Joy Southard is one of my favorite people on the planet. True, I haven’t met all of the people on the planet, but if even if I did, I assure you, Joy would still be at the top of the list. We met a few years ago when I interviewed her for an article I was writing about the program she runs in Texas called Healing Species, which teaches children empathy and compassion with the help of rescued dogs. Joy’s kind spirit just filled the room. Through her example, I uncovered one of the most valuable life lessons I would ever learn.

Beth Ann Chiles is like Joy in many ways: warm, generous, genuine. I always feel that if I showed up on Beth Ann’s doorstep, she’d invite me in for some tea in one of her adorable teapots, no questions asked. I felt honored when she asked me to write a guest post for her blog. I decided to get these two wonderful women together, even if it could only be virtually.

I invite you to head over to my post Beth Ann’s site and read about Joy’s important work. Don’t forget to leave a comment. Beth Ann participates in Comments for a Cause, donating $.50 for every blog comment to a charitable organization. This month she’s donating to Doctors Without Borders, an organization that sends doctors from around the world to places that need them most.

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