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Happy New Year!

“Kindness, kindness, kindness. I want to make a New Year’s prayer, not a resolution. I’m praying for courage.” ~Susan Sontag

Here’s to 2022! Let’s make it The Year of Compassion and Kindness. Right now, that sounds like a tall order, but if we can find even the smallest ways to practice humanity every day, I believe the sufferings of this world will be easier to bear. To borrow from today’s Susan Sontag quote, my prayer is that 2022 will be a year of mending broken fences, healing broken souls, resolving our anger, remembering the needs of others, and finding peaceful solutions to our conflicts. Yes, that will take tremendous courage. Along these lines, if you missed my recent column on the benefits of practicing kindness, please click here.

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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