Lately I've been thinking about kindness. I've noticed a distinct edginess in the air. It cannot simply be attributed to recent political events or "he who must not be named" in the United States of America. The general tenor of public discourse has taken a turn toward coarse intolerance and impatience with one another that makes life more difficult than it needs to be. Next week February 17-24 is Kindness Week and this is one voluntary day of recognition that I am going to celebrate.