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The old man and the blonde woman smiled and waved at me, and I felt a surge of gratitude to be among such decent people in this lovely city in a dark time when the light of kindness seems so rare.
For the waitress
to call us honey when she sets down the bowl of clam chowder,
and for the driver in the red pick-up truck to let us pass.
We have so little of each other, now.
Human nature is often portrayed as selfish and power hungry, but research by Dacher Keltner finds that we are hard-wired to be kind.
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The unconventional children’s television pioneer celebrated dignity and kindness in the age of mass media. Rogers says that in times of “scary news,” of tragedy and disaster, his mother taught … Continue reading →
One of my fondest memories of my mother is this— seeing her on the corner of Mt. Pleasant and Hobart when I’d caught up with her and my dad after … Continue reading →
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