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Hours Of Free Entertainment!

Or minutes. Whatever. Would you really pooh-pooh a few minutes of fun because it doesn’t last longer? Which reminds me of a story. Thirty years ago I was in a relationship with a nice, but melancholy, man. One day we kept his 10-year-old son out of school, and we all played hookey together. We went …

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The Non-Complaint Department

I overheard the most ordinary – yet extraordinary – conversation yesterday. Two friends were catching up after our Yoga class. One had just returned from visiting her son and grandchildren. “I see my grandchildren so much more than I ever thought I would,” the woman said. “It’s such an easy trip. Bradley [our Connecticut airport] is …

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Sending The Right Message

Yesterday, when I was driving home from the supermarket, ahead of me was one of those big, fancy pickup trucks. As the light turned red, I came up close on his tail, and I saw that he had a decal on the back window of his cab. This was no normal decal – no Praise …

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Being Kind – To That Special Someone

You!  I mean You! In my obsession with Kindness this year, I have written about the many kindnesses we should extend to others, and the many kindnesses that others extend to us. But Kindness starts in the mirror. Why do you have to be so hard on yourself? Can’t you see how wonderful you are? …

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Just A Second

There’s an old joke:  The definition of a split second is the interval between when the light turns green and when the guy behind you honks his horn. We all know we’ve been there too….both as the honker and the honkee. But I’d like to suggest – as part of my Year Of Kindness – …

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Terms of Endearment

I can easily come up with dozens of little kindnesses that I’ve experienced lately. If I go back further, I can come up with hundreds. Maybe thousands in my whole lifetime, which is about 2/3 of a century now. I’m grateful for those kindnesses and also grateful that I remember them. I’d hate to let …

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Not Quite Instant Karma

Today’s hashtag game on Twitter is #ButSomeoneElseTookCredit.  A hashtag game, for those of you who don’t know Twitter  – (and you are very wise, by the way, it’s awful – it’s very mean … and very addicting) – is an informal contest where everyone tweets on the same subject and you try to be cleverer …

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Neighborly

Now that I am in a Kindness mania – and is there a better mania to be in? – I was reminded by a reader of the importance of being a good neighbor. I don’t believe I have listed neighborly kindnesses, except in the sense that we are all neighbors. But I should mention the …

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More Random Kindness

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the kindness of strangers (Peripheral Love)  – and how it makes our lives better. Some were large and significant acts of kindness and some were just small and random, but even those little gestures matter. Once I started thinking about these little kindnesses, I remembered so many more, …

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Restaurant Reviews – From The Foodie

A few days ago I treated myself to lunch. Nothing fancy, I had a nice tuna sandwich and a cup of coffee at Panera’s. Years ago, I hated having lunch alone. I was more apt to take the sandwich back to my car than to sit alone in a restaurant. Even when I was a …

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