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Seeing the World as Family

  Do you see the world as family? Last week, a Facebook memory popped up on my feed. It was something I posted 7 years ago, something my then 5 year-old-son said to me as I drove him home from kindergarten one day. He was talking to me about a family that we often carpooled with and had been friends with for some time. He told me that they were part of our family. I responded “Oh really?” To which he replied, “Yes, because the whole world is our family.”  And he was right, the whole world is family, and Read More

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How Can You Make a Difference?

The fourth Saturday of October is Make a Difference Day. It has been celebrated since 1992. That year, it was started to mark the Leap Year in a positive way. It was such a success that the organizers decided not to wait until the next Leap Year. Instead, Make a Difference Day as moved to the fourth Saturday in October. This year it is on October 28. Check out the official website at Makeadifferenceday.com. The website describes the purpose of Make a Difference day as follows: Make A Difference Day shows that anyone, no matter of age or background, can Read More

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National Courtesy Month: 15 Ways to Celebrate

September is National Courtesy Month and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Part of the reason I began My Cup of Cocoa was in reaction to the negativity, hostility, and meanness I was seeing in our world. This blog is my attempt to counterbalance all of the negative things with positive, happy, and uplifting ones. We don’t have to look very far these days to find someone behaving discourteously. It’s on the news, the internet, on the roads we drive, in the businesses we frequent. One of the best ways to respond to discourtesy is with kindness and Read More

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Have Courage and Be Kind: Why Kindness Matters

I love the quote “Have courage and be kind.” from Disney’s Cinderella (2015). In this adaptation of the long-beloved Cinderella story, this is the advice her mother gives her before passing on. A broken-hearted Cinderella tries her best to follow her mother’s counsel, but it becomes increasingly difficult as her father marries again and her step mother and step sisters move in. Soon after, he leaves on a voyage that proves deadly and Cinderella is left to the cruel hands of her “family.” Throughout her ordeal, Cinderella reminds herself to have courage and be kind.  There even comes a point Read More