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Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11

I have not been posting much but that does not mean I have not been working.  I have been getting ready for the Fall Giveaway Festival.  As part of this I will be hosting 8 great giveaways in partnership with sponsors, other bloggers and Retail Me Not.  Come back Friday morning this week!  All giveaways are scheduled to go live between 9:00am and 9:05 am.

Although I accomplished a lot yesterday and today, it was a difficult weekend.   I was fully expecting for another terrorist attack - the fact that there has not been one makes me more nervous.  What's next?......   I really started experiencing problems with anxiety after 911.  Re-watching the footage brought the same feelings to the surface as those of when the attacks first occurred.   As hard as this was for me, I cannot imagine the agony of the family and friends who lost loved ones. 

To honor those lost I went through and read profiles on many of the victims.  You can find these posted on CNN - some contain more info than others but as a whole, this list shows the magnitude of the loss from the events of that day.  I wonder where many of these people would have been today.  I still will never understand why so many hate us so much yet so many want to live here. 

The most moving documentary is the film 9/11 by French filmakers Jules and Gedeon Naudet.  It was a beautiful but gritty film showing the horror and devastation of 911.  Working on a documentary project on a rookie firefighter assigned to Ladder 1 in NYC, they ended up being close to ground zero and were able to capture the events as they unfolded. 

Because they (Ladder 1) were out on an unrelated call, they were also out when the first plane flew overhead - somehow Jules was able to capture the 1st plane hitting the first twin tower.   Because Ladder 1 was also close (if not closest) to the twin towers, they ended up being the first responders. 

When I first heard about this film, I had thought it was just another documentary on 911 and really did not want to see it.  I felt that this was a network taking advantage of a tragedy to increase ratings.  Somehow I ended up watching it and I could not have been more wrong.  This was one of the best documentaries that I have ever seen - all the emotions, devastation, fear, love, pride, relief, etc are shown in real time.  You see both sides of humanity - the best and the worst.  Everything about this film is real and although it will be painful to watch again, it also demonstrates the tremendous power of hope and of love.

Short notice, but it is on TV tonight on CBS and if you did not watch it before, or even if you have, I recommend viewing it or recording it for later viewing. 





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