Blog : Kindness as a Gift

What you did for my mom!

Remember a couple weeks ago when I put out a request for folks to send birthday cards to my mom for her 80th? Every day since then her box has been full of cards! She has been overwhelmed — in the most positive of ways!— by all your love and kindness. My mom has been leaving me messages eve

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Will you help me celebrate my mom’s 80th birthday?

My wonderful mother, Becky, turned 80 last week Friday, April 27th. I've been asking everyone I know if they'd be willing to send a card to my mom for her birthday. I wanted her to receive cards, before, during, and after the actual day so her birthday celebration goes on and on! I'm hoping if

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Who needs your gift of intention today?

Remember in last week's newsletter I told you that I had woken up with a line from Mary Oliver’s poem in my head: “What is it that you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” I also told you that I was headed to Josephine’s Cabin for an overnight retreat. As always, having th

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Planting Kisses of Kindness for AKR

  You may have read my March 6 post inviting folks to honor the lovely, whimsical, generous-hearted, inspiring author Amy Krouse Rosenthal by participating in an event called Plant a Kiss. To join in, people just needed to commit to offering some kindness to the world between March 7 and

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Help Send Love to Amy Krouse Rosenthal

  A few days ago I found out that the author and joyous liver-of-life, Amy Krouse Rosenthal has terminal cancer and not long to live. Amy published a heartbreaking and beautiful piece in the New York Times Modern Love column titled, "You May Want to Marry my Husband," which is a loving tri

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Valentine’s Gifts for Troubled Hearts

  Do you know someone who has a troubled heart this Valentine's Day? It could be someone who is grieving the loss of a loved one through death, divorce, or break-up. It might be someone who has lost their job or is struggling with global or political issues that have left them stressed or

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Just Plane Celebration

I just stumbled across a note to remind myself that I want to tell you about a wonderful experience I had on Southwest Airlines last fall. You're gonna love this! I was on a flight from San Francisco to San Diego and right before the airline attendants started to pass out our drinks, they announ

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Your words are gifts.

  Never forget: Your words are gifts. A brand new friend of mine, Melissa Brown, posted a thank you comment to me on Facebook the other day about some Love Lists she had made and the huge impact they'd had. She wanted me to know how much she appreciated my work. Melissa didn't know it, but

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Take 5 minutes to make someone smile

I love this photo of my mom and me on a carousel at Conneaut Lake Park in Pennsylvania. Recently I was searching through my digital files looking for a particular photo. That's when I stumbled across this one, which I'd totally forgotten about. I immediately uploaded it to the Walgreens photo

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{During difficult times} A small story of big heart

There are so many terrible, violent, and heartbreaking things happening in the world. I want to be informed, but I also want to stay far away from the media. It seems like anytime I allow myself to read about what's going on, it paralyzes me. It scares me. I feel small, unable, and uncertain. I h

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