Today I had lunch with Cynthia, a former student of mine. The go-to restaurant I use for events like this is Merit Vegetarian. it's a good introduction to vegan food and everyone I've brought there has loved it. As I was waiting for my friend to arrive, I overheard someone saying they needed to go to their car to retrieve cash in order to pay for something. When they stepped outside, I spoke to the staff and offered to pay their bill. As it turned out it was just for a piece of cake and I asked them to just add it to my bill. I handed the cashier a Smile Card, asking them to give it to the man. When he came back with his money the man was pleasantly surprised. I thought I had done a good deed, but there were more surprises to come. Cynthia and I were sitting enjoying a ... Read Full Story >>
My family was at a resort in Bass Lake to enjoy the snow. After the first night’s stay, when we got to the parking lot the next morning, we noticed that all the cars were covered in snow due to snowfall the previous night. We took off the snow from the front and rear sides and windows of our car.
As my family was getting in the car, I started removing the snow from the neighboring car. I cleared their front view glass and stuck a Smile card under the viper. Felt gratitude and joy for doing this, no matter how small the act seemed. :))
A couple of months back, my son Shine had his trombone stolen from our car. Very sad. We learned a lot. We were angry. We were disappointed, then we moved through that and learned and felt compassion for the person who stole it. We also learned that telling friends about our sadness connects us, and makes it feel, well -- less icky. We received sweet messages of condolence all over the world from friends expressing interest, to people chipping in for the next one. Shine received the sweetest letter from a classmate reminding us that although things in life can be sad and painful, kindness is everywhere to be found (and money was included towards the new instrument). And then, another radical act of kindness, a student at a different school heard about the situation and decided he no longer used his trombone (he'd moved on to other instruments) and that he wanted ... Read Full Story >>
The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary is now open to the public by appointment only, so I called ahead about stopping by to purchase more 2022 calendars. After discovering that the Choctaw pony - Imagine, whom I sponsor annually for my birthday (and had the privilege to name) was May’s calendar girl, along with her mother Tahiyah, of course I needed to have a few more to share! “How many calendars do you want?” asked Susan, the president, and executive director of the Sanctuary? I thought for a moment, basking in the sun-drenched office, where Susan and 2 staff members were busy addressing the paperwork needed to operate the 11,000+ acres of sanctuary for hundreds of horses. Through the bank of windows, I could see a herd of horses off in the distance. “Four. No. How about five?” I replied, trying to do the math in my head on how much that would be. ... Read Full Story >>
🧶 Back in September I posted about a “hug” I crocheted for a very special elder, Betty Peck.
❤️Yesterday, she was presented with the hug on her 100th birthday, along with a proclamation from the City of Saratoga, while surrounded by The “Magic Mirror” sisters (and their girls, the next generation of Magic Mirror enthusiasts), who visited her in the nursing home.
Photo shows Anne presenting Betty with my hug & card 😊
Grateful for the opportunity to have crocheted this for Betty, thanks to noble friend Anne, one of the Magic Mirror sisters. 🙏
(Video link in my Sept. post about the Betty & the Magic Mirror)
A dear friend took a terrible fall and lost her two front teeth and was hurt all over. Worst of all, she was on her way to meet me and my husband and we didn't find out about this until later.
Kind strangers stayed with her and called EMTs. The next day I drove to her house (about 40 minutes, had only been there once since we always meet at the opera) bringing soup, yogurt, ice cream -- you know, soft food!
Also some humorous books and stuffed animals. She was so amazed I had come so far, but we had a lovely hour-long visit. Next day she sent us a picture of her smiling with temporary tooth caps.
Friends were transiting through San Francisco en route to India. They did not have a lot of time in between flights, so I drove to the airport with a picnic!
Even though it started to downpour when I pulled up to the curb, I drove them to a scenic spot by the bay. They enjoyed the hot chai and snacks/food that I brought from home while sitting in the car. And then magically the rain stopped, the sun came out briefly and we enjoyed a little walk by the bay, soaking in the views and the magnificent sky.
Even though we only got to spend a little over an hour together it was uplifting and so lovely since we hadn't seen each other since the pandemic began (they live in another state). I smiled all the way home.
My brother and I were driving home together and became engrossed in a conversation. Because of this distraction, my brother took a wrong turn. Unfortunately, the wrong turn took us towards a bridge and we had no way to turn back. Grudgingly, my brother paid the bridge toll and drove on. He was clearly frustrated by the mistake and the needless waste of $4. We eventually reached an exit slip-way and, as we took it, my brother noticed a beat-up black Mustang pulled over to the side of the road. A young guy was standing nearby trying to phone someone. I was busy trying to figure out which way we went next but my brother pulled over and asked the guy if he needed any help. And he did. He had a flat tire and needed a wrench to get it off. My brother gave him a wrench, then proceed to help him ... Read Full Story >>
Today is trash pick-up day on our block, Our next door neighbor and us take turns bringing all the trash cans back. Sometimes, on recycling pickup day, there are 6 big cans to be collected.
While I was out there this morning bringing the regular trash cans back, the recycling team pulled up and saw me there. He told me he would bring the rest of the cans back for me after he unloaded them. He also wished me a happy holiday and shared his beautiful smile. 😊
I smiled wide, thanked him, told him he was a true gentleman and wished him happy holidays, and told him to stay safe and be well.
So my kindness act this morning was returned by this nice garbage man 👨🏻 💕
After waking with a slight sore throat, with a function of nearly 300 people that I was to attend, I thought it best to get a rapid covid test. I made an appointment for 12:15 pm. I arrived around noon and was told that I had to wait in line, even though I had an appointment. A little more than six hours later I finally received my test. Of course, I didn't receive my results (negative:)) until it was too late and I missed the function I was to attend. In fact, I didn't get my results until today around 11 am. And the only reason is because of Alexandra, who answered my call. After being on hold for nearly an hour. At the helpline of the company that did my test. As she took all of my information, we chatted about everything from the weather (she's in Chicago) to football. I found ... Read Full Story >>
I offered to give a ride to a friend to a get-together at another friend's place. He gratefully accepted it since he doesn't have a car.
Coincidentally, my daughter found out that a new younger friend in her college had booked a flight to come to the bay area from Southern California. My daughter was driving to the bay area with her friend on the same day. So, she asked if the new friend wanted to join them in her car.
The new friend happily canceled her flight and they all drove together and enjoy each other's company and reached home safely.
What a fun way to return home after the stressful exams, filled with kindness and joy!
Today morning I got an opportunity to help a gardener (an old man), in cleaning the field in order to grow new plants. It was a very beautiful way to begin the day for me. While I was walking near the farming field, I saw this old man pulling out the grass and weeds. I entered the field and asked him if I could help. He agreed and gave me a grass cutter.
I started cutting the grass and cleaned up to 200 sq. meter area. It was such a joy to work with him. He shared with me many interesting stories from his life. He also offered me some fruits and vegetables for which I was very thankful.
Grateful to the gardener in all of you.
A big box of citrus fruit from our friend in Florida was delivered to the wrong house, one block over. Instead of just keeping it, the people were honest enough to let us know, as some less honest might have done.
To show our appreciation & thank them, I put a bunch of grapefruits & navel oranges in a nice gift bag, with a Christmas card of thanks & hubby dropped it off at their house this morning on his way to the park.
I work at an elementary school, and have become pretty close with one of the older custodians over the past few years.
She's been incredibly kind and encouraging and has also been through quite a lot recently. Butt despite the challenges, she always has a smile on her face.
Yesterday, I took the time to write her a card, letting her know just how much she is appreciated and what about her I really admire. Today, she let me know just how much that card meant to her.
The little things ♥️
This morning i thought about a couple who have been coming regularly to Open House and I didn't want them to feel left out as I have a present for a couple of other people there.
As I walked up and down the aisles getting what I needed I noticed they had some reusable coffee mugs and I know Traci and Chris always bring their own cups to Open House.
I found one with koalas on it and another with express yourself (both are made from sustainable materials so it was a win-win situation.
I buy our tooth brushes from a company which make and disbrute sustainable products. They sent me three toothbrushes and holders yesterday wrapped in such pretty paper and I've used the paper to wrap the cups up.
I love recycling and reusing!
I was at the grocery store earlier buying ingredients for a pretty obvious dinner...which my cashier pointed out as she was scanning my items. We talked for a bit which was really nice, especially coming from a young cashier (I haven't come across it much). At the end of the conversation, she asked if happened to have any hand cream, which I did not have on me. At this point I had already paid and as I was about to leave, I noticed I forgot an ingredient I needed. I went back and also decided to check out the hand creams they had. They had one on sale, and only one left...what are the odds? I pondered if I should get it or not but thought back to the time my coworker bought me a hand cream after I showed her how bad my hands were last winter (due to all the ... Read Full Story >>
A tradition for my wife and is to make holiday treats and drive around town to deliver to about 15 friends. We do this over two days and gain a lot of satisfaction seeing people and wishing them well. Last night kindness had a strange connection with timing. First, we showed up to deliver to treats to our 95-year old neighbor right before she was ready to go to sleep. Next, we delivered to friends who had just finished dinner and were craving something sweet. Shortly after, with plate in hand, we gifted a neighbor and her daughter who were coming home from a walk. Coincidently, we then were leaving a friend's house as she pulled up from visiting someone else. An eighty-five year old neighbor was on Zoom with friends talking about what Christmas meant and said that our surprise was the perfect example. One friend was not home when we called. ... Read Full Story >>
My sister shared this story today about her spouse.
They have had some plumbing difficulties and while they had fixed it, for the most part, the plumber was needed to secure a part to make a final installation. The supply store was a jaunt from their house and it was late in the afternoon. The plumber had to go quickly to the store to get the part and be back to their house for the install.
At some point, he mentioned to my brother-in-law that in midst of all the work, he had no time for lunch. My brother-in-law, although not a cook in any sense of the word, microwaved a hot dog and served up a very nice snack.
The plumber told my sister what a good and kind guy her spouse was. Yes, he was and is. :)
Every time I see an outside pine tree decorated with holiday lights, I remember the kindness of my father-in-law's neighbors. When Dad was in at-home-hospice care during the holidays, confined to the back guest room-turned medical center, his bed faced the neighbor's hedge of bushes and a huge pine tree. When the neighbors found out that it was Dad's view, they decorated the tree with so many colored lights that it nearly lit up the whole backyard. No one else could really see or appreciate their Tree of Light from that vantage point, except for Dad, lying in his bed, preparing to transition. Time slowed and everything became washed in the glow of peace, as it does in those special moments of pivotal events. I’m so grateful that Dad, and all of us who visited, had those lights to help guide us through a challenging time. Many thanks to each of you who choose to ... Read Full Story >>
I've been busy getting ready for my gift giveaway coming up next week, being kind to others, elders, single families and anyone in need, because ... this is the way.
Some got new winter jackets and winter boots, others got lunch and supper. Generally acting with my usual kind force of nature, making a difference to all I could.
I even got "The Elder" treatment from some young children, 7-year-olds, holding a door open for me and carrying gifts that I was dropping off - my Little Santalorian helpers, so kind of them to do that for me.
Spent time with my great-granddaughter yesterday. Quality time, I like to call it. Still have more gifts and presents to get, checking my list, checking to see who's been naughty or nice, but not being judgemental, everyone will get something.
Hope all of you are doing well and as usual. Peace