13 Years Ago….

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Thoughts on 9/11

I was going to write about something else today, but I had a hard time sleeping last night and decided that what I really wanted to do was write about the anniversary of 9-11.  I appreciate the fact that, as a nation, we pause and reflect together.  For so many families, everything changed that day.Where I was:...more

I Want to Always Remember


The Cost of the American Dream

Living in the shadow of NYC, 9/11 hits close to home.   Literally. I think this definitely is the one day where everyone can remember where he was and what he was doing when America was attacked on our own soil. ...more

Remembering Union Thugs on 9/11

Dipshit Teabaggers and other far right numbnuts love to call firefighters and cops and teachers “union thugs”....more

Reflections from a Rug

Take a minute.  Take a minute to hug your kids an extra second today.  I think that 9/11 is the Kennedy moment of my generation.  I will always remember what an absolutely beautiful morning it was.  A little crisp, clear, sunny and bright blue sky.   Perfect.   I remember looking up at the sky that morning and being so thankful for such a beautiful day.  I was truly in that moment.  Then, all hell broke loose....more

When Will We Stop Counting the 9/11s?

It's September 11 again. And I'm dreading it. I want September 11 to go back to being just another day in the early fall. Is this wrong?...more
Thank you for sharing. My husband and I were just sharing similar sentiments on the evening of ...more

Last Night, I Told My 6-Year-Old about 9/11

We live near a very large Marine base, and, as a result, quite a large percentage of the children at my son's elementary school are family members of military personnel. Though we are not a military family, ourselves, my oldest son is becoming aware of those who serve and is learning to respect and thank those men and women....more
How we are talking about the current topic of Syria in our home. ...more

Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning

I think that song, more than any other, captures the feeling of that day. The fear, the anger, the tears - the strangers reaching across to take someone's hand. It was my first day at a new corporate job, and we were all gathered, transfixed around a small TV that had been wheeled into a conference room. With every blast of fire, every body hitting the ground, every piece of building crashing to the ground, hands reached out, arms went around shoulders, and we all moved closer, united in our grief and our helpless rage....more

Never Forget: 9/11

This morning was the first time in three years I was commuting into Manhattan on 9/11. Last year it fell on a weekend and I was off. The year before I was in Denver at BlogPaws....more