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Milk of Kindness

A GLASS OF MILK (an embellished true story)

One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.

Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water! . She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it so slowly, and then asked, How much do I owe you?”

You don’t owe me anything,” she replied. “Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness.”

He said … “Then I thank you from my heart.”

As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit.

Many years later that same young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease.

Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes.

Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room.

Dressed in his doctor’s gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once.

He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to her case.

After a long struggle, the battle was won.

Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge, and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words …

“Paid in full with one glass of milk”

(Signed) Dr. Howard Kelly.

Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: “Thank You, God, that Your love has spread broad through human hearts and hands.”

I have learned (through Snopes.com) that this beautiful story is based on a true story; however, it has been embellished a bit to make it even more heart-warming. Dr. Howard Kelly was born in 1858 and lived until 1943. He became a distinguished physician and one of the founders of Johns Hopkins Hospital and University (the first medical research university in the United States). In 1895 he established the department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the medical school.

According to a first-hand account biography written by Audrey Davis, a long time friend of Dr. Kelly’s, the story of the bill paid in full by the glass of milk is true. Here is the real account:

On a hiking trip up through Northern Pennsylvania one spring, Howard Kelly stopped by a small farmhouse for a drink of cool spring water. A little girl answered his knock and instead of water brought him a glass of fresh milk. After a short friendly visit, he went on his way. Some years later, that same little girl came to him for an operation. Just before she left for home, her bill was brought into her room and across its face was written in a bold hand, “Paid in full with one glass of milk.”

Here is an interesting fact about Dr. Kelly and the distinguished medical profession of the Victorian period and the turn of the 19th century. During his time as a physician he was known and criticized for charging inflated fees to those who could afford it, and underwrote 75% of his cases. In other words, a majority of his patients were given free medical care. Yes, it may have been on the backs of those who had more than enough money, but during his time there was no provisions like medical insurance or medic-aid for those who were less fortunate.

There’s a saying which goes something like this: Bread cast on the water comes back to you. The good deed you do today may benefit you or someone you love at the least expected time. If you never see the deed again at least you will have made the world a better place – And, after all, isn’t that what life is all about?

Summer Fun

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.
— James Dent

A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.
— St. Francis of Assisi

Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.
— Russel Baker

Today the sweltering heat where I live has profoundly reminded me that summer is HERE! It is a time when many are taking breaks, school is out, children are everywhere and people are engaging in many fun activities and events. Summer fun for me include:

Visits to the beach, amusement parks, outdoor concerts, festivals, barbecues, swimming pools, sun bathing, gardening, bike riding, nature walking, hiking, daydreaming, doing art outdoors, watermelon, ice cream, ice cold lemonade or sun-brewed ice tea, home-grown tomatoes, fresh-picked strawberries and other homegrown delights, blowing dandelion seed pods and bubbles, fireworks, longer days, warm nights, fireflies/lightning bugs, brief summer storms, the scent of honeysuckle, and seeing rainbows and butterflies…and oh, so much more.

The key to summer fun (or any seasonal fun) is to embrace the moments and the simple things. It is not about making every event and doing it all. It is about enjoying and savoring the moments, like when a couple of butterflies dance in your garden for a few minutes or sitting out late on a summer night in your pajamas counting shooting stars.

What does summer fun mean to you?

By the way, today is Sasha’s birthday (my wonderful furbaby). She is 4 years old.


It takes both rain and sunshine to make a rainbow.

There is so much wisdom in this statement. Not everyday can be or should be sunshine. We also need the rain, not only for rainbows but to nurture the earth, the plants and life. The storms in our lives help us to appreciate the blessings we do have in our lives and each other. It is during those tumultuous times when the kindness of others can be our rainbows, if we are open to feel the sunshine and count our blessings.

Reaching out to others and saying, “hey, I could use a little support, love or kindness, here” opens up the opportunity for others to be that rainbow in our lives. It is those times where we need to let go of our pride and humble ourselves to humanity. Let us bring out the best in others by showing others that their love and kindness is appreciated and valued and needed. Who are the rainbows in your life? What have you done lately to show them your gratitude? 

Simply BLiss-behaving

BLISS-behaving is a term I coined to describe how I enjoy behaving…BLISSFULLY!!! It is fun to BLISS-behave as you are spreading your bliss everywhere you go. It is a positive way to be!

I indulge in happiness and bliss whenever I can even when I may start out feeling blah for whatever reason (the weather or an ailment). As soon as I engage in bliss-behaving, I begin to feel more energetic and joyful. One of my favorite things to do to bliss-behave is to play my favorite music, which is usually upbeat and energetic. Then any activity I do becomes play instead of work or a chore.

Bliss-behaving also describes what I do when I engage others in positive experiences like paying one a compliment, holding open a door, sharing a Gift of Love or simply a smile. It is playful and positive action where love and kindness are spread. And, the more I bliss-behave the more joyful I feel!

What does simply BLISS-behaving mean to you? What can you do to bliss-behave?

A Community of Angels


“We are, each of us, angels with only one wing, and we can only fly embracing each other.”
– Luciano Decrescenzo

We need each other. To deny this simple fact would be foolish. Oh, sure, we could survive without others, but to truly live, soar and be happy, it takes us to be in commune with others. It is spiritually uplifting to embrace others and be love for others. Look at children. They gravitate towards each other, play and embrace. We can learn so much from this young community of angels. 

Giving With Joy

Bill Clinton once stated, “…when we give what we can, and give it with joy, we don’t just renew the American tradition of giving, we also renew ourselves.”  I know this to be absolutely true as I continue with my Gift of Love campaign. I have been giving each work of art, the hand painted bags, to individuals with joy; and, in return, I felt renewed and uplifted. I have not been giving out these Gifts of Love for this feeling. My greatest desire is to be able to give to the world what I feel in my heart…love and kindness, which are things we all need in order to create positive changes. It is my desire model the behaviors for which I would love to see in the world. I feel so blessed and grateful to receive such positive feelings in return for each gift I have given.

Whether it is a work of art from your heart, or a donation, a gift for a special occasion, an uplifting remark, or simply a heartwarming smile, you will find when you give anything with joy, you will get a sense of warmth in your own heart. This renewal or spark can be quite addicting. I encourage you to try it.

Harmony and Happiness


“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~~ Mahatma Gandhi

Happiness truly begins with our thoughts and when these thoughts are aligned with what we say and do, badda-boom-badda-bing, happiness. How can you not be happy when all three things are in harmony. Reflect upon and examine those times when you have been the happiest. Were your thoughts, words and actions in harmony?

Here is a simple example, when I am working on a piece of artwork or writing, I am thinking to myself this is going to be wonderful…I say to myself, “this is my best work, yet,” as I am working on my project. I am engaged in creating and it evolves into a really wonderful piece, whether it is writing or art. The positive thinking got me to my wonderfully produced piece. The bliss that evolved was from the combination of the thoughts, oral expression and action in alignment. It seems like magic, doesn’t it? “Thoughts become things, make them good ones” (the Universe aka Mike Dooley).

Mike Dooley Rocks

I had the opportunity to meet Mike Dooley (best-selling book author…Infinite Possibilities and Manifesting Change; also known for his infamous and inspiring TUT e-mails). He was in Virginia Beach these past couple of days and I got to experience: Playing the Matrix and Getting What You (Really) Want. Mike Dooley created and introduced, The Matrix,” during his last tour, “Manifesting Change.”

 Mike explained that The Matrix,” reveals the interconnectedness of all your dreamsand how they flow together, which when played “properly” will ultimately bring you your greatest happiness and fastest life changes. It explains why “manifesting” sometimes works with incredible ease, and why at other times it seems virtually impossible.

It was an incredible program! I learned so much and came out of it reignited to manifest my hopes and desires of having a successful career utilizing all my talents to create a more joyful, loving and kind world free of bullying. Mike made each of us feel special and kept us enthralled with all his anecdotes and enthusiasm. And, I got my share of hugs from Mr. Dooley. I am so elated right now! Can you tell? If you can, I encourage each of you to attend one of his sessions during this World Tour! You will ENJOY it!

We Are Relatives

With all things and in all things, we are relatives. ~ Sioux

Every living being is connected to each other. We affect each other in many different ways and in so many levels. When people become aware that when their thoughts, emotions, words and actions truly affect everyone, not just to whom or what they were directing their thoughts, emotions, words or actions, then love and kindness can start to grow and prevail. Furthermore, these things come back to affect ourselves. Joy begets more joy. Sadness and anger tends to beget more sadness and anger.

If people can truly see that we are all connected, then we can become compassionate. Would you pass your loved ones on the street if they were in need? No. But, many will pass by those whom they feel no connection, right? The road to enlightenment and true Christianity is being able to see everyone as Jesus does, as beloved friends and family. The question we must continue to ask ourselves, can we and will we do that? It is truly up to you and me.

Victory for Latest Bullying Survivor

This is a great story; a topic that is dear to my heart!!

Victory for Latest Bullying Survivor.

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