Tag Archives: kindness

Tell me, what would they see in your eyes?

On a downtown street in Lansing, Mich., a woman asked for our help. She was with her daughter, about 7 years old. We could see in the woman’s eyes several things: warmth, strength, wariness. In the young girl’s, shyness. Perhaps … Continue reading

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‘Thanks for noticing’

I see plenty of unhappiness and misery in downtown Syracuse, but today’s encounter was heartbreaking. With my $7 lunch in hand, I strolled toward Columbus Circle, the city’s busiest pedestrian cut-through. I walked by the statue of Christopher Columbus, where … Continue reading

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A gift for James on his 50th birthday — a home

A few weeks ago I asked my homeless friend James what he thought about his upcoming 50th birthday. “It’s just another day,” he said as he sorted returnable bottles and cans before taking them to the redemption center. “Just another … Continue reading

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An exceptional man and his journey: Exhibit B

Yesterday I gave an update on Brian D’Apice and his 10,000-mile Bicycle Around America solo trek for charity. Today brings the tale of another exceptional man on a very different journey. Here in Central New York, my homeless friend James … Continue reading

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Bicycle Around America: It’s all about gratitude and compassion

Brian D’Apice is more than 800 miles into his 10,000-mile Bicycle Around America, a solo journey around the perimeter of the lower 48 United States. Gratitude and compassion are the driving forces behind Brian’s ride, which is helping two international charities. After two tours in … Continue reading

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Why the sense of urgency? The numbers don’t lie

I turned 58 a week ago. Amid all the birthday cheer on Facebook was a post from a childhood friend, sharing that his mom had died that very morning. That sad news reinforced what I wrote the next day to thank … Continue reading

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Unconditional kindness: the gift of a pair of size 8 shoes

Those who have the least often give the most. My homeless friend James has a brand new pair of shoes, courtesy of a woman who works at a Dunkin’ Donuts. James walks several miles a day collecting returnable bottles and cans, … Continue reading

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A simply beautiful thing, and an ingenious way to share it

These lilacs bloom in our dooryard each spring, but of course their beauty is fleeting. So it’s best to share it while you can, and not just with a visual. Two mornings ago, before heading off to the university where … Continue reading

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Is it worth the risk for a business to help the homeless?

An encounter in a restaurant today confirmed a pattern I’ve noticed in the treatment of my city’s homeless and destitute. I’ve come across several local businesses — restaurants, mainly — that extend kindness, either with free food or coffee, a place to … Continue reading

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Photo 101, Day 6: The human connection

“Connect” can be represented in many ways, literally and figuratively. I went for a little of both — the item on the table between these two people, and the concept of human connection. On the right is Eric, 46, a homeless man in Syracuse, … Continue reading

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