My son, Matt, was an incredibly amazing human being. His charismatic charm, bright beaming smile, and genuine goodness drew everyone he met to him. He was contagiously happy, with a huge capacity for optimism and compassion. You can read more about him and how in his short 32 years he impacted more lives than most people do in a lifetime. He inspires me to be a better person. Maybe he will inspire you too. His kindness will ripple on forever. – Jackie Kurtz
In this blog I’ll share stories that inspire, make you think, cause concern and make you laugh. ENJOY.
Kelli Lewis is incredibly brave. She allowed a reporter into her home to share what life is like with her 11-year-old son who was diagnosed with schizophrenia. She is putting herself out there, and in the process educating so many people who have no idea what it can be like to live with someone diagnosed with serious mental illness. It’s not something that’s talked about. There’s a huge stigma around mental illness and she’s opening herself up to all kinds of judgments and opinions from people who have no idea how difficult it can be.
Thanks to our generous donors, we are thrilled to announce two winners of our Kindness Award, Sonia Su and Agha Haider. Both of them go above and beyond to help others and we’re blown away by their compassion, their selflessness, and their ability to get other people to share in their vision of helping those in need. Their acts of kindness have rippled out and touched thousands of lives. They’re incredible and we’re so proud to have them as part of our MKRO family.
A ray of sunshine in a sea of negativity. We’re living in unprecedented times with so much negativity surrounding us, it’s worrying, stressful, and exhausting. In the middle of this, I heard some good news that left me feeling hopeful.
I’m excited to share with you about an organization that blew me away. It’s started around 2016, but I just found out about them and participated in one of their online zoom debates with 1600 people around the country. My husband, Ron, also participated, and afterward, he said, “This is the first thing in a very long time that gives me hope that Republicans and Democrats can have civil conversations.”
I’ve been thinking about all the people out on the west coast who can’t go outside because of the fires, I’m so sorry.I just want to say that you’re in our thoughts. Stay safe. For the rest of us, much gratitude that you are able to get out and enjoy nature.
There’s no better time than now to get out in nature. Our world is stressful with COVID, home-schooling, politics, racial injustice, financial worries, social distancing, and more. Life is stressful, nature heals.
Everyone is waiting for the magic bullet, the Covid-19 vaccine, to bring some normalcy back to our lives. We all want to be able to get back to hugging our loved ones, inviting people over for celebrations, going out to dinner, shows, and sporting events. But for now, we’re in limbo trying to figure out the best way to stay safe, keeping our distance from loved ones, wearing our masks, and fearfully watching the number of cases and deaths rise every day.