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Kindness changes everything

In a world where you can be anything, be friendly, generous and considerate.

Publisher Lori Goodridge-Cribb flashes her favorite sign, the universal symbol for love.

What a year 2020 was. Over the next decades, what word will we use to describe the year that was? Unprecedented? Challenging? Perhaps hellacious? 

Fortunately, like fine wine and good cheese, the things we remember get better with age. One day you might look back at 2020 with rose-colored glasses, remembering it as the year you developed a new skill, formed a special bond or achieved a new milestone in life. I was blessed beyond measure with the birth of two 2020 grandbabies who are giving me a reason to smile each day (thank you Emma and Kinsley). Can’t say that about any other year! 

Just think of all the silver linings and lessons we have learned through all of this. The break in routine has given us time to reevaluate and restructure our lives. We’ve grown a new appreciation for essential workers, technology and hobbies. Pollution is down, pets are happier, working habits have forever changed, and we’ve learned the importance of personal hygiene (how many days we can go without showering). 

The best news of all: Generosity and community-mindedness are spiking. Kindness is the theme of this issue. It just feels like the right topic for right now. Inside we share small-but-mighty ideas that can brighten a person’s day. Leave a positive review for a small business, pay for someone’s morning coffee, and hold the door for as many people as you can. Interact with a friend’s social media post, cook a meal for someone, and send a “thinking of you” card to a relative or friend.

We feature many locals, communities and organizations who take kindness to the next level. We hope their stories will inspire you to spread a little kindness of your own. Let’s take what we’ve learned and make 2021 the best year ever! 

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“Happiness is the new rich. Inner peace is the new success. Health is the new wealth. Kindness is the new cool.” – Syed Balkhi

Recipe for kindness


1 part friendliness

1 part helpfulness

1 part laughter

1 part encouragement

1 sprinkle unconditional love


Mix together equal parts. Enjoy this treat frequently, and pass it on if you can!