Model kindness. They will learn.

Jason and Tasha, Kind Conversations

Around 2008, I found myself laid off from a large mortgage company after 16 years of employment. A single mom with a lot of debt and a lot of worry, I decided to visit seniors living in a nearby assisted living home. Why? I had time. I had no excuses. And I was a marvelous…

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Making an impact

Jeanne's Parents, Shirley and Dick - Kind Conversations

We positively touch thousands of people throughout our lifetime. People we may not remember. People we met only once. People we loved, lost or possibly couldn’t stand. People who remember us for something we said or did. Think about that. Think about the power you have to transform someone’s life, to give someone hope, to…

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Someone needs you as much as you need them

Steve and Jeanne, Kind Conversations

Sometimes listening to that inner voice is just the medicine we need. For example, last night, I knew I should return an overdue phone call to a childhood neighbor friend. Yet, a voice inside me said, “No, you should call Steve.” Steve is one of those longtime friends who answers the phone with a smile…

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A photo speaks a thousand words

For anyone facing someone they love in the hospital, photos work miracles. Here’s a story from my book, I See Old People, that explains my thinking. My mother was 66 when she developed cancer. On her hospital room bulletin board, I posted a gorgeous photo of  her when she was in her late twenties. It…

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