Small kindnesses

I’ve been thinking about the way, when you walk down a crowded aisle, people pull in their legs to let you by. Or how strangers still say “bless you” when someone sneezes, a leftover from the Bubonic plague. “Don’t die,” we are saying.  And sometimes, when you spill lemons from your grocery bag, someone else will help you pick…

Traveling Light

My handbag was swiped, my watchband broke, my beloved new iPhone is gone. As a result, I’ve been living this last week without much sense of time and with no money of my own, and somehow it is alright.  I marvel at the kindness of family, friends and strangers who’ve leaned in altruistically to help….

Define Love?

Over brunch with friends this weekend, someone asked ‘how do you define love?’  The answer is not easy. It often wriggles out of our grasp and defies description. But today I am going to try.  Why? Because today is the fifth anniversary of the day I met Laura. No better excuse than that.. I think…

On Kindness

‘When I was young I admired clever people.  Now that I am old I admire kind people’ – Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

The Circle of Kindness

What a difference a day makes. Four little acts of kindness helped nudge me out of my funk yesterday. First my mum phoned and said ‘Just come home dear, we’ll look after you!’  I can’t tell you how sweet and heartening it is to have parents who still want to look after you even when…