Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Tuesday Coffee Chat: Random Acts of Kindness

Tuesday Coffee Chat is hosted by Rory Bore at Ink Interrupted.

This week, she is talking about Random Acts of Kindness, asking if we are planning any as part of the holiday season.

Well, if by planning in the traditional sense of knowing ahead of time exactly what i'm going to do and when, well, the answer is no.

Because, well, i kind of like to keep it random.

The stuff i plan is different -- the toys for the toy drive, the time spent at the homeless ministry, certain charities to which we give, buying for Angel Tree Ministry and Operation Christmas Child.  Those are planned.

The random stuff simply isn't.  It's the things i will end up doing because the chance pops up and i do it.  Last year one chance came when i stopped to buy a hot meal for two very cold and hungry homeless men, and one pointed out that they did not have coats.  My next stop was to buy coats for them, and go back and give the coats to them, along with something they almost never see, a second hot meal in the same day.

This year, well, my eyes are open, and a few small opportunities have been seized.  More opportunities will come up, though, and i'm watching for them intently.

One thing i can tell you is that, if someone is out begging on the streets in any other season of the year, it might be a person in need, and it might be a scam.  If the person is out there in the cold of winter, it's not a scam.  That's a person in need.

With Sweetie still searching for a job, things are tight and getting tighter right now, but that doesn't matter.  Something has been set aside, and when the right moment pops up, it is there and will be used.

It's the best thing in the world you can do with money -- give it away, or use it to help someone else.  Search for your own Random Act of Kindness to perform, and see for yourself.

Today is:

Battle Day -- Falkland Islands

Be Someone's Pillow While You Watch TV Night -- a good idea, i guess, especially if it is cold

Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) -- Buddhism (especially among Zen Buddhists, and in Japan, a celebration of the Buddha's enlightenment)


Constitution Day -- Northern Mariana Islands; Romania; Uzbekistan(Konstitutsiya Kuni)

Dita Kombetare e Rinise -- Albania (National Youth Day)

Feast of the Immaculate Conception -- Roman Catholic Holy Day of Obligation; recognized holiday in Andorra; Argentina; Austria; Chile; Columbia; East Timor; Equatorial Guinea(Patrona de Guinea Ecuatorial); Holy See(Vatican City); Italy; Liechtenstein; Macau; Malta; Monaco; Nicaragua(Fiesta de la Griteria); Paraguay; Peru; Portugal; San Marino; Seychelles; Spain; Switzerland; special observances
     Dia de las Playas -- Uruguay (Day of the Beaches, a/k/a Family Day or Blessing of the Waters Day; official opening day of beach season, marked with a ceremonial blessing by a priest, as well as sailing regattas, horse races, and more)
     Festa da Conceição da Praia -- Salvador da Bahia, Brazil (syncretic celebration of Yemanjá, Queen of the Ocean and the Immaculate Conception)
     Festival of Lights -- Lyon

Festival of Tiberinus -- Ancient Roman Empire (guardian of the Tiber River)

Mother's Day -- Panama

National Chocolate Brownie Day

National Students' Day -- Bulgaria (studentski praznik)

Popeye Day -- birth anniversary of his creator, Elzie Crisler Segar

Pretend to Be A Time Traveler Day -- although some sites say this day was actually cancelled in 2015, others suggest dressing up as if you are from a dystopian future and running up to people, asking them what year it is, when they answer say, "Then there's still time!" and dash off.  Just don't get arrested if you try it at home, okay?

Santa Marian Kamelen -- Guam (Our Lady of Camarin Day)

St. Kliment Ohirdski -- Macedonia (St. Clement of Ohrid's Day)

Take It In the Ear Day -- a bizarre and unexplainable internet generated holiday; and by the way, your ENT will tell you not to put anything in your ear that is smaller than your elbow

Virgin de Caacupe -- Paraguay (Nuestra Senora de Caacupe/Our Lady of Miracles of Caacupe, patroness of Paraguay)

Winter Flowers Day -- internet generated, a day to find and enjoy whatever flowers are still blooming right now

Anniversary Today:

American Federation of Labor founded, 1886

Birthdays Today:

Ian Somerhalder, 1978
Dominic Monaghan, 1976
Sinead O'Connor, 1966
Teri Hatcher, 1964
Ann Coulter, 1961
Kim Basinger, 1953
Sam Kinison, 1953
Gregg Allman, 1947
Mary Woronov, 1946
Jim Morrison, 1943
"Red" Berenson, 1941
James Galway, 1939
James MacArthur, 1937
David Carradine, 1936
Flip Wilson, 1933
Maximilian Schell, 1930
Sammy Davis, Jr. 1925
Richard Fleischer, 1916
Lee J. Cobb, 1911
James Thurber, 1894
Elzie Crisler Segar, 1894
Diego Rivera, 1886
Jean Sibelius, 1865
Willam C. "Billy" Durant, 1861
Eli Whitney, 1765
Mary, Queen of Scots, 1542
Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Roman writer, BC65

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"(Musical), 1949
"Green Grow the Lilacs"(Musical; precursor to "Oklahoma"), 1930

Today in History

Daitokuji temple, Rinzai line, established in Kyoto by Daito Kokushi, 1326
Biblioteca Ambrosiana opens its reading room, the second public library of Europe, 1609
The Mexican border town Ciudad Juárez is founded by Fray García de San Francisco, 1659
Margaret Hughes becomes the first actress to appear on an English public stage, playing the role of Desdemona in a production of Shakespeare's play Othello, 1660
Vienna's Ring Theater is destroyed by fire, killing over 600, 1881
The American Federation of Labor is formed by 26 individual craft unions, and Samuel Gompers is elected its first president, 1886
The Japanese military police launch a violent suppression of the religious sect Oomoto, 1935
The Chinese Nationalist government moves from mainland China to Formosa, 1949
John Lennon is murdered, 1980
The leaders of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine sign an agreement dissolving the Soviet Union and establishing the Commonwealth of Independent States, 1991
The Cuzco Declaration is signed in Cuzco, Peru, establishing the South American Community of Nations, 2004
Kirsty Williams is elected the first female leader of a political party in Wales, the Welsh Liberal Democrats, 2008
With the second launch of the SpaceX Dragon, SpaceX becomes the first privately held company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft, 2010
Japan's Gvernment apologizes to Canada for the treatment of its POWs during WWII, 2011
Egyptian President Morsi agrees to not expand his powers but declares the referendums on a new constitution will be enacted, 2012
In Kiev, Russia, protestors topple the last surviving monument to Lenin, 2013


  1. That's a really awesome attitude to have and way to be. Random acts of kindness are the best.

  2. For years now I've been saying I want to volunteer at a shelter helping feed the homeless But at this point I'm sound like a broken record and really need to actually do it. Thank you for the nudge. And many blessings to you and Sweetie!

  3. You do like we do...when you see the need and all year around. We give a lot, and often it's in different places. I love your family.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  4. I firmly believe that what goes around comes around and your charity will be rewarded sooner or later and I do hope it is sooner!

  5. You embody the true spirit of the season.

  6. A great reminder!! I should try and be prepared for the more spontaneous and unexpected opportunities too. It's easy enough to purge the house of toys and clothes, drop an extra can in the food bank bin; all good things. But how many chances do I miss in a day because I am not aware?

  7. This is awesome! If only everyone just took a minute to be aware of their surroundings to see the real picture!


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