Robert Decker – A Picture of Courage

Robert Decker, the lone survivor of a helicopter crash that killed 17 people off Newfoundland's east coast, arrives at the inquiry into the incident in St. John's, N.L. on Thursday Nov. 5, 2009.  

This is what courage looks like!  He is 28 years old and for many months carried the burden of being the sole survivor of a helicopter crash that killed 17 other people including friends and co-workers.  On November 5th,  not only family and friends of the victims, but the entire province was riveted to the television screen as Robert Decker spoke of the experience for the first time.

What I walked away from, was not the details of the crash, or how he survived.  It was the statement he read, honestly and openly telling people, he doesn’t know why he was the lone survivor.  Of course he doesn’t!  From what I can gather, when the helicopter hit the water, he was knocked out.  It’s probably a fair guess that others were knocked out as well.  He regained consciousness.  There was a window above him. 

Many people would like to call it luck, or fate!  I prefer it to call it a gift.  The man on the television yesterday was stoic and brave and every single Newfoundlander as well as every Canadian was proud to call this young man was of their own.  I am saddened for the loss of 17 lives and my heart goes out to their family and friends. 

But I am also hopeful!   Hopeful because this amazing man was given a gift, and I think he will take that gift and give it back many times over.  I believe we are going to see amazing things from this amazing man.


Ricky Gervais to host the Golden Globe Awards!

It has just been announced that Ricky Gervais will be hosting the Golden Globe Awards in January.  This is going to be great.  If you haven’t heard of Ricky Gervais, or you missed him at the Emmy’s last year, when he did a stint with Steve Carrell and took his Emmy back, take a look at this clip.

Guaranteed to make you laugh!

My Favorite Music Right Now.

    Lost Highway

I have acquired quite a few cd’s recently, old and new.  I have to tell you about two of my favorites.  I was just given a copy of Roseanne Cash’s new cd ‘The List’.  People Magazine calls this cd ‘a loving tribute – Cash puts her own spin on these tunes.  Two of my favorite tracks are Sea of Heartbreak with Bruce Springsteen joining her and Heartaches by the Number, where she is joined by Elvis Costello.  Excellent.

And I know I am probably one of the last people to buy Lost Highway by Bon Jovi, but better late than ever.  Every single song on this cd could be a #1 Hit for this group.  It is one of the few cd’s that every single song is good, including the collaborations with Lee Anne Rimes and Big and Rich. 

I have been playing these cd’s over and over.