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World Kindness Day

Originally posted on Driving Toward the Morning Sun:
November 13 is World Kindness Day, which was established in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement.? The idea and importance of kindness is of course, much older, as well as the struggle…

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Tips for Writers: Trust the Story

Experience is the most effective teacher (I learned more Spanish in three days in Barcelona than I did in two years of high school Spanish class). But one of the most interesting things about the human psyche is that we’re … Continue reading

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Are Computers Dehumanizing Us?

Thought for the Week Last week, my wife and I flew to the west coast. In recent years, flying has been transformed from a pleasure into an ordeal, with passengers packed into increasingly rigid, anorexically thin seats. So, yes, we … Continue reading

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The Power of Slowing Down

Photo by Rosanne Jordan Thought for the Week I hate the fact that adverse experiences teach me more than easy-peasy-everything-pleasey ones do, but like it or not, it’s true. Yet I often fail to learn the lessons they offer, and … Continue reading

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Be the Light

Artwork by Nikita Veprikov “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” ~Matthew 5:16 †

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Slow-Growing Beauty

Thought for the Week I took this photo of magnolia buds on a recent walk. It may be the only time I’ve ever snapped a shot of tree buds. In fact, I rarely even notice them. Instead, early each spring … Continue reading

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Comfort is Infectious

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we may comfort others who are in trouble with the … Continue reading

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Share the Load

Have you ever moved, almost without realizing it, from learning about another’s burdens to helping carry them? If we don’t share one another’s burdens, are we even truly alive? ~The Wishing Map   “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this … Continue reading

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More Blessed to Give

Dear self: Remember this. And then remember it some more. “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” ~Acts 20:35

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Deep in December

“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” ~Mother Teresa “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is … Continue reading

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