfrey. I'm always reading things she writes. This I found appropriate for today and also very inspiring. Miss Winfrey says "Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right."

Friday, December 30, 2016

Be thankful for what you have

Hearing someone complain about how few gifts they had received, I was reminded of the wisdom of Oprah Winfrey, who said "Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." Great advice!

Thursday, December 29, 2016


Want to lose some weight or get in better shape? How about being more spiritual? Thinking about making some small investments? Maybe you want to quit smoking or exercise more or drink less alcohol. This is the time of year when people make resolutions. (Don't worry. Next week is when we begin breaking them). I have an easy one. I resolve to be more kind and to continue encouraging kindness in others.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

It's no secret

It should be no secret that kindness is a very good thing. For the past four months, I put down some words here first thing every morning, and I hope that someone is inspired. Kindly feel free to invite other to go to and read what I have said too. Oh and you are always welcome to give us your own thoughts, in the comments section below!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

in this cold bleak winter

It is cold outside. Some places it is VERY cold! In addition, some folks have been alone this holiday season. Alone in the cold bleak winter - not a pretty picture. Show your kindness. Buy an extra cup of coffee (or tea or cocoa) and share it with a stranger. Donate nice warm blankets or warm coats to organizations helping the homeless. Phone a friend whom you know is alone. Do all you can to make the season brighter.

Monday, December 26, 2016

we aren't even close to being finished!

If you walk into a store today or switch on your radio, and hear them announce "Now that the holidays are over..." They are wrong. If someone says that Christmas is gone or that Hanukkah has ended, they don't speak the truth. I'm not sure the kind way to handle it, other than to politely correct them. One of the biggest of those "holidays" is New Year's Day, and that will be this Sunday. Today is Boxing Day in many parts of the world, and also the Feast of Saint Stephen. It's also the second day of Hanukkah, the second day of Christmas, and the first day of Kwanzaa. Keep enjoying the holidays. we are not even close to being finished! We are not even close to being finished!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Good tidings of great joy

"Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger."   -The Gospel According to Saint Luke

Saturday, December 24, 2016

First Day

Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, beginning at sundown tonight. Christmas is observed for twelve nights and days, and also begins tonight. I love how both of these traditions begin this year on the same day. Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration, and it begins on Monday. We certainly have a lot of celebrating ahead!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Blue Christmas

At this time of year with the many celebrations, there is great joy, but for some there is also great sadness. If you lost a loved one around the holidays, it may be particularly difficult. The "Blue Christmas" feeling can be very real. Reach out to your friends. Be present for them. Don't overdo it or smother them, but let them know you care and that you are there for them.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

holiday words from Laura Ingalls Wilder

"Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time." -Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas is a state of mind

The 30th US President, Calvin Coolidge said "Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas."

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

My kind mom

Back in 1926 on this date, one of the kindest people who ever lived was born - my mom. Even though she went to heaven a few years ago, I always think of her on this date and of all the things she taught me, and all the joy she so freely shared with everyone.  I hope I am making her proud.

Monday, December 19, 2016

sharing goodies with the homeless

Has EVERYBODY been bringing candy and cookies and fudge and cake to work these days? Was the big potluck so big that there are leftovers galore? Pack up some boxes and bags and share these goodies with homeless folk you encounter. Shouldn't they have a happy holiday season as well?

Sunday, December 18, 2016

The little bit of love that I sow

Priest and theologian Henri Nouwen, put forth some great questions when he asked "Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone's face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love?" Father Nouwen said "These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come."

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Doctor's in the house

If one needed proof that President Barack Obama is a kind person, all we have to do is look at yesterday's press conference. About midway through, with the President talking about conflict in the Middle East, there was a commotion in the White House briefing room, and Mr Obama asked what was going on. When he found that a member of the press was having a medical emergency, he said "We can get our doctors back there to help out," and then paused to give time for them to exit, which they appeared to be doing. "Do you know guys know where the doctor's office is?" Obama asked, as they headed to the door. Just then Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, MD, USN, who is the Chief White House Physician, became visible to Mr Obama. "There's Dr. Jackson," said the President. "Doctor's in the house." It was reported later that the woman who fell ill, wasn't in any serious medical danger, but it is comforting to know that the President of the United States, cares enough to stop what he is doing, interrupting a significant Press Conference, to make sure she was taken care of!

Friday, December 16, 2016

they add up

Those little things - they add up. Small acts of kindness can mean a lot. I remember when I was little and we would go out in the cold for the winter festival where I lived. Our little bodies would be freezing and Mom would give us a great big hug. It was just a small gesture, but it sure helped to warm us up! That nice hot apple cider helped a lot too!  With the cold months arriving, I was thinking back to winters past.  I remember when we would go Christmas caroling and people would invite us into their home for a nice hot bowl of jook or some steaming hot chocolate.  It's those little kind things that people do that mean so much. 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

show the love

When was the last time you told someone that you love them? Perhaps even more important is when did you last SHOW anyone that you love them? All too often we assume folks know we care about them, but saying it and showing it are important. Our lives are not without end and we should not be faced with regret about things unsaid or undone, when someone's time on earth is over. Let's all remind ourselves and our families just how important and precious life is, and let's always show the love.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

It's a win-win situation

The selflessness we show comes naturally for many. It's like breathing out and breathing in. We don't even have to give it a thought. I'm sure you know folks like that. I think it is something that can easily be learned too. It just feels good. Whether it's natural or learned, being considerate and generous, makes others feel good too. It's a win-win situation.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

In Twelve Days

The twelve days of Christmas have not yet begun. (I know. The retail folks might be a bit confused about this). In twelve days, we have the first day of Christmas, and then it continues through January 5th. Those twelve days just might be the kindest of the year, or perhaps it is the twelve days leading up to Christmas morning, as everyone prepares for the gift-giving. How about it we extend it to twelve months!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Spreading around that kindness

Bring coworkers a special treat.  Give the gift of your smile.  Tell a bus or taxi driver how much you appreciate their driving.  Draw names at work/school and have people bring a small gift or treat for their secret pal.  Deliver fresh-baked cookies or holiday candies to workers at government offices.  Sweep a neighbor's sidewalk or shovel their snow.  Collect warm clothing during this cold season for those who don't have any.  So many ways we can all show kindness!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

The tradition of kindness

We probably have more traditions at this time of year than any other. So many different holidays and observances and they all seem to have various ways of celebrating. Sometimes tradition can weight us down and we become afraid to try new things. I love the numerous ways that folks so kindness during this season though and would love for that to be the biggest tradition of all!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Keep at it

Never give up is one of my long held beliefs. My values aren't something I change several times a day, as I might change my clothes. I have to stay true to my principles, even if others don't join in. The test for me is simple: is it the kind, just, and fair path. If it is unkind, if it is not fair, if it doesn't treat everyone equally and justly, then it must be wrong. Activism is not a four letter word though and I will not be swayed by threats or setbacks. When it is the right thing to do, I will keep at it, and I will keep urging others to join in.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Hot Chocolate

There was a wonderful British soul band that was popular during the 1970s and 1980s, called Hot Chocolate, but you know I am actually going to say something about the beverage. What I have to say is really pretty simple. I happen to like hot chocolate (cocoa) just about any time, but especially when the weather is cold.  One of the kindest things anyone can do is to offer me a piping hot cup!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

You can be funny and be kind

It's true that Ellen DeGeneres is a comedian, but one of the things I really admire about her is the love and care that she brings. I once heard her say "Most comedy is based on getting a laugh at somebody else's expense. And I find that that's just a form of bullying in a major way. So I want to be an example that you can be funny and be kind, and make people laugh without hurting somebody else's feelings." You are a fine example dear Ellen. Thank you for that!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

laugh as much as I cry

Everything that came out of Maya Angelou's mouth was inspiring, or so it seemed. Ponder this statement of hers: "My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return." I particularly like the "laugh as much as I cry" part. Human emotion.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Best of December

If I asked you to choose, what would you say is the best part of December? Is it Christmas? Chanukah? Preparations for the end of the year? There are so many parties and celebrations in this month, but for me the best thing of all is that people seem to be more kind. There's more giving and more loving, and that is always a good thing!

Monday, December 5, 2016

snowy kindness

Have you seen your first snowfall yet this season? As I think thoughts of kindness (and of white fluffy snow), I am reminder of the words of Kahlil Gibran who said "Kindness is like snow. It beautifies everything it covers." Indeed. May we have a long snowy season, or at least one filled with kindness!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

everybody should have an equal opportunity

Next month when President Barack Obama leaves office, we will be saying goodbye to the very wise leader who said "Now, as a nation, we don't promise equal outcomes, but we were founded on the idea everybody should have an equal opportunity to succeed. No matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, you can make it. That's an essential promise of America. Where you start should not determine where you end up."

Saturday, December 3, 2016

giving all year

It happens every December, and this year I actually heard people saying it a few weeks ago - this is the "Season of Giving." I love that so many toy collections, canned food drives, holiday donation programs, and other ways of giving spring up just about now. Giving is such a wonderful thing, even if you really can't give much. Why do we have to limit it to three of four weeks? Why not celebrate giving all year long!

Friday, December 2, 2016

happy holidays?

There are those who think saying "happy holidays," are disparaging Christmas. Perhaps they don't realize that dozens of holidays occur between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, including Saint Andrew's Day, Advent, World AIDS Day, Saint Nicholas' Day, Human Rights Day, Saint Lucia's Day, Hanukkah, Zamenhof Day, Las Posadas, Longest Night, Soyal, Festivus, HumanLight, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Anastasia of Sirmium, Newtonmas, Quaid-e-Azam's Day, Boxing Day, Kwanzaa, Saint Stephen's Day, Saint John the Evangelist's Day, Holy Innocents' Day, Watch Night, Saint Sylvester's Day, Hogmanay, Dongzhi Festival, and many more!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

you can't run from AIDS

We have love so many people to AIDS and there are still so many living with HIV. On this World AIDS Day, it's important to keep going forward and not be in denial. The wonderful Queen Latifah said "I lost relatives to AIDS. A couple of my closest cousins, favorite cousins. I lost friends to AIDS, high school friends who never even made it to their 21st birthdays in the '80s. When it's that close to you, you can't - you know, you can't really deny it, and you can't run from it."  We all need to join in the fight, until there's a cure! 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Giving and Sharing

Happy Giving Tuesday! All kinds of charities are relying on supporters today to get them that all important funding. Matching funds are available in many cases and there is an all out push to give - any amount helps and it's not just about one organization. Giving is sharing. Sharing is helping to make a difference. Even if you can only afford to give a buck or two, believe me, it makes a difference!

Monday, November 28, 2016

equality and opportunity for all

I cannot understand at all how destroying families through deportation benefits our society in any way. Whatever happened to basic human kindness? Whatever happened to the fundamental American promise of equality and opportunity for all?  How can we think of some people as "illegal"?

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Remembering Harvey Milk

The late San Francisco County Supervisor said these inspiring words: "It takes no compromising to give people their rights. It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no survey to remove repressions." The openly gay Milk was shot and killed on this date in 1978.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Kindness guidebook

Taking a page from our kindness guidebook, how about buying an extra meal when you go into that fastfood place, and give it to the homeless person you passed outside? With so much road rage, be different. When drivers try to merge into your lane, let them in with a wave and a smile. Say something nice to every single person you encounter today. Volunteer at an organization that could use your help. The ideas are endless!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Here's a story of a lovely lady

Actress Florence Henderson, who died yesterday, recently said "I still get so much fan mail addressed to Carol Brady, and I think a lot of it's through the Net. And I always answer it, if it's legible." That's a good lesson for us all about never forgetting the value of those who support you. It's also the story of a lovely lady.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

In every thing give thanks

Saint Paul said "See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."     -1 Thessalonians 5:15-18

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

kitchen delights

How many of you have pies in the oven right now?  How many of you have a refrigerator that is packed so full there is no room for anything else?  Tomorrow is one of my favorite days of the year, and as much as I love getting together with family and friends, and as much as I think giving thanks is so very important, there is also something very special about all those kitchen delights.  Turkey is one of my favorite things to eat.  Kindly pass the gravy!  (Oops!  I still have to wait until tomorrow, huh)?

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Do you ever feel invisible?

There was a time - there really was, when folks spoke to each other. More and more it seems like people are texting or otherwise involved with some electronic device. You can say hello to someone and be ignored and you can smile and offer a cheery "Good Morning!" without even a return glance in your direction. It can make you feel invisible! When someone smile back though, it make a huge difference. When you are noticed, the feeling of kindness can melt your heart.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

acquainted with all my ways

On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, as we think of all the trans men and women who have been murdered or who turned to suicide, just because of who they are, I think of these words from Psalm 139: "O Lord, you have searched me out and known me: you know when I sit or when I stand, you comprehend my thoughts long before. You discern my path and the places where I rest: you are acquainted with all my ways."

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Obama on Change

Now more than ever, let us not forget the wise words of President Barack Obama, who said "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."

Friday, November 18, 2016

On the Road

Remember the late CBS newsman Charles Kuralt, who did those wonderful "On the Road" segments? Mr Kuralt once said "The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines."

Thursday, November 17, 2016


Today is the seventeenth day of this month. Is that significant? Of course it is! Every single day of our lives is significant. Today is the day when we share love and kindness. Yesterday was that day too, and tomorrow will be as well. The joys of the seventeenth of November are the joys of every single day of our lives!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Nobody should have to go hungry

So many food drives around this time of year, just before Thanksgiving. Next month there will be more, just in time for Christmas. There are poor and hungry people year round though. Consider donating at other times too. It really does make a difference, and nobody should have to go hungry.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

I hope someday you'll join us

One week ago, Americans voted. Ever since then there has been doubt and uncertainty and fear and all kinds of feelings. There has been talk of unity, but is it a real goal? We can hope. John Lennon's wonderful words come to mind. "You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one."

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Present

One of my favorite saying, are the wise words of the late former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt: "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift; that's why they call it the present."

Sunday, November 13, 2016

We can practice kindness

This past Friday in Washington, President Barack Obama said "On Veterans Day, we acknowledge, humbly, that we can never serve our veterans in quite the same that they served us. But we can try. We can practice kindness. We can pay it forward. We can volunteer. We can serve. We can respect one another. We can always get each other’s backs." Certainly I agree with the President, but I think this really applies to every single day!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

More kind things to do

Take an acquaintance to dinner.  Sponsor people in fundraising walk-a-thons.  Buy cold drinks for the people next to you at a ball game.  Spend some time serving food at a meal program for the needy.  Remember the bereaved with phone calls, cards, plants, and food.  Leave a treat or handmade note of thanks for a delivery person or mail carrier.  Share some ideas here.  There's never an end to kindness.

Friday, November 11, 2016

our duty to them

"If tomorrow, after the parades and the ceremonies we roll up the banners and sweep the veterans halls and go back to our daily lives, forgetting the bond between the service of our veterans and our obligations as citizens, then we will be doing a profound disservice to our veterans and to the very cause for which they served. This day is not only about gratitude for what they have done for us, it is also a reminder of all that they still have to give our nation, and our duty to them. "   -President Barack Obama

Thursday, November 10, 2016

more work to do

The US election this week, was a tiring experience for many, and yesterday I heard a number of inspiring thoughts as we move forward. One that particularly resonated with me, was this from candidate Hillary Clinton: "Let us have faith in each other.  Let us not grow weary.  Let us not lose heart.  For there are more seasons to come and. . .more work to do."

Wednesday, November 9, 2016


Folks across the United States are waking up this morning to news that is surprising to most and is very happy news to many and sad to about the same number.  We can be numb about the outcome of yesterday's election, or we can remember the words of Abraham Lincoln's House Divided Speech where he said "A house divided against itself cannot stand. I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other." Let us show that kindness and positivity are the only way forward and let us work to unite our nation under the principles it was founded on, of "liberty and justice for all."

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Our civic duty

Being kind to our neighbors, being kind to animals, being kind to the land and to the spaces that surround us - this is all part of our civic duty. So is voting. So many firsts in this election. Today is such an important day. Help your community and your nation by getting involved. Vote for the best, and then support the winners to ensure a bright future!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Thick action

The Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr said "Democracy transformed from thin paper to thick action is the greatest form of government on earth." Listen to him! Tomorrow is Election Day in the US. Don't forget to VOTE!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

basic joy

It's Sunday morning and I'm in Las Vegas, Nevada - not to gamble or see a show, but to go to church and have a nice lunch. It was a two hour drive to get here, but well worth it. Sometimes joy can come from very basic and simple things.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

My sister

One of the kindest people I know, is my sister. She probably got a lot of the love she gives, from our exceptionally loving mom. Anyway, I will try to be especially kind to my sister this weekend. Today is her birthday!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The souls of the faithful

Today, as people remember the faithful departed, may happy memories replace the sadness that dwells in our hearts, thinking of our dear sisters and brothers who have gone before. Rest eternal grant them O Lord. May they rest in peace.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

For All the Saints

"Let us now sing the praises of famous men, our ancestors in their generations. Some of them have left behind a name, so that others declare their praise. But of others there is no memory; they have perished as though they had never existed; they have become as though they had never been born, they and their children after them. But these also were godly men, whose righteous deeds have not been forgotten; Their offspring will continue forever, and their glory will never be blotted out. Their bodies are buried in peace, but their name lives on generation after generation." -Ecclesiasticus 44:1,8-14

Monday, October 31, 2016

Trick or Treat

Giving out "the good candy" on Halloween is certainly a very kind gesture, but I remember years ago when a wonderful neighbor of my grandmother really did it big. Her house was decorated and she had recorded spooky music and sound effects, and best of all she had great homemade treats, that she invited you in to enjoy. There were apples you could bob for and candy apples too. She made popcorn balls, fudge, brownies, and hot chocolate and cidar. We went in and enjoyed her atmosphere and the yummy sweets, and had such a good time, we almost didn't want to leave! Wouldn't it be great if folks cared about their neighbors still and that you didn't have to be afraid to visit such lovely people?

Sunday, October 30, 2016


Who was the last person you saw smile, and why were they smiling? Have you looked in the mirror recently? Were you smiling?  There's really something special about a smile!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Inspiration from the President

I find President Barack Obama to be so terribly inspiring just about every time he opens his mouth. Said he "We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what's in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense."

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Honesty when receiving a present

In just two months, folks will be opening Christmas presents. Of course there are many other occasions during the year when you might receive a gift, such as your birthday or anniversary, or "just because." As kind as it is for someone to honor you with a present, is it kind for you to simply utter a few words of thanks, and nothing more? How about if you get something that you really dislike, should you be grateful but also be honest enough to say the gift really wasn't to your liking? If you gush too much, the giver might make a tradition of giving you the same thing, over and over. How about handwritten notes? Are they still a good way to show your appreciation? What's the kindest way to respond to gifts?

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Election help

In this election season, there are many ways we can show kindness toward others who want to participate. Sometimes the elderly have a difficult time reading the print in campaign documents. How can it would be to volunteer to read these mailings to them. It's also helpful to assist people in getting to the polls. Of course offering folks a ride anytime can be most helpful!

Monday, October 17, 2016

And the ground shook

Glancing at the calendar, I realize that today is the 27th anniversary of an earthquake that killed 63 people, injured 3,757 and caused billions of dollars of damage. I was there in San Francisco when it happened, and as horrible as the deaths and destruction were, I also remember something pretty wonderful: people helping each other. Power went out so there were no traffic signals, and folks pulled over to direct traffic for other motorists. At the freeway collapse and in the marina District were there were so many fires, civilians became heroes. So many people came out and tried to help others people. It was a bad day to be sure, but I will also forever remember how human beings showed such love and concern for others.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Love what you do

The late Steve Jobs inspired me by his work and the way he lived, and also with this great advice he gave us: "Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it."

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A big bag of candy

Halloween is just around the corner, and stores have had costumes and decorations, and of course candy, for quite some time. Last night I saw a lovely act of kindness while picking up some laundry supplies. A woman just ahead of me, had purchased several big bags of candy. A few minutes later I saw her out on the street, randomly handing out the candy to folks as they passed by, and saying "Have a sweet weekend." She made my day!

Monday, October 10, 2016

One positive thing

To say that last night's second presidential debate was "unkind," might be an understatement. All of that changed though just before the conclusion when Karl Becker, a town-hall participant, asked the very last question. "My question to both of you is, regardless of the current rhetoric, would either of you name one positive thing that you respect in one another?" Both candidates gave positive responses, but the point it that someone got them back on track. Someone, in this case Karl Becker, used a bit of kindness to remind them how to be civil. If we can all go through our day and each think of one positive thing, how much kinder our world can be!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Be kind to everyone day

The second Sunday in October is Be Kind To Everyone Day.  Actually, you won't find that on any lists or calendars, but don't you think it should be?  Come to think of it, we could celebrate that every day of the year!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Such a kind thing to do

Over the past few months, I have written lists here several times, of various acts of kindness we can do for others.  Some are big, and some are small.  Some take money and some take time, but many are easy to do just as you days rolls along.  I hear word often about how wonderful such things make people feel, and not just the receiver, but the doer as well.  Can you add to the list of kind acts?  Please feel free to write in the comments section below.

Monday, October 3, 2016

strength from adversity

"All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you." -Walt Disney

Sunday, October 2, 2016

too late

Ralph Waldo Emerson certainly had a way with words! His religious views were often considered radical during his lifetime. I can relate to so many things he said though, like this: "You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late."  Yes, I posted this quote before, but I really like it!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October First

Is October 1st a good time to be kind to others? How about tomorrow, October 2nd? Of course I could ask the question for every single day of the year, and the answer will always be the same. EVERY day is a good day to be kind to others - EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE YEAR!!

Friday, September 30, 2016


Every four years, the American people choose a President. This year has not been a very friendly campaign. One month from today, the voting will be over, and no matter the decision, may we all rally behind the person our nation selects. May our new President show us the way back to kindness!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The great dragon was thrown down

"War broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him."  -from the twelfth chapter of the Revelation to Saint John

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

still going

When I began writing about kindness a month ago on my birthday, someone told me I would run out of things to say in just a few days.  Were they being unkind?  Ha!  There is always more to say about kindness, and I intend to write something here every single morning!  Please be kind.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

From the mouth of a saint

Mother Teresa, who was recently made a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, spoke many encouraging words during her earthly life. She said "If you judge people, you have no time to love them."  Indeed.

Monday, September 26, 2016

The kindness of Arnold Palmer

They called him "The King," and folks are saying of golfer Arnold Palmer that he "lifted the game to another level." Loaded with charisma and a commoner’s touch, he was a genuine nice guy. I started hearing people praise him yesterday, just after hearing news of his death. One of the things everyone is saying is that he was a kind man. He was one of the first sports figures to endorse products and even ended up having a product named after him (a mix of lemonade and iced tea). He was so down to earth, he didn't really like being called "The King," and said once in an interview "I don’t bask in it. I don’t relish it. I tried for a long time to stop that and there was no point." Being remembered as nice and kind, is a great legacy indeed! 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

beyond the plateaus

Bruce Lee lived a very short life, but it was an inspiring life. He said so many profound things. One of my favorites is "If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them."

Saturday, September 24, 2016

doing kind things

More ideas of showing kindness: Clean graffiti from neighborhood walls and buildings. Buy a stranger a free pizza. Mow a neighbor’s grass or sweep a neighbor’s walk. Offer to return a shopping cart to the store for someone loading a car. Call an estranged family member. Give a bag of groceries to a homeless person. Treat someone to fresh fruit. Sing at a nursing home. Open the door for another person. The list can go on and on!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Lift up your thoughts

Days can be long when we spend our time moping about aimlessly, thinking only negative thoughts, but when we lift up our thoughts, and work toward a happy a productive day, the world suddenly gets brighter!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Humble and Kind

Last night while shopping, the store was playing Humble and Kind, a song written by Lori McKenna and sung by country music artist Tim McGraw. I've heard it before, but last night, I was really listening to the lyrics: "Don't take for granted the love this life gives you. When you get where you're goin' Don't forget turn back around And help the next one in line Always stay humble and kind." How wonderful if this could become the theme song for our lives!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

being thankful

There was a time when folks always gave thanks when someone gave them something. It didn't matter if you gave them an expensive gift or if you simply paid them a compliment. It was appreciated, and the recipient said so. I try to be a nice guy. Giving is part of my nature. I don't give because I want thanks, but those thank yous always warmed my heart. They still do, although folks don't say thank you nearly as much anymore.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

From the mind of Andy Rooney

I used to love hearing Andy Rooney's observations on life. This is one of my favorites: “For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are you’re not going to be very happy. If someone bases his/her happiness on major events like a great job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn’t going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.”

Monday, September 19, 2016

Echoes of kind words

Thinking of the long show business career of Marlene Dietrich, you might not easily be able to quote her, but I find one tiny sentence of hers to me a great anthem for our lives. Dietrich said "Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Say the secret word

How fortunate I am to have enjoyed so much of the work of Groucho Marx. From his films and tv appearances, must folks think of him as a very funny man, but he was also very wise. Said he: “I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Henry James on kindness

Novelist Henry James said (to his nephew Billy James) "Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind."  I certainly agree! 

Friday, September 16, 2016

How you make people feel

Just about everything I ever heard from the incredible Maya Angelou, makes me feel good. It's so appropriate that she is the one who said "I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Are they stars?

Look up into the sky, and think about this wonderful Eskimo Proverb: “Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Lend an ear

Do you ever just need someone around to hear you? Sometimes, especially in times of crisis, the thing you need the most is someone to talk to. They don't have to talk back. How wonderful it is to have a person who can simply sit in silence and listen to those who need a listening ear. In times of worry or sorrow or loneliness, this is particularly true. Listening to another person is a great act of kindness.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

a good deed in a weary world

In The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare wrote “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”  I find that very inspiring.

Monday, September 12, 2016

beautiful Monday morning

Is it a beautiful Monday where you are?  It can be!  Always remember that beauty isn't the same for everyone.  Some of us miss it because we spend so much time looking for something specific.  There are so many beautiful things that we simply miss, but is we see with our hearts and our minds, as well as our eyes, we'll find beauty everywhere.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

How do we live up to their example?

"How do we preserve the legacy of those we lost? How do we live up to their example?  And how do we keep their spirit alive in our own hearts?" On this fifteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, President Barack Obama asked those questions earlier this morning. It is one of many solemn observances all around the country, but the kindness and gentle encouragement from the President really touched me this morning. At the end of his address he said "we have the opportunity each and every day to live up to the sacrifice of those heroes that we lost." Indeed.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Explore, Dream, Discover

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, was a great novelist and entrepreneur. He also was quite the motivator! Here are some words of inspiration from him: "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover."

Friday, September 9, 2016

Mission accomplished

The wonderful Maya Angelou once said "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." I'd say she indeed accomplished that mission!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

more or less

Fear less, Trust more
Take less, Give more
Whine less, Thank more
Talk less, Say more
Hate less, Love more

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

role models

Basketball superstar Jeremy Lin is someone I always find inspiring. Lin said "I think right now the way society's going, I think role models are important, and kids need direction. If I didn't have that direction growing up, who knows what I could be doing, because I've been lost many times in my life, and I've had to have someone guide me back on the right path."

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Kindness of Ellen

I think the first time I ever saw Ellen DeGeneres was on Johnny Carson's old Tonight Show, and I have loved her ever since. She's a fine actress, comedian, and television host, but there is much more. She makes a difference. Ellen is famous for ending her tv show with "Be kind to one another." It's not just a saying though - she means it, and you can see numerous ways she practices what she preaches, every single day.  How many checks has she given to needy people on her program?  Oh my!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Rich or Poor

If someone were to pay you five cents for every kind word you said about other people and collect a penny for every unkind word, would you be rich or poor? Think about it!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Kind Komments

It's only been a week since I began writing these daily thoughts about kindness, which I hope will inspire you, and I hope you will share with others. I'd also like to invite your comments. Perhaps you have some words of inspiration that you would like others to appreciate. Just add it below!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Using all your talent

Erma Bombeck was a very talented women. Remember her? She worked on the Equal Rights Amendment, appeared regularly on tv (including Good Morning America), wrote over 4,000 newspaper columns, and published fifteen books. Bombeck died way too early after enduring many health problems, but she gave us so much and did so in a fun way. She was always kind and encouraging and shared things that were simple to understand. One thing that stands out in my mind is when she said "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me." In Erma Bombeck's case, that was certainly true.

Friday, September 2, 2016

True love

"It is a popular trend nowadays to say love is very much conditional. I've heard people compare it to a glass of water that eventually runs out when love isn't reciprocated. This encouragement of selfishness must stop," says my friend Jonah Kim. "True love is an infinite well and is absolutely unconditional," he continues. Jonah concludes "True love feels almost helpless in its endless giving, without asking for anything in return. And if the ones you love love you back, there is nothing more beautiful, precisely because we love without premeditated expectations."

Thursday, September 1, 2016

More random acts

Yesterday I mentioned some random acts of kindness. Here are some more: Make telephone calls in support of equality urging others to put aside hate. Say something nice to everyone you meet today. Send a treat to a school or day-care center. Volunteer at an organization that needs help. Go through your closets and find several nice items and then donate them to a shelter. Buy books for a day care or school. Volunteer to fix up an elderly couple’s home. Oh and there are so many more!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Random acts of kindness

Can you think of some random ways to show kindness to others? How about these: As you go about your day, pick up trash. Call or visit a homebound person. Make a point of finding the name of a supermarket or drugstore employee and then praise him/her through that company’s corporate office. When drivers try to merge into your lane, let them in with a wave and a smile. Tell your boss that you think he/she does a good job. Pay a compliment at least once a day. Donate blood. Transport someone who can’t drive. Others?

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Cherish is the word

One of the members of The Association (one of my favorite groups), Larry Ramos, died on this date two years ago. He was only 72 and had some health issues in his latter years, but boy did he entertain us! He was part of The New Christy Minstrels and then later joined The Association where he shared lead vocals with Terry Kirkman. For years, I ended my radio shift by saying "Live, love, laugh, be happy, and never ever forget . . ." leading into a recording of The Association's Cherish (which Kirkman wrote). Years later I discovered the David Cassidy version and found I preferred it. By the way, Dizzy Gillespie, Barry Manilow, The Lettermen, Nina Simone, Ed Ames, Petula Clark, and The Four Tops are among the many who have recorded Cherish. Anyway, thinking of Larry Ramos this morning, reminded me of the song, and all the inspiration I have received from it.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Inspiration from Emerson

I really like these words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: "You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late." I'm also inspired by this that he said: "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Of Being Kind

Today happens to be my birthday, and so I thought I would begin the day by spreading a little cheer and happiness!  Of being kind, I have a few things to say.  Sometimes here I might share inspirational quotes and at other times I'll put forth ideas about kindness and how together we just might brighten up the world.  Hopefully this will help to brighten up things for YOU.  Do feel free to share these posts and your comments below are always welcome as well.  Of being kind, there are so many ways!  Let's use them all up!