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100+ Acts of Self Kindness

100+ Acts of Self Kindness
Step two in spreading kindness throughout the world in 2017 is performing one act of self kindness (aka self care) each week. Yesterday we discussed acts of kindness that we can perform for others. Today it’s time to focus on ourselves. Before we get into the list of possible acts of self kindness, let me tell... Read more »

Final step in learning to paddle board: celebrate success

Final step in learning to paddle board: celebrate success
In my blog post, Learning to paddle board: A gentle reminder of life lessons on success, yesterday, I forgot a crucial element of success. Frankly, it’s a little embarrassing that I left out the final step, but I did. I suppose my only excuse is that after my 8-month hiatus, I’ve gotten a little rusty... Read more »

Learning to paddle board: A gentle reminder of life lessons on success

Learning to paddle board: A gentle reminder of life lessons on success
As I do every August, I spent last week at Watervale. As my dear friend Woodlawn Wonder has dubbed it, Watervale is my “ancestral family home.” It’s not, but it might as well be because there’s no other place I feel at peace or as connected to myself. I’m also the third of four generations... Read more »
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Story time with Brad Meltzer

Story time with Brad Meltzer
When was the last time someone read you a bedtime story, complete with sound effects, jokes, and the story’s backstory? I’m guessing you were under 10 and that was probably a very long time ago. Do you remember how much you anticipated the story each night, even if you made your parents read the same... Read more »

8 tips for handling adult temper tantrums

8 tips for handling adult temper tantrums
Every so often we all lose our tempers. For whatever reason, we’ve had enough of being the bug smashed on the windshield of life and try as we might, we blow up. And every so often, we’re on the receiving end of someone else losing their stuff and exploding uncontrollably. If we’re not careful, when... Read more »

I received a Pay It Forward and it FREAKED ME OUT

I received a Pay It Forward and it FREAKED ME OUT
We’re all familiar with the idea of “pay it forward” where one person performs a random act of kindness for another person with the hope that the recipient will be inspired to “pay it forward” and perform a random act of kindness for someone else in the future. We may have seen the movie, probably... Read more »
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Jackie Robinson West: Adults and society are to blame, so leave the kids alone

Jackie Robinson West: Adults and society are to blame, so leave the kids alone
Earlier today, Little League® International released its decision in the alleged Jackie Robinson West cheating scandal in the 2014 season. The decision in part reads: The Charter/Tournament Committee has decided to vacate the league’s wins from the 2014 Little League® International Tournament, including its Great Lakes Regional and United States Championships, and suspend team manager... Read more »

Elf on the Shelf turns this hater into a believer

Elf on the Shelf turns this hater into a believer
Unless you’ve been living under a rock without internet access for the past few years, you’ve undoubtedly heard of or come into direct contact with the Elf on the Shelf phenomenon that will shortly overtake the otherwise rational minds of parents everywhere. It appears the Elf on the Shelf began innocently enough, but has morphed... Read more »

This I believe

This I believe
A little over seven years ago, I did a Crash Davis-like Things I Believe In blog post on the original Little Merry Sunshine blog. To this day, it ranks right up there with my all-time favorite posts. Oh, you’re not familiar with Crash Davis’s monologue from Bull Durham? I won’t judge you (much), but you... Read more »
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6 things I learned from my close encounter with breast cancer

6 things I learned from my close encounter with breast cancer
Regular readers of Little Merry Sunshine know that I recently had a too-close-for-comfort breast cancer scare. In the end, I had a benign papilloma, but throughout the process of multiple mammograms, ultrasounds, two biopsies, and a lumpectomy, there was no guarantee my story would have a happy ending. Over the last four weeks, I’ve learned... Read more »
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