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Bagel Mom

By Deborah Elkins
July 14, 2014
File under: Empathy, Food Supply, Food Waste, Social Responsibility

No act of kindness however small is ever wasted. ~Aesop

The Bagel Mom Movement all started with a donation of bagels from a mom who knew that unsold bagels go to waste and who approached local shop owners, Ted and Patra Cichowski  of New York Bagel in Brentwood.

That one container of bagels fed hundreds of children at Paul Revere Middle School. In order to bring bagels to kids that need a little more, you have to offer bagels to everyone. Some kids really are hungry and may have skipped breakfast, but other kids are just happy to get some kind of attention… a bit of love and kindness in the gift of a bagel.

It is an honor and a privilege to be the ‘Bagel Mom.’ Every act of kindness has a ripple effect and the Bagel Mom Program has been just that.

I had no idea when I began this effort with one supply of bagels where it would lead. There was no intention or plan to be Bagel Mom; there was just the obvious waste and a corresponding need. There were kids slipping through the cracks at my schools for many different reasons who just do not have enough to eat. …read more of Bagel Mom here

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The Cost of Kindness

By Lissa Coffey
January 26, 2011
File under: Empathy, Relationships


“Kindness gives birth to kindness.”  Sophocles 

The world is in pain. We are feeling the effects of crisis on every level. We are suffering. When we are in this condition and feeling weak, our first reaction is often to fight, to lash out, to argue, accuse, bully, complain and to blame. But that only creates more suffering. And so it goes, and has been going, over the centuries.

But this doesn’t have to be the human condition. We have choices. And by now we really do need to know better and choose differently. …read more of The Cost of Kindness here

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Moving On: The Greatest Gift You Can Give to Yourself

By Sunny Massad Ph.D.
September 21, 2010
File under: Empathy, Positive Psychology, Relationships


The ability to survive insurmountable obstacles is a living testament to the resilience of the human spirit. There are as many people who thrive, despite their challenging past, indeed, maybe even because of their past, as there are people who feel victimized by their histories.

While it can certainly be challenging to “keep the faith” when your world feels like it is crumbling before your very eyes, or to take care of yourself when no one else does, life does not have to be one constant struggle after another.

There are other, more graceful ways to move through life than simply bouncing from one dramatic experience to another. …read more of Moving On: The Greatest Gift You Can Give to Yourself here

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