Monday, December 14, 2020

SANDY HOOK MASS SHOOTING-8th ANNIVERSARY

TODAY Monday, December 14, 2020 marks the 8th anniversary of the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Flags in the state are flying at half-staff.

On December 14, 2012, a shooter opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary school, killing 20 first-graders and six educators in one of the deadliest mass shootings in United States history.

When little children are murdered because of the lack of gun control in the U.S. and nothing was done, it showed how little our country and its citizens care about the value of a human life. In this case, innocent young children are dead forever and nothing has changed about gun control. The u.s is a sick country and values it's guns way more than 6 year old youngsters who are gunned down in their school.

"The memories of the 20 young children and six educators whose lives were tragically taken on that horrible morning eight years ago will forever remain in our hearts," 

Our hearts are heavy today as we mark eight years since 20 beautiful children - Charlotte, Daniel, Olivia, Josephine, Ana, Dylan, Madeleine, Catherine, Chase, Jesse, James, Grace, Emilie, Jack, Noah, Caroline, Jessica, Benjamin, Avielle, and Allison - and six courageous adults - Dawn, Mary, Vicki, Lauren, Rachel, and Anne Marie - were taken from us all too soon.

To the grandparents, parents, siblings, children, spouses, and broken hearts of the Sandy Hook victims there will never be justice, never be peace. No matter how long it's been, every time you think about it, you relive it as though you just heard the news. Eight years later, I know the pain never goes away for the lives of your loved ones that were murdered and their dreams, aspirations, and futures that will never be. They are gone forever and you will never see them again, never touch them again. Their young lives snuffed out before they had a chance to live and flourish.
HERE ARE THE FACES OF THESE CHILDREN and EDUCATORS in good times IN THE VIDEO AT THE LINK BELOW. EVERYONE should view it and see the beautiful faces of these children when they were alive. Remember them as precious little children, human beings, and not a statistic.

Friday, December 4, 2020

COVID DEATHS ARE BEING NORMALIZED

ACROSS AMERICA,the horrific daily statistics about Covid are so mind numbing that many people have become numb to the true meaning of how many lives are lost to Covid each day. People tend to block out it's meaning and the lives lost become "normalized" as it is too overwhelming to truly understand.

Putting this painful truth in perspective:
During the time you were putting in an eight-hour shift at work earlier this week, more than 930 Americans were killed by the coronavirus.
The final virus death toll reported in the United States on Wednesday was 2,798. That equates to just under two deaths per minute, about one every 30 seconds. Nine hundred thirty-two over the course of eight hours.
In the time it took you to take that 10-minute shower, another almost 20 people were dead of the virus. Then almost another four during the two minutes you spent brushing your teeth before bed.
That day it took the virus 23 minutes to kill almost as many people as the wildfires throughout the western United States have all year, and about 30 minutes to kill about as many people as the gunman in the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, the deadliest mass shooting in United States history."

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

ANOTHER BIRTHDAY




ANOTHER BIRTHDAY


My older son Steven Nathaniel Wolkoff would have been 43 years old today.

What can a parent say on the birthday of their dead child?

A living child asks for a birthday party. 

As they become older, you, as the parent, ask them what they want for their birthday. There’s dialogue. 

It’s tradition to remember your child's birthday, to not do so ignores that they lived.
But what exactly is a parent supposed to do on the birthday of their child when he is gone?

Not gone, as in out of town or at the beach, or out of the country. Gone as in, no longer alive.
A dead child doesn’t want. 

A dead son asks for nothing.
What does a mom or dad and siblings do?

Where’s the rule book for recognizing birthdays of a dead child?

Steven was born on the first day of Fall and died on the first day of Summer. 
There is something odd to me about the the significance of the equinox and solstice in his life and its parallel meaning to the Earth. 

If the autumnal equinox represents balance, then the summer solstice was most certainly the day we felt our world come to a deafening halt on the longest day of the year.

Steven lies dead in a grave because of the negligence and indifference of those who killed him, stole his life at the age of 30, and have tried to erase that he ever lived.

I mourn what was, what could of been, and what will never be.

You deserved so much better my son, it just wasn't meant to be. 


Love, Dad 

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

REIMBURSEMENT FOR APPLE IPHONE USER VICTIMS

Apple customers who purchased certain previous iPhone models can now submit claims for about $25 per phone as part of the company's settlement of a class action lawsuit that accused it of slowing down older devices.
The settlement, announced in March, applies to customers who purchased the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus and or the SE before December 21, 2017 and experienced performance issues, according to a website set up for users to submit claimsApple (AAPL) will pay "per eligible device," the settlement says, meaning owners of multiple impacted iPhones can submit multiple claims.
Affected users must submit a claim online or via mail by October 6 to be eligible for a payout. A court filing in March said the amount each user receives could increase or decrease depending on how many claims are filed as well as any additional legal fees and expenses approved by the court.
Apple agreed to pay out up to $500 million as part of the settlement agreement earlier this year, capping a years-long legal battle in which it tried to ease a global backlash against its practices.
    The company admitted in December 2017 that it used software updates to slow down older iPhones. Angry customers and tech analysts had previously flagged that the updates were causing diminished performance. Some suggested that Apple did so to force users to upgrade to the latest iPhone model, but the company said it was aimed at addressing issues with older lithium-ion batteries that would make the phones suddenly shut down to protect their components.
    Apple later apologized and offered battery replacements to its customers for $79, which it then knocked down to $29. CEO Tim Cook admitted a year later that the company's revenue was partly hit by "significantly reduced pricing for iPhone battery replacements."
      The settlement is still subject to a final approval, with a hearing scheduled for December 4 in US District Court in San Jose, California.

      Tuesday, June 30, 2020

      MOM

                                        



      I thought of you with love today
      but that is nothing new

      I thought about you yesterday
      and days before that too,
      I think of you in silence
      I often speak your name

      All I have are memories
      and your picture in a frame.
      Your memory is my keepsake
      with which I’ll never part
      I have you in my heart.

      Hug me strongly, and carry me home
      Dear Mom, one more kiss again

      I thought of you today, but that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday and days before that too. I think of you in silence, I often speak your name. All I have are memories and your picture in a frame. Your memory is a keepsake from which I’ll never part. God has you in His arms, I have you in my heart.

      See more at: http://www.idlehearts.com/?p=24438I thought of you with love today
      Today is the day that my Mother, Dorothy Wolkoff died on June 30th,1997. It was sudden and there was never a chance to say goodbye.
       
      My mom was the strongest, toughest, most courageous, gentle, caring person I have ever known. 

      Biology aside, mom's can be magical human beings. A mother's love is unlimited, it can heal us, make us feel safe, and inspire us. My mother was all that and more. How lucky I am.

      She taught me much, but in particular, emphasized the importance of self pride, work/life ethics, compassion, caring, and being humble. 

      In spite of her hard life, she provided for my sister and myself, by doing whatever was necessary for us to live, we never lacked for anything because of her grueling unselfish efforts. 

      My mother was the only one who believed in me, particularly during my youth, and stubbornly never gave up, no matter how much I screwed up. 

      Without her support during my most difficult years as a youngster, a wild acting out teenager, she ALWAYS stood up to me, for me, guided me, and refused to give in, or give up on me. It was not easy for her to do that, but she would not back down, ever.

      My mother literally saved my life many times, she was one of a kind, I will always remember and love her for that. 
      I told my mom in many different ways over the years how much she eventually contributed to my taking the correct productive path with my life all because of her. 

      I spent much of my adult life making my mother proud of me, telling her how much I loved her. 

      Whatever is good in me, came from my mother. 

      I love and miss you mom.

      Sunday, June 21, 2020

      STEVEN NATHANIEL WOLKOFF- SEPTEMBER 23, 1977- JUNE 21, 2008

        

                                                 

                                                           



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       Also - CLICK ON HERE & LISTEN TO AN ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTAL WRITTEN & COMPOSED IN MEMORY OF STEVEN NATHANIEL WOLKOFF, CALLED "STEVEN'S SONG".  This composition is a quiet and moving work and is meant to serve as a tribute to the life of Steven Wolkoff. It makes use of simple but haunting harmonies and a melody that will stay with the listener long after its final notes have finished sounding. 


      SEPTEMBER 23, 1977- JUNE 21, 2008
      BELOVED SON, BROTHER,GRANDSON,
      NEPHEW, COUSIN, CHERISHED LOVE
      GOOD FRIEND

      GENTLY THEY GO,
      THE BEAUTIFUL,
      THE TENDER, THE KIND

      FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS


      SUNDAY, JUNE 21,2020


      Today is the anniversary of the 12th year of an eternity in agony, marking the horrific day, June 21, 2008, that my oldest child, Steven Nathaniel Wolkoff, was cruelly killed at the age of 30, his life brutally stolen from him, family, friends, me. 

      I dread the coming of this day every year.

      Steven died on the first day of Summer, it was 5 PM on a Saturday afternoon, exactly 12 years ago.

      It seems so much longer than 12 years have gone by since we lost him. 

      I still feel that it cannot be true, somehow suddenly he will appear, call me on the phone, or send me an email. That feeling never leaves, it is always there, I will wake up from this nightmare, and Steven will be here, alive.

      There are mornings that I wake up believing for a few seconds that Steven is alive and it was just a horrible nightmare that he is dead. Then the reality strikes me full force in the face and gut,that he is dead forever, how can that be?

      Oh how he loved the summer months and life itself. He was looking forward to it all, never realizing that his life would end that day in 2008.

      I posted the other pictures above of Steven because they are some of my favorite ones, and also he is so real, alive in them, and for a second, he seems to actually be here.

      Today, on this 12th anniversary of Steven's tragic death, if you can, please take a moment now to remember who Steven was and how deeply he is missed by each of us.

      The last time I spoke to Steven, was on the phone,Tuesday evening, June 17 , 2008.

      I didn't know that moment was going to be our last.
      The last time I would talk to you, and hear your beautiful voice.

      The last time I would tell you that I loved you, and hear you say “I love you too dad”. Strong and so real, so vibrant and alive.

      A smiling face, with twinkling eyes, your special smile, my fine young man, my oldest child.

      The shattered remnant of my heart with holes so black and fathomless no light can ever fill. I am and will be in shock forever.

      Time has passed before me, so bleak and dark and long, the wind that whispers through the trees, the brightest star at night, the rain on a dismal day, my endless dreams, nightmares, the constant thoughts, hearing the door bell ringing, seeing the 2 Nassau County Policeman at my door at 4 AM asking me politely if they could come inside, no eye contact from them.

      I knew and asked them "which one of my children", their response "do you have a son Steven living in San Francisco, he was killed in a car collision". 

      That moment is frozen in my mind, repeating itself endlessly almost every waking and sleeping moment of my life.

      The tragic death of Steven was caused by stupid, senseless acts. Every day, each night, my mind is focused on the highway at the collision, looking at the photos of Steven’s face while he is alive on a stretcher placed on the highway and then later, he is dead, covered by a tarp on that same highway.

      The collision seems less a random act, and more determined, by a series of factors, not so benign, each one a contributing cause of my son’s death.

      Steven was killed not by accident, but by horribly connected actions, and inaction's, of many others, each building on the impact of the other. Steven’s death began when distinct acts of design and error grew to become the chaos of negligence.

      Steven was killed by the lack of highway signage, a secret California State cover up of a structurally flawed highway design known as a "death trap", whose design errors were deliberately never corrected,violating the written safety codes of the  same government department responsible for building the highway, and the carelessness of a local community program, having a gathering, unaware that their visitors, were parking, turning, merging, clogging this already too narrow stretch of road that had no separate turning lanes.

      Steven was killed by a 21 year old drug impaired driver, who did not even have a driver’s license, an illegal alien. His danger to others not in his thoughts, but mostly I think he just didn't care about the effects of his irresponsible actions on Steven.

      Steven was killed by an army of first responders, Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians, Police, Firefighters, and Park Rangers, etc., busy littering the highway with equipment, while they tried to look busy and important.

      Steven courageously lived for about an hour after the collision while multiple systems of rescue professionals failed to get him to the hospital, and were unable to properly provide a minimum standard of the medical skills that they were trained to perform.

      The first responders panicked, although Steven was breathing on his own, they performed an unnecessary medical procedure that they had never before done in their life. It is called a Needle Cricothyroidotomy which they failed to do properly and in doing this they missed his airway, suffocating him, vital oxygen crushing against his heart, lungs and diaphragm, taking his breath away, and horrifically killing him.

      The responder’s mission, to keep Steven medically stabilized for triage care at the Hospital, failed, lost in a few hundred square feet of disorder, with no one in charge, no one leading, standing, telling, helping, shouting, or recognizing the obvious signs of their medical errors.

      My son Steven was killed by carelessness, thoughtlessness, and negligence on the part of multiple entities and individuals.

      A gifted, talented, precious, irreplaceable, meaningful life was stolen from all of us who loved him deeply, because of the actions of so many who, each in their own way, miserably failed to help Steven, all destroying Steven’s life.

      I cannot believe that my son Steven lies buried in a grave so young, me dreaming of things that he was and might have been. 
        
      I am not religious, nor do I believe in god, so the traditional Mourners Kaddish prayer for Steven are meaningless words to me. 

      I have written my own Mourners Kaddish as a way to honor Steven, and I post it every year at this time.

      It is my way of expressing that Steven left behind a legacy of goodness, and worthy descendants, those who loved him, who will always remember that he lived.

      These sentences speak directly to Steven, because his pain and loss need to be honestly described in real words that accurately reflect my true feelings.               

      STEVEN NATHANIEL WOLKOFF'S MOURNERS KADDISH

      Steven Nathaniel Wolkoff, Shmuel Nacham Ben Yaakov,  (Samuel Nathan, Son of Jerry).
                            

      September 23, 1977- June 21, 2008

      I am sorry that you are dead.

      I am sorry you suffered so painfully, on that awful day, as you fought to stay alive.

      I am sorry for the agony you felt, I see it in your eyes, face, and body from the horrific evidence photos.  I see and feel it in my endless nightmares.

      I am sorry for the fear, terror, unimaginable pain you felt in fighting for your life, as they killed you. I know the truth of your courage in being able to fight so bravely to stay alive.

      I am sorry for you because you were not killed by accident, but instead by the senseless, stupid, careless, actions of so many others who could have saved your life, but instead, each in their own way, miserably failed you that day, never realizing or even considering taking responsibility, or accountability for the consequences of their actions, inaction's, indifference, and incompetence.

      I am sorry you died not due to fate, nor randomly, but were instead killed by the cascading chaos of connected, dysfunctional, defective entities and others, all who caused your preventable death.

      I am sorry that you died because the State of California did not care about your life and decided not to fix a dangerously unsafe road, instead they deliberately hid the structural defects in the highway that made it into a death trap.

      I am sorry that you died because of the 21 year old drug impaired driver speeding out of control into your car. His danger to you not in his thoughts, but mostly I think he just didn't care about the effects of his irresponsible actions.

      I am sorry about the inept, licensed, qualified, medical first responders who had no idea, not a clue, of what they were doing medically to you as they killed you. They have no consciences and lied afterward to hide how they murdered you in cold blood.

      I am sorry for you, that so many corrupt, ugly cowards of evil, who have evidence of the truth, but have no conscience to speak up, remain silent, lie, omit, refuse to come forward to admit their responsibility in covering up the true facts that all contributed to killing you.

      I am sorry for those whose toxic evil allowed all of the above to be done to you and escaped from being held accountable for participating in your death.

      I am sorry that your soul and body were desecrated in death.   

      I am sorry for the wicked hideous ones who desecrated your body in death and refuse to take accountability for their violation of your body, your soul.

      I am sorry that it has took us five years to finally successfully legally force the spiteful, hateful,evil San Mateo County Coroner to release your final remains for proper burial.

      I am sorry that you died in spite of the true medical facts that show you should be alive today.

      I am sorry for all the multitude of evil ones who have tried to defame you and disrespect your name, your life.

      I am sorry that life is so cheap and yours has no value to those who killed you, trying to erase you ever existed.

      I am sorry that the Legal system is weak, corrupt and I was not able to obtain justice for you. I failed to accomplish getting that Justice for you, please forgive me.

      I am sorry for my failing as your father to keep you from dying.

      I am sorry you did not leave the beach one second earlier or later to return home that day of June, 21, 2008.

      I am sorry that I was not there to protect you.

      I am sorry that I was not there that day to comfort you, hold you, ease your pain.

      I am sorry that I don't know the last thoughts in your mind before you died.

      I am sorry that you died alone, with strangers, and no one even had the courage, kindness to hold your hand.

      I am sorry that you died lying on a hot highway pavement, in a place unfamiliar, in the middle of nowhere.

      I am sorry that no one had the decency to cover your right arm and both feet, as you lay dead under the blue tarp.

      I am sorry the Medvac trauma helicopter was delayed in arriving there by 4 minutes, too late to stop the killer first responders from touching you.

      I am sorry that I was not even able to protect your dignity in death.

      I am sorry you cannot cry.

      I am sorry you cannot scream.

      I am sorry you cannot laugh.

      I am sorry you cannot smile.

      I am sorry you cannot feel.

      I am sorry you cannot talk.

      I am sorry you cannot breathe.

      I am sorry you are silent forever. 

      I am sorry that the world said nothing, heard nothing, says nothing about the injustices done to you.
        

      I am sorry that it was you and not me.

      I am sorry that I had to bury you and that you didn't bury me first, as it should be.  


      I am sorry for everything that I forgot to say now, or cannot, and did not say here.

      I am sorry for YOU because you are not here, you are NO MORE on this earth. 

      I am sorry that you cannot rest in peace.

      More than anything, I am sorry that you didn't have a chance to say goodbye to those you loved.

      Your family will always honor you, remember you, miss you, keep you in our heart, preserve your memory in lovingly telling future generations about you, and love you forever. 

      We all miss you so very much.

      I mourn what was, what could of been, and what will never be.

      You deserved so much better my son, it just wasn’t meant to be.

      Your brother, sister, mother, family, and others who love you, will do the same. We will never forget YOU, never stop loving you, our precious beloved Steven. NEVER.

      Steven, I can only say, I am SORRY, SORRY, I am so SORRY.

      My heart is broken, my Steven is gone, and we will mourn forever.


       Hebrew -Amen. Love, Dad.