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Good People Rise Up

If you read the headlines, you might come away with a warped view of the world. Michael Moore is screaming that Trump is going to get us all killed. Trump himself threatens nuclear war with North Korea almost every other day. Bannon takes all the information he gained through his no-holds barred security access and couples it with Mercer monies and then vows to destroy all of Trump’s enemies, which at last count was somewhere around 70 percent of America and all of North Korea, and most of Europe. Bannon’s got his work cut out for him. read more

The Sunflower in My Garden

Outside the window where I sit and write, the sunflower burst to life this morning. Yesterday it was just bud on a stem. Today it is cloaked in golden glory.

The sunflower grows wild in my garden. I didn’t plant it there. We lived in this house for many years sans sunflowers. But then a few years back, a crop of sunflowers shot up among the monkey grass and cone flowers. Most things in the garden have perished this summer under the blistering heat too wicked for even the heartiest of roses. But the sunflowers seem to bloom to spite the heat. As if to say, we are strong enough to stand no matter what wickedness comes our way. read more

Words to Live a Happy Life By

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Remember Bean: Kind heart. Kind thoughts. Kind words.

Those were some of the last words our daughter spoke to her two-year old son before heading off on a week-long vacation and entrusting the care of her son to the grands. It’s no easy thing leaving a toddler behind. Parents have to be willing to trust that their child will be loved with abandoned and monitored like a first baseman looking to steal second.  Look away for a minute and you’re sure to regret it.

Raising four kids of your own to successful adulthood does not in and of itself qualify a person to be trustworthy enough to keep a grandchild for any length of time. In fact, a person’s work history as a parent may disqualify them completely from the job of being a grand. I’ve heard from more than one friend how their children don’t trust them. They usually say with with a “Oh Brother!” eye roll and smirk. It’s a conspiratorial thing grandparents do when they are around other grandparents – eye rolling. read more

Some Place East of Fort Benning

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There is this red dirt drive just off the highway, some place east of Fort Benning, Georgia. If you are speeding or lost in dreams yet unrealized, you’ll surely miss it. You might not even notice the sign declaring Floria’s Folk Art Gallery. Or the circle-board painted blue declaring Jesus is Soon to Return. Drive by too quickly and you’ll miss entirely the Letter from Hell.

Back in 2007, the first time I met Floria, there was only a small sign outside the shop. If Floria hadn’t been wearing her signature floral hat and busily working on a project outdoors, I would have missed her then. Thankfully, I have mastered my mama’s technique of stopping on the dime and giving nine-cents change. That first time, I came away from Floria’s with a picture of an African American girl reading a book. It sits in the frame Floria painted atop a bookshelf in my office. It cheers me, that painting does, and serves as a reminder of the places I’ve been and the people I met along the way. read more

An Interview with Leon Logothetis: The Kindness Diaries

Editor’s Note:  When I told friends on Facebook that I was excited to interview someone I was in awe of, people started trying to figure out who it would be: Former President Jimmy Carter? Morgan Freeman? Not one person suggested it would be Leon Logothetis. I suspect that’s because few in my circle would even know who he is. I hope after reading the following you will check out Leon’s books: Live, Love, Explore, & The Kindness Diaries Watch his documentaries. That you, too, may come to appreciate the journeys he’s made, both inwardly and outwardly. And that like me, you might also be inspired to help make the world a kinder place.  read more