I am crazy about kindness. Sharing it, spreading it, promoting it, talking about it, practicing it, blogging about it, teaching it, quoting it, buying t-shirts about it… crazy. about. kindness.

I am SO crazy about it that I felt the need to come up with a unique way to share this passion with my students and to practice kindness in a way that they would remember forever. I wanted to not only read cutesy little books about being kind (even though one of my favourite books is “What Does it Mean to Be Kind”) or practice kindness within the fours walls of our classroom (our number one rule in the class is “Be Kind”) or watch videos about examples of kindness (even though I always love me a good ugly cry kindness story on Ellen…). I wanted to LIVE kindness in our community. I wanted people to think about kindness and associate it with my kiddos and be hopeful that a bunch of 4, 5 and 6-year-olds could change the world. I wanted my learners to know that there are some lessons that aren’t in the curriculum but that will be important to them for the rest of their lives. From that place, Kindness Capes (#kindnesscapes) was born. read more →

Simple genuine goodness.
Back near the beginning of the year I was entrusted with honoring a 20 year old Air Force veteran who had committed suicide by journeying to scatter the ashes. My heart broke for his family. It still does.

I offered to take him to Mt Bachelor, Oregon. I thought I’d take the lift up, scatter his ashes and take the lift back down. Well, I found out that’s not allowed, even though my physical disability would be a big factor. Oops. I couldn’t back out! This family was risking way more than I was but, frankly, I had no idea how this was going to work since I have NEVER skied or snow boarded in my life and those were the only two ways down. read more →