Archive for September, 2011

News Interviews

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

9-23-11The popularity of The Kindness Bicycle / Kindness Bus Tour in Boulder is growing the longer I stay.
KGNU is the local radio station for all things Boulder. Elena, a mainstay of the station, interviewed me for future plays on the news cycle. This station has a huge following and is sure to spread the word about One Million Acts Of Kindness and The Kindness Bicycle Tour to raise awareness about Domestic Violence and Childhood Sexual Abuse throughout all of Boulder.
Riding the miles on The Kindness Bicycle in a town is the best way to get my message across to as many people as possible. Boulder is an incredible place to accomplish this. Stephen and Lisa from Florida stopped by to talk. Lisa volunteers at a Domestic Violence Coalition in Deerfield Beach. She is so excited about spreading One Million Acts Of Kindness far and wide.
Aaron a local restaurant owner loved the story of The Kindness Bus Tour and offered his full resources while we are in town. Thank you Aaron for your generosity.
It is sunny so much in Boulder, even today’s photo makes it seem that it’s raining sunshine here.

Like a Mother Bear Guiding Her Cubs

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

9-22-11The conversation I had with Dee from Boulder, Colorado earlier this week, demonstrated to me how proactive she is in her daughter’s life. It reminded me of a mother bear guarding her cubs, guarding her cubs from potential danger from any and all who could do them harm in any way. All of us need to have the attitude of a mother bear towards of our children. Get involved in your child’s life to the point of almost being annoying, the moment you let your guard down is the moment the perpetrators wait for. Give your children “street smarts” of always seeking the safety of traveling with groups of friends and the knowledge to be cognizant of the potential harm.
Be ever vigilant in your child’s actions. You are your child’s guardian! Be the guardian!
There are great resources for parents and guardians for increasing the safety of children on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website;
Be the mother bear!!!

Bogart, The World’s Most Loved Dog

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

9-21-11Bogart! Summer camp at the Spa has nearly come to an end. I’m coming to Cleveland next week for a few days to pick you up and bring you back to the Kindness Bicycle/Bus Tour.  Bogart has been missed and he is the most integral part of this mission. The searing heat of the summer has cooled and it is no longer a risk for Bogart to be on a bus without air conditioning.
Thanks to all of Bogart’s caregivers these past few months; he really has been well cared for and his return to The Kindness Bus will be a bit of a shock. Thanks to the Rieman, Simmons and Ross families for providing Bogart with his every desire, and then some. From his own inflatable pool to weekly baths and massages, Bogart has truly been pampered.
Riding The Kindness Bicycle has become a joy with the mild temperatures. Having the Rockies as a backdrop is incredible. I have decided to take advantage of the conditions and do another century ride this upcoming weekend. Details to come.

Global Domestic Violence

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

9-20-11As grim as it is in the western world for victims of Domestic Violence and Childhood Sexual Abuse, women and children in third world countries often have no resources and no way out of their situations. I speak with people from all over the world along my travels and learn first-hand about the tragedies that exist around the globe.
This morning I met Bodil from Denmark and learned of Domestic Violence and her government’s actions to help those affected. The problem of not talking about the issue because of the shame associated with it are largely the same as the US. Dieter, from Germany, talked candidly to me at a coffee shop in Boulder, about the growing problem in his country and how he believes the economy is a contributing factor.
Today’s very cool temperatures made it a joy to ride The Kindness Bicycle, very slowly, from sunrise to well beyond sunset.

“If He Hits You Once, He’ll Hit You Again”

Monday, September 19th, 2011

This is the message that every female must come to know before dating age. It is the job of every parent to inform their daughters of knowing just how true this statement is. These are words that can save your daughter’s life. Tell her today!
I first heard these words from Dee of Boulder. She conveys this sage-like advice to her 14 year old daughter.
This is what all parents need to tell their daughters. Thank you for sharing this wisdom with me Dee.
Many women, because their man tells them how sorry he is and that it will never happen again, will buy into his fabrication. Don’t believe him!! If a man ever raises a hand to you, run as far away, as quickly as you can and never go back.

University of Colorado at Boulder

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

9-18-11Much of what takes place in Boulder, Colorado revolves around the University. Thirty thousand students add to the excitement and life of this town. This campus is so accessible and the Kindness Bicycle will be on every inch of its bike paths.
While on this campus I am going to change the front sign to address Dating Violence. Every college has its share of problems with physically abusive men and their action towards their female partners. A great website for researching this type of behavior is Their information on Dating Violence 101 should be required reading for everyone.  The educational tools on this website and others are helping to inform what is acceptable behavior by dating partners and what warning signs to watch for as a relationship grows. With websites like Break the Cycle, some of the information may prove to be just what some men need to see, to help them curb their behavior before it becomes violent.

There’s Snow in Them Thar Hills!

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

9-17-11Whoa! It’s only September 17th and snow is already covering the upper elevations of Pike’s Peak and much of the Rockies. I won’t be west of the mountains until mid-October, so it looks like I may need some all terrain tires on The Kindness Bicycle soon.
Arriving in Boulder, Colorado, one of the top thousand things about this town, that I remember liking so much, are its extensive bike trails. The Kindness Bicycle and Bus will get tens of thousands of views during the next week I am here. Residents in this college town have already embraced One Million Acts Of Kindness’ message, offering me parking privileges, keeping me company while bicycling and laundry assistance.
Early next week I will be in contact with the Boulder Domestic Abuse Project and the Blue Sky Bridge Child and Family Advocacy Center to arrange meetings at their facilities.