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 erasers that still smell like the manufacturing plant. It meant running to the mailbox over…
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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 50 below. I laughed as I told my dad that this is just life in…
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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 feel special down to the tips of my toes. How I would love to be…
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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, and frankly, for the purpose of this column it doesn’t matter. What that quote says…
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Keeping Promise Is A True Display Of Kindness

I’ve heard of making deals with the devil, but I wonder, have you ever tried to strike a deal with God? Maybe you told him that if you could just have that promotion at work you would start volunteering to help the homeless. Or if he would just help you lose those last 10 pounds…
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