By Ryan Smith
“I am serving my second tour in Iraq. This time I get to work with the Iraqi people every day,” local soldier Brian Wilson wrote in a recent post. “I have never seen so many acts of kindness in my life.”
Back at home in Meadville, Wilson’s wife, Amy, is busy at what she said is her own effort to “inspire small, random acts of kindness” on her new blog, the “Kindness Korner” (at kindnesskorner.blogspot.com).
“With things the way they are in the world, I think people are feeling bleak and losing hope,” said the 33-year-old mother of two. “I created the blog/art project hoping to inspire kindness and hope again.”
Support for her active-duty husband and other military servicepeople, as well as discussions about military family life in general, are constant themes on both the “Kindness Korner” and Amy’s other blog, “Silent Ranks” (at silentranks.blogspot.com).
But there’s also a slew of posts on what’s happened or is happening in other, everyday sorts of events. “When someone creates, witnesses or receives an acts of kindness, I ask them to send me a decorated postcard in telling briefly about it,” she said.
“I’ve received a lot of kindness,” she said. “It’s just made my day. It would be nice if we could see more of it.”
Amy said she’s taken some of her inspiration for the “Kindness Korner” from Post Secret, an international mail art-based project created by Frank Warren that posts people’s anonymously-submitted postcards on the Web as well as in books and museum exhibits.
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You can visit Meadville resident Amy Wilson’s new blog, the “Kindness Korner,” at http://kindnesskorner.blogspot.com. Postcards for publication on the site may be mailed to Twisted Serenity, 16903 Mullen Road, Meadville, Pa. 16335.
By Ryan Smith