Posts Tagged ‘Dean Scarpinato’

If This Touches Your Heart ….

I’m not able to post all the requests that come my way, but I agree with Dean on this one: how we treat widows and children speaks volumes. I had a dear friend whose husband died, and the insurance company refused to pay any death benefits to her, leaving her in her grief and terrible financial straits. The kindness of strangers kept her afloat until other support became available. If you can contribute and feel moved to do so, please do. If you can “just” send prayers and/or Reiki, please do. Thanks and blessings … Laura

http://www.gofundme.com/JoeGeeting

My name is Dean Scarpinato and I am writing on behalf of Sheila Geeting.  Sheila is an older lady beyond her working years who rents a farm house from me in Western Illinois.  I keep the rent as low as I can, at $600 per month.  I also try to be flexible regarding being a few days late here and there while staying out of my tenants business.

Sheila has been a very good tenant for over 3 years.  She is also a very nice lady who tries to help people in whatever way she can.

There was a point where things got a bit tough for her and her son Joe stepped in and came to her rescue.  It was a pleasure for me to get to know him and it was very clear that Sheila could count on Joe’s support whenever things got a little tough.  For my part I had a FB fried who I sometimes talked to on the phone.

We didn’t agree on everything, but we both kept an open mind to each others thoughts and feelings.  We did agree on the most important things such as keeping your word, working hard and being good to the people in your life.  Actually the truth is Joe kind of put me to shame in all these categories.  He was just that good a man.

Joe was killed in July when his truck crashed in Nebraska on July 16.  It was a few days later that I heard about it and I was shocked.  It was actually hard to believe how deeply I was affected by the tragic death of a man I barely knew.  Maybe it is because he was only 43.  Maybe because he was such a good person and we can’t afford to lose guys like him.  And for sure it is because I know that Sheila is devastated.

The Insurance Company, bless their Heart, is saying that Sheila will not receive any Death Benefit because he was dead of a Heart Attack before he hit the wall.  So on top of her grief she is now in a situation where the guy who was always there in her time of need, financially and otherwise, is gone.  And his Accidental Death Insurance Company is doing what insurance companies do.

Legally, perhaps they are right.  Morally I guess its up to every person to individually choose the world they live in and how we treat widows and orphans in the name of corporate profit.  I will refrain at this moment from venting my Spleen on the Insurance Racket.  Suffice it to say that “Time Wounds All Heels.”

And in that Spirit no act of charity is wasted.  I wish I could say “Sheila, take a couple few months rent free and just get on your feet.”

I’m not in that position.  Without going too deep into my tale of woe I’m dipping into savings regularly to stay afloat myself and I need every penny that comes in.

But I know that many hands make light work.  I know that I have friends and family who are loving and caring.

We’re not asking for a huge amount.  If we could raise $2500 that would be a great blessing.  That would be close to 3 months after the expenses involved with GoFundMe.  And every penny will go to rent.  That will free up any other gifts of bereavement can be used for the other expenses of living.

Certainly I’d love to encourage you to donate $50 or $100.  Or $2500.  Believe me that would be lovely.  BUT $10 would be welcomed with open arms and gratitude.

I’m an artist, basically, which means (along with the fact that I’m not rich in the material sense) that I have friends who might have $2500 in their back pocket and I have friends who would be struggling to part with $10.

All are welcomed and honored.  And I’ll thank you personally.  Ecclesiastes 11:1 tells us that: “the bread we sow upon the waters of life will return many fold.”  That’s Solomon’s (the author of Ecclesiastes) way of saying “Its good karma.”

Sheila is a very kind and humble woman of very limited means.  This is a tragedy that no one should have to endure.  No one should have to bury their child.  And moreover, no one in their golden years should be in such financial straights, compounded by this tremendous grief which only adds to her economic uncertainty.

I’m coming to you personally saying, if this touches your heart, please contribute what you can.  I honestly cannot think of a better cause.

Thank You..Dean.

To donate a little or a lot, please click here.

Graham Hancock ~In Memoriam Giordano Bruno

In Memoriam Giordano Bruno
By Graham Hancock

In memoriam of a great free thinker, Giordano Bruno, burned at the stake in Rome 414 years ago today, on 17 February 1600. Bruno was a proponent of the Copernican ‘heliocentric’ model of the solar system in which the earth and other planets orbit the sun (whereas it was wrongly believed by the Church and other authorities of the time that the sun and the planets orbit the earth). In his courageous advocacy of the heliocentric model, as in many other things, Bruno was correct and he was killed, quite simply, for speaking this truth aloud and refusing to be silenced by the voices of orthodoxy. His life, and his death, should serve as reminders to us that those who think outside the box, though no longer burnt at the stake, face great risks, persecution and vilification even today and often pay a heavy price for speaking their truth. Yet ultimately, in the longer picture of centuries and millennia we can see that it is precisely those outside-the-box thinkers who allow human society and human knowledge to advance for the benefit of us all.

For his out-of-the-box thinking and his courage in speaking his truth, Bruno suffered an eight-year ordeal at the hands of the Roman Inquisition. Tortured and tormented in the Vatican dungeons, he stood accused of heresy on several counts, including his claims that stars are other suns, such as our own (they are), that they are orbited by planets (they are), that these planets are likely to be populated by intelligent beings (21st century science is just beginning to catch up with this idea), that the earth itself is a planet (it is), and that the symbol of the cross was known to the ancient Egyptians (it was, in the form of the ankh, or crux ansata, symbolising the life-force).

Ordered to retract these and his other “heresies” or face death by burning, Bruno courageously stood firm. Fired by his convictions, he defiantly told his accusers that he had neither said nor written anything that was heretical, but only what was true. When his sentence was passed, Bruno bravely stared at the cardinals lined up in front of him and calmly told them: “Perchance your fear in passing judgement on me is greater than mine in receiving it.”

On the morning of 17 February 1600, Bruno, garbed with a white shirt, was taken to the Campo de Fiori, the Camp of the Flowers, a small piazza not far from the Roman Pantheon. There, he was securely tied to a wooden pole around which were stacked planks of wood and bundles of sticks. “I die a willing martyr”, he is said to have declared as the fire was being lit all around him, “and my soul will rise with the smoke to paradise.” A young protestant, Gaspar Schopp of Breslau, who had recently converted to Catholicism and thus enjoyed the favours of the Pope, was an eyewitness to the burning, and reported that “when the image of our Saviour was shown to him before his death he [Bruno] angrily rejected it with averted face”. The truth is that a Dominican monk had tried to brandish a crucifix in Bruno’s face while he suffered in the flames. Poor Bruno, his legs now charred to the bone, mustered enough strength to turn his head away in disgust.

A few days earlier Bruno had written his own epitaph:

“I have fought…It is much… Victory lies in the hands of Fate. Be that with me as it may, whoever shall prove conqueror, future ages will not deny that I did not fear to die, was second to none in constancy, and preferred a spirited death to a craven life.”

Giordano Bruno

Photo by Santha Faiia. This statue of Bruno, created in his honour in the 19th century, stands on the exact spot of his death in the Campo de Fiori, south of Piazza Navona in Rome

[Laura Bruno here — no relation to Giordano, btw … This Graham Hancock Facebook post came to me via Dean Scarpinato, who also included the following video and song:

This little video of mine was greatly inspired by Bruno. Please watch. If you’ve seen it b4 please watch again. It is heartfelt.]