Clarence Smith Jr. Inspires Me

This post is my contribution to Shot@Life’s Blogust Blog Relay For Good.

Thirty of us are sharing stories of the power of comments on our blogs or people that comment and who inspire us. All of this is to help raise awareness for the work Shot@Life does and to raise a lot of money.

Every comment left on this post will initiate a $20 donation to help immunize a child in a developing country, so please get vocal.

I chose Clarence Smith Jr. because he is a dear friend that not enough people know about. He is the founder of BOLD Edition, a photographer with a great eye and a writer of considerable skill. He has written a novel that he shared a chapter at a time online and did a limited run web comic about his family life. To put it simply, he is mad talented.

He doesn’t comment often, but when he does I know I’ve created something worthy of his attention and that means a lot. Clarence doesn’t mince words and always cuts to the point.

Over breakfast earlier this year, I dubbed him a “mixtape journalist” because of the way he loves to tell stories across multiple forms of media. He seemed to enjoy it, even if he didn’t fully embrace it.

Clarence is a busy man and father, so he doesn’t create as often as I’d like. I’m constantly pushing him to do more. The world needs to consume his words and enjoy the world through his eyes. If you need an example look to this post about the tornados that hit Monson, MA last year.

Recently he bought a beautiful new motorcycle and has been putting miles under it this summer. He’ll share the occasional Instagram photo from his journeys, but I’m hoping for more because I have a feeling on those open roads his mind wanders with words bouncing around along with the gravel under the tires.

I’m inspired by him for multiple reasons. His inability to bite his tongue when he has something to say. His dedication to the importance of barbershops and the knowledge he gains when he sits in the chair. A never ending love of Kool-aid, comic books and video games. All of these make him the unique friend that he is.

I’ll never forget the first time we met.

A mutual friend had said we should meet each other and so we got together for dinner. I’ll always remember him grinning like a naughy five year old as he told me, “watch me mess with our waiter.” He proceeded to order a veggie burger with bacon I knew I liked this guy. We’ve been tight ever since.

We don’t live that far apart, but with us both having busy family lives and other commitments we don’t see each other as often as I wished.

One of the few photos of us together that I know about is this one that Steve Garfield captured. It always makes me smile.


I firmly believe that Clarence has a bright future ahead of him.

He has the chops to be a storyteller on a whole new level and I hope someone gives him the chance to do that. When he hits the street with his Leica and Field Notes I know he is going to come back with something unique and completely him. He writes in a way that I can’t and while that irks me somedays, it more often pushes me to write better.

He is going to read this, shake his head and give me a hard time about it. But, it is from the heart and I mean every word of it.

My world is a better place because Clarence Smith Jr. is in it. I’m inspired and pushed and always love our conversations. I can only imagine what sort of comment he is going to leave here.

Keep pushing buddy and don’t ever give up!


Because this is a relay, I now have the pleasure of handing it over to Liz Gumbinner from Mom-101. She is an absolute peach and always has something great to say so definitely check her out tomorrow (and beyond).

Please don’t forget to comment, so that children around the world can benefit from the great work Shot@Life does.

Say hello, tell me someone that inspires you or make up a funny poem. Whatever you comment, it helps!

Thank you.

Learning about Shot@Life

About Shot@Life: Shot@Life educates, connects and empowers Americans to champion vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save the lives of children in developing countries. A national call to action for this global cause, the campaign rallies the American public, members of Congress, and civil society partners around the fact that together, we can save a child’s life every 20 seconds by expanding access to vaccines. By encouraging Americans to learn about, advocate for, and donate vaccines, the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign will decrease vaccine-preventable childhood deaths and give children a shot at a healthy life. Find out more on their site, Facebook or Twitter.


  • Oh, man, I love learning about the amazing work of new people — thanks, friend!

    And love leaving comments that save lives. Woohoo!!


    • And I LOVE you saying so! Thanks for swinging by.

  • MeganS

    It’s about time! I’ve been looking at your blog since 5:30 this morning waiting to comment! Thanks for contributing to Shot@Life blogust!

    • Sorry to make you wait. Does it drive you crazy that I wrote the post earlier this week and it was just waiting for the world to wake up to go live? 🙂

  • Very inspirational. I’m a teacher in South Phoenix where sometimes vaccinations are a privilege. Thanks for helping out the children of the world!

    • Thank you and THANK you for being a teacher. Our kids need great teachers and I don’t think they get thanked often enough.

  • Thanks for Sharing! Too often we don’t let the people in our lives know how much they mean to us, today I will let those folks know how they inspire me. Thanks too for being a champion do that children can have a Shot@Life and a chAnce to grow up and have a friend who will mess with the waiters!

    • I agree that we don’t do it often enough. I think I’m going to start writing more posts like this highlighting the people who inspire me. It is a LONG list.

      • I know! But this is what I always say (even if it is a bit morbid) we need to give the flowers out now to those we love and not send them to the funeral home. We all have enough time in our day to tell one person that they are valuable to us. Embarrassing them with a blog post, heh heh that’s just a bonus!

      • AMEN to that!!!

  • Jonathan Zero

    Am checking out his website this morning. Really dig the veggie burger with bacon story!

    • Funny story right? I’ve personally never tried it, but almost did that night just to really freak out the waiter.

  • Great post.

    As I was reading the story, I thought abut that time we did a photo walk in Boston. Then as I scrolled down, there was that awesome photo that I took of you guys. It’s so cool that no cars are o n the street.

    Glad to help out with a comment.

    • Yes, that was a FUN day and something we should do again SOON!

      I’ve always loved that photo. Love that it is just us. The angle. The coloring.

      Thanks again for taking it!

  • Nice. Now give another $20 of shots!

  • AmandaJ

    Thanks for sharing about Shot@Life

    • Always happy to share people doing amazing things and Shot@Life certainly counts as one!

  • Robert Rosenthal

    Dig it, CC. Glad to see the tribute to the mad talented CS, Jr. Glad to add 20 smackers to the cause – great idea. And glad to say that you too are an inspiration to many.
    Rock on!

  • Brilliantly written piece of rare sincerity. Guys don’t typically share their appreciation often enough. This was a refreshing read. Thanks CC.

    • Sad, but true.

      We get caught up in “being guys” and don’t let our heart show. I’ve never had that problem 🙂

  • Love this, C.C. May we all celebrate our Clarences. (Also – love that pic!)

    • “Our Clarences” made me giggle. Thank you for that.

  • Irene

    thank you for introducing me to such an amazing person!

  • heather r morgan

    Always great to learn about a new artist, and your description of your friend touched me!

    • Well that is good to hear. Clarence is a really amazing person even if he hasn’t fully accepted that yet.

  • Thanks for introducing me to Clarence. I’ll be on the look out for him for sure. And, every child does deserve a shot, so good luck with this CC!

    • Keep on eye on him because while he doesn’t push out new things that often, when he does I love it.

  • Naomi

    Great article… always love learning something new!

    • Thank you for swinging by and helping raise money for a great cause!

  • Thanks for a great read!

    • You are very welcome. Thank you for the read and the comment.

  • Pretty cool people who make a unique impression. I’ve met a couple of lecturers that inspires me to continue on a path of working with developing countries. Also Mads Gilbert who ignited the first spark. The most inspirational meeting I had would probably be a multitude of greeting and loving people from Nepal during my two months there. A friendship like yours seems to me as something it’s important to cherish, and this piece is a great reminder of the importance of this. Thanks, and awesome with the ‘blogust’-stuff!

    • Tell me more about the people of Nepal and your time there. It is one location that I really hope my travels bring me some day. The colors, the smiles. All of it excites me.

      • There is just something about the environment, the surroundings that is overwhelming. The people there have a totally different perspective on life than I’m used to encountering in the western countries. It may be because of the culture, or it may be because what they have the most of in fact is love. They are welcoming and open to strangers, especially when the interest is mutual. The food and culture is simply incredible.

        We went there as students of Occupational Therapy and visited different daycare centers with disabled children. I was mostly in Kathmandu, the outside and a place called Dhulikhel. Where I fell in love with the country (and met my girlfriend 😉 was Pokhara. this is a tourist city, and a starting point for people who wants to try trekking the easiest parts of Himalayas.

        Kathmandu itself is not a place you go visit for the nature the Himalayas are known for, but there are places to go around it where it’s beautiful. Do contact me if you are fortunate enough to make Nepal a destination of travel, and I will give you some tips on where to go to truly get in touch with the Nepali culture.

      • Thank you for coming back and telling me more.

        I had a chance to go a year ago, but timing and finances were not right and so I had to pass.

        In my mind I’ll see ever culture there is in the world, but I know there are not enough days to do so, but I do dream of it often.

        Thanks again for a little peek inside a world I hope to see.

  • Great story, CC. I could not more strongly agree about Clarence. He inspires me as well!

    • Thanks. And yet the three of us have not hung out ever. We need to fix that.
      Better than that I think the three of us need to figure out a journalistic journey to go on together at some point. THINK of the fun that would be.

      • Dude, South Station!

        Also, yes: when Clarence talks, I listen. He’s pretty good at sniffing BS and being honest.

      • *dope slapping self*

        Ok, then we have to spend time together under better circumstances and actually creating things!!!

  • Great post, great cause, and a great person to praise. DYKC is the man. : )

    • Rock on! Thank you for commenting and sharing this with your community. I appreciate the support and I know the kids who will benefit from it do as well.

  • Awesome post and awesome cause! Fantastic!

  • Maria

    pretty great! Let me know if you’d like to work together =)

    • Not sure if this is spam or not, but I’ll gladly take the comment. Looks like you are doing some good stuff.

  • Emily McKhann

    C.C., I LOVE meeting Clarence and reading about your friendship! I will be following along on his adventures – and yours!

    And, love love love commenting here in support of Blogust!!!!

    • THANK YOU for swinging by.

      I hope that you have been well. Feels like FOREVER since we last met and yet it wasn’t that long ago. All well with you?

  • Katie

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story, and for being a part of th,e wonderful Shot @Life campaign!!

    • You are welcome. It was a blast to share and plus any time I can help out a great cause, I love doing it!

  • Great read, thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you for commenting. Make it a great day.

  • J.C. Hutchins

    I’ve got a ton of admiration for DYKC, and I’m thrilled to see C.C. giving him mad props. Both guys are ultracreatives!

    • Thank you my friend. Thinking a lot about you these days. Keep your chin up!

  • ak

    What a lovely gift to give your friend! All too rarely do we actually take the time to share with our friends the “why’s” of our friendship, i think you would both be interesting to know. Thanks for the post for a great cause.

    • So many people have raised that point today and I think it is an important one. We need to let people know how much we appreciate them more often for sure!

  • Children should certainly get a shot @ life.

  • trekkie_disq

    Id rather make a person cry in discomfort than lose a family member for a preventable disease.

  • Brilliant initiative – comments for life 😉 Will spread the word

    • Glad you appreciate it. Simple and powerful all at the same time? How could I not participate in it.

  • Editdebs

    Thanks for such a wonderful introduction to a talented person.

    And books are my inspiration. I love books. I make books. I read books. I crave books.

    • I love books as well. Even while editing my latest I’m reading others. Currently On the Road and Shopcraft As Soulcraft. Both feeding different parts of me.

      What are some of your inspirational books? I call them “dangerous books” so I’m always looking for new ones.

  • Loreen Liberty

    Excellent article on Clarence… looking forwad to learning more about him through his art.

    • Thank you. I know he’ll appreciate hearing that.

  • jeffespo

    Nice read & story… now hope this comment helps on the fundraising 🙂

    • EVERY comment does help.

      I’m hoping they get so many comments that they have to up their maximum because it is so successful.

  • MissElizaSea

    Comment for vaccination!

    • Easiest bit of awesome you can do today.

      Thank you.

  • thanks for telling us about Clarence. and for working towards getting kids vaccinated. What part of “preventable diseases” do the anti-vaxers not get?

    • I don’t want to get into that fight and I think every parent has the right to choose if they want their kids vaccinated or not. But, in many parts of the world they don’t even have the choice and that is what organizations like ONE and Shot@Life are trying to change and that is why I work hard to support them.

      Thank you for swinging by and leaving a comment. They each help greatly.

    • Sr. K

      Amen! It’s all about children, people, us – we!

  • Denise

    Great post for a great cause!

  • Robzie81

    A beautifully written and heartfelt post! Couldn’t be happier to comment some praise and help a good cause at the same time.

    • Thank you. Writing from the heart is the only way I know how to.

  • Great iniative by Shot@Life & sooooooo cool to ‘meet’ Clarence!

    • Thank you for your support. Clarence is a unique individual on all levels. I’m lucky to have him as a friend.

  • Erin

    Great post, CC!

    • Thanks Erin! I still have to watch those movies you sent me. Bad C.C.

  • Lisa

    Hi C.C.,

    We’re inspired by your desire to do good and share the stories of good people like Clarence.

    Thank you for uniting everyone for a good cause! We look forward to seein the comments grow 🙂

    Lisa Larranaga
    Social Media Manager
    Cision US, Inc

  • What a touching tribute to your friend.

    • Yeah, I’m sure he is going to give me a big old hard time when he reads it, but I still had to do it.

  • Thanks so much for sharing this. I’d never heard of Clarence before and just watched his TED video. Amazing. I’ll definitely be taking the time to seek out more of his work!

    • Yes, he rarely takes the stage and I hope that after more people see that talk they’ll invite him up.

      He is a natural born story teller in every way.

  • Cath Yarham

    Great story & awesome cause!

    • I appreciate you taking the time to say so. It helps.

  • Amber Naslund

    Lord knows I have enough words in my head to spare several in the name of $20 and healthier kids. Plus, I really enjoyed the story about Clarence. You’ve told me about him before, and more and more, I can’t wait to spend some time with him. Thanks for doing great work, C.C.

    • *laugh* That first line made me giggle.

      Can you believe I had a dream about you and an old childhood friend last night? Some big event going on and you were cooking eggplant. It was strange, but I woke up thinking about you so it isn’t all bad right?

      Thank you for commenting. You know I appreciate it and I can’t wait for you and Clarence to meet some day. I need to have a big old gathering at my house with all the people I love. Hmmmm….

  • Leslie

    Thanks for highlighting a storyteller! I’m so curious to learn more about Clarence and his work!

    • I love highlighting people like myself so happy to do so.

      Thank you for commenting.

  • Great post about what seems to be a great guy all in the name of a great cause. Thanks for sharing all of the above. I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Bangladesh and spent two years in Haiti before that so I’ve seen the need is so great. As parent in the U.S. now I shake my head in disbelief when I hear parents say they will depend on herd immunity and skip vaccines for their kids.
    Keep up the good work!

    • Yeah, that mentality scares me as well. But, even still I want parents everywhere in the world to have that choice and right now you and I both know that isn’t reality.

      Thank you for the volunteer work you did. Not enough people get thanked for putting in the hours and time for good in the world.

  • Michael Falkner

    Great cause and great post. Thank you!

    • Thank YOU for taking a few minutes out of your day to read and comment. Each one is greatly appreciated.

  • Oh wow…veggie burger with bacon? That’s brilliant! Listening to Clarence’s TED Talk now, thanks for the recommendation!

    • Warning that after watching the talk you are going to want Kool-aid to go with that bacon you are now craving. Wait and see….

  • Viv Halliwell

    Great post what an interesting man we need more loke him

    • More indeed are needed! Thanks for the comment.

  • me

    Good read 🙂

  • Encouragement born of subtle jabs thrown in the sparring ring of friendship are the kind I will wholeheartedly accept, brother. I appreciate you thinking of me as you participate in this new campaign by Shot@Life—anything that I can be involved in to save the lives of our children is something I am proud to be paired with.

    • *big grin* Glad you didn’t mind me shining a spotlight in a direction I firmly believes it needs to be.

      Hope this open some doors for you while saving thousands and thousands of lives. Who knows what some of those kids that are saved will grow up to do in our world. I love thinking about that.

  • Coreen Tossona

    Thanks for introducing us to Clarence. And also for reminding us that when we feel this way about someone in our life, we should tell them.

    • This seems to be a trend in the comments and I’m so glad that people are being motivated to thank those around them just from my simple words.

  • Kathie

    Thank you for participating to help Shot@Life! Loved your post! 🙂

    • I’m always up for supporting great causes. It is why I do work with both ONE and Shot@Life as well as many other worthy causes.

      Thank you for your comment.

  • This post is great for so many reason!
    “mixtape journalist”, Barbershop TedxSomerville Video, the polarity of the Steve Garfield photo (his shirt matches your shorts vice versa – was it planned by the universe? ) , the first meeting and ordering Veggie Burger w/Bacon, and of course Shot@Life.

    @cc_chapman:disqus and Clarence Smith Jr. the ultimate dynamic due. I am glad to not only personally know you both but also be inspired by you both.

    • Funny, I’ve never noticed that about our outfits in that shot. Definitely not planned, we were just all out walking around taking photos. Leave it to you Mr. Boston Style to notice it 🙂

      I appreciate you swinging by and leaving a comment.

  • Cecilyk

    So, cool, CC! I’m off to learn more about Clarence.

    • I wondered when you might swing by and say hello. Great post yesterday that really hit because I don’t know the story about your loss I realized.

      Psyched to be taking part in this great cause with you and so many other great people!

  • Karen E.

    Thank you for giving me the chance to save a life and to learn about an inspiring person! I love when art and altruism mix.

    • Isn’t it a beautiful thing when those can mix? thank you for taking part.

  • Clarence sounds like the sort of people I love to have in my life as friends and “sharers of fun” We need more folks like you and him in the world today.

  • Mike A

    Thanks for such an inspiring post!

    • You are welcome.

      Thank you for the comment to help save kids!

  • I absolutely love the anecdote of the veggie burger with bacon. From the surface it is funny, but from a deeper perspective, it represents so much more – be different, make a statement and have a laugh in the process. Knowing that CC holds very high standards, it’s a big statement that CC shares this relationship with Clarence Smith JR. I commend the Shot@Life program for this innovative effort!

    • I think you over analyzed the veggie burger metaphor. The man just loves bacon! 🙂

      But, thank you for the comment and for appreciating what Shot@Life is trying to do and I’m trying to help them achieve.

  • Cindy Changyit Levin

    Thanks for writing! And you chose such an inspiring message for your shot@life photo sign 🙂

    • I wanted to write something unique and from the heart. Glad to hear people are enjoying it.

  • Thanks for introducing me to Clarence, and for participating in such a great cause. Here is a haiku for you:

    Shots are good for you

    No pain no gain so get them!

    Cheers to a long life

    • YES! Finally someone took the bait and wrote a poem. Thank you!

      I was a bit bummed no one was getting creative,but I had faith someone would not let me down.

      Make it a great day! You’ve made mine!

  • How wonderful is this?!?!?!? Thank you so much for all your concern and caring for our kids!!! you are a true gem!!!

    • And how wonderful is it that by typing those words and sharing them you just saved a life. I love the power of good.

  • peykoff

    love that my post is giving a kid somewhere a shot at being a great friend like you!

  • I love creativity, so Clarence is cool. And I think providing vaccines is an essential way to help people around the world live until age 5 and beyond! I can’t even imagine what the US would look like if vaccines were never given. If you want to guest-blog write about the org, shot4Life on I would be oh so happy!

  • Everyone can make a difference… 🙂 I’m happy to do my part.

    • Yes they can! Thank you for doing your part today.

  • Jill Greenlaw

    We need more people like Clarence in the world. Thanks for sharing his story. I look forward to reading more about what he stands for and the things he is doing to make a difference in the world. Great post.

    • I agree that we do and I’m glad that me shining a spotlight in his direction this morning is exposing him to new people like you.

      Thank you for leaving a comment to help a good cause today.

  • Loved “meeting” Clarence through this post, C.C. The video was amazing!

    Also… love your Shot@Life pic about giving children the chance to “make their dreams a reality.” What this campaign is all about, right?

    • Glad you enjoyed them.

      I loved that Shot@Life was doing that. Handing people at the Dad 2.0 Summit the white board and asking them to fill in the blank so that they could take a photo of them holding it. The variety was awesome to see.

  • Cari

    I like this Clarence guy. 🙂 Thanks for sharing CC. Now I think I need to try some molasses in my kool-aid.

    • You should like him 🙂

      Yeah I’m dying to try making kool-aid that way. It sounds SOOOOOOOOOOO good.

  • Not only do I “know” Clarence, but I love that guy! Commenting and spreading the word. Great post C.C. Amazing cause too.

    • 🙂

      Thank you for commenting and sharing. Every bit helps.

  • Jen from Mom It Forward

    Thank you so much for sharing your story about Clarence. What an amazing friend to have in your life.

    • I am truly blessed to have him in my life for sure.

      Thank you for sharing your voice and helping a great cause.

  • donna

    So what did the waitress say about the veggie burger with bacon? Sounds a lot like ham and cheese on matzo that my Jewish friends joke about!

    • From my memory (it was a few years ago) they were a bit shocked, giggled and then placed the order.

      • There was more than one double take and the followup, “ thats a veggie burger, with bacon…wait, what? Are you sure?”

  • Eggz

    Even while groups in the States are toting vaccines are causing damage to children, millions the world over are waiting for theirs in hopes at a better chance at life. Let’s give it to them.

    • Amen to that.

      I want the world to have the choice.

  • Kaitlyn

    Wow, my friend’s house was destroyed in the Monson tornado – what a beautiful post Clarence wrote. I’ll be sure to share it.

    • That will make him VERY happy to hear. Not about the house, but about your reaction to what he wrote and shot. I’ll be sure he sees this comment.

  • Corina

    Thank you for sharing and introducing us to Clarence, and especially for helping children get those much-needed vaccines.

    • You are welcome. It should be everyone’s duty to help the world out in whatever way they can and I’m doing my little part this morning.

      Thank you for also doing your part!

  • Jen

    perhaps one of the kids who gets vaccinated will be a future artist like clarence. thanks for taking part in blogust and using the opportunity to steer interest in clarence’s direction!

    • I love thinking about things like that. What WILL these kids grow up to do in the world? It is amazing to think of all the possibilities.

  • Now I want to order a veggie burger with bacon.

    • You should. Maybe it’ll turn into a thing. The “Not Quite a Vegetarian Yet Sandwich” or something like that.

  • This was a nice read that I needed today. Thanks for posting about your friend.

    • Glad I could help make your Thursday a bit better.

  • Rachel M Riley

    Thanks for sharing!

    • You are welcome. Thank you for taking a moment to comment!

  • heyyhotmess

    Loved reading about Clarence. Thank so much shot@life for this amazing project!

    • Glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for commenting and helping out the great cause.

  • Bill D

    Thank you for sharing this story about your friendship, and thank you for supporting Shot@Life!

    • I’m always happy to help out a great cause.

  • uvaaaaaaa

    Sounds like a great guy who’s doing incredible things to inspire other people. Thanks for sharing his story!

  • Thanks for content with action!

    • Wish there was more of it in the world. Thank you for taking part.

  • AmyJC

    Great blog, and this project is such a great idea! Good work!

  • You forgot the legendary “Friday Night Fights!”

    • Damn, I did forget those!!!

      While I was never a big reader of those, I know a lot of people were.

      I have a feeling Clarence is going to get a BIG old smile at that one getting brought up!

      • “Friday Night Fights” was one of the most fun comics based (community) efforts I have ever done. Absolutely something we all needed back then—good on you, John, for remembering (and leaving your own mark in the ring!)

  • Sarah Guenther

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Stephanie Nash

    LOVE the great photo of you two! I’ll be checking you out, Clarence!

  • Libby

    You had me at “They were discussing an episode of Star Trek.”

  • Thats a very inspiring post and great idea!! very good work!!

  • Leaving my comment to help another child! I love that the internet has brought so many people together…

    • Thank you for doing your little part to help so many.

      Isn’t it amazing all the good that can come of technology when we allow it to?

  • Beth, Twenty years ago I would have agreed with you and fully supported this campaign to protect poor children in the Third World from disease. Since that time, my baby was given the hep-B vaccine at the hospital the day she was born without asking permission, and even though I had told her doctor I didn’t want her to get it. She reacted with four days and nights of inconsolable screaming, vaccine-induced encephalitis, and was later diagnosed with autism. At the very least, parents in the Third World should be apprised of the dangers and allowed to decide for themselves whether they want to accept the vaccines for their children. They should at least be given the information in the following articles: “47,000 paralysis cases after polio vaccine-Deccan,” (an Indian newspaper), “Post-vaccination deaths spark debate on side-effects,- Times of India,” “UNICEF kills malnourished African children with vaccines and calls it a coincidence-The Zimbabwean,” “Police force vaccinations on Pakistani children,” The Giannelloni family is working to bring food and clean water to families in Uganda, and wrote an article, July 23, 2012, with photos about their efforts to save poor children: “Food & Water, Nope. Vaccines, Yep. I Giannelloni Family.” When families have no access to sufficient or nutritious food, and no access to clean water, running water, or adequate sewage systems, disease will be rife among them, and without the healthy immune systems created by good nutrition, are more likely to die either from disease or from the vaccines themselves. But since it is a lot harder to provide food and water than to fly in squadrons of workers armed with hypodermic needles, this has not effectively been done in most places. Since my family has seen numerous instances of vaccine damage, I would not want to promote them for unsuspecting people in the Third World.

    • I had a feeling someone would swoop in with stories like this, but I still appreciate you commenting since by doing so you’ve donated to help provide vaccines to kids in need.

      I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again that I think it is every parents right to decide if vaccines are right for their children or not. But, I want to make sure that EVERY parent is given that choice which right now isn’t the case in the world.

    • While I appreciate the sincerity of the concern, there is an irrefutable mountain of NON-PHARMA funded scientific evidence that vaccines do NOT cause autism. On the other hand, it is true that vaccines are not 100% safe, and some do have side effects. However, comparing the risk to zero is completely inappropriate when the known risk of the diseases for which they are used is MUCH higher than the risk of side effects…

  • Hello C.C.! I am reading your book Content Rules as we speak — oddly it didn’t occur to me to look for your blog. Sheesh. And thank you for introducing me to Clarence Smith jr — I enjoyed his Tedx talk, and will look forward to getting better acquainted.

    I am proud to be part of the “advocates for vaccines” community. Thanks for your help.

    • Thank you for buying the book. I hope it is proving to be helpful and if you have questions you now know where to find me!

  • “He proceeded to order a veggie burger with bacon I knew I liked this guy.” This made me smile. Thanks for sharing Clarence with your followers, CC.

    • It is always fun when you have a great “getting to know you” story and mine with Clarence is one of my favorites so I had to share!

  • You’ve introduced me to Clarence but we didn’t get to spend any real time together. Hopefully that will change at some point since anyone you care this much about would certainly add to my life.

    Great post, great cause, great person.



    • See now I’m going to have to fix this.

      All these people I love who still don’t know each other.

      I really need to start a CC Palooza and have everyone over.

  • Ordering bacon on a veggie burger, I like his style. Nice post, CC.

  • Clarence sound like an amazing man.

    (and how awesome to be able to write something which helps a child who needs it…)

    • He is a good and solid man for damn sure.

      Doesn’t it feel good to help simply by writing? I love it.

  • SJones

    Yeah for shot@life. On the day after the Health & Human Services rules went into effect that employers must pay for the death of babies thru their insurance plan, it is refreshing to know there are advocates for children.

    • I’m new to being involved with Shot@Life, but I love the work they are doing.

  • Rebecca Rider

    Ok, here’s your poem: This is a great cause/ AND you link to a TED talk?/ I have to comment!!

    • Yeah!!! My second poem of the day. Thank you for letting your creative flag fly and doing this!

  • Beth Gold

    Thanks it is always fun to find new writers. I am impressed by your responses to the commenters. Every child deserves the shot at life and to friendships.

    • I’ve been online long enough to know how to deal with people.

      Everyone gets their own opinion even if I don’t agree with it. Glad to see that the conversation so far has remained civil. I’d hate to see it turn into another pointless flame war.

  • salah

    Great cause, appreciate all your work, wish people can help out a lot more

    • Thank you. Appreciate you taking the time to write a comment and help out with the cause. Every single comment helps out.

  • Sunday

    Anyone who orders a veggie burger with bacon is one kool kat.

    • See, I KNEW people would appreciate that story.

      I’m still waiting for someone to yell about it (because isn’t there always one) but so far everyone has been appreciating it. Guess I have to try it sometime.

  • P.W. Fenton

    Are you sure you want me commenting? My comments haven’t been working lately 🙂 Happy that this one will do some good though. Keep up the good work.

    • Well that happens when you get old and mean and move to Florida. *laugh*

  • Veronica Giguere

    Another amazing person to add to my “must read” list. Sincerity, activism, and comic books? Sounds like Clarence is the sort of person I’ve got to follow.

  • what a great tribute to a talented friend. I love how Blogust brings out kind thoughts about friends (and strangers) in bloggers 🙂 Catherina

    • I love it too and it is only day 2 of the event so I can’t wait to read all the others posts that I know are coming in the following days and weeks.

  • Sr. K

    Thanks for all you’re doing for the world.

    • You are welcome.

      It is my duty to do as much as I can to make the world a better place.

  • Traceyclark

    Can’t wait to check out his work. And I’m also glad to have found yours. Here’s to the power of comments and the awesome people (like you) that inspire them.

    • Thank you for coming by and based on your URL I can’t wait to check out what you are up to. Love it!

  • Amy Graff

    So inspirational! Thanks for sharing!

    • You are welcome and I can’t wait to read yours. Hope our paths cross again soon. It has been far to long since we spent time in Ghana and I miss your smile!

  • Navi


  • Carrie

    I enjoyed the video of Clarence and his barbershop stories. It is great to have people in our lives who inspire us.

    • He will love hearing that. I was lucky enough to be in the audience when he gave that. I was VERY proud of him.

  • That was great — so wonderful to work with you again, CC

    • Indeed it is. Hope we get to do it a LOT more.

  • socialsavvymom

    Clarence sounds like an amazing man and a great friend! Blessed to learn how he inspired you, thank you for sharing!!

    • You are welcome. I hope you get to know him a bit better in the future.

  • textdrivebys

    Hoorah for people that don’t bite their tongues!

    • Took me a minute to get what you were saying and then light dawned!

      We need more brutally honest people in the world.

  • BBS

    People like you and the rest of the Blogust crew inspire me!

    • Glad to hear that. Would love to hear how it inspires you to go out and do amazing things!

  • Sometimes a veggie burger with bacon is the perfect thing to order. There have been times where the ground beef in a non-veggie burger tastes like road kill. Can’t ever get that taste in a veggie burger. But over all I prefer beef.

    I have a great admiration for any writer who actually completes a novel. I’ve begun about 5 I think, but something is keeping me from completing any of them. Perhaps because I just know that nobody would ever be interested in reading anything I write. But here at least what I’m writing can help a child or children have a chance at a healthier life. Thanks for being a part of this Shot@Life campaign!

    • I hate to say this but you are 100% wrong.

      You have NO idea if people are or are not interested in what you write until AFTER you complete it and put it out in the world. By lying to yourself you are only holding yourself back. Stop it! Finish up one of those and put it out there and see how people react!

  • Erin

    He sounds like a great person and good friend. Great post, C.C.

    • He is definitely both of those things for sure.

  • BusyDad

    Some of my best friends started as commenters. Thanks for introducing us to one cool ass dude! Also, CHA CHING for more lifesaving shots!

    • Right? Crazy how things can start with a simple comment.

      Thanks for swinging by and adding your voice.

  • Sarahd

    I’m new here but I missed out on commenting over at Cecily’s yesterday (the ONE day in, like, YEARS I didn’t get a chance to read her blog post! ANYWAY…). Hooray for $20 per comment!

    • Well don’t forget it is ALL comments and not just a 24 hour thing (I hope I have that right) so definitely comment there too.

      Thanks for swinging by. Always love new people here.

  • sjones

    Yes for shot@life!

  • MLB


  • Anyone who shares the my love of barbershops is tops in my book!

    • Saw you raving about getting a shave recently. If you ever get good photos of unique barbershops, Clarence loves those.

      • I’ve been to at least a half dozen barbers in Calgary, from young guys keeping up old traditions, to a pair of elder Italian guys who shave while yammering on in the old language as they do. I really should document them.

      • You should.

        I know when I was in Ghana I took photos of the barbershops, just so I could show Clarence. Now I see them wherever I go and think “I should shoot this for him.”

        If you start documenting them (and you should because you’ve always had a great eye) be sure to let us know.

  • I’ve enjoyed reading the comments as much as the article!

    Doing good in the world is a big job, but I love the saying, “Many hands make light work!” This is us; working together! 😀

    • How have I never heard that saying before? I love it!

  • The world has and always will need storytellers who help us see who we now are from where we’ve been. Thanks for sharing the story of your friendship and the talents you both bring to the world.

    • Ah…..thank you for the kind words and helping a great cause at the same time.

  • Thank you for participating in the Shot@LIfe relay! I’m glad to be a part of this effort 🙂

  • Jen

    Such an inspirational story! Thanks for sharing. AND, thanks for helping to give kids a shot at trying a veggie burger with bacon, too!

    • hahahahhaha!

      I love what you did there. LOVE IT!

      If one more kid can taste it, then you’ve done the world a great service.

  • Kayla

    Such an amazing post!!! Keep up the great work!

  • Allison

    I enjoyed your post and the opportunity to help out some kiddos.

    • Glad to hear that you enjoyed it and helping kids any time is a great thing. Thank you.

  • Jason Smith

    Haven’t shared thoughts with Clarence in many moons now, but I know that the brother keeps it 100. He shared a story a few years back at SXSW regarding his health that was really touching.

    Back when he did a podcast, I remember him sharing a story about doing the business card swap with Scoble at a Podcamp or something. During the exchange, Clarence gave Scoble his own card back because he knew that the interaction from Scoble wasn’t true. That’s right up there with the veggie burger with bacon story for me.

    • I have heard that story as well and most people would never have the balls to do that to anyone and that is yet another reason why Clarence is a unique individual.

      I miss his podcasts too and every time he takes the stage, whatever story he tells is a great one.

      Thanks for swinging by. Glad to have more people who know the man, sharing their thoughts.

  • novalox

    Thank you for sharing your story. Clarence sounds like a good friend to have, and I hope he has more stories to tell.

    • I have a feeling he has a million of them to tell and I hope he starts telling them more often!

  • raejean

    The world needs more people who makes us smile!

    • Yes it does! I’m lucky to have so many people around me who do every day.

  • Kim Orlandini

    LOVE your post. Thank you for doing this. Clarence sounds like an amazing guy. Looking forward to following him on Instagram.

    • Thank you. No need to thank me for doing it. I’m honored to have been asked.

  • Veggie burger with bacon. Brilliant.

    • I think we need to go back to the restaurant and see if they will add it to the menu. Call it the DYKC Burger.


    • Glad to hear it. The story or the comments raising money for good?

  • Gloria

    Peace. Love. Laughter <3

  • Fabulous post!

  • This gives “call to action” a whole new meaning. Kudos! 🙂

  • A fantastic cause and tremendously social response – great stuff!

    • I sure do think so. Thank you for doing your part.

  • A great story. You have a great friend who inspires you and others. Wish I could develop that photographic eye.

  • One of the best thing’s that C.C. has ever done for me is introduce me to Clarence and his work. His creativity and heart inspires anyone that comes into contact with anything he makes. Just like C.C. 🙂

  • Mary

    YAY for shot@life!

  • I love the story AND the whole idea. Nice story-telling.

    • Thank you and thank you for commenting to help out Shot@Life.

  • Alexis

    I enjoyed reading about Clarence, because I too enjoy using multiple medias to share an idea.

    • What are your preferred media types? For me photography certainly comes first.

  • I first met @DYKC at SXSW in 2007. I loved his shy smile and wit and vowed to follow him closely on Twitter, which I did. We became friends. The following year he was on a panel “How to Rawk SXSW all year long” it was the best panel of that year for me and was very inspiring.

    I just tried to find a video of him from The Fray Cafe where he told this awesome story but it has been removed from Vimeo (, bummer. I miss Clarence. We don’t chat any more and life has seem to gotten in the way. Thank you for the post CC, and Clarence, let’s reconnect! xox Amy

    • Fun to have a familiar face pop on in and leave a comment. We haven’t talked in a LONG time either!

      Yes, Clarence has shared some great stories at The Fray. I start giggling just thinking about him going up the stairs and the pregnant woman 🙂

      Hope you are well and hope our paths cross again soon.

    • Long time no see Ms. Lady 😉 I believe that video was taken down because it wouldn’t play on mobile Vimeo. I should find and upload it again. I am glad to hear people remember that story 😉

  • Eric Taubert

    Love this initiative…

  • deanna

    Looking forward to reading Clarence’s work. Thanks for posting – for the story, and for coining ‘mixtape journalist. Love it!

    • You are most welcome. I’m really hoping this post and all the kind words encourages him to write more often.

  • This made my quote book as a phrase well-spun:
    “his mind wanders with words bouncing around along with the gravel under the tires.”

    • SO glad to hear you enjoyed that. I was kind of proud of it myself.

  • “I’m hoping for more because I have a feeling on those open roads his mind wanders with words bouncing around along with the gravel under the tires.” You’re a poet, CC Chapman. And I’d like very much to meet your friend. Those who inspire you, I’ve come to learn, aren’t just illusions, but the real deal. Much can be learned from the man who uses his words sparingly, but powerfully. Thanks for telling us about him.

    • Thank you dear. Back to back nice comments about my words has me slightly blushing.

      Yes, I’m realizing I have so many quality friends that don’t know each other that I must bring them all together somehow and somewhere. I must find a way.

  • Likethewrap

    I too can’t bite my tongue when I have something to say. In fact I tend to fixate on it until I can shout it out from the roof tops. Give a child a shot @ speaking their mind

  • I have often considered ordering a veggie burger with bacon myself!

  • Adrian

    Day 2 of Blogust. Very heartening to see how much response this is getting!

  • I need stop biting my tongue as often as I do. Thanks for inspiring me to speak out more often.

  • What a great story of friendship!

  • Dannyk

    Brilliant idea! Brilliant story! Thanks for sharing and making me a follower!

    • You are welcome. Hope you come back here as well.

  • Kim-Marie Evans

    We love healthy babies, what your doing is great!

    • Who doesn’t love healthy babies. Thank you for swinging by and supporting it.

  • When I met Carence at Podcamp I knew right away that he was a pretty special being. I’ve since followed his projects faithfully as they always make me think deeper. (I’m holding on to my Planet Wifey feed still because I refuse to believe its finished.)

    • I refuse to believe Planet Wifey is finished too 😉

    • You are not the only one hoping that comes back someday. Knowing the main characters in that made it extra special for me personally.

  • Macie Evans

    This is awesome, I’m so glad that this quick post can help.

    • Amazing how much one little thing can do sometimes isn’t it?

  • What a wonderful testament of your friendship and for such a great cause. <3. (Comment broken up because Disqus is a pain.)

  • Clarence is the man. You’re not so bad too, CC.

  • Kailee Adams

    Great cause! <3

  • Peter Knox

    Thanks for bringing attention to this cause and this activist I didn’t know about.

    • You are most welcome. It is a great new charity as far as I know. I’m hoping to do more work with them in the coming months.

  • Amanda Mouttaki

    What a great cause and inspiring man! It’s wonderful to know that people like him are a part of our world that is often full of negativity!

    • Plenty of negativity out there, but I like to think that us optimists can overpower them!

  • Christina Gleason

    Shot @ Life is such a good cause!

    • Yes they are. I’m proud and honored to be doing this (and hopefully more) with them.

  • Anon

    This is so great.

  • Sounds like an amazing person! Thanks for letting me know about him CC.

  • Great story, great cause and great writing as usual C.C. Love it.

  • I hope this comment goes to helping give a kid a shot at life. But I also hope that the kid isn’t afraid of shots… Oh no, what have I done?!

    In all seriousness, thanks for sharing this.

    • hahahahha

      Are there any kids not afraid of shots? I HATE shots. But, we need them so we get them. Thanks buddy.

  • Jenny G

    My mother is my inspiration – through all the crap life hander her (and us) she kept going and has taught me how to be a better mom.

    • Thank you Jenny. You are the first person to really talk about someone who inspires them. I was hoping more would, but I appreciate you sharing.

  • Hmmm a veggie burger with Bacon… Reminds me of a few people locally that use the term vegetarian but they want to eat meat. LOL.

    I will have to take a look at the Ted Talk and read a bit more about Clarence.

    • Yes you do. I think you’d dig him for sure.

  • sue

    Thanks for the good work!

  • Rachee

    What a great story! Inspirational and heartwarming

  • Susan B

    I love how you are inspired by your friend’s talent, rather than discouraged by it! A good lesson.

    • Do some people get discouraged by the people around them and their talents? What a sad way to live. I LOVE surrounding myself with highly creative people. Always inspiring!

  • Monica

    Bacon on a veggie burger? Sacrilegious! But, funny…as much sacrilege is!

  • Every child deserves a shot!

  • Amy R

    Great story!

  • Felisa Hilbert

    Thank you for what you are doing to support shot@life. I was born in developing countries and I saw first hand what happen when with don’t have vaccines available our children.

    • I saw it earlier this year too when I was in Ghana for two country wide vaccine roll outs. We need all kids to have the access to vaccines.

  • Caryn@TheMidLIfeGuru

    Thanks for introducing your readers to a “mixtape journalist.” Someone who can communicate across many genres is a real inspiration.

    • You are welcome. I love telling the world about great people.

  • Mercedes

    Thank you for contributing to this cause!

    My inspirations have been the writers I love (both fiction and science writers), and my educated but profoundly anti-science mother (“I’m sorry, but antacids don’t work on *my* heartburn.” “Mom! It’s an acid-base reaction! It always works!” “Not on *me*, it doesn’t.”) How very much I miss her now!!

    • Thank you for sharing a bit about your inspirations. Funny parent stories are always a treat so I appreciate you taking the time to share them with me.

  • Thank you for sharing this wonderful post CC. I started reading this earlier when I was in the middle of doing something crazy for Misfit, I got a few paragraphs in and realised it was a post that needed my full attention so I filed it away in the “I must read that later” part of my brain. So glad I came back to it with more concentration. I think if I was Clarence I would have shed a tear reading that. Really, really beautiful.

    P.S I think bacon veggie burgers would be amazing! Especially with a slice of haloumi on top…

    • I have no idea what haloumi is, but now I’ve got to find out.

      Thanks for taking the time to come back and read it when you had the full brain ready to go. I appreciate that!

  • carmel mac

    Enjoy that bike C.S. – hoping you enjoy safe traveling with an ever present helmet!

    • I know that Clarence is safe about motorcycle riding. Not like there is a choice here in the state, but we’ve talked about it and I know he takes it serious.

  • Monica

    Bacon on a veggie burger???? Sacrilegious!!! And…funny! As most sacrilege is!

  • Totally hilarious “Veggie burger with BACON!”

  • No kidding — I love meeting friends of friends (I’m talking in person, not via social media). That’s what it felt like when reading this post! Thanks for sharing, and for being a part of an amazing month of posts.

    • Love face-ti-face as well and I’m glad this felt close to that for you.

  • Thanks for the introduction to Clarence Smith and his work! It was great.
    But better than that, let’s give a kid a shot@life, shall we?

    • You are welcome and hell yes lets give them a shot!

  • I’m going to have to “borrow” that veggie burger with bacon idea. That’s hilarious!

    This is such a great cause and a fantastic post highlighting someone that inspires you.

    • Everyone seems to be stuck on the veggie burger. We’ve got to get AJ Bombers to make a Clarence Special or something from it!

  • Thanks for helping kids!

    • I do what I can. Always have and always will.

  • Here’s to another shot…

  • I always like learning about talented artists who are also awesome people. Kudos to him, and to you for writing this!

  • Alice C

    I’m going to steal that “veggie burger with bacon” line! Hysterical!

    • I sense that across the globe this weekend it shall be so!

  • Amazing post and cause. I hadn’t heard of the relay before, but am so impressed. Kickass post, C.C. 🙂

    • Thank you Pam. It is a killer idea and a great cause. I’m still SO happy to have been asked to be involved.

  • Colleen

    What a great tribute to someone you obviously love to be around!

    Go, shot@life!

    • I do and I wish we got to be face-to-face more than we do, but we’re working on fixing that.

  • Haha! I’m so ordering a veggie burger with bacon next time we go out!

    • I have a feeling we started something fun with this post!

  • The world needs more people like you and Clarence–full of humor and compassion! His post, Heavy Weather, was just beautiful. I look forward to following his work and soaking in that creativity. Thanks for sharing………and I absolutley love the double reward of this–inspiration and another $20 to provide kids all around the world a shot@being world changers!!!

    • Isn’t he amazing and yes this month long event is an amazing, smart and awesome way to raise money for a great cause!

      Hope you and the family are doing well.

  • “Veggie burger with bacon.” haha That is awesome!

  • Erica Templeman

    Great story!

  • Christine Vara

    What I love the most about your post is that you have found inspiration in an everyday friend. It reminds us that we don’t have to look too far for our heros and our inspiration. They are often people we connect with each and every day. I know that my inspiration comes from my husband (and I don’t tell him nearly enough). He is a devoted father, a dedicated Marine, and an amazing husband. He is unbelievably patient in dealing with me and our 5 daughters every day and to top it all off, he brings out the best in me and tolerates my worst. I can only hope that my children are as fortunate as we have been in finding their soul mate. Thanks for sharing your inspiration and for caring about the health of children all over the world.

    • Thank you for sharing this story and please thank your husband for being a Marine. I have nothing but the upmost respect for anyone who puts a uniform on and they don’t get thanked enough.

  • Great post. Lifting each other up is what life’s all about! Thanks for helping give kids a shot @ life!

    • More than happy to help as many people as I can in this world.

  • Are you sure he’s not an Aussie? He sounds like some of my larakin mates.

    • Yeah, I’m pretty sure he isn’t an Aussie 🙂

      • *larrikin. And I reckon you would both fit in down here, as we say, no worries! enjoyed your post, found via Ted Rubin’s tweet.

      • Thanks Tom. Ted is a good guy.

  • Chris

    Hey, I saw some more awesome on your blog:

    I was brought to Ghana with a small team from ONE to see the work they and their partners have been doing. The GAVI Alliance was rolling out two new vaccines for pneumonia and rotovirus across the country and there was a large celebration planned at the end of the week that we’d be attending.

    • Yes, I was in Ghana this past April and it forever changed my life. Seeing the work that organizations like ONE, GAVI and Shot@Life do in the world made me want to help them with every fiber of my soul.

  • RockyMountainHigh

    Thanks so much for introducing us to Clarence! Your mutual friend is likely very satisfied to have introduced you both.

    You struck a chord when you mentioned your admiration for his storytelling abilities–despite feeling the pinch of envy. Don’t forget: his being great doesn’t diminish you. You’re both important — with unique gifts. And I thank you (again) for the gift of getting to know a little bit about Clarence.

    • Not a drop of envy. We just have very different styles that I sometimes would love some of his.

  • Came to support the Shot@Life effort and so glad I did. I look forward to reading more of Clarence’s writing. Amazing. And I can’t wait for the next opportunity to order a veggie burger with bacon. That’s just brilliant.

    • Well I know that Shot@Life appreciates the support and I certainly do as well.

      Thank you.

  • Emily Chapman

    Hope I can help the world some day like my daddy but this comment can be a first step.

    • Emily, you make me smile every single day.

      Thank you.

  • Laura Chapman

    Great post. It’s nice to have great friends that can push us forward in life. Mine is my wonderful husband! 🙂

    • Ah, you are too sweet honey.

      I’m pretty damn lucky to have you as well. Thank you for commenting, showing your support and most of all for letting me go out there and try to change the world every day. I couldn’t do any of this without you!

  • You had me at bacon 🙂 Thank you CC for introducing us to Clarence.

  • Ancalime

    I love everything this post chooses to be.

    • Well that was kind of you to say. I love everything about this comment 🙂

  • manapan

    A veggie burger with bacon? Lol! Clarence sounds like an awesome guy. 🙂

  • Autistic Lurker

    I’m having a beer for you tonight 🙂

  • Chris

    I am glad to see support for helping kids stay healthy around the world!

    • As a parent I can’t imagine NOT supporting efforts like this.

  • Margaret

    This is an amazing cause I am happy to support. Down with the anti-vaccination folks: their position is grounded in lack of math skills.

  • Jodi Fendrick

    thanks for sharing. I love to read about great people!

    • I’m really glad that so many people enjoyed reading about someone new in their world. Gives me hope.

  • Justin Maddox

    Thank you for sharing your source of inspiration, and for making us aware of a uniquely special person. I am happy to have read your blog, and that responding to this story can help save a life. May God bless you for your efforts.

    • Thanks Justin. I hope you’ll come back to read more in the future.

  • Hollie Keith

    Thanks for sharing Clarence with us and spreading the word about Shot@Life, and Content Rules rules!

  • Dennis Keith

    Thanks and I hope a lot of money is raised!

    • Well after only two days a lot has been raised and we’ve still got the rest of the month to go! Every comment helps and I’m psyched the response has been so huge already.

  • A wonderful program Shot@Life. Happy to give so little and get so much. Remember bacon is iron so Clarence is taking care of business.

    Thanks to you and your daughter.

    • It is wonderful and I’m psyched to be helping them out.

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. Every single one is appreciated.

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  • Amanda

    Friend Jennifer inspires me. She is a mom of 3 little girls, a freelance writer, blogger, and event coordinator. She makes time each day to ensure her girls are having a special memorable childhood. She inspires me to try harder with my 3 sons and not get caught up in the day to day grind.

    • Thank you for telling me about Jennifer.

      The daily grind IS tough and I’m glad you have someone that inspires you to push through it. How old are the kids?

  • Krithika

    I am constantly amazed at how we inspire one another. And together, we can be the change we want to see. Truly, this initiative is an inspiration to do whatever I can to make a difference.

    • I’ll be watching to see how it inspires YOU to do amazing things.

      Thanks for swinging by and doing your part to help.

  • Clarence sounds like a very cool cat. Thank you for sharing him with us.

  • Cambria VandeMerwe

    I love hearing about everyday people who make an impact on someone. I hope that I can be that person for at least one other. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • I’m sure you are, even if you don’t know it.

      Make it a great day.

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  • What person wouldn’t love to be know that they’ve made the world a better place for someone else. I love Clarence, but I especially love your support of him. Beautiful, CC. -Liz

  • ThatKristen

    I have nothing but boring praise for you and all of you who are doing this. Rock on, CC.

    • Is there such a thing as “boring praise”? I don’t think so.

      Thank you.

  • Great people are such inspiration and Ia m just happy to be inspired by so many. Clarence seems like a great person

    • He really is and my world is a better place with him in it.

  • Lisa

    What a great thing to read first thing in the morning. Well done.

  • I have very mixed feelings about Vaccines, and generally avoid them as much as possible, for myself and my kids. That said, it is great that you are sparking the conversation, sharing great content (and people like Clarence) and reminding us of the power of commenting and community – something that often gets lost with the fragmentation of all the short attention span platforms…

    • Thanks for swinging by and for sharing your thoughts. Sounds like we have a perfect topic for a future Cast of Dads episode now that I know your stance on this issue!

  • Now if only there were a vaccine that tasted like Bacon, you’d have the entire developing world hooked.

    • Wow, now THERE is an idea I hadn’t thought of. Granted it wouldn’t work in Muslim countries so we might have to tweak it a bit.

  • Shawn

    I love the unintentional concept of the Jamaican one stop and now I can see how the same applies to barber shops. Very important to have these places in our lives and world to connect, talk, share, learn and pass on.

    • AMEN to that. Glad you see the importance. I know Clarence will appreciate hearing that.

  • Squillo

    The world could use a few more like Mr. Smith. Thanks for sharing his story.

    • I’m with you on that. Always happy to share!

  • h2o_girl

    You both are inspirational. Thanks for doing this for shot @ life!

    • Thank you for saying so and thank YOU for the comment!

  • Amber

    Bacon on a veggie burger! Genius. And also, tasty. Everything is better with bacon.

    • I still haven’t tried it, but I have to agree with you. Almost everything tastes better with bacon (I’ve seen some stuff that is scary with bacon though)

  • What great motivation for your post!

    • Glad to see it motivated you enough to comment. thank you.

  • Watched the video. Great stuff. Veggie burgers with bacon, Kool aid with molasses, the allure of barbershop knowledge. Thanks for introducing me to Clarence.

  • Mackenzie

    very cool!!!! thank you for sharing, and it’s so awesome that you were willing to be a part of this shot@life fundraiser

    • How could I not? I love what Shot@Life is all about.

  • Love the barbershop/Star Trek story. What it reminds me, is that there’s certainly an art to telling a story.

    Clarence’s story also reminds me that I’m long overdo for my trip to the barbershop 🙂

    • Yes, people think that a good story is magic, but lots of times it takes a lot of planning.

      I need a barbershop trip soon as well!

      • Very true C.C. Reminds me of how people used to think Jordan was magic too; but in reality he spent hour upon hour perfecting his shot.

        You too? After Clarence’s video, I’ll bet many a barber seat have filled up!

  • If Tila Tequila was there they would have a shot at life and a shot at love.

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  • Rachel

    A veggie burger with bacon? My dream has always to try “the hypocrite.” Love it! 🙂

    • train_star

      Good quality tofu fried in bacon fat is good too.

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  • TK

    I’m a bit confused as to who is donating the $20 per comment, but I definitely support the cause, so… yay commenting?

  • Casey

    Thank you for giving kids a Shot@Life!

  • chris

    This is great!

  • Kelly

    I hope it isn’t too late to comment! I think it is really great that 1 comment can save a life. I don’t have time to follow all your links, but I will be back.

  • monique

    Im inspired by every human being who is disadvantaged in any way, physically/mentally /geographically /sickness /whatever it may be, but is happy and knows they can do whatever their passion is and does it anyway despite their disadvantage. Quite often i meet people who have to deal with things that would make me hide away and feel sorry for myself , but they dont. They r happier and have achieved more personal satisfaction than those of us who dont have those disadvantages/disabilities /illnesses etc. These people inspire me. We could all learn from them and the world would be so much better.

  • elke

    I like how you introduced your friend and gave him a real shout out

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  • Clarence and I connected just this morning and, boy, am I glad that we did.

  • I know these words are from your heart. I have only met Clarence once, but I know what you say to be true. Looking forward to learn more about Clarence and be inspired by his work!

    • This comment reminds me that I need to have you over as we have talked about in the past.

  • What an amazing story and an amazing campaign.

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  • So great when we find someone who truly inspires us to be better versions of ourselves! This campaign is pretty amazing too–I hope they find more money to donate!

  • Jessica Cohen

    What a beautiful post and tribute to your friend. Thank you for sharing him with us.

  • Kudos to you C.C. Chapman for giving street cred where street cred is due. One of the most important things in this life (to me anyway) is finding those people that inspire me and shouting their names as loudly as proudly for as many people to hear as is humanly possible! I spent four months in Botswana in the summer of 2011 and will be doing a creative writing thesis on my time and experiences there for exactly that reason. #streetcred4life

    • Hell yeah!!!!

      Can’t wait to read about that adventure. It sounds like an awesome one!

  • Felisa Hilbert

    I love your post and the tribute that you pay to your friend. So often people forget to say things like that for friends and family until their funeral. Appreciate your honesty and help with the Shot@Life campaign. As one of Shot@Life Champion and a former nurse of a developing country, I can tell you, that the need for vaccines are big and how children die from very easily preventable diseases.

    • I’m very happy to be part of this campaign. After spending a week in Ghana earlier this year and seeing first hand what vaccines can do for a country I don’t know how I couldn’t support it.

      Thank you for commenting and helping us raise money.

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  • Stephanie

    Thank you for sharing about Clarence. Sounds like a cool man!

  • Vanalee Carruth

    Thanks for your post and what you are doing to help children. I need to look to my friends for inspiration.

    • You are welcome. Thank you for helping by commenting.

  • reneeakacutiebootycakes

    This is a great tribute to your friend. I’m glad to be joining you in this quest for 10,000 comments!

  • FadraN

    I love the topic of inspiration and I love the chance to let people know how much they impact our lives, even if they don’t feel comfortable hearing it.

  • “… I dubbed him a “mixtape journalist” because of the way he loves to tell stories across multiple forms of media.” Love that. Love the post. Love so much of what you stand for, CC. Great stuff, thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you Joe. It just sort of came out and I still think it fits him more than anything else I can come up with.

      I also appreciate you saying that about my work. Coming from someone like you it means the world to me.

  • Gina L. Carroll

    CC- Clarence sounds like someone I’d like to know. Thanks for sharing him with us!

  • Steven Breems

    Keep up the great work C.C. and Clarence. Good Ted Talk.

  • Julia

    This is such a great story. Let’s give kids a shot at hearing funny things like this!

  • Justin Gronfur

    Thank you for being an advocate of such a great cause as Shot@Life and thank you for your blog.

  • Carmen

    Glad to make a difference with Shot at Life!

  • This is my second comment because I just love this idea so much!
    I just came back from a weekend in Ottawa Canada with an organisation that is near and dear to my heart – World University Service of Canada (WUSC) that works to bring students from refugee camps in Africa and Asia to study in Canadian universities and colleges. I told everyone about Blogust in a brainstorming session and what a great fundraising initiative it is. What I wouldn’t give to find a generous donor to contribute to WUSC’s Student Refugee Program (SRP) in the same way! I am currently fundraising in my own small way for the SRP by challenging myself to run a half marathon in December and blogging about it here:
    Communities, be it online or otherwise, coming together for a cause is just so incredibly inspiring to me!
    Thank you, CC, for taking part!

  • Many people drift in and out of our lives and few leave a mark where its needed the most. In its purest form, this relationship that supports, encourages, inspires and touches one another in simple yet magical ways, is one that each one of us must recognises in our lives. It only serves to make us better human beings. All the very best to you….xx

  • WaterRat

    I love the simplicity of the story and the message. We all need to appreciate each other like this.

  • Debbie Shoultz

    Sounds like a very creative man!

  • I’ve always enjoy reading things from CC Chapman. I find that he is very intelligent and very humorous. When I read this article and laughed at the bacon comment. (yeah I’d totally do something like that except it would be bologna) I think this is very awesome to have friends and have such a big creative heart. So here is my comment.. Thank you!

    • Thanks for chiming in.

      You put bologna on a burger? Now THAT is different!

  • Elise

    How badly we need those special friendships, even when the day-to-day keeps us from getting together as much as we would like. Thanks for taking the time to celebrate and share with us.

    • You are welcome

      Thank YOU for commenting and helping save kids lives around the world.

  • Diana

    This is a fantastic initiative, raising awareness, raising funds and making it easy for us mouse-potatoes to get involved and help out.
    It should also encourage us to think – and discuss – the necessary education campaigns that should accompany such immunisation drives. There is still a lot of ignorance to be overcome, even in developed countries such as the USA, and unfortunately, we are now also dealing with the backlash of the covert operations in Pakistan that took place under the guise of vaccination campaigns.
    Lots of work to do, but, as the famous proverb says, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”
    Thank you for participating!

  • Snoobob

    He sounds like a very cool guy.

    • He is. You should swing by his site and say hello.

      Thanks for commenting here!

  • Great post. I loved it.

  • Eva Fannon

    Thanks for sharing Clarence’s BlogTalk – LOVE it! In my line of work, I know many examples of barbershops as an avenue to share health information with community members.

    • I’ve heard about those initiatives. VERY smart!

  • homemaidsimple

    Great post! I love that shot@life is working to make kids healthier!

  • Thanks for participating in Blogust! Kudos to you for recognizing the value of incredible friends.

    • Thank YOU for helping raise money for this great cause!

  • Thanks for pointing me to a voice I hadn’t heard. I hope Mr. Smith won’t mind if I borrow his bacon-veggie burger move.

    • I have a feeling it is going to become a national phenomenon 🙂

  • Justin

    The video about barbershop knowledge is great!

  • Carolyn Ward

    Commenting to save a little life. And thinking now about those in my life that inspire me…

  • adrian

    I’m hoping that additional comments count towards the total. I’m making a second pass through the calendar to catch a few days I missed the first time around.

  • Erin Mecklenburg

    This is such a great project!

  • Jillian Hess

    Shot@Life is a great initiative, so thank you for contributing to the Blogust activity and thanks for sharing the veggie burger with bacon story too!

    • I’m always happy to help a good cause do amazing things!

      Thank you for doing your part and leaving a comment!!!