Mighty kind

“Kindness is the mightiest force in the world,” according to One Day at a Time (299). In the past, I didn’t feel kind. I didn’t even feel like being kind. I felt like stabbing my ex-husband’s eyeballs with a handful of forks. If you know me now, you may be laughing and trying to imagine me... Continue Reading →

Dear Momma

This letter was written by Gabrielle Holmes, one of my students, as a tribute to her mother. Dear Momma, I want to let you know how thankful I am to still have you in my life considering all the obstacles we have faced in life. Since Pawpaw died, you have stepped up and really showed me... Continue Reading →

To my loving husband

Today's blog post is by my student, Ladonna Williams, as part of a brief writing assignment celebrating her marriage. To my loving husband: I want you to know that you have been a great inspiration in my life. Putting our friendship with love, we created our marriage. You accepted life’s responsibility and turned it into... Continue Reading →

Valor

My friend, former coworker, and confidante Debra Dickey wrote today's blog post. I never stop learning from this woman. Thank you, Debra. In my experience, valor is a prevailing and significant part of kindness, faceted, inextricably entwined.  Kindness, by definition, is a perfectly generated act; designed especially and wholly specific to its purpose and direction;... Continue Reading →

Sometimes

Today's post is written by my friend (and regular guest contributor) Debra Dickey. Thank you, Debra, for sharing your beautiful thoughts! Sometimes……the slow person in front of you is in front of you to remind you to be patient. Sometimes……the end to your lucky streak is to remind you of how fortunate you have been... Continue Reading →

Embodying the spirit of giving

*Today's post is written by contributor Dr. Teresa Burns Murphy, one of my former professors. Dr. Murphy is a fabulous writer; I'm thankful that she regularly contributes to my blog and still takes the time to mentor me as a writer, demonstrating to me the true spirit of giving as well. Merry Christmas, Dr. Murphy!*... Continue Reading →

Just a moment to say thank you

Today's post was written by one of my English Composition II students, Crystal Riley, on the topic of the motivation of gratitude. I have known Crystal since junior high school. When God allowed our paths to cross again and for me to serve as her instructor, I felt truly privileged and have enjoyed watching her... Continue Reading →

Dear Daddy

*Today's letter is written by my friend Samantha Herndon Hogan.* Dear Daddy: As I sit here trying to write this letter of thankfulness to you, I have so much to say, yet am at a loss for words. I don’t think I could put into words every single thing you’ve done for me that I’m... Continue Reading →

Angels unawares

My whole life, God has used people to help me, serve me, minister to me, and reach out to me without my knowledge and without my permission. These people, whether they intended to be or not, were used by God in my life. Some of them might not have wanted to be used by God,... Continue Reading →

Day 7: Dear women

*Thanks to my friend Kenton Adler (AKA Ken Doll) for utilizing his wit while writing this heartfelt post for Day 7 of the Dear Gratitude project this November.* Dear Women, Thank you.  Thank you VERY much.  I am not kidding.  I am so thankful for women; it’s kind of ridiculous. Obviously, my mother was a... Continue Reading →

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