Tomorrow

I’ve never seen the stage play but I loved the movie “Annie”.  I’m not much “into” musicals, but a few stand out.  A few I could watch again and again.  In Annie I especially enjoyed Carol Burnett’s portrayal of Agatha Hannigan, the drunk, cruel, caretaker at Annie’s orphanage who all the girls feared.  I love Carole Burnett.

Annie’s story is based on the popular comic strip character Little Orphan Annie from a bygone era and articulates an optimistic view of life through the theme just hang on, until tomorrow.  Times weren’t easy in those days for Annie.

Anyway, how can any of us forget Annie’s rendition of that classic song Tomorrow?  To my way of thinking, despite the setting and the uncertain future Annie faced, the song evokes the spirit of optimism.  Sing the first few lines along with me … Continue reading

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9-11: Ten Years After

The Tribute in Light in remembrance of the September 11 Attacks

Well here goes, just one of a million essays written on the pivotal event of our lifetime.  What’s come to be known as simply Nine-elevenHow can what I have to say make any difference… stand out among the crowd?  I guess I’ll just share my memories of that day and some of the things that followed.  Things I would share with friends.

The events of that September day ten years ago were one of those “where were you” moments in time.  Although I was at work that morning I saw most of those early events live on television.  I was nearly speechless.  It simply boggled the mind and tried the emotions, what we saw that day.  So much had occurred and so much seen that my senses were overwhelmed, beyond comprehension.  It was a day that saw the country close-in on itself.  We learned once again we were vulnerable. The days immediately after were exhausting.  They became a blur as I watched on television and listened to the radio following the ever-changing story.  As the story developed — even days later — it seemed nearly every hour brought new and dramatic revelations.

The impact of 9-11 on me personally was far greater than that felt after the assassination of President Kennedy.  I vividly remember the events of that weekend which had an enormous effect on me as a young impressionable boy.  But with 9-11, in human suffering, and in emotional terms, I don’t believe there is any other single one-day event, in the history of this country, that has it’s match.  Even Pearl Harbor pales in comparison.  I heard it said shortly after 9-11 you’d have to go back to the Civil War to find any event that comes even close in comparison. Continue reading