Ten Years Later: How 9/11 Made me a Dad

*Today's blog is by Keith Murphy, a retired NYC Firefighter who responded to the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11/01. He tells the story of how that day changed the trajectory of his life forever.   "Hey Joanne. Do you want to know how we got Ruby?” “Sure I do!” replied Joanne. This is how the conversation between my oldest daughter Gretchen and her bus driver began just after she started Kindergarten last year....more

9/11 - Where were you is not the question. Where were you not?

As the grim anniversary of the horrific acts of 9/11/01 approaches, I see "where were you?"posts  all around me. Not that there's anything wrong with that. People need to share, I understand that. I do. And I think that more than reading others' accounts, they need to get their stories out....more

September 11th and Its Long-Lasting Impact

Last year, on this date, I wrote this post remembering September 11th. At that time, I wanted to focus on remembering those who perished on that fateful day. Now, one year later, with hatred, fear and bigotry even more pronounced, I can't help but reflect on the long lasting negative impact September 11th has had on this country. It's like we are still reeling from the blow to our innocence....more

Remembering 911 and How My Family Was Given a Second Chance

Friday night I walked into the family room and found my two children plopped in front of the TV. They were not just watching. They were glued--eyes large as ping pong balls. They had chosen a documentary on the history channel about 911. I entered at during the tragic scene in which victims were jumping out of the towers because jumping from a 90 story building seemed to be a better choice than incineration. "Turn it off", I screamed. It was a gut reaction....more

Park 51: On Building a Mosque Near Ground Zero

When I first caught wind that there were plans brewing to build a mosque near Ground Zero, my initial thoughts were: Are you serious? Why on earth would anyone want to build a Muslim place of worship near the site of the 9/11 attacks? ...more
I am surprised that any feminist would support Islam. If your idea is that "Islam is a religion ...more

Best of Motherly Law Week Part II

According to the survey, the winner of the "Best of Motherly Law" Wednesday Tips and Websites post is: The Overly Cautious Traveler: Must Read Pool Safety Tips. This is a good topic as summer has now officially begun and pools everywhere are at full capacity. Tune in Thursday for the Best legal headlines of the week. I have little tasty tidbits for you all week long....more

Time Isn't Always On Our Side

Laurie:  Last Sunday we turned back our clocks one hour.  After a night of over-indulgence on Halloween candy and scary costumes, the extra hour of sleep was greatly welcomed.  We awoke to daylight and spent the rest of the day adjusting clocks, telephones, and electronic equipment to reflect the end of Daylight Savings Time.  Another annual tradition was successfully completed.  ...more

Hillary Clinton, Gary Sinise, Gavin DeGraw and Others Commemorate Service on 9/11

Last night at the Beacon Theatre in New York, there was a tribute to commemorate the designation of September 11 as an annually observed National Day of Service and Remembrance, as proclaimed by President Barack Obama.  Co-hosted by MyGoodDeed and Service Nation, the evening was a mix of speeches and entertainment. There were musical numbers by singer Anjulie, The Harlem Boys and Girls Club Alumni Choir, John Ondrasik, a rousing number by The Roots and a performance by Gavin DeGraw.  In the audience were 9/11 families, members of service organizations, uniformed firefighters and soldiers. ...more

Hi Maria,

Yes it was incredibly moving.

Like you I hope that the words turn into ...more