Respect Within Reason: A Parental Dilemma

Respect is a complicated concept to grasp, even for adults. So, when it comes to our children and teaching them to give respect while also teaching ourselves to respect their wishes in turn, that can be a hard task. One of the concepts I’m dealing with is learning when my child means what she says or is what she just said just words and attention seeking behavior. Although only two years old my daughter is fiercely independent and strong-willed. She wants to do things herself and is determined. As proud as I am of this can-do attitude it can also be incredibly frightening. One day she said “Mommy, I find kitty” with a huge smile on her face. She ran…


Charity Begins at Hotspot Cafe & Alltech Computer, La Porte

The other day while I was out and about in the City of La Porte (an industrial hub close to Lake Michigan), I decided to shoot a few pictures with my Canon EOS Rebel T6i for some future blog posts for Kindness360. Well, during my picture taking excursion, my friend Justin and I decided we also needed to take an air-conditioned break inside one of the local restaurants – it was well into the 90s on this particular Saturday! As it happened, I remembered this small corner Cafe that I had visited a couple of times in the past for its AMAZING bubble tea and coffees. I couldn’t remember the name of this little Cafe but I did remember the…


When the Word Kindness Comes to Mind

Editors note: Dear readers, please read this post for its message and remember – kindness matters. We understand the writing is rough around the edges, but we have all decided this lovely little essay deserves to be included here because our author (known only by her name, Amal) has endured countless critiques and repeated rejections, but has shown us nothing but civility and kindness in her steadfast determination to share her stories with you. An Essay by Amal When the word kindness comes to mind,  I recall a time when a certain someone of importance to me,  lost the people that meant the world to them. They were pregnant, hurt and alone, it may be difficult to put their emotions…


Matthew Matheny, A Compassionate Loan Consultant with a Big Heart for A Homeless Veteran

If you’ve ever tried to purchase your own home, you can understand the high emotional and financial cost the entire house hunting and purchasing process can have on a first-time buyer. Just the mountain of paperwork and demanding credit history checks, alone, are almost insurmountable obstacles for any anyone no matter where they live. Simply put – home ownership is seldom an easy process. But what if you had to add the fact that you are homeless? And you are a military veteran with post-service scars? AND you are short on the money needed to secure the loan or guarantee the contract? If this were you, I’d say there was a real good chance you weren’t going to get into…

Poetry Corner

High School

Days feel like years, years feel like days. Mornings feel like nights, nights feel like mornings. Friends feel like family, family feels like friends. One time the cycle will end, and the next chapter of life will begin.