Extra Time Opens Door for Kindness

The late, great Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi had a thing with time. His players knew there was “normal time” and there was “Lombardi time.” If you played for Vince Lombardi, you were 15 minutes early, or you were … Read more

Don’t Speed By Your Chance to Be Kind

My husband got pulled over for speeding the other day. Mr. Leadfoot has been teasing me for years about what a bad driver I am, so as you can imagine, I was delighted to be in the car witnessing the … Read more

Kindness Found in Reminiscing

I remember two things from the end of my grandfather’s life. I was a very little girl, but I remember his eyes and I remember his stories. His eyes were normally blue, but on this final visit, they were almost … Read more

A Race to Remember

My 16-year-old niece, Kate, has had severe health problems since the day she was born. She has never had a pain-free day in her life. Two years ago, she spent a month at the Mayo Clinic learning how to cope … Read more

Perfect Gifts in a Time of Need

Earlier this month, I had the privilege of speaking to about 500 people in my church sanctuary. I told those people about my life growing up. I talked about visits to a prison to see my mom’s husband and about … Read more

A Public Service Announcement for Giving

In the past three years, kindness has become my ministry. It is my passion, and in my opinion, it’s the answer to every problem out there. Be kind. I’ve recently met a woman who shares my passion for kindness, but … Read more

Moms First Teachers of Kindness

I’ve mentioned in previous columns that I haven’t always had the closest relationship with my mom. It has taken years (decades actually) for my heart to soften toward my mother. Even during those times when I knew I should forgive … Read more

Creative Kindness to Celebrate a Birthday

My birthday is coming up this week. On Wednesday, I’ll be 26. Again. Birthdays are fun, but they don’t hold the same excitement for me that they did when I was a child. I remember wanting to invite as many … Read more

Paying it Forward with $1000

I recently received an email from a woman who wanted to give me $1,000. No joke. She had $1,000 to give away, and she wanted to give it to me! Every year, Bell State Bank & Trust gives their employees … Read more

Learn Kindness from Jesus

This is the hardest week of the year to write my column. An entire Holy Week culminates with the celebration of Easter. It should be a piece of cake: Say something about the gift of salvation or tell a sweet … Read more

Community of Kindness Eases Goodbye

Editor’s note: Nicole Phillips will continue to write her column after she moves in May to Ohio with her family. My family is about to go through a period of major upheaval. My husband, as many of you know, is … Read more

Eavesdropping Saves the Day

I wish I could stop eavesdropping. Honestly, I don’t intend to listen in on the conversations around me, but sometimes I feel like it’s unavoidable. Since eavesdropping falls somewhere along the same lines as gossiping in my book, I find … Read more

Is Kindness Your First Reaction?

A few years ago, my friend John was driving his brand new minivan when someone barreled into him. John’s first reaction was anger, but before he even let go of the steering wheel, something else took over: compassion. Somehow, John … Read more

Kindness Feeds the Soul

Do you ever think to yourself, “I’m always nice to people, but I really don’t have the time, energy, money or (fill-in-the-blank) to go around doing random acts of kindness?” I used to think that way. I used to think … Read more

Angels in a Time of Need

They say you shouldn’t borrow trouble from tomorrow, because today has enough worries of its own. I say you shouldn’t borrow trouble from tomorrow, because if trouble comes, so will an angel, who is just waiting for an opportunity to … Read more

Happy Birthday Colin

Sometimes I feel small. When I hear about huge problems like human trafficking, child abuse and global hunger, I just feel small. Those problems are like giants, they are huge. What could I possibly do that would even make a … Read more

Everyday Kindness

My email inbox is usually filled with letters of happiness, but I got one not too long ago that broke my heart. This poor woman, Hilary, had dealt with loss after loss, and yet she was writing to tell me … Read more

90 Acts of Kindness

At the risk of sounding like a commercial, I would like to share with you something really neat that’s been happening in the Fargo-Moorhead area this past month. Gate City Bank is getting ready to open a new branch in … Read more

Forgiveness

“You are one prayer away from forgiveness.” -Toby Mac

Carrot Cake, Gumdrop & Kindness Day

Did you know there is a Carrot Cake Day? Yep. It was Feb. 3. There is also Hedgehog Day (not to be confused with Groundhog Day), Homemade Soup Day, and my personal favorite, Gumdrop Day, which happens to be today. … Read more

Maddie’s Mission

There is a gas station attached to a coffee shop in north Fargo where I like to write. It’s warm, it smells like java and fresh muffins, and there is just enough background noise to keep me on task. The … Read more

Kindness Through Voicemail

I have a strict personal voicemail system. I keep messages on my phone until I make the decision to a) call the person back or b) ignore the person. Yep, that’s the kindness lady just being honest. Tell me you … Read more

A Chain-Reaction of Birthday Kindness

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Kids are key to spreading kindness. There is an interesting trend happening around town thanks to kids. I first noticed it this past year when my older children, ages 8 and … Read more

Lost Purse Stirs an Act of Kindness

When I was a little girl, I was fascinated with my mother’s purse. I remember digging through it, looking for who-knows-what, only to be told that it wasn’t polite to look in a woman’s purse. It became one of those … Read more

You are BEAUTIFUL!

Every single day I hear people cut themselves down. Sometimes it’s for the sake of conversation and other times it’s an ill attempt at humor. I want to wrap my arms around them and say, “Don’t you know how wonderfully … Read more

Cherish the Moment

Savor the mundane. You never know when you’ll want it back. “I miss Saturday morning, rolling out of bed, not shaving, getting into my car with my girls, driving to the supermarket, squeezing the fruit, getting my car washed, taking … Read more

Kindness, A Dollar at a Time

Is it possible to turn a tragic experience into an opportunity to live more fully and love more openly? Absolutely. I hear about people who take death, disease and other disasters and somehow find the strength to exhibit kindness through … Read more

Generous Surgeon Heals with Kindness

What did you give people this Christmas? Did you stick to giving those gifts you buy in a store that need to be wrapped and then unwrapped? Or did you go beyond and give them the gift of your love … Read more

Room at the Inn

In a few days, I will wake to the sound of three little voices whispering outside my bedroom door, discussing whether it’s too early to wake the parents. Then I’ll hear three pairs of little feet scurrying down the hall … Read more

Santa’s Elves Spread Kindness From Hawley

I imagine the elves are working feverishly to put the finishing touches on all of the toys that will find their way under trees by Christmas morning. I never imagined I’d get to talk to one of them myself. Perhaps … Read more

15 Rules for the Game of Life

Sometimes these kindness stories fall into my lap, and sometimes I have to dig a little. The story this week is a combination of both. What I uncovered during my digging took an already great act of kindness (that had … Read more

Kindness Found Through Tragedy

Once upon a time there was a little girl with long dark hair, brown eyes that opened up to her soul and a smile that radiated throughout the room. Her name was Amanda. Little Amanda loved to play with dolls … Read more

Oh Canada Kindness

Have you ever been traveling and met someone from your hometown? There is an immediate bond. Even if you don’t know any of the same people or came from completely different sides of the tracks, for just a brief moment, … Read more

Old-Fashioned Kindness

As our world gets smaller through the Internet, cable TV and free long-distance phone calls, I think it’s also getting bigger and more disconnected. We can say things – mean, hurtful things –without having to look a person in the … Read more

Healing

I think healing comes when you are able to see how your pain was the fertilizer that allowed you to grow and blossom into the beautiful creation you are today.  

Kindness Gives Eyes to the Blind

Many of us – including me – take our biggest blessings for granted. Not only do I overlook everyday blessings, but I am quite often ungrateful for the biggest gifts in my life. Instead of being grateful for the ability … Read more

Shine Light on the Darkness

I was doing my daily mom carpool recently when my 3-year-old son, Ben, piped up from the back seat. “Mom, what does yannoy mean?” Yannoy? My brain started turning over every word in Webster’s dictionary trying to figure out what … Read more

It’s About More than Just a Warm Meal

I have a sneaking suspicion winter is going to come back to Fargo-Moorhead this year. Hopefully, it won’t last until May like it did last year. It’s OK to joke about the nine months of winter we get in North … Read more

Proverbs 31:26

God, please put a vice on my mouth that only opens after your approval. “When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly.” – Proverbs 31:26 (MSG)  

How Kindness Healed Me

I recently realized I’ve been writing this column for almost exactly two years. I still remember standing on stage at The Avalon in downtown Fargo for the launch party of the new SheSays section. I felt so proud to be … Read more

Shine Bright in a Stranger’s Darkest Hour

A few weeks ago I got a last-minute invitation to attend an annual event called “Pray for Gray.” Julie Fletcher began the foundation and the fundraiser as a way to provide hope and support for brain tumor patients and their … Read more

Take Time to THINK

Do you want to know what terrifies me? The thought of 350 children in a gym with me in charge. That is exactly the scenario I was faced with a few weeks ago at Longfellow Elementary in Fargo. The principal … Read more

The One Who Gives is the One Who Gets

Get a daily dose of inspiration from Nicole at facebook.com/nicolejphillips. When I worked on TV, my husband always said I considered it a job well done if I could make people at home laugh while I was delivering the news. … Read more

Fly Those Team Colors for Kindness

Get a Daily Dose of Inspiration from Nicole each morning on Facebook! Visit www.facebook.com/nicolejphillips. I love college football. No, that’s a lie. I love being in a stadium surrounded by all the fanfare that goes with college football. The actual … Read more

Readers Share Stories of Kind Acts

Acts of kindness are often like little miracles that appear just when you don’t know where to turn or what to do next. I’d like to share with you several inspirational stories I’ve received from people who are so grateful … Read more

Saying Goodbye to Robby Dog

I recently received an email that immediately took my heart back to this time last year. School had just started, and my family was all caught up in the fun of anticipating a season of changes. One of the changes … Read more

Love is a Verb

On Monday, my husband and I will celebrate our anniversary. The fact that we’ve been married for 13 years kind of blows me away. In my mind, I’m still 28, so that would mean I got married when I was … Read more

Shining Examples of Hometown Kindness

I grew up in a little town in Wisconsin that I remember being filled with kind people and a sense of security. But for some reason, the kids in my town, including me, couldn’t wait to get out. We would … Read more

Comparisons and Kindness Don’t Mix

I feel worn out. Part of the problem is that I’ve just driven 10 hours in a minivan with three small children and one large dog. The other part of the problem is that I’ve been thinking too much. My … Read more

Being Kind Takes Some Effort

I get a lot of credit that I simply don’t deserve. People approach me at church or the grocery store and say they love reading my column. But the truth is, it’s not my column. It’s the community’s column. If … Read more

Kindness Helps Mother-to-Be

When I was pregnant with my first child, I felt like I had invented pregnancy. I was sure that no other woman could have possibly experienced all of the physical tweaks and emotional peaks that I was feeling. I had … Read more

Science Proves Kindness is Contagious

I’ve been trying to become a person of purpose. I want to know why I’m doing the things I’m doing. I take a shower because I went running and I stink. I brush my teeth because I ate garlic and … Read more

Project Kindness

The official start of the summer season is only a few weeks behind us, but according to my internal mom calendar, when the fireworks fly, it means we are awfully close to being halfway through summer. They say time flies … Read more

Lasting love a special form of kindness

I love it when people ask my husband, “Is your wife really as kind as she seems?” It’s a very sweet question, but the real reason I love it is because it always puts my husband on the spot. It’s … Read more

Kindness Bridges Awkward Gaps

I have got to get better at remembering names. For that matter, I also need to get better at remembering faces. I can meet someone, have a really interesting 20-minute conversation and then have no recollection of ever having met … Read more

Kindness comes at just the right time

I love stories of serendipitous kindness. Those times when someone calls just when you need to talk, a friend delivers a book that contains the exact words you need to hear, or a stranger delivers a compliment at the precise … Read more

Integrity & Kindness Go Together

I don’t remember when I first heard the word “integrity,” but I remember hearing it, and for a long time, only having a vague idea of the meaning. Merriam-Webster has three definitions for Integrity: E Firm adherence to a code … Read more

Unforgettable Connections Built By Kindness

When I started writing this column, I was excited to hear from the people of Fargo-Moorhead. I had a hunch there were beautiful acts of kindness happening all around me, but I wasn’t quite sure how to find them. So, … Read more

Encourage Thoughts Based on Love

I have been trying really hard to become a better person, but I think I’ve reached a plateau. I am now to the point where I can control my actions, but I’m having a hard time controlling my thoughts. For … Read more

Choose a flood of kindness this spring

Sunshine! Warm (well, warmer) temperatures! It’s amazing how my mood fluctuates with the weather forecast. I have been sitting under a gray cloud for far too long, and it’s making me crabby. No amount of bottled Vitamin D can do … Read more

Kindness Takes on Viral Nature

Everyone makes the choices they make for a reason. You work at your job because you either love it or you need to get paid. You commit random acts of kindness because you want to make the world a better … Read more

Friends Build Bridge of Kindness

Have you ever found yourself in a situation that you know calls for thoughtfulness, but you truly don’t know which act of kindness could even make a difference? Last Saturday, I pulled the bright orange plastic bag off The Forum … Read more

Easter Shows Ultimate Act of Kindness

What would you die for? Is there anything or anyone on this earth that is that important to you? I can go through a laundry list of things I’m grateful for, but when it comes down to the nitty-gritty, there … Read more

Lessons in Kindness Last a Lifetime

My kids spend so much time at school that I often feel like their teachers have a better idea of their strengths and interests than I do. In an effort to extinguish my mom guilt, every day I ask my … Read more

School Shows Kindness with Hot Dish

There is an incredible movement of kindness happening at Fargo’s Ben Franklin Middle School. I don’t know the exact process of the evolution, but it seems to go something like this.   First, there was a principal named John Nelson … Read more

Owner Sought for Mystery Photo

Kari Werlinger found a camera memory card containing this photo seven years ago. She’s trying to find the owner. ************************ Every time I look at my kids, I wonder how they got so big so fast. I’ve started to cherish … Read more

Recognizing Seniors’ Kindness

I would like to start a new service in Fargo to rent grandparents. You can hire a babysitter or a person to clean your home, so why can’t you hire someone to come over and love your kids?   My … Read more

Will you be that Somebody?

I’d like to share a story I heard a long time ago and recently found again online. “This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody … Read more

Defeating the Darkness

“If the darkest hour comes before the light, where is the light? Where is the light? Where is the light?” Those words are from the song “Ave Mary A” by Pink. I’ve listened to that song for years, and yet … Read more

Angels on the Road

When my husband and I first got together, we were living seven hours apart. Each weekend, one of us would make the commute from Milwaukee to Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Maybe things were different back then or maybe we were … Read more

Kindness Found in a Doughnut

I’d like to explain how Saturday mornings work in the Phillips household. At about 6 a.m., my almost 3-year-old son, Ben, wakes up, sneaks out of bed and goes to find the dog in her kennel. The dog then wakes … Read more

Finding the Angels Among Us

Do you believe in angels? My husband and I go around and around on whether ghosts exist, but he won’t even touch the angel issue. I do believe in angels, so I think my practical husband is a little worried … Read more

Find Kindness in Doing One Thing at a Time

How are those New Year’s Resolutions coming?   Every year, I resolve not to make a resolution. I find the New Year is a good time to sit back and give myself credit for the things I’m doing right instead … Read more

Accepting Acts of Kindness

I have a friend who is a giver. She gives her time, talent, money and all her other resources to anyone and everyone who is lucky enough to cross her path. But she is terrible at receiving. She readily admits … Read more

Heart Gallery

How many pictures do you think you’ll take of your kids or grandkids this Christmas? Ten? Twenty? A hundred? I’m not much for photography, but these days, with my phone and camera all rolled into one, it’s easy to snap … Read more

Take Time to Thank Those Who Serve

For the first time in a long time, I was able to spend Thanksgiving with my family in Wisconsin. The North Dakota State University men’s basketball team was playing in Green Bay that weekend, so an assistant coach’s wife and … Read more

Man’s Generosity Comes One Foot at a Time

I think my husband is awfully handsome. He’s got a great smile, gorgeous eyes and the most unbelievable feet you’ve ever seen on a man. Yep, I said it – feet. I’ll be honest. I hadn’t really taken much notice … Read more

Little idea grows into something BIG

Have you ever had a really good idea? I’m talking about one of those ideas that you know could change the way people do business, reform the political process or create world peace? Or maybe it was just a simple … Read more

A Great-Grandmother’s Tradition

Let the madness begin. Stuffed bellies, ringing bells, gifts to buy, cards to address, long lines, short tempers: Welcome to Thanksgiving Weekend. Even though many of us will spend this weekend with the people we love the most, it’s often … Read more

Reflecting on ALL the ways we can help

I’ve been thinking it’s about time to retire this kindness column. I’ve been feeling busy lately. Really busy. Diva Connection is taking off (thank you, God), and that means more meetings, more trouble shooting, and more time making sure women … Read more

Election’s End Brings Respite from Ugliness

For the past two months, I’ve been walking around like one of those “See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil” monkeys. I’ve been closing my eyes, covering my ears and zipping my mouth. Why? Politics. Every time I … Read more

Day Makers Spread Kindness

There is a woman I run into on a regular basis who drives me crazy. She is always happy. I mean always. She teaches a Zumba exercise class, so for a while I thought maybe she was happy all the … Read more

Sharing Prayer has Great Impact

It’s one thing to help someone who has fallen on hard times without having done anything wrong. But it’s much harder for me to understand how people can leave their comfort zones to help people who have brought the hard … Read more

Replacing Hurt with Hope

My friend, Kristi, said something the other day that made my heart stop for a moment. But let me back up. Kristi is a one-woman parade: marching band, confetti, the whole works. She walks into the room and brings sunshine … Read more

Get Kids Involved in Volunteering

My daughter has decided to quit Girl Scouts. Her best friend left the group and her leader took on another role, so basically my daughter feels like she would have to attend meetings without two of her favorite people. Half … Read more

Give the Gift of Warmth

When I was a little girl, my mom took me shopping for a winter coat. My parents had recently divorced and were still trying to figure out who would pay for what when it came to clothes, shoes and after-school … Read more

Help Amid a Family’s Pain

My heart aches when I see tragedy in this world, especially tragedy that could have been avoided. That’s how I felt the morning of July 7 when I opened the paper and read about the Deutschers, a young couple and … Read more

Take the opportunity to give more

I’ve found myself wondering lately if a little bit of kindness is enough kindness. If you give someone a little piece of you, but you still have much more to give, does that little piece still count as kindness? Let … Read more

Reflecting on Kindness

I was talking on the phone to someone the other day who said something that made me very sad. The woman lives in New York, and I met her (not personally, but on the phone) when she called Diva Connection … Read more

A Wave and Smile Can Go a Long Way

For many area kids (and parents), this has been a very big week. School started for Fargo Public Schools on Thursday. For my kids, that meant packing and repacking backpacks filled with newly sharpened pencils, crisp brightly-colored folders, and pink … Read more

Kindness Found on the Open Road

We are hearty people here in North Dakota and Minnesota. Last winter my dad called me from Wisconsin to ask how long I would have to stay in my house. The Weather Channel was reporting wind chills in Fargo of … Read more

Lisbon Folks Make Kindness Part of the Job

The other day I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in at least six months. She smiled her big exuberant smile and said, “Oh! It’s Miss Kindness!” as she gave me a warm hug. Her sweet greeting made me … Read more

Ralph’s Ride

There is a quote I recently heard that seems to be sticking in my brain. Mother Angelica said, “Unless we dare to accomplish the ridiculous, God cannot accomplish the miraculous.” I don’t know if you believe in God or not, … Read more

Learning Patience, Kindness Pays Off

Have you ever asked anyone the ways in which they see you sin? The pastor at my church made a really bold challenge the other day. He asked us to find five people in five different areas of our lives … Read more

Boy Finds Kindness Refreshing Well After Deed

Some people just ooze sunshine and enthusiasm wherever they go. You can’t help but like them, because their attitude is just contagious. I’ve had the chance to spend some time this summer with someone like that. His name is Hale … Read more

Kindness found in things that matter most

Kindness is a tricky thing. Sometimes it comes so naturally: I walk out of my house and feel like smiling at strangers, holding the door for people and leaving a little extra money in the tip jar at the coffee … Read more

We Can Learn From a Child’s Act of Kindness

I used to work in the news business. Every day, a team of people, including myself, had the incredible responsibility of choosing which stories should be covered. Some stories were so horrible I had a hard time reading them. But … Read more

Giving Trumps Getting

At a certain age, women tend to begin complaining about birthdays. They aren’t exactly welcomed holidays like they were when we were 5- or 6-year-olds. I have to tell you, I celebrated my 37th birthday a few weeks ago, and … Read more

Kindness Comes in Time of Need

My first job was as a television traffic and news reporter for a morning show in Milwaukee. It was 1998, and I was making $18,000 a year. When the job was offered to me, I was ecstatic. I got to … Read more

A Family’s Lesson on Kindness

School is out for the summer in Fargo, so I feel it’s safe to let you in on a little family drama. My sweet, 6-year-old boy, Charlie, made a really bad decision a few weeks ago. Before you accuse me … Read more

Slow Down and See the Good

I feel like I’m in the middle of a tiny tornado. Or maybe it’s just a big windstorm. Either way, the world is moving quickly, and I can barely catch my breath. I thought I was the only one feeling … Read more

Water Quenches More Than Thirst

There are a lot of people who are going to be challenging themselves today. I love the way the entire F-M community embraces the Fargo Marathon. Those who can run, run. The rest of us fall into line, either helping … Read more

Community Support of One Helps Others

People have bad days. For some, it seems like life just keeps throwing them curve balls. That’s how Heather from Fargo feels sometimes. Last August, her home burned to the ground. Then in December, she bought a trailer home for … Read more

Neighbors Repay a Lifetime of Kindness

What if kindness were cumulative and contagious? What if everything you did your entire life to or for another person all added up to how people treat you at the end of your life? That may not be so far … Read more

Sometimes Kindness Just Happens

I don’t think too many people wake up on a Saturday morning and say, “Today I am going to be kind.” I think sometimes, kindness just sort of happens. But I do believe that when it happens once, it’s likely … Read more

Man Recalls Double Acts of Kindness

If you moved out of the Fargo-Moorhead area, would you still read The Forum? I am constantly amazed by the number of people who write to me, saying they grew up in this community, have moved away, but still like … Read more

A SWEET Story of Kindness

Girl Scout cookies. Those three words breed some strange mix of excitement and anxiety deep inside my soul. I love Girl Scout cookies. I’m always excited when I start hearing about them because it means spring is on the way. … Read more

Impact of Kind Act Lingers 60 Years Later

Imagine if you could do one thing today that someone else would remember six decades from now. It’s very possible that something you say or do, either positive or negative, will make such an impact on another person that he … Read more

Kindness Comes During Dash for Medicine

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “What goes around comes around.” That seems to be especially true when it comes to acts of kindness. Anna, from Fargo, goes out of her way to make other people feel special. Luckily, karma … Read more

A Story of Chocolate Kindness

I like chocolate. A lot. In fact, I like chocolate almost as much as I like people who go out of their way to be kind. Maybe that’s why I like this story, sent in by Tina Kraft of Fargo, … Read more

Living their Faith by Giving

There’s a church in town giving away money. If the idea of eternal riches won’t get you through the door, then maybe cold, hard cash will. Twice this past year, Ignite Church in Moorhead passed out a gift to its … Read more

Take the Opportunity to Make Someone’s Day

Have you ever experienced one of those totally uncomfortable moments where everyone is standing around and no one knows quite what to say? It’s happened to me … when my credit card is inexplicably denied at the grocery store. I … Read more

Children Often See Need for Kindness

I love my kids. In fact, I love all kids. Especially the littlest ones, who see things that I used to see, but for some reason I miss now that I’m all grown up. This story from Lana Schlecht, a … Read more

Girl Grasps Special Joys of Giving

It’s that time of year. The toys that were brand new just a few weeks ago are quickly being forgotten. The favorites may find a special spot on the shelf, but the rest are stuffed under the bed or shoved … Read more

Slow Down and Spread Some Kindness

How many times do we run into the same people over and over again and yet still never get to know them? Maybe you can tell me a lot about your hairdresser, but what about the man who rings you … Read more

Experiencing the Joy of Unexpected Giving

A short conversation, a brief email, and a few giving hearts – I’ve found Kindness is Contagious through my friends. I was at a basketball game a few weeks ago when I ran into a friend with an interesting story. … Read more

Students Find Rewards in Helping Others

I am so inspired by the kindness I see during the holiday season. At church, there is a tree covered with hats and mittens. At the YMCA, there is a nearly empty tree because people have taken all the name … Read more

Take Some Time to Write a Letter of Love

I wanted to give my children something really valuable for Christmas this year. I wanted to write down why I love them so they will always remember. I thought this would be an easy gift to give, but in writing … Read more

Nuns, children find kindness in Fargo

By Nicole Phillips  There’s something about being kind and being grateful that work together in my mind. I haven’t figured it all out, but it seems that the best way to repay people for stepping out of their comfort zones … Read more

Doing a good deed can surely lift your mood

By Nicole Phillips I believe everything happens for a reason. Granted, I live a blessed life. But when I get frustrated with the little things and begin to pout “Why me?” I’ve found the best balm is to be kind … Read more

Kindness creates lasting friendship

By Nicole Phillips Sometimes in life, you are handed a situation that makes no sense at all. You can’t fix it, and those around you don’t know what to do to help. At those times, a chance meeting with a … Read more

Food from friends a sign of kindness

By Nicole Phillips I am a bad cook. I mean, really bad. Even my very sweet husband agrees that I can follow a recipe with the precision of a neurosurgeon, but the things I make just don’t taste very good. … Read more