Heroes Of The Week

The way things are going, I could devote every single Friday to another mass shooting story. And every single Friday would be filled with stories of the dead and promises by our elected officials to dishonor their memories by sticking with the status quo. So this week, no snarky intro and no superhero images leading us into the next episode and no tune to send us into the weekend. The void seems an apt one, all things considered.

And so it goes . . .

NBA fines Kevin Durant $50,000 over language he used to Michael Rapaport

I’ve got a double dose of knuckleheadedness (Merriam Webster won’t accept this word, so I tucked it into my Fridays). This one is made possible by NBA superstar Kevin Durant and actor Michael Rappaport. The Brooklyn Nets small forward has a penchant for being overly sensitive to criticism, which is a seriously weak trait for a high profile athlete. Enter Rapaport, who tossed some trash in KD’s direction which resulted in an unfortunate return on this wasted investment. So the actor decided to dish up Durant’s reply for public consumption and yeah, these are grown ass men we’re talking about here. They’re a double play combination of dumb meeting dumber. Grow up fellas!

Shaq Pays Off Man's Engagement Ring Debt In Generous Act Caught On Video

If I was providing a title to this next story, it would be Brother Can You Spare A Diamond?. Because that’s what Shaquille O’ Neal did recently for a young man in a jewelry store in McDonough, Georgia. The customer was inquiring as to how much he still owed on a ring purchase and when O’Neal overheard the conversation, he pulled out his credit card and settled up. Shaq’s take is he’s just looking to help people out in any way he can. All he really cares about is making people smile, and the big guy does it on a regular basis. The dude brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘World Champion’.

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Speaking of growing up, Matt Gaetz doesn’t get the nod this week either. Fuck that guy . . let him stew in our green room for at least another week. After the last story, three would most definitely be a clown. I mean, a crowd. Both!

Instead, Imma turn this ride around and hit the Up button. Tom Cornish, a 96 year old WWII veteran, has never stopped giving back to the country he loves. The former Navy man and native Minnesotan has devoted his life to volunteerism, which is something he shared with his wife Marvel until her passing. Last year, Tom’s daughter gifted him a hat knitting kit and it might as well have been a light bulb sent courtesy of the universe. Because Cornish, he hatched a plan right from the get. Knitting has been a long time hobby, and so he took the kit and re-gifted it . . in the very best way. Last year he donated 400 handmade hats, and he’s still going.ย  Cornish says he takes pride in the fact “other people are getting something out of my labor. It’s better than playing cards or looking out the window.”

His window is open, to the whole wide world.

I’ve already made it known LaVar Burton is my answer to the question as to who should replace Alex Trebek as host of Jeopardy!. That said, I gotta admit, Green Bay Packer QB Aaron Rodgers is a natural in his own right. But this is ALL about the response a contestant gave in the final round last week. Scott Shewfelt was at a loss for the answer so he decided to troll Rodgers by writing “Who wanted to kick that field goal?”, which referred to the Packers ill fated decision to put Rodgers on the sideline and settle for three points in a season ending loss. The quarterback has been openly critical of the decision ever since, but he took the jab in stride on this night. It was fun to watch.

News, Living Water Lawn And Garden, Las Vegas, Nevada, NV

This understated episode finds its way home by way of Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Community Healing Garden was grown on the site of one of the worst mass shootings in the history of this country. On October 1st, 2017, a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concert goers during the Route 91 Harvest Festival, killing 58 and injuring 489 more.

A beautiful place to reflect': Memorial garden springs up downtown to honor victims - Las Vegas Sun Newspaper

The next day, a sketch on a cocktail napkin became the blueprint for an idea. To make a garden out of the site in honor of the lost. By late afternoon, the plan was set in place and by the end of the week, the project was completed. So the next time someone tells you nothing can be done about the gun crisis in this country, take note of what was accomplished inside of basically four days time.

Healing Las Vegas | News Center | University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Community organizations, small business owners and volunteers of all ages came together and brought life back to a place that had lost so much of it. A “Tree of Life” was donated by Siegfried and Roy. 58 more trees were donated in honor of each life that had been stolen on that October night. There is a Remembrance Wall, painted rocks with the names of the lost, flowers, pictures and other mementoes placed on the grounds in their memory.

The Las vegas Community Healing Garden - 2021 All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos) - Tripadvisor

There’s a garden in Las Vegas where the lost have a name, and it’s testament to what can be done when people come together for the greater good. Because nothing willย change until we recognize that so much has to change. We owe it to the countless thousands of souls whose voices have been lost to the madness and we owe it to our children.

We have to give tomorrow a chance.

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49 thoughts on “Heroes Of The Week

    • Pam, I was so taken aback by this story. It wasn’t on my radar until I started reading about the latest mass shooting, after which Google led me to the Gardens in Vegas.

      You’re right. We need to put this front and center and keep it there. For those who do nothing, we vote them out. We need something.

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  1. Your discussion of the Las Vegas garden trumps all the other stories, although the Rogers and O’Neil stories were terrific. That Garden should be duplicated in every other place where such a tragedy has occurred. Well done, Pilgrim. ๐Ÿ˜

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  2. The sports guys stories can get a bit lost on me, but the Shaquille Oโ€™ Neal did not! He seems like a nice guy. Lovin’ the Hat Knittin’ Vetrin’! Now that’s a warm story!
    All the gun violence in the USA makes me ill. The Vegas Memorial is lovely, but it would be lovelier if it didn’t have a reason to exist.
    Seems like Joe Biden is trying to do something about it.

    You must have gone “OH SHUCKS!” if you posted this without realizing Prince Philip passed away.
    That’s all they are talking about on Canadian TV news. I had no idea he was such a massive unsung hero.

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    • Shaq is just . . he’s just everybody’s pal. I love that guy.

      The hat knitting veteran is so cool. To think . . . 400 caps! Way to go, tell you what.

      I totally agree. There are too many stories, and it’s happening EVERY week now. I could write about it, every week.

      I wrote this last night, so I wasn’t aware yet. ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Yeah.,..Shaq is a good man. Noblesse Oblige baby. I’m not evangelical but…Luke 12:48 states, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. Shaq I’ll bet reads his bible.


    Let’s plant a memorial garden Mr. Imma. Nice list.

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  4. I was there that night in Las Vegas. We weren’t at the music fair, but at Ka and ended up locked down first inside the theater and then inside MGM. I heard stories from people who had been there and just run for their lives and ended up there. It was terrible.

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  5. B,

    I can keep hoping that no, things will not keep going so that you could devote every Friday to such a subject. I’ll keep hoping no matter how foolish.

    I totally accept knuckleheadedness… These are two prime examples.

    Shaq… nothing more needs be said. He is such a generous and gentle giant.

    Fuck who? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    What a lovely story is Tom Cornish’s. Proof that knitting is not just woman’s work! His hats must be all the more warm for all the love he puts into them.

    Hah! Love the pause Rodgers made before stating it should have been the correct answer. Grace under fire right there.

    Four days. That people can rally together in so short a time to build something beautiful begs the question of why can’t the governments and NRA and organisations get together and find a solution so that these beautiful sites don’t need to be built in the first place. I agree with you… nothing will change until true change starts happening.

    Tomorrow needs a chance.

    Beautifully done, B.


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    • Q

      Every week, that’s how it’s been going now. We’re back to the ‘normal’ we were asking to get back to. Jesus.

      It’s settled. The word now lives in the domain of Sorryless.com!

      A good soul, Shaq is that. I love him.

      What? Where? Soon . . .

      That guy’s feat is so impressive. To think that I have a hard time twisting open a jar, and this guy is in his nineties and he’s knitting 400 caps last year? Wow.

      Rodgers is really good as host. I was uber impressed with his skills. If he wanted to leave Green Bay and do this gig full time, I’m sure he’s got the gig.

      It’s time to start calling on all the people who stand in the way of change. Call on them, every day until change starts happening.

      It does. Our kids deserve better.

      Thank you lovely.


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  6. A man knitting hats in his 90s is tops! We should all be so productive and giving at that age (providing weโ€™re lucky enough to get there.)

    Love that Shaq finds ways to give on the spur of the moment.

    Had not heard about the Vegas garden. Thatโ€™s very cool. Too bad our country refuses to cool off the gun lust.

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    • Right? I was saying, I can’t even twist a jar loose without an arthritis flareup!

      Shaq is the best.

      I hadn’t either. I came across this story after reading about the latest mass shooting. A video on the Gardens led me to read up on the project.

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      • Exactly. And whatโ€™s with 80-somethings doing marathons. I couldnโ€™t run a block if my life depended on it!

        Heโ€™s going to be my inspiration- starts with paying attention to whatโ€™s happening around me.

        Probably the greenest thing in Vegas.

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        • I remember reading about an 81 year old who took up jogging . . . at 81.

          It’s a good lesson.

          For sure it’s the greenest thing in Vegas. I don’t remember seeing a patch of grass in my time there.

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  7. My takeaway is your final line: give tomorrow a chance. Because tomorrow will bring a Shaq moment, a hat knit by a nonagenarian, a memorial garden that begins the process of erasing the horror of a madman. Hope. It’s all about hope for something better, for our better selves to shine through.

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    • I am not familiar with those glasses, but Imma take your word for it.

      Shaq is a big kid at heart. I love him.

      I agree, Frank. In four days, they created a place for those lost souls.


  8. More professional athletes need to be more like Shaq than the Petulant One (aka Kevin Durant). That dude needs to get over his bad little self. Alas I have to also say poking a well known bear is more than adolescent. While good stories like the one about Hero Cornish come from the interwebs, guys like Rappoport don’t have to fill the space with their petty stupid comments. Aaron Rodgers remains a class act. I wish him well.

    The ongoing mass shooting phenomena moves onward, taking good lives throughout this gun obsessed country. It continues to be a mind-numbing problem. While I think the Vegas remembrance garden is a lovely tribute, I wish there was no need for markers for the lives that were stolen by a device whose purpose is simply to extinguish a life. There’s gotta be a way to deal with this issue (other than building remembrance gardens or the proverbial ‘thoughts and prayers’ by politicians who refuse to do something about the problem).

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  9. There must be some cosmic vibe driving me toward a stated goal on a new blog I set up to go with the beginning blogging course. That is to write another post about Vegas, the 2nd city that never sleeps and also never ceases to amaze.

    I liked Aaron Rogers as Jeopardy host. Who knows, this could be a 2nd career for him, which he might want or need sooner than expected. Also looking forward to episode of The Connors which features him in this role.

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    • Vegas truly is a one of a kind place. I remember it feeling like an amusement park for adults. I had a great time there.

      Aaron Rodgers CAN walk away from football tomorrow and not miss a beat.


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