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or not – Random Acts of Kindness

December 27, 2010 5 comments

Being as it’s still the holiday season, I thought I would continue with another “or not” posting and remind you that there are some who could use some help, kindness and friendship at this time of year.

This was originally posted in October 2010.

Random Acts of Kindness

By Rosemary Bell

The week November 8 – 14 in 2010 is designated World Kindness Week.

This is observed in communities all around the world and can help to bring a community together.

It’s an opportunity for people to perform a small act of kindness for someone for absolutely no reason at all. Some have been known to print up business cards with a Pay It Forward message asking them to return the kindness to someone else that day. Some communities also offer posters that can be posted in your community, office or apartment building to spread the message.

There are plenty of acts you can do for strangers that won’t cost you a thing. Some of them are:

– Let someone into line with fewer items than you at the store
– Open and hold a door for someone
– Help someone obviously struggling with a heavy load
– Carry groceries to the car and return the cart for a parent with a child, or a senior etc
– Safely assist someone in need of roadside help
– Let someone into the line of traffic
– If you see someone who has locked themselves out of their car, offer to make a phone call for them
– Give up your seat on the bus for someone who needs to sit
– Pump gas for someone at self-serve
– Thank a police officer/firefighter and stop to consider what would happen to our community without them

Some ideas you can do for family, friends or neighbours:

– Invite someone to dinner who is alone or on their own
– Visit a shut-in, elderly friend, or someone who is sick
– Offer a ride to someone to appointment, shopping etc
– Offer your services of childcare to allow a new mother some personal time
– Take the garbage out for your neighbour
– Help rake your neighbour’s leaves
– Offer to fix or repair items for someone who doesn’t have the skill set to do it themselves

Speaking from experience, there is one act of kindness I know would be really appreciated. If you know someone who spends all their time (24/7) looking after a sick family member, offer them some of your time. Let them know that you will take over for the day or evening. Being a caregiver 24/7 can be quite stressful and a little time off does wonders for the mind knowing that someone responsible is looking after their loved one.

For more information you can check out:

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation

On Facebook

What acts of kindness can or have you performed?

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or not – Nothing today but Christmas Cheer

December 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Merry Christmas!

Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday.


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or not – Some Favourite Christmas Songs

December 22, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s the time of year when we should be feeling happy and spending good times with family and friends.  I’m hoping this will bring some good memories to mind. Enjoy!

Christmas Songs – Early Years, Later Years & Traditional Christmas Carols

By Rosemary Bell

It’s the holidays and you’re hearing Christmas songs everywhere you go. As each year passes, it seems that more and more stores and establishments are playing it.

I love hearing Christmas music, but not all day long. Several years ago my favourite radio station on December 1 started playing Christmas music 24 hours per day. They still had their news reports and all the chit-chat but the music was all Christmas.

It used to be just Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but when they started this, I found another station to listen to. That is, until Christmas finally arrived, because they do play some of the best variety of Christmas songs. The old time favourites, the traditional Christmas Carols and the songs that make it to the music charts.

This list isn’t at all inclusive, I know what music I like but I often can’t remember the song title or the artist. So I’ve had some fun putting this list together by visiting YouTube and listening to the songs.

These are my favourites – in no particular order.

The Early Years

White Christmas – Bing Crosby
The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – The Ronettes
Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
Little Drummer Boy – The Harry Simeone Chorale
Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer – Gene Autry
Here Comes Santa Claus – Gene Autry
A Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives
When a Child Is Born – Johnny Mathis

The Later Years

Mary’s Boy Child – Harry Belafonte
Mary’s Boy Child – Boney M., 1978
What Child is This – Moody Blues
When A Child is Born – Moody Blues
Peace on Earth (Little Drummer Boy) – Bing Crosby & David Bowie
Happy Christmas – John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid 1984
– The first ever multi-artist charity single, this track was recorded in Christmas 1984 by a host of celebrity vocalists to raise money for the famine in Ethiopia.
Last Christmas – Wham
All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Bruce Springsteen
Hallelujah Leonard Cohen (others Jeff Buckley, K.D. Lang and more)
Mull of Kintyre – Paul McCartney & Wings

Following is the list of traditional Christmas Carols.

1. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
2. O Come All Ye Faithful
3. Silent Night
4. O Little Town of Bethlehem
5. Angels We Have Heard on High
6. O Holy Night
7. Away in a Manger
8. Good Christian Men, Rejoice
9. What Child Is This?
10. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
11. Go Tell It on the Mountain
12. Joy to the World
13. First Noel, The
14. We Three Kings
15. Little Drummer Boy, The
16. I’ll Be Home for Christmas
17. Deck the Halls
18. White Christmas
19. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
20. Jingle Bells
21. O Christmas Tree
22. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
23. Silver Bells
24. Winter Wonderland
25. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Some songs have been listed more than once because of the different versions.

If you haven’t put together a Christmas music playlist yet, here’s an opportunity for you.

Just head over to YouTube, copy and paste the titles from these lists and search for the titles and then add to your favourites. You can find some real gems here.

If you don’t have an account, it’s easy to create one and add your own personal playlist of Christmas songs.

Everyone has their favourites, what are yours?

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Find your Christmas songs here.


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or not – Can’t have anything annoying today because…

December 19, 2010 1 comment

Today, my daughter is coming home for Christmas. She lives clear across the country in Vancouver, and I refuse to think of annoying things today.

Today is a happy day, to smile and be thankful for my beautiful child who has grown into a beautiful young adult.

Your children are special, cherish them and enjoy every minute you’re allowed to spend with them.

I know I will, so for today,
there’s nothing bugging me today!

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