May 20th, 2016
Thank you to Linda Kinsey for helping to saturate northeast Ohio newspapers with a story about One Million Acts of Kindness. Bogart and I love all the press we can muster to help spread our grassroots mission.
This wonderful, People and their Pets feature is a very popular subject matter across the country.
May 18th, 2016
Thank you to Michael Drops, education and training specialist of The Arc in greater Cleveland. This national organization, founded 60 years ago, helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Because so many of these individuals are bullied I made sure to visit their offices to talk to Michael in great detail about helping to put an end to bullying.
Putting people first, The Arc believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are defined by their own strengths, abilities and inherent value, not by their disability.
May 16th, 2016
Whenever you have snowfall in the month of May in Cleveland, Ohio it tends to be big news. Whenever you have Bogart standing next to a mini-snowman in May in Cleveland it is VERY big news.
A local news channel, WKYC posted this photo on their Facebook account and the photo had over 2 million views. There is certainly something to this wonder dog named Bogart.
May 14th, 2016
One of my favorite stops as I travel the country is to visit Excel TECC open house at Mayfield Heights High School in Ohio. Friend, Rick Zivny instructs his students during the course of the school year in building prototype houses. This year’s theme was tiny houses and the Kindness Bus provided the perfect backdrop and example of a fully functional tiny house. Nearly 300 students and parents were thrilled to learn of the Kindness Bus Tour’s adventure.
May 12th, 2016
Friends, Pete and Nance from Sausalito, California notified me that they would be retiring their kindness van, Bodhi.
The story has a magical ending. Please read:
This is the wonderful story of what happened
Pete put up the ad for Bodhi and had a woman from Seattle got in touch who wanted the van. She was not looking for a ‘Kindness Van’ but just a van. She watched our video and got inspired. Pete was on the phone with her concluding the deal when another woman showed up to look at Bodhi. Pete had already told her it was sold but she wanted to come anyway. She was just looking for a van to camp in. She fell in love with the van and really, really wanted it. Pete took her out driving in it and talked to her about the van . When she came back she was set on getting a van and turning it into a Kindness Van for her and her 2 kids. She called us the next day and asked if she could come by to show the kids the van. Turns out she had found and bought a van that morning. She took all kinds of pictures of the slogans on our van and is going to paint the van with her kids. They committed to doing one year of kindness acts!!!! She has already started a blog ( that day!!!) and delivered the books we gave her as a gift to her kid’s school. She named the van ‘Bodhi JR’ The women who bought the van in Seattle( who originally had no intention of using it as a kindness van) has already lined up friends for her first ‘cookie give-away’ in Seattle. So now, instead of the ‘demise’ of Bodhi, there is a baton being passed twice, with 2 vans that will be spreading the word. So Bob, from your bus to us, and out further it goes…. Pete has the contact info of the local women who is going to create her kindness van with her kids, but I will forward her first blog she sent us.
Love spreads beyond all recognition!!!
May 10th, 2016
All throughout Cleveland, Ohio there are hidden gems that don’t get much press or coverage. I love coming across places I’ve never discovered before.
The Museum Of Contemporary Art is in the University Circle area of this city where there is a lot of foot traffic because of the universities, museums and world-class hospitals. I have been here many times previously as this museum is certainly one of the hidden gems of Cleveland
May 8th, 2016
My sister Mary Jane gave me a great idea the other day. She suggested that every now and then I should have a guest rider for the Kindness Bicycle. I am certainly open to that idea but Mary Jane informed me that she would not be one of those guest riders.