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 →

It’s 10:30pm on Sunday night. I’ve just finished driving around for an hour to recharge my battery after leaving my passenger car door open for 4 days, which of course flattened the battery. read more →

I looked at their grocery basket and could see it had the basics. Just what would get them by until payday. I recognized it after having been that way myself in my younger days. I remember the heartbreak of knowing my kids wanted an occasional treat we could not afford, so I told the clerk at Walmart to put her cart on my card. read more →

I knew my Mike was a keeper when the second week we were dating. We were on our way to a wedding. read more →

On a cold Friday evening, I was dropping my son at basketball training, when I spotted this couple with luggage. They were stopping every couple of steps and the man was more or less carrying the woman. read more →

He is the center of our galaxy, I’ll admit that.

Brady had been asking for two days to go carp spearing again. The stars aligned one afternoon and all three of us were free at the same time. Joe and I and 12-year-old Brady loaded up the trusty old Ford pick-up truck. The three of us squished together in the cab ready to play for the afternoon.

Me? I was a spectator, armed with a digital camera for capturing the moment … not the fish. read more →

I work at Dollar Tree and we have been asking customers if they would be interested in purchasing school supplies for our local schools for just a dollar. Lots of people have their reasons why they can’t donate, like, “I already give to our church” or, “I am sick of being asked for my money”. read more →

My sister is in pain daily, but when she saw the superman shirt I wanted to send to someone who is comforted by the image (a reminder of the beloved son/brother they lost) she offered to turn it into a memorial pillow! read more →

ShagThe day of your passing, I was sitting in MedExpress waiting for my X-rays to be put on a disc before I went to work at Costco in Winchester.

There was an older couple sitting in the waiting area with me. The wife went to the check-in window and the staff gave her a hard time about checking her husband in. They needed her husband, who was disabled and using a walker to get around as he only had one leg, to come over and check-in himself.  read more →

I lost control of a vehicle on an icy road coming home from a thanksgiving weekend at my brother’s family’s house. read more →

When I had just had my first daughter we were doing it a little tough and my partner at the time played a lot of online computer games.

He was in a “clan” and had met a few people from around Australia. One of them was an IT guy and had a pretty good wage and sent us a few CD’s with info on them and when we opened the case, there was $300 inside! He had included a little note that said there was $100 for each of us to spend on something just for us and his only request was we pay it forward when we were in a good position. I never forgot his generosity. read more →

Before Christmas last year (2015), our family was in crisis after I lost my job a few months before. We could hardly afford to eat, so I posted on a community noticeboard simply asking where I could get food vouchers. We were inundated with offers of help, donations of food and some vouchers by the community. A couple of people even brought my kids Christmas presents. It was overwhelming and touched my heart like nothing has before, to know that people care so much. read more →