Archive for April, 2011

Boston Parking Karma

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

4-30-11The Kindness Bus Tour rolled into Boston for the first time ever. I received some teasing from some people I know from Boston because of this. The question made was; Why has The Kindness Bus been in New York City for more than fifty days but never been in Boston? I was told that I needed to be more kind to Boston. I didn’t have an answer to this question, but thought for a while and came up with a retort. I reminded them that I was from Cleveland, I told them to think back to October 2007. The Indians were up 3 games to 1 over the Red Sox, needing just 1 more win to advance to the World Series. Needless to say, the Indians rolled over and the Red Sox won 3 straight games, eliminating the Indians. I told my friends I and my Indians have been plenty kind to Boston. They smiled and agreed.
I was warned about the parking in Boston, especially finding a spot for The Kindness Bus. Unbelievable as it sounds, I never had to look for one, I immediately found one that was good for the entire weekend a block from my destination. Thousands of people were able to walk by the Kindness Bus this weekend, even a special needs teacher from Boston, who has been using The Kindness Bus Tour as a way to spread kindness in her classroom for more than a year. This world keeps getting smaller.

Can’t Get Enough of Whitney Point, NY

Friday, April 29th, 2011

4-29-11There might be something to all of the heavy rains which fell in upstate New York the past few days. I decided to delay my departure from this area until tomorrow. Roads are flooded and others are impassable and driving The Kindness Bus in the rain is not high on my list of things I prefer. This gave me the opportunity to visit the children and teachers at Whitney Point Preschool once again. This was a perfect executive decision. To be able to once again talk with the children about the importance of being kind made my day complete. The nurturing environment of this preschool offers the children comfort and is echoed in what all of them said to me as I was about to leave,
“I am safe, I am loved, I am a friend.”
Today I was given the official Proclamation of One Million Acts Of Kindness Day in Whitney Point, New York. It will hang in The Kindness Bus to inspire me further.

Whitney Point Preschool and Caryl E. Adams Elementary

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

4-28-11Kim Downs and Sandy Atwood are angels who have helped to give The Kindness Bus Tour a lift to a higher level. What an unbelievably special visit to this upstate New York community. A few months of planning never readied me for what was in store for me during my visit yesterday.
An overnight stay at the Downs’ residence was the perfect hospitality needed for the long drive to this area and to rest for a long day to come. Over 500 students from Caryl E Adams Elementary School heard my 45 minute presentation, including the puppet show, to inspire everyone in attendance to “be the one” who makes a difference in someone’s life. Two TV interviews during and after my presentation were another great way to get the word out about my mission. Todd Sherwood, communications coordinator for the district was very helpful with the interviews and provided the photo for today’s blog.
The afternoon and evening presentations included a half hour reading of Bogart’s new book “Bogart Begins His Kindness Adventure,” a dinner including a custom “One Million Acts Of Kindness Day” cake with many from the Whitney Point Community attending and a 45 minute talk about being a parental role model. It seemed like every adult thanked me afterwards for my talk.
One of the many highlights today was Mayor David A Downs proclaiming April 27th 2011 as One Million Acts Of Kindness Day in Whitney Point, New York. What an amazing special place .
Thank you, Bob Votruba and Bogart too!!

Proclamation of One Million Acts of Kindness Day

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

4-27-11Mayor David Downs of Whitney Point, New York, proclaimed April 27th 2011 as One Million Acts Of Kindness Day in Whitney Point, New York. His first official proclamation as Mayor. I am honored and moved beyond words. Thank you Mayor Downs.

Kindness in the News in DUMBO

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

The magic continues in DUMBO, in Brooklyn, NY. Connections I made this past Easter weekend are calling for interviews and with their offers of support. Two people I met, Channon Hodge and Sarah Ewald, who are journalism, graduate students at CUNY, did a great job of interviewing the mission of One Million Acts Of Kindness for their school newsite, Their video story will go out to residents throughout NYC. I love this town!! New York City, although so large, is made up of hundreds of neighborhoods, a new neighborhood on every street. Their has been nothing but praise for my mission throughout every borough of New York.
Please look for a link to this story on the One Million Acts Of Kindness Facebook wall in the near future. One more item of note, Channon has a great website worth visiting called;

This afternoon and evening, The Kindness Bus Tour made a 6 hour drive to Whitney Point, New York, for a day long series of events tomorrow.


Monday, April 25th, 2011

4-25-11The Kindness Bus made its way to Brooklyn, NY this weekend to a community just across the East River called DUMBO, an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. The parking gods were with me as I pulled into the central area where the foot traffic would be all weekend long. The weather cleared just in time to talk with hundreds of people this Saturday of Easter weekend. It was pure magic, a couple just married, named Johnny and Shanna thought The Kindness Bus was a great omen for their future. I met with so many people who seemed to have an instant connection with The Kindness Bus Tour. Families with kids of all ages who stopped by to learn of One Million Acts Of Kindness. People with high interest in making this mission grow in big ways seemed to find us. The media is starting to play a bigger part in this as time goes on, it is such a big help.    The planning for The Kindness Bicycle Tour is in full swing as some speaking engagements and lodging for my overnights are being booked. Thank you in advance to all of those who are helping to make my travels a comfort.

And Then I Saw the Broken Egg

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

4-4-10**This blog originally ran on Easter day 2010. I received so much interest, that I felt running it again this Easter weekend would have the same impact. Maybe by reading and seeing what happened to this unfortunate individual, you will find it in your heart to start helping those less fortunate than you.

This Easter morning, thoughts I want to share, have been on my mind since early morning March 24th in South Beach. Thoughts of mistaken identity.     I don’t know who runs the morning clean-up detail on this strip of visual paradise but by the time most of the late-night revelers are only half-way through their much needed slumber, the debris removal and pressure wash teams have returned the sidewalks, park and beach areas to pristine condition.
So there we were, Bogart on a taut lead with Bob in tow, headed at a full-throttle saunter to get some full-throttle caffeine. The debris had been bagged for pick-up in clear garbage bags near the sidewalk at various locations. One could see the previous day’s beach trash and treasure bagged and ready for pick-up through the clear bags. I could see at a distance, as I approached each pile of bags, the previous days forgotten loot. I looked at bright plastic beach toys left behind, in bags with soda bottles and other debris. I approached one pile, from a different angle which is shown, unable to discern the contents of the bag. It wasn’t until I was at the angle from which the picture is taken that I realized the human beneath the plastic sheeting.  Then I saw the broken egg and realized someone had thrown a raw egg at this unfortunate man.  It’s hard for me to understand what that could possibly accomplish.  I see that my mission becomes more important every day.