Monthly Archives: October 2012

Rugby Jones’ Wall of Heroes

This wall is very important because it displays the names of heroes of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, ages and sexes.  Those who have their names placed on this wall have shown courage, strength, compassion, wisdom, kindness, sincerity, honesty and so many other qualities.

Some of them are famous and some of them are not. The people on my Wall of Heroes are simple people like Kris Doubledee who took the shoes off his feet and gave them to a homeless man. They are people like Wayne Isaacs who spent his days playing the harp for patients, their loved ones and staff at hospitals in order to sooth their spirits. They are also famous people like Anderson Cooper who had the courage to speak out and embrace his difference. They are people like Stash Serafin, the blind figure skater who exemplifies courage.

Each and every name on this wall stands for someone who has made a difference because he or she cared enough to do something. We want to add more and more heroes because children of all ages need to see that kind, honest and courageous efforts are respected and honored.

This wall is about heroes who are trying to lower the numbers of bullying events but this wall is also about people who just live with kindness and compassion. This wall is about people who serve as examples to everyone by the way they live their lives. This wall is about those who stand up to be heard and have the courage to make a difference! Children of all ages need heroes to look up to. That is why this Hero Wall was created.

Please comment or send your emails to Rugby (at) and tell us about those whose names should be on this Hero Wall. Please share their stories so that we can share them too!

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1 Disability + 1 Disability = Love and Possibility

We have a lot in common!

A friend shared this with me and I wanted to share it with you. I have no idea where it came from or who sent it to her. It had a profound effect on me and I think it will have one on you too.

A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell.  He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups and set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy.

“Mister,” he said, “I want to buy one of your  puppies.” “Well,” said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, “These puppies come  from fine parents and cost a good deal of money.”

The boy dropped his head for moment.  Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer.

I have thirty-nine cents.  Is that enough to take a look?” “Sure,” said the farmer.  And with that he let out a whistle. “Here, Dolly!” he called. Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur.The little boy pressed his face against the chain  link fence.  His eyes danced with delight. As the dogs made their way to the fence,the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse.

Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid.  Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up…”I want that one,” the little boy said, pointing to the runt.  The farmer knelt down at the boy ‘s side and said, “Son, you don ‘t want that puppy.  He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would.”With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers.

In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe. Looking back up at the farmer, he said, “You see sir, I don ‘t run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands.”

With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup. Holding it carefully he handed it to the little boy.”How much?” asked the little boy… “No charge,” answered the farmer, “There ‘s no charge for love.”

The world is full of people who need someone who understands.

What do you think??

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