Happy Turkey Day!

The other night, I went to Target to return a pretty large item. I opened the back of my SUV and tried to pull out the box. As I was clumsily maneuvering the package into my cart, I heard this complete stranger say, "Here, let me help you with that." She took one end of the box and helped me put it upright into the cart. I kept repeating, "Thank you." I wanted to let her know how much I really appreciated her help. She just smiled and said, "No problem. I'm sure you'd do the same."

I have never seen her again, but I have been thinking about her "Random Act of Kindness" and how such a simple act can mean so much. Since I moved to Bakersfield, I feel our community has a "kind" spirit, and I have seen more serviceable acts than I can count.

In the early 1980s, peace activist Anne Herbert coined the phrase, "Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty." This concept became particularly popular after the book, "Random Acts of Kindness," was published in 1993.

The Thanksgiving holiday season is a perfect time to engage this compassionate spirit. November celebrates "Random Acts of Kindness" week from November 9 through 15 and "World Kindness Day" on November 13. The foundation sponsoring the week hopes to launch people into action and cause a "kindness revolution." You can find out more about these events at www.actsofkindness.org.

November also commemorates Veteran's Day on November 11th a great time to thank the more than 23,000,000 American veterans who have made sacrifices for our freedom. In Joan H. Haskins's Nanny's Story Time, "Love Letters for Afghanistan" on page 11, she writes about this important holiday.

This month is also designated as "Diabetes Awareness Month." Check out the article "Diabetes & Kids" by Kathy Sena on page 8 to find out the differences between Type I, Type II, and Gestational Diabetes. You can participate in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes on November 7 at Yokuts Park. For more information, visit www.jdrf.org.

In Rick Epstein's Article, "A Child Glimpses Heaven on Earth" on page 17, he writes about how he fielded a volley of questions from his five-year-old daughter regarding the uncertainties of death and the afterlife. He's impressed with how inquisitive a young child's mind can be on such important matters.

Speaking of children, Tracie Grimes's Humor at Home article, "Lamentations of a Mom at Thanksgiving" on page 13, focuses on Thanksgiving from the mom's perspective. She writes about sometimes feeling unappreciated but finding the spirit of love and compassion during this season full of gratefulness and feasting.

In the Mother's, Shakers, and Community Makers article, "Raising the Bar" on page 12, I had a lot of fun collecting bar-type recipes from local women in the legal field. Check out these scrumptious recipes from Lorna Brumfield, Kern County Superior Court Judge, Tara Haner, former attorney and now stay-at-home mom, Kelly Giblin, firm administrator and a paralegal for the law firm of LeBeau-Thelen, and Lisa Green, Chief Deputy District Attorney.

KCFM's publisher, LJ Corby, also wanted to share her bar-type recipe for our readers. Here's her delicious Simple Scotch Shortbread.

November begins the holiday season, and with it comes a chance for us to serve and help others in need. I hope we all perform a "Random Act of Kindness" during its designated week. Maybe we can start our own "kindness revolution" in Bakersfield!

Happy Turkey Day Enjoy the leftovers!!!!

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