Coach Stops “You Are Ugly” Chant from Student Section

At a recent college basketball game, Maryland fans waited all game for Michigan freshman Ignas Brazdeikis to get to the free throw so they could chant, “You are ugly…You are ugly…” During his first free throw, it was just a few students in the student section. By the time it was the second free throw, the chant had spread throughout …

The Power of Positivity

This is a very powerful video. It is so instructive. I hope we all pay attention. The funny thing is that I don’t know what anyone is saying in the video. I don’t speak Japanese. I don’t know the context of this video. Still, the power of the video is overwhelming. What looks to be a 6-year-old boy (lets call …

Something for Nothing?

Diane Tirado is a long-time teacher with many years of experience. Earlier this year she took a job at Westgate Middle School in Florida. For many years, she gave a grade of zero to students who did not hand in an assignment. One student said, “You have to give me 50%, even if I don’t hand in anything.” To that, …

Have We Forgotten How to Make Friends?

Please watch the following video. It made me stop and reflect. I hope it does the same for you too. Joe’s Perspective: Please understand that society didn’t have this issue 20 years ago. This is a new phenomenon. People used to go into public places and routinely start conversations… with complete strangers. They would make eye contact, smile, ask questions, …

How’s Your School Spirit?

At an Appleton East home football game, the student section was having some fun in the stands. Students took turns leading the student section in their unique form of fun. Along comes officer Taschner, who appears to be breaking up the fun. He asks for this student’s ID and then tells him to take a seat. However, the officer then …

Homeless Man Helps Stranded Football Player Get to Playoff Game

It was Saturday, January 12. Kansas City, Kansas. The temperature was 30 degrees and it was snowing hard. A man named Dave Cochran was driving down Interstate 40. He pulled his Suburban over to the side of the road to help someone stranded in the ditch. After successfully helping this family out of the ditch, Cochran saw another car in …

“Kindness is the Bridge Between All People”

Every year, just before Christmas, a wealthy business man from Pittsburgh gives out $100,000 in $100 bills. He recruits police officers and other community members to help him complete this task. This anonymous business man says, “Kindness is the bridge between all people. Kindness is the one thing that cuts through everything, regardless of your station in life.” Joe’s Perspective: …

Kids Busted! No Permits for Lemonade Stands

A very strange phenomena began in the last several years. Kids are getting busted for not having permits for their lemonade stands. That’s right, entrepreneurial kids trying to raise a buck or school children trying to raise money for charity… are shut down, busted and fined. Police are showing up to cease the selling of that cool refreshing drink. Local …

Inmate Firefighters Serve and Protect

From afar, wildfires seem worse than tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes. This is mainly because wildfires can continue raging for weeks – destroying everything in their paths. The most recent wildfire (The Camp Fire) was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California, burning out of control for 17 days.  The Camp Fire resulted in at least 85 deaths, 153,336 acres …

Walk of Respect

The employees at St. Luke’s Hospital in Idaho provide a special ceremony for every deceased patient who donates her/his organs. All employees report to the 4th floor. They silently line the hallways as the deceased patient and their families move toward the operating room. In this room, the patient will follow through on their desire to donate body parts to …