Towers of Blocks

When Heather invited us all to Take Back 9-11 and move on, I sat here for perhaps thrifty minutes. Eyes slowly unfocused, the white screen fuzzing away as dark images swirled through my mind, morphing into some bizarre collage of thoughts, of pieces, of blocks of memories. About David B., a firefighter I knew in fourth grade who I dared to eat a slice of sicilian pizza covered with an entire jar of garlic salt, and who promised to marry me someday. About the numerous police officers in the neighborhood who offered me candy and magic tricks when I visited … Continue reading

September 11th Search and Rescue Dogs: Six Years Later

After September 11, 2001, more than three hundred fifty dogs lent ears, eyes, and noses to the search and rescue effort. One hundred of those dogs were deployed by FEMA; the rest came from search and rescue programs around the country. It was the largest deployment of search dogs in United States history. We may never have an exact count of all the four-legged heroes from around the country who helped sift through the rubble of the World Trade Center and Pentagon. What we do have and will always have is a shining example of human and animal cooperation. Human … Continue reading

A Mother Remembers 9/11

This morning, my fifteen year old son Garrett said, “Mom, it’s 9/11. I wonder if they’ll have a moment of silence at school today.” I replied, “Well, they had a moment of silence for Steve Irwin. I certainly hope they’ll have one for 9/11.” We remembered what happened five years ago–that horrific day that stained our souls. “I was in fifth grade,” my son said. On that day, I was still single after my divorce. I lived in a different house, and had a different perspective on life. That morning, my brother phoned. I remember thinking it was strange for … Continue reading

Line of Duty — Terri Blackstock

In keeping with the commemoration of September 11th, I have chosen to review books that in some way hearken back to the men and women who have made this country what it is today. This novel by Terri Blackstock,while it is last in the series I will be reviewing, was written to honor the men and women who served us during 9/11 and I think it’s very appropriate to review this book today. Taken from the acknowledgement: “As many of you know, I fully intended to end this series with Book 4, “Trial by Fire.” But on September 11, 2001, … Continue reading

When Heroes Walked the Streets of New York

Today is the fifth anniversary of September 11th. Around this time of year, I like to watch documentaries about the events for a couple of reasons. One is so I don’t forget. When the World Trade Center towers fell, I honestly thought I would never be happy again, never smile again. Of course, that wasn’t the case. Two years ago, I had the sweetest baby in the world who makes me smile almost constantly. But I still feel the need to remember those who lost their lives on Sept 11th for no reason other than being at the wrong place, … Continue reading

Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning?

Today marks the five year anniversary of a tragic event or series of events, that changed our history books forever. As scrapbookers, most of us commemorated the events of the day by doing a scrapbook layout. In fact, I created mine during a scrapbook challenge on a message board that I belong to. It was five years ago that I created that layout, and it was simply nothing more than a “this day in history” type of page. I didn’t do much journaling besides to explain the events and what unfolded throughout the day. I included a time line and … Continue reading

Five Years Later: Let Us Take a Moment . . .

Remember, remember the 11th of September when airplanes, terrorists and plots. I see no reason why the attacks should ever be forgot. Yes, that is a twist on the Guy Fawkes rhyme, but I think it’s appropriate in its own way this morning. I have witnessed several disasters in my life, including watching the television when the Challenger exploded during takeoff during my middle school science class. I remember the frightening images of the Waco compound burning. I remember being in New York in 1993 when explosions rocked the World Trade Center from bombs in the parking garage. I remember … Continue reading

June 6, 06 – Just Another Day?

June 6, 2006 is quickly approaching and many people are freaking out about it. There are prophets who believe this day is ominous. After all, it will be 06/06/06 and “666” is the mark of the antichrist. People have always been curious about numbers and what affect they might have on our lives. How many of us dread it when we see a Friday the 13th coming up on the calendar? Some hospitals and hotels do not have 13th floors but instead skip from the 12th to the 14th. Now in my mind, that still technically makes the “14th” floor … Continue reading