The Rock just shared a photo of his baby. The advice he's dropping is perfect.

The Rock's newest baby is here, and I could honestly not be more excited.

If there's one thing we can all agree on it's this: The Rock's new daughter is our royal baby. Yes, while the Brits (and other assorted fans of the royals) spent yesterday welcoming their new prince — uh, one woman waited outside the hospital for 15 days? — those of us a little more firmly moored to American shores were screaming with joy over the fact that the man who brings so much delight into this world had welcomed a new baby with his partner, Lauren Hashian.

First of all: Congratulations to Daddy Rock and Hashian on the birth of their second child! (They're the parents to the adorable Jasmine, and The Rock is also the proud father of a teenage daughter from a previous relationship.)


Second of all: Here's a picture of the baby, who's named Tiana Gia and is honestly one of the cutest babies I've ever seen. (No shade to other babies. You are all also very cute.)

Skin to skin. Our mana. Blessed and proud to bring another strong girl into this world. Tiana Gia Johnson came into this world like a force of nature and Mama @laurenhashianofficial labored and delivered like a true rockstar. I was raised and surrounded by strong, loving women all my life, but after participating in baby Tia’s delivery, it’s hard to express the new level of love, respect and admiration I have for @laurenhashianofficial and all mamas and women out there. Word to the wise gentlemen, it’s critical to be by your lady’s head when she’s delivering, being as supportive as you can.. holding hands, holding legs, whatever you can do. But, if you really want to understand the single most powerful and primal moment life will ever offer - watch your child being born. Its a life changer and the respect and admiration you have for a woman, will forever be boundless. And to my third and youngest daughter, Tiana Gia - like I did when your two older sisters Simone Alexandra and Jasmine Lia were born, you have my word, I’ll love, protect, guide and make ya laugh for the rest of my life. Your crazy dad has many responsibilities and wears many hats in this big ol’ world, but being your dad will always be the one I’m most proud to wear. Oh and one more thing.. you’re gonna love rollin’ in daddy’s pick up truck. #TianaGiaJohnson🌺 #3rdDaughter #BlessesAndGratefulMan #ImInTROUBLE

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Of course, this wouldn't be a story about The Rock if it didn't include an element of gratitude and inspiration.

What is it about this guy? He's like a ray of sunshine on the cloudiest day. And when he posts to Instagram — whether it's a pic or video — you know he's going to have a lot to say. That was certainly the case when he announced the happy news that Tiana was here. And he wasted no time in expressing his admiration for his partner and, actually, all the women in the world. (Because The Rock is nothing if not inclusive in his enthusiasm.)

"Tiana Gia Johnson came into the world like a force of nature," The Rock wrote (as if there were any other way), "and Mama labored and delivered like a true rockstar."

"I was raised and surrounded by strong, loving women all my life," he continued, "but after participating in baby Tia's delivery, it's hard to express the new level of love, respect, and admiration I have for Lauren Hashian and all mamas and women out there."

The most important part of The Rock's message? Advice to expecting parents, some of whom may be anxious about being in the delivery room.

"Word to the wise gentlemen, it’s critical to be by your lady’s head when she’s delivering, being as supportive as you can... holding hands, holding legs, whatever you can do," The Rock wrote, encouraging future parents to be as emotionally present as possible to the experience.

"But, if you really want to understand the single most powerful and primal moment life will ever offer — watch your child being born," The Rock added. "It's a life changer and the respect and admiration you have for a woman, will forever be boundless."

And he swore an important, loving commitment to his youngest child: "To my third and youngest daughter, Tiana Gia — like I did when your two older sisters Simone Alexandra and Jasmine Lia were born, you have my word, I’ll love, protect, guide and make ya laugh for the rest of my life."

A powerful promise. And considering his track record? It's one I'm sure The Rock will most certainly keep.

Simon & Garfunkel's song "Bridge Over Troubled Water" has been covered by more than 50 different musical artists, from Aretha Franklin to Elvis Presley to Willie Nelson. It's a timeless classic that taps into the universal struggle of feeling down and the comfort of having someone to lift us up. It's beloved for its soothing melody and cathartic lyrics, and after a year of pandemic challenges, it's perhaps more poignant now than ever.

A few years a go, American singer-songwriter Yebba Smith shared a solo a capella version of a part of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," in which she just casually sits and sings it on a bed. It's an impressive rendition on its own, highlighting Yebba's soulful, effortless voice.

But British singer Jacob Collier recently added his own layered harmony tracks to it, taking the performance to a whole other level.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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