What a Story

This Tender Land

This Tender Land by William Kent Kruger, is the best book I’ve read in years. I couldn’t put it down. It felt like a Mark Twain or John Steinbeck type of book, covering the depression era and following four kids on an epic journey. The book is so beautifully written, that I now have to go read some of Kruger’s other books. I highly recommend this book, take the journey, fall in love with the four kids, Albert, Odie, Emmy, and Mose, and prepare to have your emotions jerked all over the place. Continue reading What a Story

Announcing Matt Kurtz Kindness Award Winners for May 2022

Kindness Award Winner Peter Mutabazi
Kindness Award Winner Valerian Hinkley

Thanks again to our generous donors, we are thrilled to announce two winners of our Kindness Award, Peter Mutabazi and Valerianne Hinkley.  Both of them go above and beyond to help others and we’re blown away by their compassion and selflessness. Their acts of kindness have rippled out and touched the lives of so many.  They’re incredible and we’re so proud to have them as part of our MKRO family.

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Feeling Hopeful on Earth Day

Earth Day 2022

“Our attempt to subordinate all of nature to human use — has led us to the brink of collapse of the Earth’s life support systems”— Judi Bari, forest activist”

Yet, as we’re coming up on Earth Day, this is not the time to be pessimistic, it’s a time for hope. Hope inspires us to take action and our actions ripple out, inspire others, and before you know it, we’ve created a wave of action.

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7 Inspirational People Who Make Kindness a Way of Life

Unexpected Kindness

News around the world has been particularly disturbing and stressful so now’s a good time to hear about people who make our world better with their kindness. We hear too much from the extreme voices in the news and social media, but they don’t represent us. Today I’m sharing with you a few nominations we’ve gotten of people who inspire us with their kind hearts. I wish we could give all of them Matt’s Kindness Awards, they so deserve it.  

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Courage and Kindness in Ukraine

Kyiv Ukraine
Kyiv, Ukraine, was a beautiful cosmopolitan city before the bombing.

It’s incredibly sad the Ukrainian people continue to suffer when all they want is freedom. In spite of Putin’s brutal and unprovoked attacks, the Ukrainian people have shown remarkable courage, strength, and hope. It’s been gratifying seeing the kindness of humanity, people reaching out all over the world to help in any way they can. Those kindnesses contribute to a sense of hope and help the Ukrainian people bear the unbearable as they fight for their freedom.

Here are stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Acts of kindness that are giving the world hope and acts of courage that are inspirational.

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Help for Serious Mental Illness and Matt’s 37th Birthday

Mental Illness You are Not alone

Matt would be 37 years old today. While we’ve had to live five years without Matt and learned how to live and find some happiness in spite of our grief, there’s not a day that goes by that we don’t hurt from missing him.  We are grateful for the 32 years of wonderful memories we shared with Matt that make us smile and warm our aching hearts, but we miss him so much.  

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