Let's face it - I'm a fool. Ask any of my friends or former students and they'll agree that I don't take too much too seriously. This "hands up" thing started a few years ago with me - being a fool - in front of any camera that I saw. People started to call it my "signature pose" and when I was asked by a couple of former classmates to take a hands up picture with them at our 25th high school reunion, I thought - would other people want to do this too??? I put out a call to my Facebook friends to take "hands up" pictures and post them on my wall, but then, almost immediately, I wanted to go even bigger! The idea to get people all over the US and the world to take "hands up" pictures of themselves and send them to me started on July 10. The result is what you see on these pages.
These pictures make people smile, which makes me happy. The fact that people across the United States - and the world - have wanted to participate has brought nothing but joy to my life. I am now more convinced than ever that, if given the opportunity, people WANT to do good things and share happiness; it's a great realization.
What I would like to do now is spread even more of this happiness by getting as many of you as possible to do the "hands up" pose wherever you are! So if you're at work, put your hands up! If you're on vacation, put your hands up! If you're in front of a famous landmark, location, or even a celebrity, put your hands up! Anytime a "hands up" moment hits you - take a picture!
Send them to email@example.com and I'll post them to this site. Or go to the Facebook page "Hands Up - The Pose" and post them to the wall after you "like" the page. Also, continue to check out the "Charity Challenge" page to see how YOU can help a charity earn a donation by putting your hands up!
Thank you so much for enjoying this with me; this past year has been amazing and fun and I look forward to the next phase!