"We can change the world because we are the world."

In 2002, after spending many years as a book editor and co-authoring two books, I decided it was time for me to write my own book. When I asked myself what I cared about enough to devote a whole book to, the answer was "kindness." A year later, A Short Course in Kindness was born. The subtitle tells the rest of the story: "A little book on the importance of love and the relative unimportance of pretty much everything else."

A finalist for two national book awards, A Short Course in Kindness is designed to give you food for thought and help you find happiness though the daily practice of kindness -- including kindness to self.

"This unique and thoughtful book will give you all the ideas you need, all the inspiration you can take in. The feeling that you don't know where to begin, or that you to change the world but don't know how, will evaporate."
- Catherine Ryan Hyde, author of Pay It Forward

"This book will raise awareness and give readers very real, if subjective, food for thought. Whereas other books, like Random Acts of Kindness, merely talk about inspiration, this actually inspires. And like one of Batman's plans, its so crazy that it just might work."
- Library Journal

"If you desire to have a kinder, gentler, more compassionate soul when dealing with others or when dealing with life itself, then this book provides a roadmap to get there. "A Short Course in Kindness" points out the difference between just being nice, which many people are at times, and being truly kind... Not just content to explore kindness, the author also explores the enemies of kindness and how to keep them at bay. If you want to change yourself and change your world you can't go wrong with this book."
- Midwest Book Review

"I love this book. I couldn't put it down. The people are alive, the voice is real. Kindness -- what if we were to live from that place? Nothing would be the same."
- Kathleen DesMaisons, author of Potatoes Not Prozac

"The more people who learn about kindness the better. Can I thank you from the bottom of my heart for such a beautiful publication!"
- NorthLight Books, California

"I just finished reading and reviewing your book. I loved it."
- Karen Blue, book reviewer at ForeWord Reviews.com

"Margot's sketches of our shared humanity are a wonderful reminder of what life's all about. Read these stories. The characters are unforgettable. They inspired me to be a little kinder right away."
- Ellen Bass, poet and co-author of he Courage to Heal

"The message of this small, unassuming book will spread person to person until it becomes a mighty force that will change us all."
- Laura Davis, co-author of The Courage to Heal