September 11th, 2011


The Tenth Anniversary of 9-11

Sister Sue phoned to wake Marilyn and me on that fateful day and tell us the news. We got up and were immediately glued to the TV.

But I spent most of the day alone, as it was a work day and Marilyn had to go to the office. It was hard -- I watched TV and was online. I had friends in New York and Washington D.C. and I was worried about them (of course). It was shocking and frightening and unreal. And in many ways, it still is... (sigh)

The most amazing thing for me this morning was to realize that I didn't have a LiveJournal back then (!!!) -- as I didn't get one until June of 2002! I know I wrote notes on that day, but I've lost track of where these are. I wish I'd blogged them at some point. (heavy sigh)

Today The Portland Gay Men's Chorus performed "BraveSouls and Dreamers" (a cantata by composer Seeley and librettist Espindola) in contemplation of war and peace, inspired by the words of Gandhi, Jesus, Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama, Isaiah, Confucius, Buddha, and the Qur'an at Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in Manhattan, New York City. (I know a member and was excited to see him on TV tonight.) I was pleased that their focus was on PEACE, which is my own focus, by the way...

My favorite site for today in honor of 9-11??? The 9/11 Tribute Movement website, which encourages us to join by briefly describing what we will do this year (a good deed, charitable activity, or other plans) to honor the 9/11 victims, survivors and those that rose in service in response to the attacks.

Marilyn and I both wore patriotic shirts today (I had on one of my fave flag shirts). I'm patriotic and pro-military (and always have been), which I don't believe clashes with my anti-war and strong pro-peace beliefs. (I support the military, but would prefer that they not need to risk their lives...)

I know we all have differing ways of observing days like this, but I'm hopeful that my friends have found ways that are positive and embrace love. I'd be so glad to see all the hating end...

I've spent part of my own day in prayer and contemplation, which always centers me. I send happy thoughts and blessings to all my friends (and the world) today.