Omaha Beach & the American Cemetery

Omaha Beach & the American Cemetery

There are so, so many markers placed so carefully in ordered rows over so much ground. One comes and it finds you in whatever way it does. You find it, too, like partners in some strange kind of a dance, or round one fighters in the ring. Because that’s how it feels...
Kindness is Natural to Human Beings

Kindness is Natural to Human Beings

Last December, the New York Times published an article called “Can Kindness Be Taught.” The author, Richard Schiffman, reached out to me while doing his research for the article, having heard about my work promoting kindness in schools and beyond. The day the article...
Can Kindness Be Taught?

Can Kindness Be Taught?

I assumed that I would be the one to remind or “teach” this concept to the students. But it was just as often they who taught me, and each other, about it. Maybe more. In 1993, I proposed to a group of parents the basic philosophy and concepts of what a year later...
We All Begin as Strangers

We All Begin as Strangers

Heads up!! This post references Tom Waits & Bette Midler! In my efforts to encourage my kindness students to do something kind for someone they don’t know, I often reference a song by Tom Waits, what Waits recorded as a duet with Bette Midler. It’s called “I Never...
Hi, My Name is Andy & I Like to Blog

Hi, My Name is Andy & I Like to Blog

I’ve created well over 20 blogs in the last 8 years, but it’s on Medium where I’m getting my biggest audience. Late in the afternoon on July 1, 2010, I was sitting alone in the Seattle home of some friends. They were away on vacation and Melinda, my wife, and Chloe...

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