In Remembrance of September 11, 2001

Happy Friday all ….

Grateful to be breathing again … and if it were my last breath, I would thank God … so … T.G.I.F.!

Waking up this morning and nearly every morning for the past five years, except when I didn’t have a place of my own, I walked into my bathroom and there is a framed picture of the Twin Towers on the wall taken by a photographer named Michael Joseph. The interesting thing about this photograph is that it was taken from a ground level angle whereby the photographer captured the Towers with a cross in between the two Towers which was atop a church that was in the foreground of the Towers. Michael Joseph came to Fort Lauderdale a few years after the towers were attacked and presented a collogue at the Fort Lauderdale Police Department and invited everyone to come and see his work. In addition, he signed these photographs and sold them for a modest price and all proceeds went to a fund that was being raised to benefit the families of the New York City Police Department and others who had been a part of probably the nation’s biggest disaster.

Some of you may have seen a small clip on AOL by Michael Strayhan, star player for the New York Giants the year that the Towers collapsed due to the force of two planes striking each one. Not only is it amazing to me that a terrorist would believe that this type of behavior would get him into heaven, but to ignore the massive number of innocent lives that he would be taking with him as well as the incredible number of families whose lives would be altered dramatically forever with the loss of said family members is something that seems beyond barbaric. Strayhan lived in New Jersey at the time and said he could actually see the towers from his window and it seemed like a surreal picture to see them both aflame and collapsing before his eyes . . .

I know we each may have a story of where we were, who we knew or what affect it may have had on our lives. Just try to remember this precious gift we have all been granted called “LIFE” and that we did NOT create ourselves, and that our parents had help in making the whole biological thing take place … May we remember those who suffered and still suffer from the “9/11” attacks on Sunday, and everyday that we are still amongst the living.

In peace … amen!

John I. Cook, Director
Educational Excellence
ps – I love each of you who are reading this and am grateful to have you in my life today . . . and forever! Thank you!

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