Posted in Being Grateful, Saying Thank You

Thank You–Gratitude-9–Human Resiliency


I’m thankful that Americans know how to bounce back as well as any people in the world.

While terrorists continue their senseless attacks worldwide, attempting to undermine the public’s will and resolve, bouncing back to welcome a new sunrise every day remains a prayerful gift of the sane portion of the human race everywhere on the globe.

The United States as a nation just observed the fifteenth anniversary of the tragedy of the destruction of the World Trade Center in New York City that occurred on September 11, 2001. Thousands of lives were lost and demolished, as well.

I am grateful, as an American, for the togetherness of our nation. Sane citizens recognize we must keep alive the importance of the remembrance of events like the Towers attack. Remembrance is paramount to the survival of our freedom.

Like the horrific Holocaust of World War II, events as tragic as the Towers attack must historically and forever be kept alive, lest they happen again. Always remember; never forget — for the sake of all sane generations to come.

Every story of every human in the world speaks of perseverance, a search for dignity, and the human condition.

(BONUS Trivia: Mount Rushmore Presidential Bookends are available for purchase as souvenirs. Gutzon Borglum, Mount Rushmore sculptor, designed the molds still used for these bookends. TRUE, or FALSE?
ANSWER: True!)

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Posted in Being Grateful

Thank You–Gratitude-8–A 9/11 Prayer


Forgiveness is difficult to extend; in some cases, it’s nearly impossible. Aircraft attacks on American society in New York City (and elsewhere) on September 11, 2001, destroyed the lives of thousands. It killed, maimed, and sickened Americans of all creeds and genders.

Even today, doctors from Ohio, and/or California, estimate that of 90,000 people who helped sort things out that day in the affected area in New York City alone, only 65,000 are registered in a program responding to reports of their illnesses. Many are going untreated for respiratory, and other possible aftermath sickness.

As many as 9,500 medical responders came from areas outside New York City to give aid and offer help on September 11. These people also are suffering from lung failures after being overly exposed to the toxic fumes created when huge clouds of concrete dust fell like fog over the city streets as the Trade Center Towers pancaked onto sidewalks and other buildings.

My gratitude today is for the power of prayer: for the survival of our country following those unwarranted attacks, for remembrance, and for those who continue to suffer to find peace.

God Bless America. What can you do to help? What can you write to help spread the word about freedom and the power of prayer?

(BONUS Trivia: Which park is home to the highest peak in North America?
ANSWER: Denali National Park in Alaska!)

Photo from the personal and  copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg