Author Archives: John Kralik

About Sharon Schabel Kralik

I cannot further delay to report the tragic heartbreak that occurred in our family on July 6, 2013, when my former wife, Sharon Schabel Kralik, died. Sharon’s passing came far too early. At 56, her life had never been easy, … Continue reading

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Completing the Journey

I am dealing with heartbreak in my family these days. On some days, we give our heartbreak a name. That name is cancer. When we are trying to accept that it is more powerful than mere mankind, we give it … Continue reading

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Thank you Mr. Zaslow

On February 15, 2012, I wrote a long overdue thank-you note to my cousin who had sent me a copy of her richly detailed published map of Newport, Rhode Island. I was happy to be in touch with her, and … Continue reading

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A Grateful Heart

(As seen in Parade – January 1, 2012) I’ve received quite a few nice notes and letters from people who saw my piece in Parade. That piece was necessarily much shortened, because of space limitations, so I thought I’d share … Continue reading

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The Wall of Gratitude

In my book, I describe how I tracked my first 365 thank you notes with a spreadsheet that included the name, address, the reason for my note, and the text of the first draft of my note.  When I was … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget to Say So

In May 2011, Alice Beard of Abilene Texas was sitting beneath the dryer at her local beauty salon, and reading the Guideposts magazine story about my year of writing thank you notes. My journey sounded familiar to Alice. Years ago, … Continue reading

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A Letter From Prison

It’s not unusual for judges to receive letters from prison.  There are the complaints about violence, lockdowns, harsh conditions.  There are the protestations of innocence.  There are intricate and confusing procedural motions drafted by jailhouse lawyers with the time to … Continue reading

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The Promise of Hope

I met Ed Grinnan, the author of the new book The Promise of Hope, through my friend Michael when the three of us were undergraduates at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in the mid-’70’s. In those days, when … Continue reading

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Thank you, America

A financial firm asked me to write a thank-you note to America.  It seemed like a good week for that: Thank you, America, for always showing the courage to endure and rebuild, no matter the loss. Thank you, America, for … Continue reading

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Gratitude Goes a Long Way

Originally posted in the DAILY JOURNAL NEWSWIRE ARTICLE In my book, “365 Thank Yous,” I tell the story of how I recovered from business and personal losses suffered in 2007, a year I felt was the nadir of my career … Continue reading

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