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A New Yorker’s Heart-wrenching Poem for September 11

Flower at September 11 MemorialOn 9/11/11, after news of the attacks surfaced, Mike Rosen didn’t know if his father would be coming home that day. In his child’s mind, all he knew was: he lived in New York; his dad worked in New York; thousands had been killed in a terrorist attack; his dad could be one of them.

Thankfully, he wasn’t. But thousands of other little boys and girls would not be as lucky. In this heart-wrenching slam poem, Rosen discusses his impressions of that day as a young boy, the collective pain that followed, and the remarkable character of New York City so highlighted in the aftermath of the attacks. This was not about “our god” or “their god,” he says, because in times like this we are all one, and the work to heal is collectively ours.

“That day no one in New York grabbed rifles, we grabbed bandanas and shovels and we started digging because our lives were underneath that rubble.”

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Today is a solemn day for many. For those of us who are old enough to remember the events, we think back on where we were, what we were doing, how we felt when the news reached our awareness. But in addition to the pain, we may also feel a deep gratitude and compassion for the collective spirit that rose up, in New York and around the country, to affect the healing so desperately needed.

We bless the lives that were lost, those who survived, and all touched by September 11 and its aftereffects. We invite you to share your stories below.

How to Talk With Your Kids About The Boston Bombings

The round-the-clock media coverage of the events in Boston is understandable. Our anxious minds find something soothing about information — even if the news is scary — because we want desperately to understand what’s happening. We want to know that everything will be okay. We want to know the bad guys have been caught.

At the same time, the media’s relentless analysis can give the impression, particularly to children, that the world is a terrible and frightening place, and we are all just one-step away from harm when we walk out our front door.

For that reason, it’s important for us to highlight the positive aspects of this story as well. Not in a Pollyannaish-way that suggests everything is fine, but in a real way. It’s necessary to talk about the people who have opened their homes to others, sent food to first responders and provided an outpouring of support and kindness to those in need.

A popular post on Facebook this week is a quote from the beloved children’s television host Mr. Rogers: 

When I was a boy, and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.

My daughter was 3-1/2 when two planes deliberately crashed into the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in New York City. It was a devastating experience that traumatized our country. As a former New Yorker, I was deeply affected by the horrible images I saw of my hometown.

I thought long and hard about how to explain this event to my preschool-age daughter in a way that her young mind could grasp. I worried that the way I described the events would influence her view of the world.

I finally told her, “A few people did a bad thing and hit the buildings with their planes. And now thousands of people are helping to make it better.”

I hoped that explanation would ease her into the realities of life. Yes, sometimes bad things happen. Really bad. But there’s also good in the world. A lot of good.

What to tell your children about these events will differ depending on their age:

  • Young children should be shielded from violent or graphic imagery on television and the Internet. They need to know that they are safe, secure and protected by the adults around them.
  • Older children might have questions about the event and why it happened. Answer their questions and explain the details without getting overly sensational or frightening.

And keep in mind that we adults can be easily overwhelmed by the constant barrage of news, too. For me, as I follow the media’s coverage, I am reminded that terrible things happen in life. I grieve for the families and the community affected. And then I think about the courage, bravery and kindness of the people who helped. I think about the good in this story because it’s always there.

United States of Islamophobia?

Almost everybody has heard about the protests against the mosque and Islamic center planned to be built about two blocks from ground zero in Manhattan. But most people are still unaware that these anti-Muslim political campaigns are spreading throughout our beloved country as a new wave of Islamophobia hits.
Debate over the Islamic center has become ridiculously absurd. An ad objecting to the mosque depicts a plane flying toward the World Trade Center’s towers as they burn on the left, with a rendering of the center on the right, and is set to run in New York buses.

Far away from New York, some right-wing Republican political candidates in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, have denounced plans for a large Muslim center proposed near a subdivision and hundreds of angry protesters have subsequently turned out for a march and a county meeting on the matter.

A few months back, members of a tea party group in Temecula, California, took barking dogs and anti-Muslim picket signs to Friday prayers at a neighborhood mosque that is seeking to build a new worship center on a vacant lot nearby. A few Christian ministers in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, led a noisy fight against a Muslim group that sought permission to open a mosque in a former health-food store bought by a Muslim doctor.

More recently, American Muslim leaders in Bridgeport, Connecticut, eventually had to ask police and elected officials for security so they could worship in peace after an angry mob protested outside a mosque.
About a dozen members of a Texas-based group self-righteously calling itself "Operation Save America" confronted other peaceful American worshippers at the Masjid An-Noor mosque a few weeks ago; yelling what mosque members described as "hate-filled slogans" against Muslims.

Simply put, Islamophobia has become ridiculously out of hand. For those who argue that mosques are somehow inherently breeding grounds for extremism, a two-year joint study by Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and the University of North Carolina concluded that American "mosques are actually a deterrent to the spread of militant Islam and terrorism."

The professors in the joint study further highlighted that "many mosque leaders had put significant effort into countering extremism by building youth programs, sponsoring anti-violence forums and scrutinizing teachers and texts."

Let us go back to the Manhattan mosque dispute for a moment.

Certain vocal right-wing national critics of the project — a coalition that includes Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich and members of the tea party movement — have assailed it as an unnecessary provocation. Palin has infamously asked people to "refudiate" (sic) the mosque project. Some protesters, including right-wing televangelist Pat Robertson, have pledged to organize legal efforts to block its construction…


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Prayers; The World Financial Crisis; Prayers; The World Economic Outlook; God Bless

Prayers; The World Financial Crisis; Prayers; The World Economic Outlook; God Bless




Dear God, as all of us face the current financial crisis; it is with your Blessings and Loving Grace that we shall persevere proudly and face this resiliently with the Wisdom that you always provide;

Dear God; Please guide us all

Please guide all and bless all of us with a Vision of Wisdom; Courage; Confidence; Prudence; Faith and Hope to overcome this economic crisis and build a bright and sustainable future for our Children


Dear God, You have always been there for us when we always called you with a truly awakened heart, mind, intellect and soul; You have always been there by our side always, thank you Dear God for your loving grace always


We all pray on behalf of all the People in the Universe; we pray for all the Countries all across the World Dear God


You know everything Dear God; every phase of life is thanks to you time and again; as so many Families all across the World face this period of uncertainties; we seek forgiveness Dear God

Children & Families

Please Dear God, our Children and our Families all across the World are all appealing and humbly calling you Dear God, they are always grateful to you Dear God always, most appreciative and very most grateful


Dear God, Please always Bless the Complete Universe with a Vision of Happiness and Wisdom always

Heaven is a Place on Earth

Let all the Countries; Let all the People, all across the World unite together, admire and appreciate one another;

Peace; Love; Appreciation; Gratitude; Peaceful Coexistence; Respect

Let there be Peace; Love; Respect; Dignity; Respect: Appreciation; Gratitude; Happiness at one anothers meaningful, purposeful and responsible accomplishments


Universal Appreciation; Happiness; Consideration; Compassion; Respect; Peace; Love; Cooperation; Inspiration; Gratitude; Economic Development, Stability; Prosperity, Progress & Wisdom

Love & Light;

God Bless,



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7 Years Later

Like everyone, I know exactly where I was when the planes hit the World Trade Center: In my case, I was working in London, just a couple of months into the biggest job of my life. I’d moved to the UK after 13 years as a New Yorker; except for college, I’d spent nearly all of my adult life living in Manhattan. Since the UK is 5 hours ahead of Eastern Time, it was around 2 pm when I saw the second plane hit and heard a BBC announcer say, "That one was no accident," referring to the early assumptions that the first plane was some sort of horrible accident.
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