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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 moment you need it most.

This has happened hundreds of times in my life, but one time stands out from the rest. ... Read More

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 of especially moral or artistic values.

E An unimpaired condition.

E The quality or state of being complete or undivided.

Those definitions seem a bit ... Read More

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, I put out a call for help. I asked readers to send me their stories of kindness, and I prayed. ... Read More

If I could change one thing about myself, I would be a better mom.

I never seem to have quite enough patience to ride the tide of mischief that is inevitable with three children. The laundry and the dishes always seem to call out the loudest just when my kids want to snuggle or tell me a story about their day.

I ... Read More

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 example, I will see trash on the sidewalk and stop and pick it up, because I know if I don’t someone ... Read More

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 what Mother Nature does. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time for an attitude adjustment. I need spring, and ... Read More

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 place or you hope karma will pay you back.

I write this column for two reasons. One, I have a life mission ... Read More

I’ve spent a lot of time this past week thinking about how much I love Fargo.

Sure, it’s cold. And windy. And snowy. But the love that I have for Fargo lies in the heart of its people.

My work, gym, stores and church are all filled with people who greet me with sincere smiles. Even the people I don’t know seem ... Read More

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 to see a headline announcing that a Duluth man had died in a plane crash.

As I was finalizing a grocery list ... Read More

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 are three people for whom I would give my life.

I would die for my children. I truly feel that way. I ... Read More