Archive for September, 2009

Wooster Day 1

Monday, September 21st, 2009

On my way to Wooster, Ohio to pay a visit to the College of Wooster.  The rainy weather made me a little cautious while driving, and I soon realized I had an 18 wheeler right on my tail.  I pulled into a strip mall to let him and the rest of the traffic get by.  Within a minute or two, a man named Blair knocked on the door and asked what this was all about.  I explained what I was trying to accomplish and his reaction was, “Why don’t we see more of this?” He walked away with a sticker and the intention to spread the word. 

A minute later, one of the store front doors opened and a lady called out for me to come in for a cup of coffee.  The store, Thymbles, is owned by Chris and Dale Marty, and their employee, Linda was there as well.  We had a great conversation over great cup of coffee.  There have been some incredible coincidences on this trip and today was one of them. 

Normally closed on Monday, they opened today because this weekend is a quilting show in Chatauqua N.Y. where over 7000 people are expected to attend and they were getting ready for it all this week.  They then decided that a “One Million Acts of Kindness” quilt would be a great idea.  In fact, we talked about 100 limited edition quilts for the holidays.    It’s really amazing how contagious this project can be.  They asked for some stickers to pass out at the show and they wound up with 250. 

Chris and Dale also have a mailing list with over 3000 names.  Each month a newsletter goes out to the entire list.  They said that next month the letter will focus on One Million Acts of Kindness.  This whole thing has been unbelievable. 

On to The College of Wooster.   It was a bad weather day, cold and rain.  While having a coffee at McDonald’s, Kate, one of my friends from a coffee shop North of the University of Akron saw the bus and stopped in to chat for a while.  She invited me to attend a meeting on the campus on 9/22 on environmental issues.  I thought that was a great idea, I’m looking for ward to that. Also, she got a fresh supply of “Kindness Rocks” stickers, a very popular item. 

My son Alex stopped by to visit, always great to see him, we had lunch at a popular spot in Wooster, the rain chasing us inside. We chatted about the project, his activities and caught up on life in general.  I was very happy to see him especially since it’ll probably be the last time till December.

Nightime Comments

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Last night, around 10pm, Bogart and I were nestled all snug in our beds in the bus, when I heard the sound of car doors shutting.  Not knowing what to expect, especially after the tomato incident, we kept quiet as a church mouse.  

Soon we heard the sound of voices, adults and kids, all reading the writings that were all over the bus.  One would read aloud a saying, then another, there are so many that it took at least 10 minutes for them to read all the writings and comment on each one.  It was a real touching moment for me to hear their comments on the bus and my mission.  I know I’m on the right track.


Saturday, September 19th, 2009


Spent the night in Brimfield, Ohio.  The next morning I went into a coffee shop in for my morning cup when a woman in a moose outfit saw me leave the bus and enter the shop.   She asked me what time the parade started.  Parade?  What parade?   She assumed I was going to be in the annual Brimfest parade, and when she realized I had no idea what she was talking about, she insisted I join in.  I was happy to do so, a few thousand people saw the bus, some even applauded with a standing “O.”  A very nice hometown parade, what a great day!

The chief of police came up and said he thought it was a great idea.  Ann, an inner city elementary school teacher, saw Bogart and came over to tell me what a great idea this was.  So, the pendulum swings both ways, somewhat of a downer at the University of Akron, and then a great day in Brimfield, Ohio.  Life is good.

University of Akron Day 2

Friday, September 18th, 2009

I thought spending another day at the University of Akron woul be a good idea.   I found a good spot for the bus, pulled up and started to feed the parking meter.  At that point, a man in a U.of A. uniform pulled up in his golf cart and said, “Hi, you don’t have to feed the meter, we’re glad to see you.”  What a great place, I thought.


So, Bogart and I went off to begin our process, meeting students and anyone else interested enough to hear about my project.  I’ll bet I talked to a few hundred students; all seemed very interested in what was going on.  It’s this kind of reception that makes me believe that if this generation embraces what I’m doing, there’s hope for all of us. 


Just as I’m feeling great about what I’m doing and who I’m talking to, a very official looking woman came up to me and said, “I’m sorry to have to say this, because I love what you are doing, but someone complained about you, you’ll have to leave.  You can go down the street if you like, as long as you are off campus.”   What?  Instantaneous and complete deflation.  There are 2 things I just couldn’t figure out, who would complain about this and what could they possibly complain about?  Sheeese!  Even Bogart was miffed.  He looked at me as if to say, “Let’s get outta here.”  Back to the bus we went, as we got closer to it, I can see someone left me a note under the wiper, an invitation to talk somewhere, I’m sure.  Wait a minute…’s not an invitation…’s a parking ticket!  A parking ticket!   Some parking ticket giver ticketed the Kindness bus.   Can you believe it?  Later I found it was all a misunderstanding and things were set right.  Thank to the University of Akron Security Department.

University of Akron Day 1

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

The first day of my visit to the University of Akron,  I met Frank, one of the professors, and he was so interested he asked how we could keep our dialog going to continue moving the project along.  I was also invited to a soccer game to sit with a group of kids.  It was a great game, Akron beating Indiana 1-0.  Akron truly deserves their number 1 ranking.  He then invited me to spend the night at his house on Saturday, he and his wife Dorothy are having a few friends over and it would be a good chance to spread the word.


Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

I spent the afternoon at Baldwin-Wallace University.  Another terrific reception, I’m sure I targeted the right group to focus on, these college kids are great.  After a while, people brought me food and water, just to hear more about the entire project.

A student named Nathaniel and a couple of his buddies belong to a number of campus groups.  All said they would like to get them involved in this project after I leave.  That is really music to my ears.

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

My thanks to Frank and Dorothy, I had a terrific evening at their house, talking about the entire project and the potential that it might have.  Thanks so much to them for thinking out of the box and giving me some great ideas.

Just before turning in, I let Bogart out in the back yard.  Their dog Spirit, a mixed breed female, was out as well and they had a good time running around together.  That is until Bogart got a little, well….frisky, if you know what I mean.  I thought it was kind of strange since he’s been “fixed” for quite a while.  Even though Spirit was a cutie, he certainly had to be having delusions of grandeur.  Anyway, no harm, no foul.