Kindness Says Happy Birthday Best

I’m turning the big 4-0 this week. When I was a kid, 40 sounded so old, but now that I’m here, I have to say I would never want to go back to being 20 or 30. My skin may … Read more

Kindness Reveals True Beauty

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, I only have about 500 words to work with, so let’s hope that’s enough to draw a picture. I saw a video online that I can’t get out of my … Read more

Running with Purpose and Kindness

A few Saturdays ago, I wrote about my attempt to take my own life during my teenage years and the kindness found at that time in an Easter basket. It always hurts to go back and relive a period of … Read more

Moving Kindness

Being a coach’s wife has its perks. I got to take my kids to the NCAA Men’s Final Four basketball tournament this past weekend in Indianapolis. For most people, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For the Phillips kids, it’s part of … Read more

Kindness in an Easter Basket

The Easter Bunny stopped showing up at my house around the time my parents got divorced. Come to think about it, Santa stopped showing up around then, too. I suppose it’s no great tragedy. I was in third grade or … Read more

The Kindness of Mrs. Johnson Lives On

Every once in a while, a person comes into your life just for a season. We’d like it to be longer, but the gift we were given has an expiration date, and for one reason or another, the time comes … Read more

Kindness Abounds Through Cancer Journey

I am so sick of cancer. I am sure for many of you, that is the understatement of the century, but it pretty well describes how I’m feeling right now. I just found out that cancer is messing with yet … Read more

Kindness & Car Troubles

I hit a car the other day. I was attempting to parallel park, and somehow the gray of my minivan ended up on the side bumper of the other person’s tan car. I was devastated, and mortified since it happened … Read more

Shovel a Path of Kindness

People in Ohio keep asking me what winter is like in North Dakota. They want to know how many days a year school gets called off due to cold weather. I tell them, “Hardly ever.” They want to know how … Read more

Missing Money Begins Chain of Kindness

I remember when I first read the book, “How Fargo of You” by Marc de Celle. I was captivated by the stories of kindness weaved through this man’s everyday life as he moved his family from sunny Arizona to our … Read more

Kindness Both Courageous and Contagious

My dad is a deep thinker. He spent most of his life as a therapist, so he’s a pretty good listener, too. He can be engaged in a conversation and then spend several days, if not weeks, thinking about the … Read more

Taking the Extra Step Eases the Burden

I say that I’m grateful for my health and the health of my family. I say that I’m grateful for the food that makes its way to our table. But maybe I’m not. Health and nourishment have always come easy. … Read more

Friends Don’t Need to Ask for Kindness

The strange yet obvious thing about moving to a new town is that nobody knows you. When I moved to Fargo 10 years ago, I felt like I had moved to the “Twilight Zone.” Never before in my life had … Read more

Face of Kindness Takes Many Forms

I was walking down the street with my 4-year-old son this fall when we came upon a young woman with a heavy limp using a cane. As we approached her from behind, I could see his interest piqued and braced … Read more

Kindness Makes the Old New Again

Now that Christmas and New Year’s festivities are finished, most of us just want to move on to spring. Me too, but may I share my favorite memory from this past holiday season? It has to do with a certain … Read more

Kindness Thaws Frozen Boots

I want to teach my kids two things before I die: 1) the importance of being kind; and 2) the value of a dollar. I want to teach them lots of other lessons, too, like how to drive a car … Read more

Santa Brings Gift of Kindness

I look forward to getting out the Christmas decorations each year and lovingly placing them throughout the house. I usually pull out the boxes and turn on the Christmas music the day after Halloween, but this year I held off … Read more

Job Seeker Finds Big Kindness on Facebook

Sometimes social media is nasty. I mean really, truly, ruin-a-person’s-day nasty. It gives people the opportunity to say whatever they want with little, if any, filter. Some people need excitement in their lives, so they try to “stir the pot” … Read more

Season of Thanksgiving Unlocks Kindness

The other night I put my kids to bed an hour and a half before their regular bedtime so I could sit on the couch, eat Ben & Jerry’s and watch a Hallmark Christmas movie alone in silence. I’m not … Read more

Friendship and Kindness Can Cure Anything

It’s been six months since the moving truck pulled out of my driveway in north Fargo and made the 16-hour trek to Athens, Ohio. Six months. That seems like such a long time. By all outward appearances, we are settled … Read more

Angels of Kindness Have One Thing in Common

Did you know angels drive big, black trucks and often tell people they’re from Jamestown? At least that’s the way they are described in a recent letter I received. Actually, Angels of Kindness drive a lot of different vehicles and … Read more

Overwhelming Kindness Requires No Thank You

I had a friend once whose little boy was diagnosed with cancer. During that dark journey, the family was forced to rely on community support in almost every aspect of their lives. Medical bills, car payments, child care and homework … Read more

One Special Friend to Show Kindness

Have you ever felt like everyone was in on a joke except you? I’m not sure if I should feel angry or sad, but deep in my heart, I’m feeling a strange combination of dark emotions that are all jumbled … Read more

Couple Shows Kindness Through Fruits of Labor

There has been a big white garbage bag sitting on our back porch for about three weeks.  My sweet daughter, Jordan, planted a garden this spring, lovingly tended it all summer, beamed with pride when we used her homegrown carrots … Read more

Train Your Focus on the Light of Kindness

Have you ever noticed that when you get something stuck in your mind you start seeing it everywhere? When I gave up drinking, every billboard I drove past for at least a month was advertising some sort of alcoholic beverage.When … Read more

Kindness Paves Road to Miss America

Seventeen years ago this very weekend, I competed in the Miss America pageant representing my home state of Wisconsin. When the pageant was over, I came home with an interview award, $10,000 in scholarship money and a whole bunch of … Read more

Let Kindness Take the Wheel

This weekend is the last big hurrah for the lake crowd (sorry for reminding you) and for everyone else who wants to sneak in one last long weekend of fun before we buckle down for the fall. I’m not sure … Read more

Why Me?

Several months ago, when we left North Dakota for Ohio, we moved into a lovely home tucked into a quiet, wooded neighborhood in the city of Athens. Just before you turn to go up the hill into our subdivision, you … Read more

Kind Gift Helps Couple Celebrate Anniversary

I never wanted to get married. I didn’t believe in the institution of marriage. I honestly thought it was impossible for a man and a woman to remain faithful to each other for a lifetime. I dated. I eventually wanted … Read more

Mysterious Sign Revolves Around Kindness

Have you ever driven by a sign outside of a business again and again, always wondering what it meant but never taking the time to find out? My interest-piquing sign is at the corner of Main Avenue and Fourth Street … Read more

Boy Turns Mean Joke into Act of Kindness

I recently talked to the father of a Minnesota boy who could very well capture the attention of the nation and change the way the medical world uses marijuana. Brett Solum is a 13-year-old boy who, in many ways, is … Read more

A Token of Kindness Can Heal a Heart

Nothing scares me more than the thought of losing a child. And yet, tragically, it happens. I have never been able to grasp how parents get through an experience like that. And yet, miraculously, they do. Jeanette Maré lost her … Read more

Serving Others Makes ‘A Wonderful Life’

I’m way out of season here, but do you remember that movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life?” My husband and I watch it every Christmas snuggled up on the couch. I start getting misty-eyed right about the time Clarence, the guardian … Read more

The Red, White and Blue of Kindness

If you haven’t pulled every red, white and blue decoration out of storage by now, you’re late. If that’s you, grab something colorful from your closet and then come back and finish reading this column. The colors have been unfurled … Read more

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


“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


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


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 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 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