The Kindness Commodity

This post first appeared on Medium. The value of kindness on the open market Growing up on the rolling hills of Iowa, I was constantly surrounded by kindness. It is a commodity that is in short supply in the concrete jungle that is New York City. This past weekend I spent hours walking the paths […]

Focus on what you can control

Life Lesson Of The Week You can not control others and their perceptions of you, so stop worrying about it. -Shelly M’s Life Lesson from Des Moines, Iowa Focus On It The amount of time we spend on worry is killing us. And aside from the adverse health effects of worry, it is simply a […]

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A Change is Needed

I’m gay. This is not news. I have a dear friend who is in need of a second bone-marrow transplant. I have long known that as a gay man, in this country I am unable to donate blood because I have had sex since 1977. Note: I was born in 1984. To my surprise, this […]

Focus: On Love

Selected Life Lesson Never go to bed angry. Always end with love you or good night. -Kendra C’s Life Lesson from Des Moines, Iowa Richard’s Thoughts… After the past ten days, there aren’t many lessons that are worth sharing, so I wanted to keep it simple this week. Kendra’s lesson, and mine is simple: love […]

Another Moment in Time

Last week we, sadly, have another moment to remember when we lost our innocence. As a marathoner, my heart breaks for multiple reasons for what happened in Boston. I went back and found something I wrote in 2009 about terrorism, hate, and hope. I thought it appropriate to share it again: Knowledge is Power  

FOCUS – Be Present

Selected Life Lesson Always be available; if only to listen. -Lola S’ Life Lesson from Des Moines, Iowa Richard’s Thoughts… I hate being at dinner or coffee with a friend and they can’t seem to put there phone down. There are times when I am moments away from either screaming or just walking out completely. […]

Change is Inevitable

Change is one of those things that will forever and always be a constant in life. It will always be there. Sometimes in the form of a blessing. Sometimes in a curse. But that change is inevitable means we can either embrace it, take it, or change the change. Parents are special in that they […]