Wednesday, November 30, 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.

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

The kindest time

My observation is that this last month every year from the end of November to the end of December, is the kindest time.  People collect warm coats, toys, canned goods, and other things for those in need.  All kinds of parties are held.  There is even singing in the streets!  It's wonderful to be sure, but I wish this kindness would last all year long!

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

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"?

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.

Monday, November 21, 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."

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

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.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Seventeenth

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

The Dickens you say

I have heard a lot said about dishonest behavior in the past few days.  I makes me think of these words from Charles Dickens:  "I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don’t trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it."

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

Numb

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!

Friday, November 4, 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!

Thursday, November 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

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