Humanity’s Heart Can Go On

“It saddens me that a sense of personal entitlement is causing many to become sick and even die. So that’s why I’ve put this song together. When I hear this song, I think of a ship full of people heading towards a hidden disaster, with only the tip of the iceberg visible. Hmm – apt perhaps in this current situation.”

The above intro, courtesy of New Zealand’s Ms. Shirley Șerban, sets up her peak performance of the James Horner / Will Jennings composition “My My Heart Will Go On”. Via her revised, pandemic related lyrics she makes her impassioned plea to mask-up to save humanity. Read her opening statement, in its entirety, over @YouTube. Upon arrival, make sure to click SHOW MORE.

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As for my own sentiments…

Regrettably, my four grandparents’ emigration, Stateside, shortly after the turn of the 20th century, is why I now find myself residing within what Donald J. Trump has created in his own image; namely, one of the most ignorant and inconsiderate societies ever known to humankind.

Whenever I witness the Karens (of all genders) going apoplectic, at the mere thought of masking up during this deadly global pandemic, no less; catch a whiff of their flat out unwillingness to prevent human suffering and death, I’m almost ashamed to call myself an American; “almost” because I know I’m not the only one who really gives a damn.

Yet, it’s the ease with which nearly 1 out of 2 of my compatriots have succumbed to an incomprehensible, head over heels, undying hero worship for the likes of the totally unlikable Trump, which has rendered me heartbroken.

That sorry state of affairs, for the most part, also explains why nearly 275,000 souls have died from COVID-19, so far, on his “watch”.

Seeing how America’s WORST president, EVER, still insists on burying “his numbers”, would it shock any of us to someday discover that grave digger Donald buried twice that grim 275K?

To do our part to ACTUALLY keep those numbers down, there needs to be nearly 100% mask-up compliance. If you need to fashion your own, no sewing skills required face coverings, follow the blog ending link below. This is how I make my own masks, which have been saving my life throughout 2020.

For the benefit of all Trumpers out there:

Masking up is our moral and civic duty. Don’t whine about it!

JUST DO IT, DAMN IT!

Stay Publicly Masked!
Stay Safe at Home!
Stay Healthy!

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A Heartbreaking… Heartwarming True Story

Back in September 2006, 53-year-old Michael Stepien got robbed at gunpoint… in an alley behind a funeral home… no less. The 16-year-old mugger then fired his gun… at point blank range.

After 24 hours had passed, the victim’s emotionally devastated family had little choice but to accept the stark, clinical facts of life. It was ICU life support technology… and only that… which was keeping their loved one “alive”.

Micheal Stepien, father of two, had lived his last day on Earth.

But that wasn’t entirely true. You see… his family had come to the conclusion that there could be a more meaningful conclusion to this tragedy. Even though modern medical procedures could not save his life… perhaps… they could save somebody else’s life?

As it turned out, by donating Michael’s heart and other organs, the good Karma they earned was paid back in a most heartwarming manner… and on so many different levels.

Warning… you might want to have a box of facial tissues handy as you read on…

Within 48 hours of Stepien’s death, his heart was beating strongly within the chest of Arthur Thomas… a man who had been mere days away from dying, himself… who as a result of the Stepien family’s selflessness and generosity, still lives on productively and happily to this very day.

Now, if you think that’s the end to this story, nothing could be further from the truth.

Recently, Jeni Stepien, daughter of Michael, got married and a most unusual guest was present at this most joyous of life’s occasions… Arthur Thomas. To say there was a far deeper significance in his being there would be the understatement of the new millennium.

In a sense, the late father of the bride was also present. He not only got to attend his own daughter’s wedding but also got the opportunity to walk her down the aisle to the altar.

Jeni, could not hold back her tears. Not only did she get to feel the expected joys a woman’s wedding day engenders but also got to feel her own father’s heartbeat in Arthur’s chest… her own father’s pulse in Arthur’s wrist.

Admittedly, my attempts at describing Jeni’s heartfelt, heartstring tugging wedding day moments all pale in comparison to her own feelings…

“It truly was the best day of MY ENTIRE LIFE! To be able to bring my dad home and have him at my wedding was an absolute dream COME TRUE! Not to mention that being married to the best person that was hand picked just for me was beyond words the best thing that has ever happened to me. I am blessed beyond words to share our story!”

Let’s now watch the scenes from Jeni’s wedding day… witness how the Stepien family story ends… will go on…