Saturday, September 11, 2010

We Will Never Forget

I remember that day.
The smoke.
The screaming.
The people jumping from the top floors of the building, falling past the gaping, garish, flaming holes in the towers.
I remember running to my dad, who had shut himself in his room after the first tower was hit, yelling "They got the second one, daddy! They got the second one!" His disbelief, and reassurance that they were just showing footage of the first one's collision. But no. He stood in horror as I stared, numb, as the second tower crumbled. As the ground became littered with rescue crews, emergency equipment, debris, and dead bodies.

The devastation will never leave me.
I saw it.
I understood it.
The true evil of it all, and the overwhelming loss, I felt it. I bottled it in.
MY family was in the military. MY daddy sometimes worked in tall buildings. MY family sometimes flew in planes. MY family sometimes went to New York. That could have been me. That could have been someone I loved.
That is why I stand in shock and horror.
That is why I will never forget.
It wasn't me. It wasn't you.
But it was thousands.
It affected millions.
It started a war that has lasted from then until now.
That war has affected billions.
It was act of terror.
And it will NEVER be forgotten.

For we are Americans.
We are the Attacked.
But we are the Free.

We stand when no one else will.
We will rise from the ashes
And We will let our flag fly high

May the Lord bless you and keep you, all who were affected, and feel the sting of that dark day.
Because WE - WE will never forget.

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Health in Focus - One: Spices

People People! Gather Round!
A tale of hope
Is to be found!
Spices! Spices!
Sights and Smells
Follow your nose
and sit right down!

I mentioned in the comments section as well as in my post "Food and Libation", that I would review the health benefits (if there were any) of any plants, spices, herbs, or foods that you had questions about.
Today, I have the first post in my "Health in Focus" Series, to discuss the spices that Robin Peyton asked about.
They are as follows:
  • Turmeric
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Saffron
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