99 Ways to Be Kind Without Spending a Dime

You: Some of these are weird.Me: What’s wrong with weird?You: Some of these are common courtesy.Me: Yes, some of them are. Still, to be courteous is to be kind and reminders to be courteous, like this list for example, are always helpful, especially when you post them in the common area of your office or share on social media (Ahem, hint hint. See # 32)....more

Valentine’s Day 365 Days A Year

I love Valentine’s Day and all of the so-called commercial holidays for that matter. Quite frankly I am tired of all you naysayers pissing on my fun....more

A little girl with a big heart!!!!

7 Year Old Girl Donates Birthday Presents To The Non-Profit "Enchanted Makeovers"!On December 7, Olivia Schaumburger will be celebrating her 7th birthday and she has invited the non-profit Enchanted Makeovers to join the party! What she has asked her mother to plan is incredible for this little girl with a big heart! ...more

Why I Decided to Become a Blogger

I’ve always loved to write; however, I never had a desire to blog…until now.  So what changed?  Why the sudden urge to start?  Simple–I became inspired.To fully explain this new found inspiration, I need to go back and set the stage a bit.  I’ll warn you this may seem like a long story, but I promise it will make sense…eventually.A simple message that got me thinking…...more

Ripples from Sandy Hook Elementary

There will always be good in this world. There will always be bad. It is life. It is a balance. And when something happens to disrupt that balance it is up to us to do something to correct it.  You cannot go back and erase what has happened,but you can go forward, learn from it and cause ripples of your own.~J.V....more

How to Earn the Kindness of Strangers

While in Sacramento for a conference, my friend Deb and I hailed a cab to a restaurant. During the ride, we learned from Shaa, our cabbie, that life in Sacramento was anything but easy. The recession has hit this California city hard, he told us. Case in point: he’d been driving his cab more than 10 hours that day. We were his second fare. During that 10 hours, he’d netted only $45....more

Be Truly Human: Practice Random Acts of Kindness!

Remember the slogan “Practice random acts of kindness”? It’s been around for a long time—all the way back to 1982 or so. More often than not, it was dismissed by most folks as a cute New Age aphorism and has largely been forgotten in the years since. Certainly in our hurried, harried hyper-technological age, we hardly have enough time to accomplish our daily list, much less engage in random acts of kindness. ...more

Pay It Forward {Day 30/Year 2}

Huzzah!30 days of blogging...DONE!30 days of finding some way big or small to pay it forward to someone somewhere.Some were folks I know like my favorite bloggers, my son and my husband....more

Pay It Forward {Day 29/Year 2}

I'm not very crafty. I'm easily, dare I say, very easily distracted.I find it difficult to buy gifts for people and not give them to them immediately..............Why do I choose to raise Liam almost entirely outside of our household? Because it keeps me honed in, it keeps me present--in the moment.A skill that is almost beyond reach for me within the confines of our home. ...more

Pay It Forward {Day 28/Year 2}

It doesn't cost a dime to say THANKS and yet if you are anything like me you are far more likely to send a note when things go wrong than when things go right.It's easy to ask for a manager and compliment someone, but writing a nice letter about extraordinary customer service or kindness is really great too.We love the local nature center. ...more