November 12, 2012

keep tucson kind.


everywhere you go in tucson
you will see cars with
this sticker on the back:



love it.



so i did some research.


ben's bells is a community organization
that was started by a local family
who suddenly lost their child, ben.
apparently the mother, while mourning,
was touched by the simple kindness of strangers.
so she started ben's bells.






she created ceramic bells
to hang around tucson
to remind people to be kind
and the power kindness can have.




then i found out
that anyone can go to their studio
and help make ben's bells.


and since i have been dying
to paint ceramics,
i figured it was worth a trip.


and i was so right.






 when we got to the studio
they had us painting flowers
that would ultimately become
kindness coins.








the way kindness coins work:
if you witness someone being kind,
you would give them a kindness coin.
then they would pass that coin along
to someone else who has been kind. 
and so on.


i like the idea of having 
a physical reminder
to be kind.

because sometimes we forget.
and kindness really does 
have the ability to make 
so many things so much better. 







but it is the bells that are the most intriguing.


they are hung around tucson,
and if you find them 
you are supposed to take them home
and be reminded to always be kind.



nl, thank
s for coming with me
and for this picture.