I was working in our restaurant when a customer burst through the door and asked if we had a TV. We did not, so he ran to his shop and brought us a little black and white one, the kind with the old rabbit ears....more
Melinda Reynolds Tripp
Author of What Should You Do?
3-year-old boy saves dad's life
Submitted by Meghan Kalkstein
Saturday, January 29th, 2011, 3:15pm
Topics: Health, Parents & kids, News
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KEIZER, Ore. -- On Monday the family of the local 3-year-old boy that saved his father by dialing 911 could be known nationally -- with what we hear is an appearance on the "Today" show.
For now, the boy's father is just glad to be alive.
"My son saved my life," says Aaron Hayes of Keizer....more
[Editor's Note (updated March 20): Trayvon Martin, a black 17-year old boy, was shot and killed on February 26 on his way back from buying candy and ice tea at a Florida convenience store. A white neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, claims he shot the boy out of self-defense....more
One of the most laughable things about getting hired at 911 is the actual hiring process. It hasn't changed much in 11 years.First and foremost, they have to make sure you're not a shithead. Shitheads are criminals and criminals must be kept away from the inner workings of a 911 system as much as possible, for obvious reasons. I am not, nor ever have I been, a shithead, despite my college fantasy of killing my roommate so I didn't have to study for finals....more
Over the years, people have asked me for a copy of the column I wrote for House and Garden in 2001, the day after 9/11. (A mere decade ago, we didn't put our copy online.) I never had the heart to dig through boxes looking for a back issue. But as the tenth anniversary of 9/11 nears, I've had that terrible day constantly, vividly, on my mind....more
It sounds trite to say that we must never forget September 11, 2001. It is trite I guess -- the kind of trite that comes when something is so true that there aren't enough ways to say it. And of course that's what this is - we can't forget 9/11 - not really. Sadly though we can let it become just another day like Veteran's Day where people sigh, think for a moment and move on.
We hammer the numbers 9-1-1 into our children's brains from an early
age. Parents, teachers, firemen, police officers, librarians,
babysitters. They hear those fateful digits, sometimes couched in fear,
sometimes in bravery, sometimes in service. We read hot topic stories
about first graders saving their mom from choking on a Cheeto. We see
Matt and Meredith interview preschoolers who called the authorities to
report a burglar creeping in through the attic window. At my house we
even have a sticker on the cordless phone with a picture of an