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The Six Pillars of Character and Awkward Apology Letters

By Monica Nelson Our young son has been in his share of trouble. Mostly, at school, but other places too. As part of his discipline regimen, we (started by the school) have required him to write apology letters to the people he has hurt. The school on several occasions, when he seemed to care little for what was happening to him, added another consequence in the form of writing out the Six Pillars of Character. For those who are not familiar with these, they are Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship, along with a description of what each of those mean in terms of behavior. Over the years, we … Continue reading

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Becoming a Deeper Level of Kind

By Monica Nelson Years ago I had a friend, Robin. Robin was neither ugly nor was she outstandingly attractive. But Robin attracted everyone – men, women, children, everyone loved Robin from the moment they came within a few feet of her. And they, in fact, seemed to flock to her in groves. I found this an interesting phenomenon. So much so, I set about trying to discover what it was about Robin that drew people to her like hummingbirds to sugar water. Over a few months time, I analyzed Robin’s interactions with everyone she came in contact with, as well as myself. What I found was that Robin’s special trait, … Continue reading

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