Posts in category "America"

9/11: To Do Today: Tell my loved ones that I love them

I grew up twenty minutes from NYC and visited the World Trade Center as a child in the 1980s.  This is the brochure from that visit. I think about a lot of things on 9/11 – where I was that morning; the fact that I used to work right there in lower Manhattan; of all... Read more »

Memorial Day: What does it mean to you?

Today, H and I are flying back from New Jersey after a great weekend celebrating our friends’ wedding. Still, I’m reminded of all of the servicemen and women who never returned to their husbands or wives, their children, their parents. And, I’m reminded of this entry from the Archives ~ ~~~ For me, Memorial Day used to... Read more »

National Anthem: Do you put your hand over your heart?

I did the Lakefront 10 Miler yesterday.  (I walked it because I was sick for two weeks and my training was derailed but that’s another story, which you can feel free to read here if you’d like.) But, I noticed something that I’ve noticed many times before at all of my prior races. It’s something that,... Read more »

Thank you, Veterans

Thank you today and everyday to all of the men and women who have bravely served our country. My grandfather is no longer here but I think of him often and how he and my grandmother got married in April 1941 and, one month later, he was drafted.  They didn’t see each other again for... Read more »

Columbus Day Gratitude

In the spirit of Stop and Blog the Roses, here’s to Christopher Columbus. Nice find! Thank you, sir. Whether or not you believe he did what they say he did – good or bad or both – we may never know but he did something, that led to a chain of events, that led to... Read more »

The Story of My Family

My great grandfather (my father’s mother’s father) came here from Italy in the early part of the last century with his two brothers.  They settled in Newark, New Jersey. Legend has it that, one night, one of his brother’s beat someone up.  (How classy)  Really bad, actually.  So bad, in fact, he thought he killed... Read more »

Where were you when you heard bin Laden was dead?

Today, of course, I’m reminded of this entry from the Archives ~ ~~~ I was actually asleep when the news broke. So, I had no idea until, for some reason, I suddenly woke up at 2:30AM and, like a nicotine addict would reach for a pack of cigarettes with their eyes barely opened, I reached... Read more »

I was just groped by a TSA Officer

Welcome to Newark Airport!  Two drink minimum.  No cover charge. The place is full of comedians … well, mainly my husband.  It happened like this ~ I’m walking through security and I’m deliriously tired (and a little hungover after attending a fabulous wedding the night before where I thoroughly enjoyed myself) and I’m asked to... Read more »

I used to be in the World Trade Center all the time ...

Recently, I saw a documentary that included some of the only footage of *inside* the World Trade Center and I thought about how well I knew that lobby. I used to go there a lot. After college, I worked for the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche.  D&T was and still is located at ’2WFC’, which... Read more »

Do you fear retaliation now that OBL is dead?

Yesterday, I was supposed to take public transportation somewhere and I walked instead. H said “You can’t live in fear.”  I said “Yes, I can. It’s a free country.”The irony!  But, I’m still grateful ~1/ that the Most Wanted is wanted no more2/ but also for my walking shoes3/ and that nothing lasts forever …... Read more »