Tag Archive: Kindness

How to Make Shy People Come and Talk to You

Someone found this blog over the weekend by doing a search for how to make shy people come and talk to you. I thought it would make a great subject for today’s post as I’m shy in real life until I’ve gotten to know someone pretty well. Take your pet for a walk. I often find…






How the Worst Moments in Our Lives Makes Us Who We Are

If the embedded video doesn’t play, click here. This is a 20 minute talk about how people find meaning in their own suffering without relying on supernatural or religious explanations for it. If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, try skipping through the first half. The last 5-10 minutes is where this talk…






The Cupboard Mice: A Parable

Originally posted on February 21, 2013. A family of mice once lived in a drafty old farmhouse. “They’re going to set a trap and we’re all going to die!” the oldest mouse squeaked every time someone forgot the rules: no squeaking, don’t leave droppings on the dishes, and never capture the cat’s attention. No one…






What One Thing Would You Change?

Another reader question today: What one thing would you change if you had to do it over again? She was an odd duck. Before and after class she muttered to herself. Her straight, uncombed, bright yellow hair stood on end as if she’d just received a static shock and her clothing, while fairly clean, was…






Small Kindnesses Blogsplash

Today I’m participating in a synchroblog on small kindnesses to help Fiona Robyn celebrate the release of her new book.  I was 11 years old the first time it happened. Pain blots away the past and future. There was only one moment that had ever existed and it was wrapped up in an intestine-curling, breath-stealing,…






How to Rediscover Your Sense of Wonder

With his permission today I’m blogging a response to a semi-recent tweet from @mike_friesen : Somedays, I wonder how I can rediscover the beauty seen through the eyes of a child without the naivete. I want wonder and awe with wisdom. [sic] This is what I’d recommend: 1. Stop watching commercials.  There’s something about advertising…






The Problem with Food Drives

This was originally published on December 13, 2010. I’ve been sick the last few days but should  have a new post written for Thursday, September 27.  – Lydia From a recent poster at our apartment building about a food drive that the office staff hosts every December: “not all families and their children are as…






You Don’t Have to Like Everyone

Recently a friend and I had a conversation about the difference between treating others with respect and liking them as people. My friend was worried about disliking someone they knew for what I consider to be quite valid reasons. I reassured my friend that it’s ok not to like everyone you meet.  After all, friendship…






I Don’t Care About Your Politics

I don’t care about your politics. I don’t care about your religious beliefs. I don’t care if you do file your taxes before the deadline, separate your trash from recyclables or return your library books on time. Wait, scratch that. I do care if you return your library books on time if I’m sitting patiently…






3 Things I’ve Learned as a Book Critic

About a month ago I began writing book reviews under a pseudonym for another website. It’s been an amazing experience so far. I love combing through the review database and finding short stories and books to read. It’s exhilarating to discover new authors and even a new genre – I’m just now realizing how much I love…






Tag Archive: Kindness

How to Make Shy People Come and Talk to You

Someone found this blog over the weekend by doing a search for how to make shy people come and talk to you. I thought it would make a great subject for today’s post as I’m shy in real life until I’ve gotten to know someone pretty well. Take your pet for a walk. I often find…






How the Worst Moments in Our Lives Makes Us Who We Are

If the embedded video doesn’t play, click here. This is a 20 minute talk about how people find meaning in their own suffering without relying on supernatural or religious explanations for it. If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, try skipping through the first half. The last 5-10 minutes is where this talk…






The Cupboard Mice: A Parable

Originally posted on February 21, 2013. A family of mice once lived in a drafty old farmhouse. “They’re going to set a trap and we’re all going to die!” the oldest mouse squeaked every time someone forgot the rules: no squeaking, don’t leave droppings on the dishes, and never capture the cat’s attention. No one…






What One Thing Would You Change?

Another reader question today: What one thing would you change if you had to do it over again? She was an odd duck. Before and after class she muttered to herself. Her straight, uncombed, bright yellow hair stood on end as if she’d just received a static shock and her clothing, while fairly clean, was…






Small Kindnesses Blogsplash

Today I’m participating in a synchroblog on small kindnesses to help Fiona Robyn celebrate the release of her new book.  I was 11 years old the first time it happened. Pain blots away the past and future. There was only one moment that had ever existed and it was wrapped up in an intestine-curling, breath-stealing,…






How to Rediscover Your Sense of Wonder

With his permission today I’m blogging a response to a semi-recent tweet from @mike_friesen : Somedays, I wonder how I can rediscover the beauty seen through the eyes of a child without the naivete. I want wonder and awe with wisdom. [sic] This is what I’d recommend: 1. Stop watching commercials.  There’s something about advertising…






The Problem with Food Drives

This was originally published on December 13, 2010. I’ve been sick the last few days but should  have a new post written for Thursday, September 27.  – Lydia From a recent poster at our apartment building about a food drive that the office staff hosts every December: “not all families and their children are as…






You Don’t Have to Like Everyone

Recently a friend and I had a conversation about the difference between treating others with respect and liking them as people. My friend was worried about disliking someone they knew for what I consider to be quite valid reasons. I reassured my friend that it’s ok not to like everyone you meet.  After all, friendship…






I Don’t Care About Your Politics

I don’t care about your politics. I don’t care about your religious beliefs. I don’t care if you do file your taxes before the deadline, separate your trash from recyclables or return your library books on time. Wait, scratch that. I do care if you return your library books on time if I’m sitting patiently…






3 Things I’ve Learned as a Book Critic

About a month ago I began writing book reviews under a pseudonym for another website. It’s been an amazing experience so far. I love combing through the review database and finding short stories and books to read. It’s exhilarating to discover new authors and even a new genre – I’m just now realizing how much I love…






Tag Archive: Kindness

How to Make Shy People Come and Talk to You

Someone found this blog over the weekend by doing a search for how to make shy people come and talk to you. I thought it would make a great subject for today’s post as I’m shy in real life until I’ve gotten to know someone pretty well. Take your pet for a walk. I often find…






How the Worst Moments in Our Lives Makes Us Who We Are

If the embedded video doesn’t play, click here. This is a 20 minute talk about how people find meaning in their own suffering without relying on supernatural or religious explanations for it. If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, try skipping through the first half. The last 5-10 minutes is where this talk…






The Cupboard Mice: A Parable

Originally posted on February 21, 2013. A family of mice once lived in a drafty old farmhouse. “They’re going to set a trap and we’re all going to die!” the oldest mouse squeaked every time someone forgot the rules: no squeaking, don’t leave droppings on the dishes, and never capture the cat’s attention. No one…






What One Thing Would You Change?

Another reader question today: What one thing would you change if you had to do it over again? She was an odd duck. Before and after class she muttered to herself. Her straight, uncombed, bright yellow hair stood on end as if she’d just received a static shock and her clothing, while fairly clean, was…






Small Kindnesses Blogsplash

Today I’m participating in a synchroblog on small kindnesses to help Fiona Robyn celebrate the release of her new book.  I was 11 years old the first time it happened. Pain blots away the past and future. There was only one moment that had ever existed and it was wrapped up in an intestine-curling, breath-stealing,…






How to Rediscover Your Sense of Wonder

With his permission today I’m blogging a response to a semi-recent tweet from @mike_friesen : Somedays, I wonder how I can rediscover the beauty seen through the eyes of a child without the naivete. I want wonder and awe with wisdom. [sic] This is what I’d recommend: 1. Stop watching commercials.  There’s something about advertising…






The Problem with Food Drives

This was originally published on December 13, 2010. I’ve been sick the last few days but should  have a new post written for Thursday, September 27.  – Lydia From a recent poster at our apartment building about a food drive that the office staff hosts every December: “not all families and their children are as…






You Don’t Have to Like Everyone

Recently a friend and I had a conversation about the difference between treating others with respect and liking them as people. My friend was worried about disliking someone they knew for what I consider to be quite valid reasons. I reassured my friend that it’s ok not to like everyone you meet.  After all, friendship…






I Don’t Care About Your Politics

I don’t care about your politics. I don’t care about your religious beliefs. I don’t care if you do file your taxes before the deadline, separate your trash from recyclables or return your library books on time. Wait, scratch that. I do care if you return your library books on time if I’m sitting patiently…






3 Things I’ve Learned as a Book Critic

About a month ago I began writing book reviews under a pseudonym for another website. It’s been an amazing experience so far. I love combing through the review database and finding short stories and books to read. It’s exhilarating to discover new authors and even a new genre – I’m just now realizing how much I love…






Tag Archive: Kindness

How to Make Shy People Come and Talk to You

Someone found this blog over the weekend by doing a search for how to make shy people come and talk to you. I thought it would make a great subject for today’s post as I’m shy in real life until I’ve gotten to know someone pretty well. Take your pet for a walk. I often find…






How the Worst Moments in Our Lives Makes Us Who We Are

If the embedded video doesn’t play, click here. This is a 20 minute talk about how people find meaning in their own suffering without relying on supernatural or religious explanations for it. If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, try skipping through the first half. The last 5-10 minutes is where this talk…






The Cupboard Mice: A Parable

Originally posted on February 21, 2013. A family of mice once lived in a drafty old farmhouse. “They’re going to set a trap and we’re all going to die!” the oldest mouse squeaked every time someone forgot the rules: no squeaking, don’t leave droppings on the dishes, and never capture the cat’s attention. No one…






What One Thing Would You Change?

Another reader question today: What one thing would you change if you had to do it over again? She was an odd duck. Before and after class she muttered to herself. Her straight, uncombed, bright yellow hair stood on end as if she’d just received a static shock and her clothing, while fairly clean, was…






Small Kindnesses Blogsplash

Today I’m participating in a synchroblog on small kindnesses to help Fiona Robyn celebrate the release of her new book.  I was 11 years old the first time it happened. Pain blots away the past and future. There was only one moment that had ever existed and it was wrapped up in an intestine-curling, breath-stealing,…






How to Rediscover Your Sense of Wonder

With his permission today I’m blogging a response to a semi-recent tweet from @mike_friesen : Somedays, I wonder how I can rediscover the beauty seen through the eyes of a child without the naivete. I want wonder and awe with wisdom. [sic] This is what I’d recommend: 1. Stop watching commercials.  There’s something about advertising…






The Problem with Food Drives

This was originally published on December 13, 2010. I’ve been sick the last few days but should  have a new post written for Thursday, September 27.  – Lydia From a recent poster at our apartment building about a food drive that the office staff hosts every December: “not all families and their children are as…






You Don’t Have to Like Everyone

Recently a friend and I had a conversation about the difference between treating others with respect and liking them as people. My friend was worried about disliking someone they knew for what I consider to be quite valid reasons. I reassured my friend that it’s ok not to like everyone you meet.  After all, friendship…






I Don’t Care About Your Politics

I don’t care about your politics. I don’t care about your religious beliefs. I don’t care if you do file your taxes before the deadline, separate your trash from recyclables or return your library books on time. Wait, scratch that. I do care if you return your library books on time if I’m sitting patiently…






3 Things I’ve Learned as a Book Critic

About a month ago I began writing book reviews under a pseudonym for another website. It’s been an amazing experience so far. I love combing through the review database and finding short stories and books to read. It’s exhilarating to discover new authors and even a new genre – I’m just now realizing how much I love…






Tag Archive: Kindness

How to Make Shy People Come and Talk to You

Someone found this blog over the weekend by doing a search for how to make shy people come and talk to you. I thought it would make a great subject for today’s post as I’m shy in real life until I’ve gotten to know someone pretty well. Take your pet for a walk. I often find…






How the Worst Moments in Our Lives Makes Us Who We Are

If the embedded video doesn’t play, click here. This is a 20 minute talk about how people find meaning in their own suffering without relying on supernatural or religious explanations for it. If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, try skipping through the first half. The last 5-10 minutes is where this talk…






The Cupboard Mice: A Parable

Originally posted on February 21, 2013. A family of mice once lived in a drafty old farmhouse. “They’re going to set a trap and we’re all going to die!” the oldest mouse squeaked every time someone forgot the rules: no squeaking, don’t leave droppings on the dishes, and never capture the cat’s attention. No one…






What One Thing Would You Change?

Another reader question today: What one thing would you change if you had to do it over again? She was an odd duck. Before and after class she muttered to herself. Her straight, uncombed, bright yellow hair stood on end as if she’d just received a static shock and her clothing, while fairly clean, was…






Small Kindnesses Blogsplash

Today I’m participating in a synchroblog on small kindnesses to help Fiona Robyn celebrate the release of her new book.  I was 11 years old the first time it happened. Pain blots away the past and future. There was only one moment that had ever existed and it was wrapped up in an intestine-curling, breath-stealing,…






How to Rediscover Your Sense of Wonder

With his permission today I’m blogging a response to a semi-recent tweet from @mike_friesen : Somedays, I wonder how I can rediscover the beauty seen through the eyes of a child without the naivete. I want wonder and awe with wisdom. [sic] This is what I’d recommend: 1. Stop watching commercials.  There’s something about advertising…






The Problem with Food Drives

This was originally published on December 13, 2010. I’ve been sick the last few days but should  have a new post written for Thursday, September 27.  – Lydia From a recent poster at our apartment building about a food drive that the office staff hosts every December: “not all families and their children are as…






You Don’t Have to Like Everyone

Recently a friend and I had a conversation about the difference between treating others with respect and liking them as people. My friend was worried about disliking someone they knew for what I consider to be quite valid reasons. I reassured my friend that it’s ok not to like everyone you meet.  After all, friendship…






I Don’t Care About Your Politics

I don’t care about your politics. I don’t care about your religious beliefs. I don’t care if you do file your taxes before the deadline, separate your trash from recyclables or return your library books on time. Wait, scratch that. I do care if you return your library books on time if I’m sitting patiently…






3 Things I’ve Learned as a Book Critic

About a month ago I began writing book reviews under a pseudonym for another website. It’s been an amazing experience so far. I love combing through the review database and finding short stories and books to read. It’s exhilarating to discover new authors and even a new genre – I’m just now realizing how much I love…






Tag Archive: Kindness

How to Make Shy People Come and Talk to You

Someone found this blog over the weekend by doing a search for how to make shy people come and talk to you. I thought it would make a great subject for today’s post as I’m shy in real life until I’ve gotten to know someone pretty well. Take your pet for a walk. I often find…






How the Worst Moments in Our Lives Makes Us Who We Are

If the embedded video doesn’t play, click here. This is a 20 minute talk about how people find meaning in their own suffering without relying on supernatural or religious explanations for it. If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, try skipping through the first half. The last 5-10 minutes is where this talk…






The Cupboard Mice: A Parable

Originally posted on February 21, 2013. A family of mice once lived in a drafty old farmhouse. “They’re going to set a trap and we’re all going to die!” the oldest mouse squeaked every time someone forgot the rules: no squeaking, don’t leave droppings on the dishes, and never capture the cat’s attention. No one…






What One Thing Would You Change?

Another reader question today: What one thing would you change if you had to do it over again? She was an odd duck. Before and after class she muttered to herself. Her straight, uncombed, bright yellow hair stood on end as if she’d just received a static shock and her clothing, while fairly clean, was…






Small Kindnesses Blogsplash

Today I’m participating in a synchroblog on small kindnesses to help Fiona Robyn celebrate the release of her new book.  I was 11 years old the first time it happened. Pain blots away the past and future. There was only one moment that had ever existed and it was wrapped up in an intestine-curling, breath-stealing,…






How to Rediscover Your Sense of Wonder

With his permission today I’m blogging a response to a semi-recent tweet from @mike_friesen : Somedays, I wonder how I can rediscover the beauty seen through the eyes of a child without the naivete. I want wonder and awe with wisdom. [sic] This is what I’d recommend: 1. Stop watching commercials.  There’s something about advertising…






The Problem with Food Drives

This was originally published on December 13, 2010. I’ve been sick the last few days but should  have a new post written for Thursday, September 27.  – Lydia From a recent poster at our apartment building about a food drive that the office staff hosts every December: “not all families and their children are as…






You Don’t Have to Like Everyone

Recently a friend and I had a conversation about the difference between treating others with respect and liking them as people. My friend was worried about disliking someone they knew for what I consider to be quite valid reasons. I reassured my friend that it’s ok not to like everyone you meet.  After all, friendship…






I Don’t Care About Your Politics

I don’t care about your politics. I don’t care about your religious beliefs. I don’t care if you do file your taxes before the deadline, separate your trash from recyclables or return your library books on time. Wait, scratch that. I do care if you return your library books on time if I’m sitting patiently…






3 Things I’ve Learned as a Book Critic

About a month ago I began writing book reviews under a pseudonym for another website. It’s been an amazing experience so far. I love combing through the review database and finding short stories and books to read. It’s exhilarating to discover new authors and even a new genre – I’m just now realizing how much I love…






Tag Archive: Kindness

How to Make Shy People Come and Talk to You

Someone found this blog over the weekend by doing a search for how to make shy people come and talk to you. I thought it would make a great subject for today’s post as I’m shy in real life until I’ve gotten to know someone pretty well. Take your pet for a walk. I often find…






How the Worst Moments in Our Lives Makes Us Who We Are

If the embedded video doesn’t play, click here. This is a 20 minute talk about how people find meaning in their own suffering without relying on supernatural or religious explanations for it. If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, try skipping through the first half. The last 5-10 minutes is where this talk…






The Cupboard Mice: A Parable

Originally posted on February 21, 2013. A family of mice once lived in a drafty old farmhouse. “They’re going to set a trap and we’re all going to die!” the oldest mouse squeaked every time someone forgot the rules: no squeaking, don’t leave droppings on the dishes, and never capture the cat’s attention. No one…






What One Thing Would You Change?

Another reader question today: What one thing would you change if you had to do it over again? She was an odd duck. Before and after class she muttered to herself. Her straight, uncombed, bright yellow hair stood on end as if she’d just received a static shock and her clothing, while fairly clean, was…






Small Kindnesses Blogsplash

Today I’m participating in a synchroblog on small kindnesses to help Fiona Robyn celebrate the release of her new book.  I was 11 years old the first time it happened. Pain blots away the past and future. There was only one moment that had ever existed and it was wrapped up in an intestine-curling, breath-stealing,…






How to Rediscover Your Sense of Wonder

With his permission today I’m blogging a response to a semi-recent tweet from @mike_friesen : Somedays, I wonder how I can rediscover the beauty seen through the eyes of a child without the naivete. I want wonder and awe with wisdom. [sic] This is what I’d recommend: 1. Stop watching commercials.  There’s something about advertising…






The Problem with Food Drives

This was originally published on December 13, 2010. I’ve been sick the last few days but should  have a new post written for Thursday, September 27.  – Lydia From a recent poster at our apartment building about a food drive that the office staff hosts every December: “not all families and their children are as…






You Don’t Have to Like Everyone

Recently a friend and I had a conversation about the difference between treating others with respect and liking them as people. My friend was worried about disliking someone they knew for what I consider to be quite valid reasons. I reassured my friend that it’s ok not to like everyone you meet.  After all, friendship…






I Don’t Care About Your Politics

I don’t care about your politics. I don’t care about your religious beliefs. I don’t care if you do file your taxes before the deadline, separate your trash from recyclables or return your library books on time. Wait, scratch that. I do care if you return your library books on time if I’m sitting patiently…






3 Things I’ve Learned as a Book Critic

About a month ago I began writing book reviews under a pseudonym for another website. It’s been an amazing experience so far. I love combing through the review database and finding short stories and books to read. It’s exhilarating to discover new authors and even a new genre – I’m just now realizing how much I love…






Tag Archive: Kindness

How to Make Shy People Come and Talk to You

Someone found this blog over the weekend by doing a search for how to make shy people come and talk to you. I thought it would make a great subject for today’s post as I’m shy in real life until I’ve gotten to know someone pretty well. Take your pet for a walk. I often find…






How the Worst Moments in Our Lives Makes Us Who We Are

If the embedded video doesn’t play, click here. This is a 20 minute talk about how people find meaning in their own suffering without relying on supernatural or religious explanations for it. If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, try skipping through the first half. The last 5-10 minutes is where this talk…






The Cupboard Mice: A Parable

Originally posted on February 21, 2013. A family of mice once lived in a drafty old farmhouse. “They’re going to set a trap and we’re all going to die!” the oldest mouse squeaked every time someone forgot the rules: no squeaking, don’t leave droppings on the dishes, and never capture the cat’s attention. No one…






What One Thing Would You Change?

Another reader question today: What one thing would you change if you had to do it over again? She was an odd duck. Before and after class she muttered to herself. Her straight, uncombed, bright yellow hair stood on end as if she’d just received a static shock and her clothing, while fairly clean, was…






Small Kindnesses Blogsplash

Today I’m participating in a synchroblog on small kindnesses to help Fiona Robyn celebrate the release of her new book.  I was 11 years old the first time it happened. Pain blots away the past and future. There was only one moment that had ever existed and it was wrapped up in an intestine-curling, breath-stealing,…






How to Rediscover Your Sense of Wonder

With his permission today I’m blogging a response to a semi-recent tweet from @mike_friesen : Somedays, I wonder how I can rediscover the beauty seen through the eyes of a child without the naivete. I want wonder and awe with wisdom. [sic] This is what I’d recommend: 1. Stop watching commercials.  There’s something about advertising…






The Problem with Food Drives

This was originally published on December 13, 2010. I’ve been sick the last few days but should  have a new post written for Thursday, September 27.  – Lydia From a recent poster at our apartment building about a food drive that the office staff hosts every December: “not all families and their children are as…






You Don’t Have to Like Everyone

Recently a friend and I had a conversation about the difference between treating others with respect and liking them as people. My friend was worried about disliking someone they knew for what I consider to be quite valid reasons. I reassured my friend that it’s ok not to like everyone you meet.  After all, friendship…






I Don’t Care About Your Politics

I don’t care about your politics. I don’t care about your religious beliefs. I don’t care if you do file your taxes before the deadline, separate your trash from recyclables or return your library books on time. Wait, scratch that. I do care if you return your library books on time if I’m sitting patiently…






3 Things I’ve Learned as a Book Critic

About a month ago I began writing book reviews under a pseudonym for another website. It’s been an amazing experience so far. I love combing through the review database and finding short stories and books to read. It’s exhilarating to discover new authors and even a new genre – I’m just now realizing how much I love…






Tag Archive: Kindness

How to Make Shy People Come and Talk to You

Someone found this blog over the weekend by doing a search for how to make shy people come and talk to you. I thought it would make a great subject for today’s post as I’m shy in real life until I’ve gotten to know someone pretty well. Take your pet for a walk. I often find…






How the Worst Moments in Our Lives Makes Us Who We Are

If the embedded video doesn’t play, click here. This is a 20 minute talk about how people find meaning in their own suffering without relying on supernatural or religious explanations for it. If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, try skipping through the first half. The last 5-10 minutes is where this talk…






The Cupboard Mice: A Parable

Originally posted on February 21, 2013. A family of mice once lived in a drafty old farmhouse. “They’re going to set a trap and we’re all going to die!” the oldest mouse squeaked every time someone forgot the rules: no squeaking, don’t leave droppings on the dishes, and never capture the cat’s attention. No one…






What One Thing Would You Change?

Another reader question today: What one thing would you change if you had to do it over again? She was an odd duck. Before and after class she muttered to herself. Her straight, uncombed, bright yellow hair stood on end as if she’d just received a static shock and her clothing, while fairly clean, was…






Small Kindnesses Blogsplash

Today I’m participating in a synchroblog on small kindnesses to help Fiona Robyn celebrate the release of her new book.  I was 11 years old the first time it happened. Pain blots away the past and future. There was only one moment that had ever existed and it was wrapped up in an intestine-curling, breath-stealing,…






How to Rediscover Your Sense of Wonder

With his permission today I’m blogging a response to a semi-recent tweet from @mike_friesen : Somedays, I wonder how I can rediscover the beauty seen through the eyes of a child without the naivete. I want wonder and awe with wisdom. [sic] This is what I’d recommend: 1. Stop watching commercials.  There’s something about advertising…






The Problem with Food Drives

This was originally published on December 13, 2010. I’ve been sick the last few days but should  have a new post written for Thursday, September 27.  – Lydia From a recent poster at our apartment building about a food drive that the office staff hosts every December: “not all families and their children are as…






You Don’t Have to Like Everyone

Recently a friend and I had a conversation about the difference between treating others with respect and liking them as people. My friend was worried about disliking someone they knew for what I consider to be quite valid reasons. I reassured my friend that it’s ok not to like everyone you meet.  After all, friendship…






I Don’t Care About Your Politics

I don’t care about your politics. I don’t care about your religious beliefs. I don’t care if you do file your taxes before the deadline, separate your trash from recyclables or return your library books on time. Wait, scratch that. I do care if you return your library books on time if I’m sitting patiently…






3 Things I’ve Learned as a Book Critic

About a month ago I began writing book reviews under a pseudonym for another website. It’s been an amazing experience so far. I love combing through the review database and finding short stories and books to read. It’s exhilarating to discover new authors and even a new genre – I’m just now realizing how much I love…






Tag Archive: Kindness

How to Make Shy People Come and Talk to You

Someone found this blog over the weekend by doing a search for how to make shy people come and talk to you. I thought it would make a great subject for today’s post as I’m shy in real life until I’ve gotten to know someone pretty well. Take your pet for a walk. I often find…






How the Worst Moments in Our Lives Makes Us Who We Are

If the embedded video doesn’t play, click here. This is a 20 minute talk about how people find meaning in their own suffering without relying on supernatural or religious explanations for it. If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, try skipping through the first half. The last 5-10 minutes is where this talk…






The Cupboard Mice: A Parable

Originally posted on February 21, 2013. A family of mice once lived in a drafty old farmhouse. “They’re going to set a trap and we’re all going to die!” the oldest mouse squeaked every time someone forgot the rules: no squeaking, don’t leave droppings on the dishes, and never capture the cat’s attention. No one…






What One Thing Would You Change?

Another reader question today: What one thing would you change if you had to do it over again? She was an odd duck. Before and after class she muttered to herself. Her straight, uncombed, bright yellow hair stood on end as if she’d just received a static shock and her clothing, while fairly clean, was…






Small Kindnesses Blogsplash

Today I’m participating in a synchroblog on small kindnesses to help Fiona Robyn celebrate the release of her new book.  I was 11 years old the first time it happened. Pain blots away the past and future. There was only one moment that had ever existed and it was wrapped up in an intestine-curling, breath-stealing,…






How to Rediscover Your Sense of Wonder

With his permission today I’m blogging a response to a semi-recent tweet from @mike_friesen : Somedays, I wonder how I can rediscover the beauty seen through the eyes of a child without the naivete. I want wonder and awe with wisdom. [sic] This is what I’d recommend: 1. Stop watching commercials.  There’s something about advertising…






The Problem with Food Drives

This was originally published on December 13, 2010. I’ve been sick the last few days but should  have a new post written for Thursday, September 27.  – Lydia From a recent poster at our apartment building about a food drive that the office staff hosts every December: “not all families and their children are as…






You Don’t Have to Like Everyone

Recently a friend and I had a conversation about the difference between treating others with respect and liking them as people. My friend was worried about disliking someone they knew for what I consider to be quite valid reasons. I reassured my friend that it’s ok not to like everyone you meet.  After all, friendship…






I Don’t Care About Your Politics

I don’t care about your politics. I don’t care about your religious beliefs. I don’t care if you do file your taxes before the deadline, separate your trash from recyclables or return your library books on time. Wait, scratch that. I do care if you return your library books on time if I’m sitting patiently…






3 Things I’ve Learned as a Book Critic

About a month ago I began writing book reviews under a pseudonym for another website. It’s been an amazing experience so far. I love combing through the review database and finding short stories and books to read. It’s exhilarating to discover new authors and even a new genre – I’m just now realizing how much I love…






Tag Archive: Kindness

How to Make Shy People Come and Talk to You

Someone found this blog over the weekend by doing a search for how to make shy people come and talk to you. I thought it would make a great subject for today’s post as I’m shy in real life until I’ve gotten to know someone pretty well. Take your pet for a walk. I often find…






How the Worst Moments in Our Lives Makes Us Who We Are

If the embedded video doesn’t play, click here. This is a 20 minute talk about how people find meaning in their own suffering without relying on supernatural or religious explanations for it. If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, try skipping through the first half. The last 5-10 minutes is where this talk…






The Cupboard Mice: A Parable

Originally posted on February 21, 2013. A family of mice once lived in a drafty old farmhouse. “They’re going to set a trap and we’re all going to die!” the oldest mouse squeaked every time someone forgot the rules: no squeaking, don’t leave droppings on the dishes, and never capture the cat’s attention. No one…






What One Thing Would You Change?

Another reader question today: What one thing would you change if you had to do it over again? She was an odd duck. Before and after class she muttered to herself. Her straight, uncombed, bright yellow hair stood on end as if she’d just received a static shock and her clothing, while fairly clean, was…






Small Kindnesses Blogsplash

Today I’m participating in a synchroblog on small kindnesses to help Fiona Robyn celebrate the release of her new book.  I was 11 years old the first time it happened. Pain blots away the past and future. There was only one moment that had ever existed and it was wrapped up in an intestine-curling, breath-stealing,…






How to Rediscover Your Sense of Wonder

With his permission today I’m blogging a response to a semi-recent tweet from @mike_friesen : Somedays, I wonder how I can rediscover the beauty seen through the eyes of a child without the naivete. I want wonder and awe with wisdom. [sic] This is what I’d recommend: 1. Stop watching commercials.  There’s something about advertising…






The Problem with Food Drives

This was originally published on December 13, 2010. I’ve been sick the last few days but should  have a new post written for Thursday, September 27.  – Lydia From a recent poster at our apartment building about a food drive that the office staff hosts every December: “not all families and their children are as…






You Don’t Have to Like Everyone

Recently a friend and I had a conversation about the difference between treating others with respect and liking them as people. My friend was worried about disliking someone they knew for what I consider to be quite valid reasons. I reassured my friend that it’s ok not to like everyone you meet.  After all, friendship…






I Don’t Care About Your Politics

I don’t care about your politics. I don’t care about your religious beliefs. I don’t care if you do file your taxes before the deadline, separate your trash from recyclables or return your library books on time. Wait, scratch that. I do care if you return your library books on time if I’m sitting patiently…






3 Things I’ve Learned as a Book Critic

About a month ago I began writing book reviews under a pseudonym for another website. It’s been an amazing experience so far. I love combing through the review database and finding short stories and books to read. It’s exhilarating to discover new authors and even a new genre – I’m just now realizing how much I love…