Heroes Of The Week!

 

A woman kneels down to light a candle among thousands of other candles arranged in a courtyard.A Czechoslovakian woman lights a candle at Prague Castle to commemorate the almost 30,000 lives lost to the coronavirus. (Courtesy: The Atlantic)

We dredge too much of our existence in possessive terminology that inevitably collapses into a scrum of agitated verbs. After which we grab a side and hunker down to fight for an idea called ownership. Thing is, for almost fourteen billion years, this cosmic fastball got along just fine without us. So as much as we like to believe we own the joint, the only thing we really own is our ability to find our place inside it.

It’s what I think about when I look at all those candles. Because I can’t dismiss those lights as someone else from somewhere else. What I see is the pain, struggle and the strength to overcome that we all share. Every someone from every someplace . . everywhere.

Let’s get to Friday . . .

It's been 42 years since the Maple Leafs faced the Canadiens in the playoffs: Meet the last Toronto goalie to do it – The AthleticOh! Canada? . . . The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens got their postseason puck on last night, for the first time since . . are you sitting down? The Carter administration. Those dynastic Habs swept the Leafs in ’79 on their way to their fourth Stanley Cup of the Scotty Bowman era. And while Bob Gainey and Guy LaFleur and Ken Dryden ain’t walking through that door, for one night, the Habs awakened the echoes.

Chinese player Tan Zhongyi (left) shakes hands with Anna Muzychuk (right) of Ukraine at a championship in Iran

The Queen’s Gambit: (Hat tip to the lovely Dale for this one) Anna Muzychuk of Ukraine reached the summit of the chess world back in 2017 when she won the top spot in two disciplines of the game; Rapid, where each player gets 15 minutes to complete their moves and Blitz, where players get 10. She had realized her lifelong dream of becoming a grandmaster at the age of thirty-one.

And then she gave it all away.

Muzychuck ceded her world titles when she decided to boycott the Women’s World Speed Chess Championship that was to be held in Saudi Arabia. At the time, she spoke of how she refused to be treated like a “secondary creature” in a country that is still playing catchup with the rest of the world when it comes to their treatment of women. When given the chance for fame and fortune, she chose her principles instead.

That’s one hell of a checkmate.

January 6 commission vote: Prospects bleak that 10 Republicans would buck McConnell

The Great White Nope: If you’re searching for the antonym for backbone, look no further than the GOP. Yes, for the second week in a row, the party about nothing has scored a spot in my lineup. You can thank Mitch McConnell for this entry, since he’s the voice that is looking to put the kibosh on a bill that would establish a commission to investigate the events of January 6th. His argument is that investigations are currently ongoing and so the commission’s work would be duplicative. Okay fine, but would he feel the same way if the insurrectionists had looked and voted differently? Just asking . .

This kindness thing really does matter: Imma dish up a before and after pic for this next story, because it goes to show just how far a kindness can travel. And this particular random act of kindness was provided by a man named Ian. He was walking along, minding his own business when he came upon Natalie Fernando attempting to calm her autistic child Rudy, and not having very much luck doing so. Mom and kid love to take walks along the water, but kid ain’t so crazy about the return trip. And on this day, he wasn’t having it, which resulted in a meltdown. Which soon resulted in nasty stares by passersby who haven’t a clue as to what mother and child go through on a daily basis.

Enter the man named Ian, who didn’t hesitate to communicate with Rudy. I mean, the guy really wasn’t sure it was going to work but he knew the try was a damn sight better than simply walking by. So he lay on the ground and Rudy . . he listened. No words needed to be exchanged, because in that moment, kindness was speaking.

The “After” image speaks to what happens when you take a breath and consider what someone else might be going through. Imagine how much good we can create if we stopped thinking about ourselves for a moment. If we stopped feeling inconvenienced by someone who harshes our mellow, and instead considered that maybe they never get to feel that kind of mellow at all.

The best chances involve kindness.

A Hero On Mount St. Helens: Remembering David Johnston – Rosetta Stones

My final story for this Friday episode comes to us courtesy of Eilene at Myricopia, and it  involves geologist David A. Johnston.

Johnston devoted his life to the study of volcanoes, but his legacy goes far beyond that. He believed it was his duty to put himself at risk if it meant protecting the public from natural disasters. It was thanks to the tireless efforts of Johnston and his peers that authorities closed Mount St. Helens to the public ahead of the eruption, saving thousands of lives in the process.

As was one of the lead scientists for the United States Geological Survey monitoring team, he was manning an observation post six miles away from the mouth of Mount St. Helens on the morning of May 18th, 1980 when the volcano erupted. His was the first radio transmission of the eruption. They would be his last words, after which this brilliant mind was stolen away, his body never found.

David never got to tell his grandkids what it was like to be there on that day when Mount St. Helens erupted because he was busy making sure that others would get to tell that story to their grandkids. His bravery is the kind of gift humanity does not deserve, but also must never forget. Because it’s his legacy that feeds our will, to be better and to do better. And forty-one years removed from the day he was lost, his footprints still resound.

He was thirty-years old.

 

 

 

 

89 thoughts on “Heroes Of The Week!

  1. The rancid hypocrisy of the GOP is on full display. I just saw a tweet from a couple of months ago in which Ron Johnson called for a commission to look into 1/6. Now … not so much. It is just so exhausting and disgusting.

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    • Yeah, funny how that works. This party can blame Trump all they want, but it’s the leaders of the party who have their heads up their asses with blinders on to boot. Trump was many things, most of them harmful, but this mess of a party . . it’s all them.

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  2. Now that’s a great version of Country Roads! Scotty Bowman? Well, possibly one of the all-time greatest coaches in any sport. The pic got my wondering if the goalie is the great Jacques Plante. Ian is my fav in this edition. Mitch and his party minions? Not so much.

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    • I thought so too!

      Scotty Bowman won Stanley Cups with three- count em, three!- different teams. The Habs, Wings and Pens. One of a kind, and yes, maybe the best ever. In any sport.

      Ian is my favorite story too. To have the presence of mind and the soul to boot. And really, how many times do we pass that situation by with nary a good thought?

      Mitch? Who’s he? 😉

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  3. Loved the post today. The heroes and the bums provide contrast to one another. David A. Johnston the best. Mitch McConnell the worst. Ian and Rudy a heartwarmer. On Hockey, I have to take your word since my last hero was Gordie Howe. Loved Anna Muzychuk. Put her money where her mouth was and should be an inspiration to all. Thanks, Pilgrim

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  4. B
    That top picture takes my breath away…

    We are so arrogant, aren’t we? We came along, made a mess of things and now struggle to fix what we done did.

    Game One – Go Habs Go! Man oh man… I’m trying not to get my hopes up but at least, Hockey Gods (and players) start by beating the Leafs, K? Scotty Bowman, Lafleur, Dryden, I could name a few more but I’ll not…

    Anna Muzychuk definitely deserves a mention for refusing to bow down. Like she said, she could have made some serious cash but it went against everything she believes in.

    Great White Nope: ‘Nuff said. What in the hell? January 6th needs to be more than looked at.
    Ian – must be the name, though spelled differently, is one of those people who just seems to know the what’s what. Maybe he has knowledge of kids like Rudy. Mind you, even those who do would not necessarily do what Ian did. True kindness.

    Ahhh damn. I was not expecting to read that Johnston didn’t make it. What a selfless act to save any. Bravery, and then some.

    Love this version of Country Roads. Nice choice.

    Q

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    • Q

      It certainly is that, breathtaking.

      It’s human nature to think we own anything and everything when it’s so not the case and never, ever has been. We can build and boast and burn it all to the ground and in the end, Mother Nature will just shake us loose like so much dandruff.

      What a way to end it! I watched snippets of Pens vs Islanders, which was a really good game too. I couldn’t get Mon-Ray-Al for some reason. Sacre Bleu Cheese! But yeah, I mean, the Leafs drew a really tough first round opponent, seeing as it’s a natural rival, so who knows? Maybe this series goes the full seven?

      Gracias for the get! Ana just goes to show that fame and fortune will never take the place of principles and passion. Not ever. And yeah, it’s about damn time someone stood up to these middle-eastern countries for their deplorable treatment of women. Our country’s leaders are too busy golfing with them . . .

      That’s Mitch! And yeah, there would’ve been a committee five minutes after the rioting IF the color of the rioters skin had been different. Mitch would’ve chained himself to the doors of Congress to get it done!

      Ian just seems like that kind of person. Not sure how I sense it but I do.

      Johnston accomplished so much in his short life. And yeah, it was NOT easy for him and his peers to convince the locals to shut down the surrounding area but they were able to successfully do so. Imagine how many lives were saved as a result, I mean. Wow.

      I love it. And I didn’t realize there were several covers to the song to boot!

      B

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      • Indeed.

        Mother Nature has been showing us just how much we are NOT in control lately, hasn’t she?

        Sacré bleu! What is dis? You can’t see your favourite team? So not cool.. . Maybe tomorrow night’s game? Oh wait… you’ll be watching something Zombie or horror 😉

        I’m so glad I was able to supply a story for this week. Coz ya, the “little women” will do what the leaders can’t. Show some cojones.

        Fuckin’ A there woulda been. Priorities man (as skewed as they are).

        Yeah, he does.

        Damnation. Such strength of character, such belief in what he was doing. Wow times two and then some.

        Neither did I! So thank you for this one.

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        • Mother nature’s been doing so since forever, but yeah, now the results hit close to home because we’re the current occupants of this place.

          I’ll be home in time to NOT be able to watch it again, LOL

          The leaders seem to have misplaced theirs. I mean, Trump was tough how exactly? He gave Putin a pass on so much and he palled around with the North Korean dictator . . .

          I wonder if Mitch will run for President in 2024. Seeing as how it really doesn’t seem to matter who the GOP puts up there.

          Some people just have that vibe.

          People like Johnston are owed a debt we will never be able to repay.

          MUAH!

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  5. There’s lots here Mr. Imma but Mitch sticks in my craw. I always say, I’m not political but boy, does this let’s gloss over the Capitol Riot irk the shit outta me. And those idiots proudly posing on the steps without masks like Stepford members of what once was, an esteemed Senate. I cheered all alone in my apartment reading how 50? members of the Capitol Police Force took extreme umbrage, not to be confused with unction, on their own behalf. To quote the late Toni Morrison…our government is an embarrassment. sigh Alright, I’ll go to my neutral corner now.

    And yes Sonny, it’s personal, it’s not just business.

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    • I was just wondering if Mitch will run for Prez in 2024, since the GOP really doesn’t have a clue as it is.

      Isn’t it ironic how these conservatives who rail on about participation trophies being anathema to what this country was founded on . . want an election win their guy didn’t earn?

      On the other side of the Jan 6 riot, the rebels weren’t quite so tough. They backflipped on the founding fathers and they blamed Trump for making them do it. They sounded like Belushi in the Blues Brothers when he tries to explain his way out of trouble with Carrie Fisher.

      Oh, they made it personal alright.

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      • I still get a chill, a frisson if you will, when I think of them running like buffalo through Statuary Hall over John Qunicy Adams’s plaque in the floor, where he collapsed two days before he was no more. That alone deserves retribution. The mere sight of Mitch makes me twitch, bringing out my ultimate bitch so wanting to tie those balls of his in a knot until he cries…I’m a putz…I’ll admit it.

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  6. Sigh. We live in a world that worships at the altar of money and power. Kindness and compassion are seen as oddities and not celebrated. And yet it should be the opposite. I often despair of the world I live in but when I read your posts my faith is reaffirmed.

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  7. Duuuuuuude. Ian. Is. Amazing. I absolutely LOVED that story. Parenting is rough and even more so when you’re having a bad day and it’s on display for everyone. This dude Ian gave me some hope for kindness of strangers at a time when we got such disgusting, conniving people out there like Mitch. Ian is the light we need, high five for you highlighting it. The one that got me thinking as well, was the first pic and you saying we’re just finding our place in this world. That was pretty powerful stuff right there, hermano. Thanks for posting and special thanks to that sweet duet guitar and smooth voice sounds at the end. Good vibe song 🙂 sending you sunshine and waves brother 🙂

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    • Cali!

      Ian is one of those souls who comes along and provides us all with a valuable lesson in how humanity can heal.

      The lights, each a symbol of a lost soul . . from here. Not there. A part of the whole, not a someone from somewhere else. That’s got to be the thinking, on everything.

      I love that cover to a song that I dig straight up from its original maestro, the late, great John Denver.

      Sunshine and waves hermana

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  8. Hi M
    Enjoyed the closing song – beautiful arrangement for a classic song –
    And loos like they still do not have electricity in West Virginia so the acoustics worked great (kidding)

    And this line was a top
    Takeaway
    “If we stopped feeling inconvenienced…”
    Dude-
    That really touches the pulse of many in our culture today – and thanks for once again sharing stories that uplift

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  9. As the consummate hockey fan, the playoffs are taking front and center stage in my little world. And thank gawd, especially when the Republicans can’t even support a commision to find out what the heck happened on January 6. I’d say, unbelievable but that to be a bit of an understatement with Moscow Mitch and his cronies.

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    • It was too bad Connor McDavid was swept out but hey, this ain’t the NBA. Stars don’t necessarily carry the day.

      I’m down for any team but Tampa Bay. I just can’t bring myself to root for a hockey team from Tampa, as good as they are.

      The commission would’ve been put together on January 7 if the rioters hadn’t been . . . let’s just say conservative.

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      • McDavid has had a stellar year. Too bad the team couldn’t accomplish more. My team has a number of great players that are fun to watch. Every time I see that fight with Gabe Landeskog, I get tickled. A Gordie Howe hat trick that night by the captain got everyone amped up and Nathan MacKinnon is pure poetry on ice.

        You’re right about TB. If a city can’t make natural ice they shouldn’t be allowed to have a hockey team. And then there’s the tacky team-Vegas. Ugh. Love Marc Andre Fleury but hate that he plays for the Golden Knights.

        Yeah if BLM had been involved, the Pubes would be Benghazi-ing the &@$#% out of January 6. Sigh.

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        • I’ve actually watched several games thus far, which is the new old me. Once upon a time it was my favorite sport, but that was back in the time of the Minny North Stars and the dynastic Islanders. It’s still the greatest sport to watch live, in my opinion.

          Vegas, the thing about Vegas . . . I remember when sports leagues wouldn’t touch the place. And then a funny thing happened, they went all in on the gambling world and now they no longer give a flip how it looks. The Vegas Golden Knights HAS to be a sign that the apocalypse is near.

          Right. But the GOP plays look away because those peeps are their peeps. And what gets me is these nutbags had already pulled these kinds of stunts by storming state capitals in other states. In Washington they took the next step and went inside because their fake President told them to do it. Shit, I’d have more respect for them if they’d simply blamed it on the voices in their heads.

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  10. Really a fab series, this Heroes thing.
    I appreciate the zeroes, as they create a juxtaposition. Or as in the case of Mitch McConnell, a vicious odour.
    Right off the puck here – the Leafs are 3 -1, now.
    I’m really impressed with Muzychuck.
    I am heartened by Ian.
    All of the heroes are beautiful.

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