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Yesterday I received the Best Valentine’s Day present ever!  I took a hike on one of my favorite East Bay hills trails, preferred because of its views of San Francisco Bay and its relative isolation. Yesterday, however, there were lots of hikers. At one point I detoured down a side trail for reasons best left to your imagination.  Back on the main trail, I never noticed my phone was missing. 

I went home, took a nap, and woke to learn that my daughter had called me and instead reached the very kind woman who picked up my phone on the side trail.  My phone is not only valuable in and of itself; it is also in a case which holds a credit card, my health plan card and my driver’s license—in other words, MY OFFICIAL LIFE! I called the most honest woman in the world back and arranged to pick up the phone at her house.  She refused any reward and said she felt good simply “sending kindness out into the world.”  Amen, Ms. Very Good Person.  And a Happy and Kind Valentine’s Day to you.

Have a Kind Week!



About Alexis

Alexis Rankin Popik, author of Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate, is an award-winning short story writer whose work has appeared in The Berkshire Review and Potpourri Magazine. She has penned numerous articles about local history that have been published in Connecticut Explored and the University of Connecticut School of Law and The Hartford Seminary publications. A former union organizer, Popik traveled the country educating shipyard workers about health and safety and founded a labor-management health plan before turning to writing fiction full-time. She lives with her husband in New England.
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