The World Saved: Seventy Years On

For a single day, let us ignore the current state of the world, and instead recall that seventy years ago, on June 6th, 1944, citizen warriors from the United States, along with our allies from nations around the world, leapt from the air, and surged from the sea, to gain a toe hold in France, in Hitler’s ...

29 Days in 2011.

[Train of thought reflections on a very bad 2011 – written in 8 minutes, no editing.] “Mom has leukemia.” My oldest sister Becky was calling on a Saturday afternoon early in March 2011.  Mom had been describing vague flu-like symptoms for the better part of a month, and had finally relented about going to the ...

December 7th, 1941

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The seminal event that saved the world. Sir Winston Churchill interpreted the eventual outcome correctly as soon as he learned of the attack. Fascism, from Hitler’s Germany, Mussolini’s Italy, and Tojo’s Japan, would soon fall: Being saturated and satiated with emotion and sensation, I went to bed and slept the sleep of the saved and ...

A Love Affair

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Veterans Day. Every year we take this one day to thank those who have served. As we should. The truth is that there is no possible way that we can offer enough thanks to those who have served. On Memorial Day, we honor those who have died in war, wearing the Uniform of the United ...

A 40-something answers the call.

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Smitty, over at The Other McCain has orders to active duty in mid November, and will be arriving in Kabul Afghanistan before Christmas. A Naval Reservist, and graduate of Canoe U, he, like myself, is overage and decrepit. Yet the call goes out and he answers it. But don’t thank me; thank Americans, from the ...

Remembering Edward F. Geraghty

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Remembering Edward F. Geraghty
Battalion Chief Edward F. Geraghty, NYFD, was 45 years old on September 11, 2001. We was born in 1953. He was survived by his wife Mary, his sons Connor, James, and Colin, his mother Norma, his father retired NYFD Capt. Jim Geraghty, brothers Steve, Tim, sisters Lynn Cannata, Janet Baronian, Maureen Perez, and Collen Lopez. ...

Remembering Joan McConnell Cullinan

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Remembering Joan McConnell Cullinan
Joan McConnell Cullinan was born August 12, 1954 and was 47 years old on September 11, 2001. She worked at Cantor Fitzgerald, as assistant to the President and lived in Scarsdale, New York. She was survived by her Husband Tom, stepsons John and Will, her Mother Bee Savage Joudzevich, her sisters Blaise and Brenda, and ...

Remembering James Trentini

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Remembering James Trentini
James Trentini, of Rowley, Massachusetts, was a retired teacher and assistant principal. He died as a passenger on Flight 11 on September 11, 2001. Also lost with him on that sad day, and equally devastating to his family, friends, and community, was his beloved wife Mary. He was born May 24th, 1936, and was 65 ...

Remembering Louise A. Lynch

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Remembering Louise A. Lynch
UPDATED From September 11, 2009 I was assigned to remember Louise A. Lynch as a participant in Project 2996. I am honored, and very privileged to do so. Sadly, I discovered that there wasn’t much public information available about Louise. And that is a tragedy, because, from all accounts, hers was truly a life well ...