thoughts, prayers, and energies go out to all of the victims, the heroes,
and their families, that were so deeply affected by the horrible attacks
against our country on September 11th.
we come to grips with all of this- sorting through the politics, the economics,
the clean up, the figuring out of the whos, whys, and hows of it all- let
us never forget the personal losses, horrors, and sorrows of the innocent
victims and their loved ones.
On a very brief
personal note, I would like to thank those fans of the strip and the band
that wrote asking if I and those close to me were okay. Physically, that
is. The answer is yes.
I watched that footage of the Trade Center crumbling to the ground, my thoughts
eventually turned to those who don't get talked about all that much.
a half dozen brunches and a half dozen lunches at the top of that thing.
The top floor. Where our Statue of Liberty is no taller than a golf pencil.
On three occasions, I've stayed at the Marriott that was at the base of
the towers .
And as the
television talking heads rightly spoke of the firefighters and police and
EMS personnel and stockbrokers and office workers, my thoughts, for whatever
reason, turned to the last waiter that brought me a sandwich there. The
last maid who cleaned my room there while she asked me, in a thick Spanish
accent, what all those funny little drawings were on my desk. "Ha!
Tat iss yoo!", she laughed. The last bartender that mixed my stoopid
Bloody Mary there. The bus-boy who started talking about his new guitar
and did I "know anybody at Berklee" that he could talk to about
trying to get in there. Real people- first jobs, second jobs, moonlighting
jobs- waiting on a schlub like me, eking out an honest living to keep up
a New York life and an American dream for themselves.What was this movie
I was watching at 9 o'clock on a sunny Tuesday morning? AMAZING special
effects.You could almost imagine it was real.
May the heroes,
sung and unsung, rest in peace. And may we have the strength, memory, vision,
courage and guidance to live our lives to the fullest, whatever all that
means to each of us, from this point forward. As individuals and as a nation.
your indulgence with this newsletter. I'll get back to the usual next month.
that means to you, whatever it takes for you, Peace. Please read on and
donate what you can, when you can, how you can-
This is a link
to several links that will aid many charities and causes directly related
to the attacks:
As well, Petco
has set up a fund for the truly forgotten including the countless pets left
homeless as well as the rescue efforts' K-9 divisions:
month...thanks for all of you. You are so GREAT to me.