Category: Blog

True kindness doesn’t take more than you have to give. While it might leave us empty-handed, it never leaves us empty-hearted.

I learned that five years ago when I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

As you can probably imagine, I was terrified. I woke up at 4:30 one morning in the midst of a storm, first thinking of myself, then thinking about ... Read More


How anxious are you to get the tree down once Christmas is over? Are you one of those people who says, “Time for spring! Let’s move on!” — or are you more inclined to sit in the quiet glow of the strings of lights for just a few more weeks?

I bet there is one ornament that will stay in plain ... Read More


How many times do you think some ugly or disagreeable thought and manage to keep it to yourself? Good job! It’s better to button our lips when we know what we want to say isn’t kind.

But this new year, I’d like us to resolve to open our mouths. Let our words flow. No, not the negative ones, but the ones ... Read More


I’ve noticed something over the past nine years of writing this column. Acts of Christmas kindness seem to have a special ability to stay with us throughout years and even decades.

Two women have shared just those types of kindness with me in the following stories. The first is from Gretchen Robinson from South Hill, VA.

“My kindness story happened ... Read More


Someone somewhere is grieving this holiday season. Maybe it’s you. Maybe it’s someone you love.

It can be hard to know how our kindness will be received when we’re dealing with someone who is in incredible pain. After all, hurt people hurt people. If we reach out, we may end up resented, rejected or, worse yet, adding to our friend’s anguish.

But ... Read More


We never know what each day will bring.

Does that thought elicit fear or excitement or gratitude in you? Maybe it stirs up a combination of feelings.

Just last year, Alysa Tulibaski was enjoying a special evening with family when her husband was called to the aid of people who certainly didn’t see what was coming.

“Dec. 14, 2019, my husband was just ... Read More


There’s a pretty big celebrity living in my neighborhood. I hate to brag, but the president lives just a few doors down from me. If you weren’t aware, you might drive past his house without knowing it.

His name is Dawson, and he is president of the student body at Lincoln Elementary School in Aberdeen, S.D.

Back in October, Dawson ran for ... Read More


When I first started writing this “Kindness is Contagious” column nine years ago, I misunderstood what “weekly” meant.

The publisher said, “It’s a weekly column.” I heard, “Write it when you have something to write about.”

I asked readers to send in their stories of kindness, but I quickly learned to become an investigator of kindness in my own life so I ... Read More


I walked past the green and red shoeboxes and my heart caught just a little bit. I was in the middle of Hobby Lobby and my senses were overwhelmed with plaid pillows, glittery ornaments and ceramic Santas. But it was the tidy stack of boxes that held my attention.

Those boxes are a connection to the precious innocence of my now-teenage ... Read More