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911 Our Common Thread

Common Thread of Our Generation

911 is the common thread of our generation.  The one event that an entire generation can speak of their own experience.  It is hard to believe that it has been 10 years since that fateful day. 

There have been major events like this throughout history.  People of every generation have a day or an even, a common thread, that is seared into their memory.  People know exactly where they were and what they were doing the day the space shuttle Challenger fell from the sky, the day President John F Kennedy was shot, the day Pearl Harbor was bombed and the day Man walked on the moon. 

Fate: Destiny, an inevitable course of events

There was a plan put into action long before the sun came up on the morning of September 11, 2001.  Most of the country woke up to a beautiful crisp September morning.  We each went about getting ready to face another day, making lunches, checking appointment books, attending meetings and planning our lives and hurrying off to catch a plane. 

That day began like hundreds of other days but it would end entirely different.  It would end in horror and disbelief for most.  

I was at work, going about my day doing what I do…and in a matter of minutes, based on decisions put into place by individuals on a mission of destruction, fueled by hate and driven by their beliefs my world would never be the same. 

For the first few hours I think I was in shock.  I didn’t know what to say or do.  I was paralyzed by the images on the television.  I remember All I wanted to do was go home and be with my family and Hold them close.  For the next several days I was consumed with watching the replay of the shocking footage and left wondering WHY.  Why so much hate and anger?  Why so many innocent lives lost?  Why America?  Why? Why? Why?

I remember the city seemed to stand still.  The traffic was lighter and fewer people were out.  The sky’s were empty and eerily quiet.  People became more courteous to one another over night.  We seemed to put our differences aside.

I know that I know longer think the way I did on September 10, 2001.  I am much more cautious.  I no longer enjoy flying.  I lost my innocent belief that I lived in a country where that wouldn’t happen. 

My life has changed considerably since that day.  Some aspects directly because of the events of the day.  Some in spite of the events, life goes on.  If I was to stop doing what I love or going where I want, I would cease to be me.  Then I would have allowed my fate to be determined by someone I never knew.

September 11th 2001 was a turning point in my life.  What happened that day has shaped who I am. I am a different person today than I would be if that had not happened. 

Those of us who witnessed the events of that day are bound together by a common thread.  We all remember 911.


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Christmas things that make me smile…day 2

CHOCOLATE…LIQUID CHOCOLATE!  I am talking about a big mug of creamy hot cocoa or hot chocolate! 

The love affair with the cocoa bean began around 1200b.c. with equatorial Central and South American monkeys that enjoyed the sweet flesh surrounding the cocoa bean.  Mayans were the first true chocolate aficionados treasuring cocoa as a restorative, mood changing cure-all. I agree with the Myans…chocolate is definitely a restorative, mood changing, cure-all in my book!!!

Williams Sonoma has a nice selection of both Hot Cocoa and Hot Chocolate

According to Williams Sonoma, Hot chocolate is a distinctly different sip than hot cocoa. Inspired by the famed Café Angélina in Paris, where steaming pots of velvety hot chocolate are served with bowls of whipped cream alongside, ours is intensely chocolatey, rich and smooth.

Also, available at Williams Sonoma, From MarieBelle, the popular cacao bar in New York City, this is a true hot chocolate. It’s made from the richest, single-origin Colombian cocoa with a 63% cacao content – not cocoa powder. Preparation is simple: Just add boiling water for a full-flavored, European-style hot chocolate; or substitute hot milk if you prefer American-style hot chocolate. 20 oz. (12 to 14 servings).

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