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Act 160 – What was lost, now is found

Thursday, July 5, 2012, Act 160

It’s been a few months since I have posted anything, and for that I apologize to my readers. I’m ready to back started with weekly if not daily posts. I came across a great act of kindness to get us started back being kind all the time.

A local grandmother and two grandsons found a box that had apparently fallen off of a delivery truck in route to a local jewelry store. The box was clearly marked that it should have been delivered to a nearby jewelry store.


We can imagine the collection of expensive goods inside the box looked something like this!

Knowing that it probably contained valuable items that had been misplaced, the grandmother and children took the missing box to the jewelry store and returned it to its rightful owner.  In my mind, anyone would have known that the items inside the jewelry store package would have been worth a lot of money. That makes this story even more touching – knowing they returned it promptly with nothing damaged and the box unopened.

For their great selfless, act of kindness, the jewelry store in fact rewarded them with a monetary gift for the valiant effort in returning the lost box. Kindness is not lost; we just have to look for it and then give it away to others!

Have you ever lost something that was later returned? Or maybe you are the finder that returned a lost item. Were you recognized, rewarded? Let us know.


Valentine’s Day – Go out and spread the love

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all mushy romance. While that’s certainly the traditional meaning in many cultures – it can just be a day to really celebrate Love. To connect with the special people in your life and really let them know how much they mean to you.

I’m a big believer in “as within, so without.” When we have peace, joy, love and harmony inside – that’s what we put out into the world at large. And it makes a difference. A BIG difference. You can make a difference to someone.

In fact, that’s one of the reasons I really love social media so much. We have a chance to connect with people all over world and let some folks know that they are not alone.

If you see someone today, give them the gift of your full attention – if even for a brief moment. A genuine smile and eye contact can make a person’s day — you’ll see them suddenly light up, because they’ve really been seen!

When you see someone in a store, restaurant, at the checkout, or you’re passing by a colleague today, really see the person and connect from the heart.

I truly hope this is a magical and special day for you and others around you that you impact!


A boy and his goat

This was an act of kindness that was recognized in the West Virginia newspapers.

By Gary A. Harki

The 4-year-old who lost his pet pygmy goat after police found it dead in his neighbor’s bedroom now has a new goat, thanks to two New Yorkers originally from West Virginia.

Mark Taunquin and his wife, Laura Schmidt, read the news story and contacted the Gazette about getting in touch with Lisa Powers and her grandson, Morgan Powers.

Pigmy goat

“We thought about how funny and wonderful it would be to grow up with a pet pygmy goat and how awful it’d be to lose it in such a senseless and cruel manner,” Taunquin wrote in an email.

“So instead of being bummed out about it, we decided to give the family the money to buy another one. We just hope Lisa’s grandson has as much fun with his new goat as he did with Bailey.”

Mark Thompson, 19, of Greenview Road, is charged with animal cruelty after police got a call from the Powers family claiming he stole their goat, which was named Bailey after a female character on the Disney Channel television show “The Suite Life on Deck,” at about 3:15 a.m. on May 2.

When police came to look for clues as to how the boy’s goat ended up dead in his neighbor’s bedroom, Lisa Powers said she knew she couldn’t tell him what happened.

Lisa Powers said she was very grateful for the $150 sent by Taunquin and Schmidt for the new goat.

“My grandson was heartbroken when the little one was gone,” she said of the goat. “We started calling around … It was really hard to find a goat.”

But by Saturday, the Powers family had found Trixie, their new pygmy goat that they bought from a farm in Putnam County. It was already named and fully grown, Lisa Powers said.

“He’s a little afraid of her sometimes. He’s not sure about her horns,” Lisa Powers said of her grandson.

On Monday at the family’s farm near Alum Creek, Morgan Powers fed the goat and talked about how he thinks it got its name.

“They call it Trixie because it trips you all the time,” he said.

Taunquin and Schmidt, who now live in Brooklyn, both have family in the Charleston area.

“I realize that won’t resolve the trauma they’ve suffered, but it really breaks our hearts that this kid lost a pet and all everyone seems to be focusing on is the dark absurdity of Mark Thompson’s grotesque crime,” Taunquin said.

Prosecutors are still looking into Thompson’s actions with the goat, said Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants.

A preliminary hearing in the case was postponed at Thompson’s lawyer’s request so that Thompson can have a psychological evaluation, Plants said.

Thompson remains in jail on a $50,000 surety bond.

Powers’ nephew, Joshua Pollis, and two women went to Thompson’s house on May 2 after getting a call that he had the goat. They say they found him wearing a bra and panties, standing over the dead goat with his pants down and blood all over the floor.

When police entered the house after being called to the scene, they found fresh blood near the front door of the bedroom and in Thompson’s bedroom. Inside the bedroom police found the small gray-and-white goat wearing a pink collar lying dead on the floor, blood coming from its neck, according to the criminal complaint filed against Thompson in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. There was a pornographic magazine photo laying a few feet from the goat, according to the complaint.

Thompson was found several hours later after police searched the house and the surrounding woods.

Thompson allegedly told police he was high on bath salts, a synthetic drug that mimics the symptoms of cocaine and can cause hallucinations, for about three days. The goat was taken to a veterinarian for a necropsy.

Plants declined to disclose the results of the goat’s examination.

“At this point all possible charges are being investigated, including larceny of a goat and animal cruelty for sexual assault,” Plants said.

Lisa Powers said she’s very thankful to the police, Taunquin and Schmidt, and everyone who helped the family since Bailey was killed.

“There’s still kindness in this world,” she said.

Reach Gary Harki at or 304-348-5163.

Paying It Forward Takes on a Whole New Meaning

Panera Celebrates Random Acts of Kindness Week With New “Panera It Forward” Campaign

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ — In celebration of National Random Acts of Kindness Week, Breads of the World, the local franchisee for Panera Bread in central and southwestern Ohio, will encourage customers to pay it forward with their new campaign, “Panera It Forward.”  From February 15-21, in all Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio area bakery-cafes, Panera Bread will be giving coupon offers for free menu items in hopes of spreading goodwill throughout the community and encouraging others to use their coupons to “Panera It Forward” to friends, family, co-workers, or even strangers.

Throughout the week, more than one hundred Secret Good Will Ambassadors will hand out “Panera It Forward” coupons with offers ranging from a free Asiago Bagel Breakfast Sandwich to a cup of coffee. With each order, customers will be handed a flyer with suggestions of various random acts of kindness to help them “Panera It Forward” in their communities.  Attached to each flyer will be two offers, one for you and one for a friend, as a way to encourage consumers to pay it forward and spread the feeling of community during Random Acts of Kindness Week.

“We’re looking forward to spreading random acts of kindness into the surrounding community,” said Jeff Rains, President, Breads of the World. “We hope that ‘Panera It Forward’ will encourage others to help those in their communities, regardless of how small the act is.  In the long run, it has the potential to have a big impact on someone’s day and even their life.”

For more information on “Panera it Forward,” visit where you can view our “Panera It Forward” blog and share your personal story or random act of kindness.  You can also find out more ways to spread random acts of kindness in your community as well as your local central and southwestern Ohio bakery-cafe locations by going to

Breads of the World, LLC, Panera Bread’s local franchise, operates 48 bakery-cafes in the Columbus, Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Dayton–metro areas. With its identity rooted in handcrafted, fresh- baked, artisan bread, Panera Bread is committed to providing great tasting, quality food that people can trust. At the close of each day, Panera Bread bakery-cafes donate bread and baked goods to community organizations serving those in need. For more information on the franchise, including bakery-cafe locations, visit

SOURCE Panera Bread


Yahoo! launches social site to encourge acts of kindness

Sunnyvale, CA -based Yahoo! has launched a new site to rally its audience of some 600 million people into random acts of kindness.  Timed to coincide with December holidays, the site encourages users to post activities, such as volunteering at a homeless shelter or helping an elderly neighbor.  Once an activity is posted, the user asks, “You in?” to inspire others to do likewise.

“We believe that one small act of kindness can ignite a ripple of generosity and we hope to inspire the Yahoo! community to create a wave of goodwill around the world,” said Meg Garlinghouse, senior director of Yahoo! for Good. “Update your status to share what you’re doing to spread holiday joy and inspire others to also pay it forward.”

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Just launched, the site already has a fair amount of content with people posting text and images. You can find the site at pictues can be uploaded to Yahoo! owned Flickr, or users may visit Yodel Anecdotal.

Kindness to all – even kids

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and family. The following is a guest post from Sherri who writes at Zen Family Habits.

Selflessness. Doing something for someone else without expecting anything in return.

It’s a lovely sentiment and one I’m sure we’d all like to do a bit more often. It’s pretty easy to get caught up in our own little bubble. We can end up walking around with blinders on completely unaware of what’s going on around us.

When we do think about a random act of kindness we tend to think about doing a nice little thing for a complete stranger. What if I asked you to think within your family, who immediately comes to mind? Your husband? Your wife? Siblings or parents perhaps?

What about our kids? They aren’t the first people that usually come to mind. After all, they do get so much of our attention as it is. But they are little people, with little personalities that enjoy feeling special and being fussed over occasionally, just as you or I do. To some people doing special things for their own kids out of the blue is an alien concept.

If this sounds like you, don’t worry it doesn’t make you a bad person or parent. It means there is room for growth, relationship development and a whole lot of fun. Here are some nice things you can do for your kids to make them feel extra special from time to time.

1. Take on a chore.

This is something we can all relate to. Think of that one chore you really dread doing each and every week. Now imagine how nice it would be if someone jumped up and did it for you, right out of the blue – no questions asked!

Your kids are no different. Choose a chore or two that they aren’t particularly fond of and do it for them. You don’t have to tell them ahead of time or make a big deal about doing it. In fact it would be better if you didn’t.

2. Cook their favorite meal … together.

If your kids are anything like mine, there is a direct connection to their heart through their stomach (I think they get this from their dad). Spend the afternoon teaching your kid to make their favorite meal. Explain what you’re doing and what all the ingredients are.

Be positive, encouraging and make it fun. Make this even more special by going all out by having special drinks and snacks while you cook. Get your child their own apron and make sure they have a stool or a chair so they don’t miss out on any of the action.

3. Prince or Princess for a day.


This can be fun so long as you bring a fantastic sense of humor and an air of positivity to the day. As the king or queen  for the day, relinquish your kids of all that is normally expected of them. Be at their beck and call. Give them a bell so they can get your attention.

Sure, this will get old in about ten seconds, but take a minute and listen to the giggles and look at the smiles on their little faces each time you come back after hearing that bell. It’ll be something to remember!

4. Let them be the boss.

Allow your child to make all the decisions for the day. What time they get up, what everyone will eat for the day, family activities and special snacks. Help them out when you feel they need it; odds are they’ve never been given this level of responsibility before. Be supportive and encouraging.

Expect mistakes and delays. This is not only fun for your special little person, but it’s making them aware of what goes into planning most days. I’m all for learning disguised as fun!

5. Lazy day.

Set up a bed or big comfy spot on the living room floor complete with pillows, blankets, remotes and anything else you’ll need for the next few hours. Pop in their favorite movie and just take it all in.

This one is really nice to do when the little ones are sick. Nothing beats the cold or flu like a day under the covers watching movies. Stay in your pajamas all day and eat simple, light meals when you feel like it. Relaxing like this is a great way to reconnect with your family.

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6. Mystery day.

Wake them up and ask them to get dressed but don’t tell them why or where you’re going. Tell them you have a great day planned but it’s all a mystery. They’ll certainly have fun pestering begging you to tell them where you’re going. Think shopping, lunch, and a movie followed by a snack after. Or breakfast, a trip to the museum, a snack, and go-kart racing. The possibilities are endless. Just keep in mind that this is their mystery day and activities should be geared towards them.

7. Breakfast in bed.

Let your kids sleep in a bit and wake them with their favorite meal. Sit in bed with them and talk about what you’ll do that day. Take this opportunity to reconnect with your child.

Find out how they are doing in school, if they have any new friends, or what sports they may be interested in this year. Be sure you approach it in a way that shows your genuine interest in them, not in a way that looks like you’re digging for information.

As with anything, the best way to teach your children to be kind is by setting a good example yourself. By doing something unexpected for your child, you’re showing them first hand what it feels like to have something nice done for them.

After you’ve had your fun, talk a bit about what you did. Ask them to think of ways they could pay it forward. Who could they do something nice for this week? What could they do?