Stop the Drama! or Where did Kindness go?

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Recently there was an article about the disagreement between the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the House Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy that reminded me of a “he said, she said” teen fights we all witnessed or were a part of during “the day.”

I think we can all say stop the drama! Where did kindness go? I think it’s still around but the media continues to drive the stories we see on tv or read in newspapers. It’s hard to look for kindness and my journal has a lot of empty pages but I share when I can. I recently found a Facebook group that will help: Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. Here are three videos that will keep you smiling:

And my favorite!


Kindness changes everythingeverything

Dear Fellow Journalers,

I can’t add anything to this story – just read it!


Kindness Boomerang

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Awhile back last year, I wrote a series of posts about kindness. You know how you go about living your life and suddenly an idea of epic proportions hits you smack dab in the middle of your forehead?? Well, my idea was actually a book that was advertised on Facebook and I had to watch and listen to the video and order the book then and there. The book is called Kindness Boomerang and is written by a wonderfully caring woman named Orly Whaba.

Anyhow, she and I have been emailing back and forth over the last several weeks and I decided that I would write a review of her book and share it with all of you. I hope after my review, you would check out her web site and the book which you can purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Our local library just ordered the book too.

Thanks for reading –


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Have you ever read a book that changed your life’s perspective? Orly Whaba’s book “Kindness Boomerang” has inspired me to go beyond my comfortable view of kindness. In my past life I contented myself with acts of kindness from afar but now with this book of 365 kindness gems, I have propelled myself into my corner of the world with greater enthusiasm. I find myself searching for the right way to show kindness to myself, my family and friends, neighbors and yes, even to strangers.

“We are companions on the journey; breaking bread and sharing life” (lyrics from the song of the same name by Carey Landry) brings this concept full circle. We all have stories and some of our stories do not have happy endings. We all have been affected by the negativity, rancor and recklessness shown in the last year. It’s time to make America kind again and this book, which is a cross between Chicken Soup for the Soul and a self-help book, will inspire you to not only show kindness but to look for it also.

I have long been a proponent of kindness, even writing about it on blog posts in my Pursuit of Happiness be grateful (11/30/16) but Orly’ book which gives you  quote, act of kindness and perspective on each day’s page, leads one from meditation to action. Her stories, some personal, gives the reader practical, real-world examples of practiced kindness.

If you’re tired of all the negativity in the world and want to really make a difference then this book will serve as a catalyst for you

Read it, live it, and be a life vest for others.

     Check out more of Orly’s kindness motivators on her web site:

God gets mad

Dear Fellow Journalers,

A classic from G



The other day the woman across the street was coming home from the grocery store. (I just happened to looking out the window) It was a cold, windy, rainy day here in old Ct. I noticed she had a bit of a struggle with her packages, her car door, and the young grandchild in tow.


Now it would have been relatively easy for me to bound across the street and help. Grab some bags and help her get inside. But I just didn’t feel like it, and didn’t. That’s when I heard from God.


Now God does speak directly to me. He kind of “shouts” in my ear, especially when He’s mad at me. “Kid, why didn’t you help your neighbor?”


Just too lazy God, I said, I’m sorry!


Too lazy, too LAZY!!! was His retort.


I’m sorry God. You know I’m a bit depressed lately, and I think it’s effecting me.


Sorry doesn’t cut it kid, and neither do those other excuses.


Now I got mad. (Not a good thing to do when talking with God!) I went off on a tare about how lousy things have been in my life lately, and why is He letting these things happen, and why doesn’t He help me.


Suddenly, the voice of authority spoke in my ear: You will NEVER speak to me in that way again! (Now I know where my Mother got those words and that tone!)


Claiming down quickly, I listened further to the voice.


You know kid, you’ve ALWAYS been one of my kindest children. Since you were a small child, you’ve always looked out for my other children. You’ve always carried out my prime commandment: LOVE ONE ANOTHER. That’s why I don’t like what I’ve been seeing lately. You heart is turning cold. This trend is not good, and I want you to change.


Aw God, it’s just because of the troubles I’ve been having lately. Sometimes God, I think You send me more than I can handle! I’m sorry if I’m less kind. I’ll work on it.


Good kid, but you’re wrong. I NEVER send you more than you can handle. I made you one of my strong ones so you could be one of my kindest children. The world needs more kindness. Besides, you forget—I’m always there if you need help! I’m your backup.


I had forgotten, God. I won’t again.


Until next Friday, BE KIND TO ALL, and remember, God’s there to help. Besides, you don’t want God shouting in YOUR ear!

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The Month of Kindness

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Month of Kindness

     Whenever I think of the virtue of kindness, I remember a movie called “Pay it forward”. The movie debuted  in 2000. It was based on an American novel of the same name. The main character was played by Haley Joel Osmun. The boy in the movie planned a charitable program based on the networking of recipients doing a favor for someone else. This concept was widely copied all over America during Christmas this year. There were stories of people buying coffee for others, large tips for waitresses, and people doing acts of kindness in memory of the 26 Sandy Hook (CT) victims.

     Have you ever thought if sending greeting cards to charities, hospitals, homeless shelters? I belong to a Woman’s Club called GFWC which stands for Global Federation of Women’s Club. There are several clubs in every town of the United States and around the world. The sole purpose of the club  members is to perform charitable works in their town and cities. We donate handmade cards to the VA Hospital. You never know how much your smile or gesture of kindness helps someone.


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