Archive | November 2010


I was touched deeply by the passing of a child today that I didn’t even know. Hearing of anyone’s passing would sadden a person, but, the passing of a child tugs at the heart as nothing else possibly could.  As she crossed my mind over and over throughout the day, it made me think of all of things she will never get to experience in life. I then began to think of how many people (myself included) waste so many precious moments, days, years. I think the following says it better than I ever could…


Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.

Life is beauty, admire it.

Life is bliss, taste it.

Life is a dream, realize it.

Life is a challenge, meet it.

Life is a duty, complete it.

Life is a game, play it.

Life is a promise, fulfill it.

Life is sorrow, overcome it.

Life is a song, sing it.

Life is a struggle, accept it.

Life is a tragedy, confront it.

Life is an adventure, dare it.

Life is luck, make it.

Life is too precious, do not destroy it.

Life is life, fight for it.  

Mother Teresa



The name of the little girl I was referring to is Shannon Tavares, and one of her dreams was to sing on Broadway. She fulfilled her dream when she won the role of  Nala in ‘The Lion King’, but it was cut short when her battle with Leukemia made it difficult for her to continue. Shannon passed away at the young age of 11, but not before she was able to share her gift with many. After hearing of her death, ironically, the only video I could find of her singing was one in which she sings the song, ‘Tomorrow’ from ‘Annie’ – a song that speaks of hope and looking forward to a brighter future.


The sun’ll come out
Bet your bottom dollar
That tomorrow
There’ll be sun!

Just thinkin’ about
Clears away the cobwebs,
And the sorrow
‘Til there’s none!

When I’m stuck a day
That’s gray,
And lonely,
I just stick out my chin
And Grin,
And Say,

The sun’ll come out
So ya gotta hang on
‘Til tomorrow
Come what may
Tomorrow! Tomorrow!
I love ya Tomorrow!
You’re always
A day
A way!


LIFE is precious. How will you spend your TOMORROWs?


UPDATE: Here is a link to Shannon’s website to get some background information on her. You can also listen to her sing ‘Circle of Life’

It’s too late to save Shannon’s life, but you can still save the life of another. If you are interested in being a donor, you can register online here:

There is a very brief questionnaire to fill out and if you meet the initial qualifications, you will be sent a kit to do a ‘swab’ test. Send the test back and you will have taken the first steps in possibly saving someone’s life.


NOTE: What are the present percentages of minority donors? Hispanic or Latino, 9% of the total population. African-Americans or Black, 8% of the total population, Asian, 7% of the total population, Multiple Race, 3% of the total population, Native American or Alaskan Native, 1% of total population, while Caucasian donors represent more than 80% of the total population. per