Kindness: A Trend? A Purpose?

I think that everyone, at on time or another, has heard of ‘random acts of kindness’ or ‘paying it forward.’ It seems to have become a trend – not a bad one but still a trend. It seems the most common RAK (random act of kindness) is where someone pays for the person behind them, usually at a coffee house/stand or fast food restaurant. Having once been a recipient of this it does put a smile on my face when I realize someone has paid for me.

On social media recently there has been a story where a five year old girl who was eating at a fast food restaurant with her mother. This little girl saw a group of police officers eating there as well. She asked her mom if she could use her allowance to buy ice cream sundaes fro them to say thanks for keeping her family safe. This little girl did not know that these officers had just come from the funeral o a fellow officer. Her act of kindness brightened their other wise sad day.

While I like hearing about people wanting to be a part of a RAK I prefer those that were not inspired by being trendy or doing so is expected. True kindness comes from the heart whether it is random or purposeful.

A few months ago, my family and  were heading out and had stopped by a favorite coffee stand when we were given our order we learned that some had paid for us already. Wheat a treat that was. We wanted to do likewise so we left a tip as well as money to pay for the next people. I would call this a RAK because we did not know the other people involved.

We have also been involved in more purposeful acts of kindness. At a difficult time in our lives we were blessed to have friends and family who stepped up and helped us. When we tried to pay them back they simply asked that we help someone else when the opportunity came up. We have done so when we learned of needs. The needs were different in each instance but the love that went out was the same. Some occurrences were done anonymously and others were not.

I guess the end result of more people willing to help others is a good thing.



Gore Didn’t Do It!! Here’s the Proof …… satire

I got this from my mom in an email and I just had to share it where I wouldn’t lose it.



How the Internet Started – absolutely brilliantInternet Started – absolutely brilliant

In ancient Israel , it came to pass that a trader by the name of
Abraham Com did take unto himself a healthy young wife by the name of
Dorothy (Dot for short). Dot Com was a comely woman, large of breast,
broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com.


 And she said unto Abraham, her husband, “Why dost thou travel so far
from town to town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever
leaving thy tent?”
And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags
short of a camel load, but simply said, “How, dear?”
And Dot replied, “I will place drums in all the towns and drums in
between to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will
reply telling you who hath the best price. The sale can be made on the
drums and delivery made by Uriah’s Pony Stable (UPS).”
Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with
the drums. And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham
sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever having to move
from his tent.

To prevent neighboring countries from overhearing what the drums were
saying, Dot devised a system that only she and the drummers knew. It was
known as Must Send Drum Over Sound (MSDOS), and she also developed a
language to transmit ideas and pictures – Hebrew to The People (HTTP).
And the young men did take to Dot Com’s trading as doth the greedy
horsefly take to camel dung. They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical
Rich Dominican Sybarites, or NERDS. And lo, the land was so feverish
with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one
noticed that the real riches were going to that enterprising drum
dealer, Brother William of Gates, who bought off every drum maker in the
land. Indeed he did insist on drums to be made that would work only with
Brother Gates’ drum-heads and drumsticks.
And Dot did say, “Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken
over by others.” And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel , or
eBay as it came to be known. He said, “We need a name that reflects what
we are.”
And Dot replied, “Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators.”

“YAHOO,” said Abraham. And because it was Dot’s idea, they named it
YAHOO Dot Com.
Abraham’s cousin, Joshua, being the young Gregarious Energetic
Educated Kid (GEEK) that he was, soon started using Dot’s drums to
locate things around the countryside.
It soon became known as God’s Own Official Guide to Locating
Everything (GOOGLE).
That is how it all began. And that’s the truth. I would not make up
this stuff.

To Write or Read

If you had to choose between being able to write a blog (but not read others’) and being able to read others’ blogs (but not write your own), which would you pick? Why?

This is a difficult question to answer.

I actually do not blog for other people, I blog for me. I write about what is on my mind or what interests me. If readers like it that is great but if they do not like it I go on with life.

There are things that I do for other people, I keep tract of some statistics for my church, I have taught Sunday school, I have made meals for families in grief or having just had a baby, I have taken care of friends, and other things for charity. I like knowing that some of what I have done has made someone’s life a little better, that they feel loved and cared for.

I do enjoy reading other people’s blogs though. I like to give feedback so that the bloggers know what they have written has been read and that someone took the time to share with them. I guess this comes from my innate desire to encourage – it is one of the ways in which I show my caring of others. While I get the whole “we do not do to gain praise from man” thing, I still feel that the pat on the back to show that what one does is noticed is always beneficial.

So I guess that my answer to the above question would be that I would rather be able to read the blogs of someone else than to write my own. Anyway I still keep a handwritten journal of the things I need to write out but want to remain private.

What about you? Which would you choose to do, blog or read?

Titles and Taglines

When I began this blog several years ago I decided that I wanted it to reflect who I am since this was going to be a blog of conversations from my point of view.

Who I am is an Alaskan. I have lived here since I was about 8 years old. I have a hard time seeing myself living anywhere else, mainly because the benefits of other locations just do not measure up to  where I live. If you have never been to Alaska you may have a hard time understanding how  this state can hook a person when it seems so harsh but if you ever have the opportunity to visit you will see what I mean.

autumn-trees-over-garage.jpg        backyard-3-dec-2007.jpg

These two were taken of my front yard.


musk-ox-mamas-under-pioneer1.jpg This one is of Pioneer Peak taken at the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer

      This is of a caribou on the North Slope of Alaska

One of two Bald Eagles that were at the church

One of two Bald Eagles that were at the church

I live in South Central Alaska just north of Anchorage, the largest and most populous city in the state. The climate leans toward cold but there are quite a few places in the Lower 48 (what we Alaskans refer to the Contiguous states) which have colder winters than we do.  The winters are dark but the summers are full of light.

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is larger than some states – I believe it is comparable in size to the state of West Virginia. This is the fastest growing area of Alaska. We have vast mountain ranges, fish filled rivers and lakes, wilderness galore and skies that never end. When I am gone from this place I actually long to come back as I miss it about as much as I miss the people here. I can look at the mountains and gain inspiration to write about a variety of subjects.

I believe that the title and tagline reflect this: I live in the Valley which many consider to be the heart of Alaska.

I hope that by reading some of my posts here you will begin a dream of visiting here.


Blogging 101: Assignment 1 – Introduction

I have decided to redo Blogging 101 that was working on in January because I did not do all the assignments – I am using my vacation to Hawaii as my excuse as to why I did not do the assignments.

I did do this one so I will just provide the link for you to go and read it here 

You can leave comments at the original post or with this one.

Social Media – It’s not all bad

Several years ago, I cannot recall just when, I joined Facebook to better keep in touch with friends and family who didn’t live close by, as well those that do it turned out. Social media is blamed for a lot of nasty stuff, I do not feel the need to go down that trail here and now, but it is amazing how much good has come from it as well.

Now I have not researched this by any means but I have seem many posts for missing children and many of those have been found with the help of social media. I have also see quite a few posts for missing pets and so many of those have been found and returned home. Then there are the posts showing an individual attempting to break into a home that is not their own and I love to hear about those people being caught and justice being served. There are accident reports, road closures, police reports, fires and other items that help our communities to not only keep in touch but help one another.

We all know there are the negative aspects of social media as well. While I know about them and do what I can to protect myself against those I prefer to focus on the good that can and does come as a result.

Because of the internet I have gained friends from around the United States and in foreign countries. I have been able to keep in contact with friends from high school who have moved away and have reconnected with friends from college. While I may not have the same relationship with them that I did back in the days when we were in school together it is still great to follow along with what has been happening in their lives. There are many more that I would like to reconnect with but I haven’t found them as of yet. These are the people who helped me to become who I am today. They formed some of my earliest memories that did not include my family. Sadly, few of them live close enough that I can actually spend time with them. The friends I have now are creating new memories for me to recall when I’m old! Not sure when that will be but it has been more than 30 years since I graduated high school.

You know, now that I think about it I should go through my friend list over on Facebook, find the friends from high school and college, and begin/renew conversations with them. I should also see about finding my yearbooks and old photographs so that I can share memories. There is that chance that I will find more friends from that time, reconnect and renew friendships, and find that while we have changed we are not so different after all these years.


So what are your views of social media? Do you love it? Do you hate it? How do you use it to improve and/or expand your life and circle of relationships?