People forget: We're supposed to be nice

I've been part of an interviewing panel at my company. We've searched through a score of resumes and talked to a lot of people. My favorite part of the interviews come when the candidates ask us about our team and we can talk about how we are like a family. (It gives me the warm fuzzies every time.) At some point, the candidates will usually mention how nice we all seem....more

Undisclosed 1 1/2

Undisclosed Deux is almost completed.It really is surreal.Here I sit in the back cottage and I can catch the internet if the wind blows right. It's hard to believe that the cottage days might be over this time next week. I would like to say that the kindness of neighbors have gotten us through it. Folks have helped us, fed us and been there for us, and it only solidifies that we have made the right move.We have also made new friends through this time, and it is amazing that we have connected with folks that are in our age bracket who have accepted us for what we are....more

Take Care of Each Other

We were invited to a birthday party a few months ago of a little boy close to Christian's age. It was at a park. Christian is getting bigger and not looking like a baby so much so we get a lot of stares. We have a safe little bubble, our family, his school, of people who know him and love him. But when we step outside of the bubble it's glaringly apparent that Christian is different. Those who stare the longest and even make comments or look terrified are usually kids, mostly boys, that are pre-teen, around the ages of 8-10. ...more

The Kindness Litmus: How You Treat Your Waitress

In reply to WP Daily Prompt: Random Act of KindnessTell us about the time when you performed a secret random act of kindness — where the recipient of your kindness never found out about your good deed. How did the deed go down?Photographers, artists, poets: show us SECRET.  ...more

What We Can Learn from the "Elan Gale and Diane in 7A" Hoax

On November 28, Elan Gale decided to entertain the world by making up a story that we have all experienced in one way or another. He tweeted that he'd boarded a US Airways flight on his way back to Los Angeles, that the flight was running late, and that one passenger was furiously yelling about it. Soon, Gale was live-tweeting a fictional battle with a woman immortalized as "Diane in 7A." What unfolded on his feed can only be described as a how to on behaving badly. What made it so hard to look away is the same thing that makes reality TV the addictive thing it is. Is it time to reconsider? ...more
I couldn't help but think when I was reading this tale that Gale's behavior was totally ...more

Gratitude for Those Whom We See Only Briefly

Gratitude for Those Whom We See Only BrieflyNovember 15, 2013 by Zoie at TouchstoneZ...more

Paying It Forward

There is something I like to do.Actually, there are a lot of things I like to do,this is just one of them.It started with a blog I read…bad me I cannot remember what blog…it was years ago…before I started to write.The blog was about doing something kind everyday....more

Thinking of Others

I saw this on CBS Sunday Morning show a couple of weeks ago, and it made me cry a little. And smile. ...more

Kindness Remembered

I have never really had to do without something important,like food and shelter and clothing.There have been times in my life when I had very littlebut I always had those three things.There were a few years when I had to decide between paying forthe telephone or utilities or buying food.Those were the years I sometimes paid rent with cash advances on my credit cards.Those were years when I wondered what would happen if I lost my job.Then I lost my job.I signed up for unemployment benefits.I looked for a job for five months....more