Remembering 9/11

Raped on 9/11

Raped on 9/11

I have pictures of me standing in the Twin Towers in 1992. There was a floral display in the foyer. It was a pyramid of tulips that stood nearly 8 feet tall. The bulbs were planted to grow in a rainbow »

I have pictures of me standing in the Twin Towers in 1992. There was a floral display in the foyer. It was a pyramid of tulips that stood nearly 8 feet tall. The bulbs were planted to grow in a rainbow of colors organized like a pyramid. It looked like a living sculpture built with flowers. I loved that display so much. I miss it. I am someone who should have been there. Literally. I had packed my..

Ms. Angela Chrysler

Ms. Angela Chrysler
Shared Suffering

Shared Suffering

On 9/11 I stood downtown on 6th Ave and watched the first tower collapse. Today I am reminded of the grief experienced by all those who lost loved ones on that day & thereafter. Today I share the words »

On 9/11 I stood downtown on 6th Ave and watched the first tower collapse. Today I am reminded of the grief experienced by all those who lost loved ones on that day & thereafter. Today I share the words a wise woman wrote - "Shared suffering, shared fear make a stronger bond than blood. Pain cracks us wide open and is totally revealing, and this is when we learn whom we really love..." A deMille..

Charlene Harington

Charlene Harington
Heartbreak That Never Really Ends

Heartbreak That Never Really Ends

The morning of 9/11, I was waiting for a client to show up when I called my best friend. We often touch base with each other before beginning our work days. I knew from the sound of her voice that all »

The morning of 9/11, I was waiting for a client to show up when I called my best friend. We often touch base with each other before beginning our work days. I knew from the sound of her voice that all was not well, when she said, "Is anyplace safe anymore?" I had no idea what she was talking about since I typically enjoy silence in the early morning hours- no TV or radio. She, on the other hand, listens..

Ellen Goldman

Ellen Goldman
From Cancer To Freedom

From Cancer To Freedom

As I wait for the surgeon to finish operating on my husband, removing the cancerous mass from his neck, I look out of the large window of a waiting room at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City. What I »

As I wait for the surgeon to finish operating on my husband, removing the cancerous mass from his neck, I look out of the large window of a waiting room at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City. What I see before me is a powerful image that stirs my heart in the most painful yet wondrous way. What I am viewing is the exact location that my husband may have contracted cancer, at least that was the opinion..

Tamara Green

Tamara Green
9/11 in Baseball

9/11 in Baseball

I was in San Francisco with the Texas Rangers for a series against the Oakland A's....given the time difference, I was still asleep when the phone rang. It was my broadcast partner, Vince Cotroneo, calling »

I was in San Francisco with the Texas Rangers for a series against the Oakland A's....given the time difference, I was still asleep when the phone rang. It was my broadcast partner, Vince Cotroneo, calling to tell me to turn on the TV. The second tower had just come down. I immediately got on the phone with my wife, Jeannie, in Dallas, as we watched CNN together more than 1,000 miles apart. Once it..

Eric Nadel

Eric Nadel
9-11

9-11

The phone rang and my grandmother was calling to ask if we were all okay. It was a regular morning, as far as we knew, getting ready for work and playing with our children who were then 4 months and just »

The phone rang and my grandmother was calling to ask if we were all okay. It was a regular morning, as far as we knew, getting ready for work and playing with our children who were then 4 months and just over 2 years at the time. Our sitter was late to arrive - and we later found out that hers was the last subway to make it through the tunnel... We didn't put the news on in the mornings when the kids..

Prof. Lora Heller

Prof. Lora Heller
The Winged Messenger

The Winged Messenger

Many years ago a friend and I had just arrived in Yellowstone from San Diego. Within minutes of our arrival, a raven flew onto the side mirror of our moving rental car, on the passenger's side where I »

Many years ago a friend and I had just arrived in Yellowstone from San Diego. Within minutes of our arrival, a raven flew onto the side mirror of our moving rental car, on the passenger's side where I was sitting. Scott was the tribal administrator of Mesa Grande, a small Native American tribe. We had already discussed totem animals and my long history of synchronicities with ravens, so he understood..

Diane Powell

Diane Powell
Heartbreaking, Traumatizing, Unforgettable, and Pride for our Heroes

Heartbreaking, Traumatizing, Unforgettable, and Pride for our Heroes

The morning of 9/11 is one that I will never forget. So many of us were unexpected witnesses to history in the making. My sister was getting ready for work and called out for me to turn on my TV. It was »

The morning of 9/11 is one that I will never forget. So many of us were unexpected witnesses to history in the making. My sister was getting ready for work and called out for me to turn on my TV. It was 7:15 MST (9:15 EST). Good Morning America was talking about some terrible accident with an airplane hitting the first World Trade Center Tower. LIVE, we watched in horror as a second plane appeared..

Paula Elofson-Gardine

Paula Elofson-Gardine
Medium Memoirs, Messages of Love, Hope & Reunion

Medium Memoirs, Messages of Love, Hope & Reunion

In the early morning hours of September 9, 2001, I woke from a terrible nightmare that I didn't understand. In my dream, I'd seen two unfamiliar towers bisected by two airplanes. It was a terrifying image »

In the early morning hours of September 9, 2001, I woke from a terrible nightmare that I didn't understand. In my dream, I'd seen two unfamiliar towers bisected by two airplanes. It was a terrifying image for which I had no rational explanation, and it rocked my balance and focus. At the time, I was busy opening my new yoga center in Medford, New Jersey, totally preoccupied with building permits and..

Ms. Alaine Portner

Ms. Alaine Portner
We Must Create Silence Again to Reunite

We Must Create Silence Again to Reunite

Driving to work on nearly fall crisp morning, I remembered smelling the freshly harvested corn fields on my drive in Western North Carolina. I always looked forward to routinely enjoying the silence and »

Driving to work on nearly fall crisp morning, I remembered smelling the freshly harvested corn fields on my drive in Western North Carolina. I always looked forward to routinely enjoying the silence and embracing of all my senses around and within me as I drove. Halfway to my destination, I turned the radio dial to NPR in my gold Ford Escort. The first plane had crashed into the World Trade Center...

Amy Kobos

Amy Kobos
Five Miles from the Pentagon: Memories of 9/11

Five Miles from the Pentagon: Memories of 9/11

I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing on September 11, 2001. I was working as a writer/project manager for a small federal contractor in Alexandria, Virginia, just five miles from the Pentagon. »

I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing on September 11, 2001. I was working as a writer/project manager for a small federal contractor in Alexandria, Virginia, just five miles from the Pentagon. I managed a five million dollar contract for the US Air Force Office of Small and Disadvantaged Businesses, focused on outreach to small, woman-owned and minority-owned businesses, encouraging..

Dr. Judith Pearson

Dr. Judith Pearson
Driving Into the Sunrise

Driving Into the Sunrise

I listen to talk radio stations to get around Long Island. On 9/11, while on Sunrise Highway I heard about the plane. Got to the office and turned the tv, saw the 1st message. My girlfriend was in the »

I listen to talk radio stations to get around Long Island. On 9/11, while on Sunrise Highway I heard about the plane. Got to the office and turned the tv, saw the 1st message. My girlfriend was in the Financial Building next door, tried to reach her, but the cell phones were down. It took several hours and then she was able to get a train. It was a very traumatic experience for her. I also worked for..

Jerry Greene

Jerry Greene
Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

My daughter, then an intern reporter at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, called: "Mom, turn on the TV. We are under attack!" She hung up quickly because there weren't many reporters in the newsroom yet, and »

My daughter, then an intern reporter at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, called: "Mom, turn on the TV. We are under attack!" She hung up quickly because there weren't many reporters in the newsroom yet, and she needed to help work the story. Flight 93 was still in the air near Pittsburgh. I was visiting her and scheduled to fly out the next day. My husband, a Miami-Dade Air Rescue firefighter coming off..

Teresa Oster

Teresa Oster
Compassion and Pragmatism

Compassion and Pragmatism

I live on a small barrier island off the coast of Long Island, about 30 miles east of New York City. On the morning of 9-11, after seeing on TV a plane hit the first tower, I walked about five blocks north »

I live on a small barrier island off the coast of Long Island, about 30 miles east of New York City. On the morning of 9-11, after seeing on TV a plane hit the first tower, I walked about five blocks north to a polling station, because it was Election Day. I was turned away, told that the elections had been postponed, for the first time in anyone's memory. As I came out of the school which was the..

Dr. Finbarr Lismore

Dr. Finbarr Lismore
Couldn’t We Make a Difference?

Couldn’t We Make a Difference?

I can't help but remember where I was 15 years ago on September 11, 2001. It was 8am, I had just dropped our three-year-old son at his new pre-school magnet school 30 minutes away from my home and office. »

I can't help but remember where I was 15 years ago on September 11, 2001. It was 8am, I had just dropped our three-year-old son at his new pre-school magnet school 30 minutes away from my home and office. Upon leaving, his pre-school teacher gave me a book, welcoming our family into the school community. I tucked Michele Pace Hofbauer's Couldn't We Make a Difference under my arm, drove down the thruway..

Adair Heitmann

Adair Heitmann
Too Close for Comfort

Too Close for Comfort

It was an otherwise innocuous morning. I was taking my slow sweet time waking up and getting ready for college classes. Shortly before 9 a.m. on that infamous day in September, the subtlest shift in the »

It was an otherwise innocuous morning. I was taking my slow sweet time waking up and getting ready for college classes. Shortly before 9 a.m. on that infamous day in September, the subtlest shift in the universe took place, small enough to be ignored by most people, but felt by many New Yorkers. The hair on my neck stood on edge, something didn't feel right. I turned on the TV and the news was reporting..

Prof. Allison Hope

Prof. Allison Hope
It Was a Picture-Perfect, Simpson’s-sky Morning….

It Was a Picture-Perfect, Simpson’s-sky Morning….

My wife and I were excited for our wedding, approaching in less than 3 weeks. We left our Brooklyn apartment, just south of Prospect Park, by car, a little later than usual that morning. We drove through »

My wife and I were excited for our wedding, approaching in less than 3 weeks. We left our Brooklyn apartment, just south of Prospect Park, by car, a little later than usual that morning. We drove through the Battery Tunnel, up West Street, and passed alongside the Twin Towers at 8:30, 15 minutes before the first plane hit. We, of course, had no idea. There was no thought of "we better hurry up before..

Mr. David Block

Mr. David Block
A 9/11 Film Story

A 9/11 Film Story

Commemorating the 15th Anniversary of DVD Film-made-for-TV "MISTAKEN IDENTITY: Discovering Sikh Neighbors" a 9/11 Story. Winner of three first prize awards. The first docu-drama film produced for mainstream »

Commemorating the 15th Anniversary of DVD Film-made-for-TV "MISTAKEN IDENTITY: Discovering Sikh Neighbors" a 9/11 Story. Winner of three first prize awards. The first docu-drama film produced for mainstream North America, UK and EU and part of a series of "getting to know the cultural and religious backgrounds of multicultural ethnic minority neighbors" in today's pluralistic society worldwide. Filmmaker..

Ms. Vina Sarkar

Ms. Vina Sarkar
In or During the First Attack

In or During the First Attack

I was working in a surgical center in the middle of a case when the first plane hit the tower. As the circulating nurse, I was the point of contact in the case. A coworker came to the door and said something »

I was working in a surgical center in the middle of a case when the first plane hit the tower. As the circulating nurse, I was the point of contact in the case. A coworker came to the door and said something terrible had occurred in NY. We were in a small town outside of Charlotte NC, so it seemed even more frightening to hear those words. Soon another nurse came in and relieved me so I could see what..

Ms. Sammie Walker

Ms. Sammie Walker
On my way to the airport

On my way to the airport

The television was on in the background as I rushed around getting ready to go to the airport to catch a flight for a business trip. I was just about to turn the TV off when the network switched to what »

The television was on in the background as I rushed around getting ready to go to the airport to catch a flight for a business trip. I was just about to turn the TV off when the network switched to what was happening in New York. I just stood there stunned watching it all play out like one of those made-for-television movies, but it was all too real. I couldn't take my eyes off the screen for the longest..

Ms. Marquita Herald

Ms. Marquita Herald
Unbelievable

Unbelievable

I had just moved to New Mexico from New York. I was at work in Home Depot someone came from break room, come see New York. I could not believe my eyes a plane hit forst tower on a clear day and the worst »

I had just moved to New Mexico from New York. I was at work in Home Depot someone came from break room, come see New York. I could not believe my eyes a plane hit forst tower on a clear day and the worst a second plane hit the second tower. Dis belief, only a few years earlier I was having lunch at the bottom od the towers as I worked 111 Wall St.. My sister responded as EMT but was not hurt. I relived..

Mr. Patrick Hepburn

Mr. Patrick Hepburn
Laughter Turned to Prayers

Laughter Turned to Prayers

My work as an RN placed me on 9/11 at 5th Ave. and 25th, then known as a resource center, Healing Works. I had an ongoing workshop for laughter therapy and on that day ten people joined to laugh, breathe »

My work as an RN placed me on 9/11 at 5th Ave. and 25th, then known as a resource center, Healing Works. I had an ongoing workshop for laughter therapy and on that day ten people joined to laugh, breathe and play improv games. As we began, the secretary told us about the first plane on tv, which "may have crashed." When reality set in, our group returned to our circle to pray for those harmed. Those..

Florence Ditlow

Florence Ditlow
So Close, Yet So Far

So Close, Yet So Far

To celebrate my college graduation, I decided to celebrate with a visit to Ireland, the country of my grandparents. My Mom decided to join me. We had just finished a tour of Knowth, an ancient Neolithic »

To celebrate my college graduation, I decided to celebrate with a visit to Ireland, the country of my grandparents. My Mom decided to join me. We had just finished a tour of Knowth, an ancient Neolithic site near where my maternal grandparents were from. Someone heard our accents and said how sorry they were. We were both confused, and they filled us in. Later we listened to the radio and found out..

Kate Hamm

Kate Hamm
An Insignificant Voice of 9/11

An Insignificant Voice of 9/11

Unlike many other people who have told tales of their experience of 9/11, I have little in the way of first hand experience of this day. I wasn't there and didn't know anyone directly... I had turned 32 »

Unlike many other people who have told tales of their experience of 9/11, I have little in the way of first hand experience of this day. I wasn't there and didn't know anyone directly... I had turned 32 years old a few weeks before and even as an American citizen (from Washington D.C.) living in London, my mind was far away from New York and the issues that brought about the unfolding of this devastating..

Ms. Susannah Swauger

Ms. Susannah Swauger
Revisting 9/11

Revisting 9/11

SusanMcNeal Velasquez "To mourn is to be extraordinarily vulnerable. It is to be at the mercy of inside feelings and outside events in a way most of us have not been since early childhood." Christian McEwen »

SusanMcNeal Velasquez "To mourn is to be extraordinarily vulnerable. It is to be at the mercy of inside feelings and outside events in a way most of us have not been since early childhood." Christian McEwen - The Color of The Water, The Yellow of The Field. Rather than formulating new thoughts about the 9/11 tragedy, I have decided to re-print an article that I wrote titled "The Aftermath" that was..

Susan McNeal-Velasquez

Susan McNeal-Velasquez
On The Morning of 9/11

On The Morning of 9/11

As a psychotherapist in private practice, I had a patient at 8 a.m. When she left, the light on my message machine was blinking. I pressed the button to listen. It was my son, a recent college graduate, »

As a psychotherapist in private practice, I had a patient at 8 a.m. When she left, the light on my message machine was blinking. I pressed the button to listen. It was my son, a recent college graduate, who was beginning his year working as a New York City Urban Fellow. "Mom. I'm okay. I'm fine. Gotta get off, other people waiting to use the phone. I'm coming home." I had no idea what he was talking..

Ms. Helen Mandlin

Ms. Helen Mandlin
September 11th and the Kind Heart of a

September 11th and the Kind Heart of a Canadian

It was an exceptionally busy day on that sad and troublesome day. With phone calls back to back for 8 hours I did not have any idea that the trade towers were in jeopardy. At about 5 minutes before 11:00 »

It was an exceptionally busy day on that sad and troublesome day. With phone calls back to back for 8 hours I did not have any idea that the trade towers were in jeopardy. At about 5 minutes before 11:00 one of the people I had to talk too called in early. He was from Canada. He called early just to express his condolences. When he said "I am sorry to hear that, "America is under attack", I was surprised..

Mr. John Naughton

Mr. John Naughton
Following Inner Guidance on 9/11

Following Inner Guidance on 9/11

In 2001, once a month I rented space offering healing sessions in mid-town Manhattan. I had a full day scheduled for 9/11/2001 Two weeks before that date, I heard a thought that said, change everyone to »

In 2001, once a month I rented space offering healing sessions in mid-town Manhattan. I had a full day scheduled for 9/11/2001 Two weeks before that date, I heard a thought that said, change everyone to 9/10. As I listen to that inner voice, I made the changes. That Monday was a deep and profound day of healing with many people. There was an intensity to that day like no other. A day I will remember...

Ms. Janet StraightArrow

Ms. Janet StraightArrow
Shock, Dismay and Anger

Shock, Dismay and Anger

I remember 9/11 clearly and how the event shattered the world. It was a beautiful day in Raleigh, NC; life was going along as normal. I was with two of my children, my son in horse back riding lessons. »

I remember 9/11 clearly and how the event shattered the world. It was a beautiful day in Raleigh, NC; life was going along as normal. I was with two of my children, my son in horse back riding lessons. The normalcy of my day was broken by hearing on the radio the chaos that was unfolding. When I got home, I was glued to the TV watching in horror as the news showed the unbelievable devastation that..

Mrs. Eileen Bild

Mrs. Eileen Bild
Spiritual Synergy

Spiritual Synergy

I grew up in NY. I left with my folks at 13 to live in So Califormia. On 9/11 I had started a new job as a marriage family therapist at the County of Orange. I was driving to pick up my car at the dealership »

I grew up in NY. I left with my folks at 13 to live in So Califormia. On 9/11 I had started a new job as a marriage family therapist at the County of Orange. I was driving to pick up my car at the dealership after a maintenance issue. I remember thinking when I heard on the radio, "The Pentagon has been hit" that it was a radio mystery theater brought back as in the old days'. I pulled into the dealer..

Ms. Sheryl Woodhouse

Ms. Sheryl Woodhouse