Kindness Makes Kid MVP Of The Game

When I first married my husband, he bought me a book called “Basketball for Dummies.” He was an assistant men’s college basketball coach at the time. I was more interested in the team’s colors and cute apparel than in what was happening on the court. We clearly had some work to do. I asked him…
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It Feels Good To Be Trusted

I wonder sometimes about the messages I send even when I am completely unaware. I have been known to roll my eyes and huff at my youngest son, “Can you please remember to bus your own spot after dinner this time?” I wonder if I am secretly saying to him, “You can’t remember to do…
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A Tree Full Of Kindness

My dad had a stroke in the summer of 2016. For more than a year, he’s been a resident of an assisted living home. It’s a lovely place, but my heart hurts because I know that isn’t where he wants to be. I got to return to Wisconsin to visit him a few weeks ago…
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Kindness Is A Matter Of The Heart

A few weeks ago, I posed a question about the difference between helping others because it’s the “right thing to do” or because you want to do an act of kindness. I’ve already published some answers in this column, but I received one more letter in the mail that I couldn’t let go before sharing…
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Grace At The Gas Pump

I walked into the gas station with my debit card in hand. “Hi! I had fuel on pump one.” The young woman behind the counter looked at her register and then looked at me. “Which pump?” “Pump one.” Again she looked at her screen, this time with a confused little arch to her eyebrow. “I’m…
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