Friday, September 9, 2011

Hope. Honor. History. In Remembrance of 9/11


We were living in an idyllic lake community 40 miles from New York City 
on September 11, 2001.


We have diversified memories of that day: 
Our oldest son, just barely one year of age, his joyous laughter as he
raced around the beach under that cloudless, brilliant sky.
A neighbor going to work that morning and never coming home.
Frantically trying to reach my step-mother-in-law (in vain)
as she escaped NYC by walking across the Brooklyn Bridge.

We remember to have hope for tomorrow. 
Hope in a new generation of children that will rise up and
defend liberty and freedom throughout the world.
We remember to honor those that lost their lives. We remember to
provide a living history of courage and faith and virtue. 

The library has over 600 books, music, movies and more on 9/11, but
these are some we have brought home and can highly recommend:

Easy Reader: Fireboat

(2nd -5th Grade) Read: 14 Cows For America

Adults Watch: What We Saw

If you live in the Charlotte, NC, area, the Davidson Community Players
will perform The Guys: A 9/11 Remembrance, By Anne Nelson
September 8-17th

 A portion of the proceeds will support training programs
 for the Davidson Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders.
 Firefighters and First Responders will be admitted free. 

WDAV (89.9 FM) The radio station of Davidson College, 
will feature a special In Commemoration
 during the Choral Showcase hour from 6-7 pm
on Sunday, September 11, 2011. 
Selections from a new work written
  specifically for observances of 9/11: 
On The Transmigration of Souls by living
composer John Adams, will be highlighted. 

"But in a larger sense... we cannot dedicate -- we cannot consecrate
we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men (and women), living and dead,
who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power
to add or detract.
World Trade Center. Associated Press Photo.

The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, 
but it can never forget what they did here. 
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished 
 work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.

The Pentagon. Associated Press Photo.

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

                                       ~ Abraham Lincoln (The Gettysburg Address)

Near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Associated Press Photo.

Hope. Honor. History.
We will never forget.

Where were you that morning? 

xoxo Michele

Time To Walk The Walk

The word alone sounds like torture to me. 
I'm just being honest here - 
Exercise and I dated once and he was
mean and cruel and called me four letter words
like lazy and baby. 
I prefer four letter words like
cake and coke and read and book.

Carl and I. Dating. 1997.

But I enjoy pilates. And yoga. At home. I like the
meditation music (so does my smoochie hubby). And the
cookbook is sensational. Harper's has outdone themselves
with this stylish read. Fabulously simple ideas can be found in here.
Carl and I this summer. Married with Children. 2011.

Sweet Library, did I just post these pictures of myself?
Just in time for the 2nd Annual Rock & Read 5K to benefit
the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Please join us 
tomorrow morning for a fantastic family event:
5K Run/Walk
1 Mile Fun Run
Kid's Dash
There will be music, food and drinks. 
For more information, click here.

If you can't participate but would like to donate, click here.

A great way to give back to ourselves and pay it forward 
for the future generations of library lovers.
Just like Ben Franklin. 
Hmm. Possibly I'm on his diet.

xoxo Michele