Valkiss (back left) and His Mother and Siblings Rather than trying to neatly summarize this difficult year which has challenged our humanity in so ways or trying to deliver witty lessons that should be extracted from that hardship, we have chosen to end the year with a bittersweet story about a dog named Valkiss, his owners Kyle, Carolyn, and George, and …

Valkiss the German Shepherd and His owner Kyle Get Our Final Words for 2020 Click to Read Post »

Tabitha–Sisters Gioia and Rebecca have enlisted Gioia’s daughters to do a “Youth Series” for our newsletters this summer so you will be hearing more from them. This month Tabitha, Gioia’s oldest daughter, wrote about her relationship with her little sister Annabel. The best decision I ever made happened a few years ago when I decided I should treat my family …

Being Kind to Our Special Ones Click to Read Post »

Rebecca–Card for Lois “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” Dalai Lama It’s that time of year–Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s. For better or worse, ‘tis the season. Rebecca, known for being something of a Grinch, is fond of complaining about the “worse” part.  For example, during the holidays the commercialism and the pressure to spend money can distract us …

What Kindness Looks Like Click to Read Post »

Rebecca–Feeling Generous Gioia found a new word the other day: Ubuntu.  Apparently Ubuntu is a Zulu term for compassion and humanity, or human kindness.  It means, literally, “human-ness.” She had been looking for a way to describe what she and Rebecca witnessed recently when they were giving a keynote in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. They had been honored to participate in …

Ubuntu–The Universal Bond that Connects Us All Click to Read Post »