Exploding Pumpkins, Cinder Blocks to the Chest, and a Few Life Lessons to Boot.

No one falls asleep in Jeffrey Wright’s high school physics class. Happy, crazy, and unpredictable are the words students use at Louisville High School to describe their teacher. Exploding pumpkins, … Continue reading Exploding Pumpkins, Cinder Blocks to the Chest, and a Few Life Lessons to Boot.

A Terminally ill 6-Year Old Boy Decides to Do Something Very Special With His Make-A-Wish Gift

Kids live from the heart; they have a beautiful way of standing up for themselves in an admirably selfish manner, and then turning around and making genuine and grand gestures for others.

This story is a pure demonstration of the latter, and frankly it’s crazy that gratitude flows so intensely from a little man who’s got so little going for him. Then there’s Emma, the eight-year-old with courage that far outpaces adults, who boldly pours herself into someone else when they need it. She’s truly a little role model to the rest of us.

Kindness Blog

One Terminally ill 6-Year Old Boy and his Make-A-Wish GiftThis heart-breaking story is an example of extraordinary kindness between two children, it is also a grand lesson in how we all might attempt to act in life.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a well-known charity that aims to help terminally ill children realize their hopes and dreams, under otherwise terrible personal circumstances.

Whether it be a trip to Disneyland, or a meeting with a famous hero the Foundation has assisted in bringing a moment of happiness into the lives of countless children over the years.

However, this story among such hardship does stand out.

One Terminally ill 6-Year Old Boy and his Make-A-Wish Gift

In 2014, Make-A-Wish approached 6-year-old Levi Mayhew and gave him the opportunity to have his wish granted. Instead, he asked for his wish to be given to someone else – a 10-year-old girl from his school named Emma Broyer.

One Terminally ill 6-Year Old Boy and his Make-A-Wish GiftLevi has found a supportive and caring friend in Emma at school where she walks him to…

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Quantify the Hard Knock Life

“What the hell, I am not 52.” Hass grumbles. “Haha OMG!” I tap tap tap his arm to make him look at my results, “It said I look 32! I’m a fan, I’m typically pegged for 15 — 18 on a good day.” Emotions are high in the office as everyone gets their results back. Some are gleefully gloating while others are scoffing, rolling their eyes and objecting. The Microsoft application took the office by storm and was a sticky conversation piece for days on end.

Interesting to watch this phenomena in my little microcosm, which is like a Petridish version of what must have happened in the big old world. How old.net was contagious across social media and hit my Twitter trend board. Then there was this Canadian organization the Toronto Covenant House with an ingenious idea; leverage the popularity of this app is use it to tell a powerful story – one of homelessness. They uploaded pictures of Torontonian homeless, to predict their age. Then they blew these pictures up, shared that persons story of how they got to the street, and then revealed their REAL age. Microsoft says 45….he’s really 22. “Nothing steals youth like the street,” reads one caption. 

A Bottle Cap That Has the Highest Intangible Value

To give workers in the United Arab Emirates a treat far sweeter than a Coke, Coca-Cola created the “Hello Happiness Phone Booth,” which is a phone booth that accepts Coca-Cola bottle caps instead of money for a free 3-minute international phone call to reach their far away families. I love that Coke sought out such an authentic way to make a group of people sodeeply happy, and that it isn’t the usual consumer suspects that’s their target demographic for this campaign.

I Do Solemnly Vow That I Will Search Until I Find You…

“Have you ever seen the Ted Talk ‘The Shared Experience of Absurdity‘?” I ask Mario as we sit in the Santa Barbara airport waiting for our flight. “No I haven’t…” he says shaking his head. “Oh my gosh!!!” My eyes light up, I whip out my iPhone, and swipe to the Ted App. “We’ve got 20 minutes so we’ve got to watch this -it’s my absolute favorite!” We huddle together over my small screen and laugh and grin as Charlie Todd makes a case for why we should make time to play as adults, and do  things that create small, surprising, and delightful moments for others.


Revisiting that energizing talk put me in a thoughtful mood. I realized, that’s exactly the kind of impact I want to have in my life and in my career. How can I create unforgettable experiences that surprise and delight? How can I disrupt your routine and make you witness something extraordinary? What can I create that sparks genuine human connection between people?  (more…)