Book Review: NadaAugust 31, 2012
An Agent of ChangeOctober 9, 2012
In honor of 9/11, I am posting links to two related blog entries that I wrote last year. On this somber anniversary, with its sunny skies and crisp fall breezes that so eerily call to mind the weather we had on that morning eleven years ago, I don’t have it in me to draft something new. Not that I really need to—the story hasn’t changed, and my memories haven’t either.
Simply put, on this day we remember all who perished in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania, and on those planes (all except the perpetrators, of course). We remember the first responders, volunteers, and area residents who died or are suffering from health problems as a result of their exposure to a toxic chemical soup. We remember the families and friends of those included in these first two categories.
We think, too, of our fellow citizens and the tourists that happened to be visiting our shores that September morning, most of whom were traumatized in one way or another by the things they witnessed and experienced. And of course, we cannot leave out all of those people (Americans and otherwise) who died or were otherwise affected by the two wars that these attacks helped to precipitate.
On this day, we are all united in our grief, but my sincerest hope is that tomorrow, and in the months and years that follow, we may continue to find ways to be united by a resolve to seek and nurture peace, always.
- On Top of the World (on Windows on the World)
- Still Standing (about the World Financial Center and the city at large)