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As a country, as a people, and as individuals, we've all gone through a lot in the last few years. Sometimes it's hard to keep walking in the direction of the straight and narrow ... but we just keep trudging along. To do otherwise is not something that we have as a choice. Our souls we made to be free and to live.

September 11, 2001

I can recall with vivid and excrutiatingly painful detail how I heard and what I felt when I learned about the events that were unfolding on September 11, 2001. We live on the outskirts of Washington, DC (one of the western suburbs) and Joe actually works in DC. To say that we experienced the epitome of fear and panic is, well, an understatement to the nth degree. There isn't really anything that has ever shaken me -- good old Sam -- as much as the events of that day. A few weeks after those events, Sam and Joe made several trips to the Pentagon so that we could pay our own somber respects to those who lost their lives, and even to those who lived -- but must live with the memories of that day. What a sobering, sad -- yet personally necessary experience. I always feel that I owe it to people to remember them and their experiences. Everyone deserves such respect. We've posted some pictures from our visit and invite you to view them, if you'd care to.

Space Shuttle Columbia

Similiarly, I can easily revisit the stunned silence I experienced when I learned about the Space Shuttle Columbia. From my own soul's perspective, I don't have to have a personal involvement to feel others' pain and fear. It is always personal for me. We remember Columbia and continue to honor her, the crew members, their individual families, and their NASA families closely in our memories, our thoughts and our prayers.

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