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  • 9/11 – Never Forget 20th Anniversary

    Every year since I started this blog, I have taken this day to repeat what this day in history was like for me.  I cannot believe it has been 20 years since that fateful day.  I guess since my son is 20, it shouldn’t be so shocking, but it seems like yesterday.  Some of you may have already read this, and others never have.  Either way, I tell my story to heal my soul.  
    We all have a story.  We all know exactly where we were, what we were doing, and who we were with when we first learned of this tragedy.     
    My heart goes out to all those who died that day and for those first responders, loving citizens who worked downtown, and their families who have died since then due to 9/11 illnesses.  You are in my heart and prayers always.
    I would be amiss in blogging if today, of all days, I didn’t blog about the day that changed the U.S.  So, here is my story from that fateful day.
    The morning of September 11, 2001 was a beautiful clear Tuesday on Long Island.  It was Primary Day here in New York.  My husband had taken me to vote and then he was going to take me work because he was off that day and was going to hang out with our then 7 month old son.  As we left the polling place, we heard on the news that a plane hit one of the Towers.  I don’t know if you know this fact, but it isn’t unheard of for that to happen in New York City.  As we were listening to reports, my husband (who at the time was getting his pilot’s license and had already soloed) shook his head and said that there is no way that plane was a small plane like first reports were saying.  His cop sense was tingling and he said I am taking us to your Mom’s house.  He said he had a feeling that he was going to be called in.  
    We arrived at my mom’s house and we got our first view of the Tower on the television my mom was watching. Hubby was sure at that time that it was a large commercial jet and that it was almost impossible for this not to have been on purpose.  As we were discussing this, we saw before our eyes the second plane hit the Tower. Like everyone else watching the events that played out on the screen we were open mouthed and wide-eyed. Hubby kissed my son, who was now staying with my mom; got the stay safe speech from my mom; and then took me to work.  I kissed him and told him to pack extra underwear, deodorant, pop tarts and whatever else he can think of and be careful and that I loved him.
    As I sit there at work, nothing work got done.  Hubby was called in and was told to get Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn to get assignments.  He called me to let me know.  That was the last time I spoke to him for 2 or 3 days.  Twelve (now 20) years later I can’t recall the actual number, but at the time, it felt like forever.  When I went online at work to one of the news stations; I watched as the Pentagon got hit, then each Tower fall, then heard of the plane crash in a field of Pennsylvania.  My heart went out to all of those people and their families and I couldn’t wait to go home and see my son.  
    A friend at work took me to my mom’s house and my mom took me home to pack a bag for me and my son so we could stay with her.  We didn’t know what would be happening and she didn’t want me to be by myself. Quite frankly, I didn’t want to be alone either.  We all prayed for everyone who was killed, injured, all of the selfless civilians and of course all of the NY/NJ/Federal  heroes who put their own lives at risk to save others.  
    After I finally heard from Hubby, I realized I could finally breathe.  Felt like I stopped when I kissed him when he left that fateful morning.  He told me briefly that he got to Ground Zero just after the second Tower fell and he had spent a good amount of time thereafter on “The Pile”.  He slept in the Church and was ready to head back out but said he would be home the next day but then go back.  We he came home I kissed him and we cried together.
    In the following months, hubby was assigned to morgue duty.  I know….the things he saw was not something I would wish on anyone to see, but he helped do something that would help loved ones “know”.  All I can say is that I could not buy black garbage bags for a few years afterwards.   My husband was assigned down at Ground Zero until May of 2002.  
    **Update – The one thing I forgot to add was the fact that while at work and freaking out you could see the smoke from the Towers in Manhattan from my office in Garden City.  That is about 45 minutes away by train.  My cousins in Brooklyn went on their roof and found papers from the Towers.  Sad.
    Today, he goes for health screenings.  He goes every six months and I thank God everyday that, so far, he is doing good.  I feel fortunate that he is healthy and is doing Biathlons, Triathlons (he is a half Ironman) and Marathons.  I am so proud of him. Too many of his friends or acquaintances either perished in 9/11 or are currently sick.  He doesn’t like to talk too much about that day.  Her used to take off of work every 9/11 to goes running or biking.  Now that he  is retired, he is working to stay away from the TV, that is where he is now.  
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    In memory of all the men and women who died that day and because of that day, do something nice for someone. Go see that old neighbor down the street and have coffee with them.  Take a cake to a firehouse or precinct and let them know how much you appreciate them.
    All gave some, some gave all.  Never forget.
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    ~Karen
     
     

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    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    I really liked this book for more than the romance. First and foremost, what I loved was Warren would do anything for Breeze, regardless of how much Breeze pushed him away. Second, the hero of this book is disabled, blind. It shows that just because someone has a disability, they aren’t weak or unable to do what is necessary. Not many books show a hero with a disability. It was friend storyline that I enjoyed.

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  • Jett by Sawyer Bennett

     

    I don’t know why, but I always love a story that has a child involved.  Just the thought of a big, sexy guy becoming a pile of goo, wrapped around a child’s little finger does something to me.  Melts my heart.  Jett fills that role perfectly.  Who would have know that Social Media was a great way to pick up a woman who is resistant to going out with you.  I love how he posted thing she liked to his account.  How he used his ignorance to use Instagram to get a date.  I think my favorite scene was the daddy/daughter dance.  It both broke my heart, and filled my heart to near bursting.  A very emotional book.  A great read for sure.

     

    Jett Olsson isn’t looking for anything serious and she’s not looking for anything at all, so why does it seem so hard to keep it professional?

    I love my life—the thrill of being on the ice as part of the Arizona Vengeance, the rush of winning, the adoration of the fans. And if that adoration means I don’t have to spend the night alone, well even better. I’m content being single and always ready to mingle.

    But the day Emory Holland walks into a Vengeance team meeting my attention is caught like never before. I can tell right away she’s full of smarts and sass, and the fact that she’s hot as hell sure doesn’t hurt either. She immediately shuts down my advances, so I opt for the road less traveled—straight to the friend zone.

    My approach works like a charm, and when she invites me into her bed for a no-strings, friends-with-benefits arrangement, I vow to give her everything I have. She’s been hurt before, and if I’m able to help her heal while giving her a spectacularly satisfying time *pats self on back*, then I’ll be happy.

    Or at least that’s the lie I keep telling myself as the time ticks down on the final buzzer of our “relationship”. Now the real question is, can I score the winning goal in a game neither of us realized we were playing?


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  • Diablo by Patricia A. Rasey

    Diablo (Sons of Sangue Washington #1)Diablo by Patricia A. Rasey
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  • Maybe We Will by Melissa Foster

    Take a little time to smell and see the roses. You never know when you won’t be able to any more. Thankfully, Aiden had Remi who made him take a much needed vacation. Abby too needed to stop and figure out what she wanted in her life. For Abby, home was definitely where her heart is. Once Aiden and Abby meet, they barely were apart. I don’t think he stated at the resort more than a couple of nights. The two make dreams come true for the island. I love how the island came together for Abby and Dee and Cait for that matter. A fabulous love story that gave this reader a little island fever, and I live on one!

     


    When chef Abby de Messiéres returns to Silver Island with her sister to get their late mother’s affairs in order, she expected to inherit her mother’s bistro along with their childhood home, not to discover a half sister they never knew existed, and a handsome vacationer camped out on her mother’s patio.

    Workaholic Aiden Aldridge has been sent to Silver Island on a work-free vacation, armed with a “Let Loose List,” and ordered to get a life by the much-younger sister he raised after the death of their parents. After years of focusing on his sister’s well-being, he’s blindsided by his intense attraction to the gorgeous, free-spirited Abby.

    Aiden might not know much about chilling out, but he’s excellent at striking deals. He helps Abby with the restaurant in exchange for her help in tackling the items on his list. Sparks fly as Aiden and Abby work, and play, side by side. Intimate conversations lead to steamy kisses and undeniable passion. But there’s more to Aiden then Abby knows, and when the truth comes out, their new romance is put to the test, as the two find out if true love really can conquer all.

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