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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Eleven Years

Today is clear, brisk, brilliantly sunny.
The perfect September morning in the
New York metropolitan area.

Just as it was eleven years ago, on another Tuesday.

I borrowed this picture from the Facebook account
of Laura Deckleman, who lives in Far Rockaway in New York,
across the water from lower Manhattan.

Laura's husband Paul was a radio colleague of Howard's and mine,
in 1978.  The year Howard and I got married.
The year this picture was taken.


One year ago, Howard and I were in Southold,
staying at the beach house, on the anniversary of the
September 11th attacks.  That post is here.

Forgetting September 11th is impossible.

Laura is an artist; this is her interpretation of the famous
Thomas Franklin photo, from the Bergen Record newspaper,
of three exhausted, dust-covered firemen hoisting our flag
over the ruins of the WTC on the afternoon of 9/11.

For this post, I started writing down whom I was asking
The Almighty to bless -- our first responders, our
servicemen and women, our politicians --
but really . . . God bless us, every one.

The George Washington Bridge, this morning.
This picture also from the Facebook account of another
former radio colleague's wife.  Peri Apollo Shacknow
snapped this on her commute from Long Island this morning.
She said it made the traffic seem "pretty irrelevant."  
We are back from Massachusetts, following my father-in-law's funeral.
My mother-in-law is back in her apartment in Florida; Howard
flew down with her this weekend and got her settled in.

Many thanks for your kind words of sympathy and understanding.
We will miss our Zaide.  -- Cass


  1. Great post! !!!! Have a wonderful day

  2. know??? I posted my Manhattan Skyline when I first came in USA 1988 ...ten years later the pic you posted above!!!

    I shall never forget that day.... and I shall never forget that the Twin Towers tops were the first thing I saw when I landedin JFK airport!!!
    Hugs and blessings to you and to your wonderful country, Flavia

  3. Such a sad post.. so much loss. I wish you well in the coming weeks and months.

  4. love and hugs Cass..
    to you and yours..
    from me and mine!

  5. What a sad post all the way around. I hope you are doing okay....there is a numbness in the beginning and it takes a while to get through that to the real grief- xo Diana

  6. Gentle hugs and prayers to you and yours on this day as with the others in this world who are still grieving.



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