Monday, September 11, 2006


Saying for the Day: Real Freedom is costly.

First of all the usual Monday business.

We draw today for two cute teapot tea bag holders.

Now you too can have a place to put that messy teabag.

Each name drawn will get one tea bag holder.

Enough of business/

Today is the anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the United States.
Five years ago everything changed.
We suddenly were not in a safe nation with all the terror out there somewhere.
Out there was now here.

Since then little has happened to make us feel more secure.

So today is a day to ask questions about the reality of life.

Ask yourself how much freedom you want to give up to feel safe.

Ask yourself what is the meaning , if any, of 9/11.

Ask yourself why are we at war in Iraq.

Ask yourself what kind of religion drives a person to blow himself up in the name of God and in order to kill others.

Ask yourself if we can change things in the November elections.

I suspect that we will come up with different answers.
We still have the right to do that.
We are still free.

Because of 9/11 the link today will take you to a blog remembering one of those who died then.

Please do not put Dr. John
in the comment today. It would be in bad taste.
We will go back to the silly stuff tomorrow.
We are free to do that.

News from Pigeon Falls– the little town in my backyard where the trains still run and bullet proof rabbits hop through– Pigeon Falls is almost shut down today. The town council voted to make this a day of remembrance of 9/11. This afternoon the names of all those who died will be read by the three local clergy from the bandstand at the center of town. All the flags are being flown at half mast. It is a solemn day that will be long remembered .

Today's Link: Shelli's Sentiments - do not put Dr. John in the comment. Check your JCPOINTS HERE.
The names drawn this morning are Catch, and Annette Burkette
Betty had to serve at a funeral today. I played some computer games and watched some of the memorial services on tv. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Janvangogh said...

I think of this day sometimes and wonder how it compares in the way the country responded to when Pearl Harbor was attacked.

5:15 AM  
Blogger Chana said...

all your questions are ones that i know we all or should have asked. sad how after 5 yrs there is still no real answers.
town council did a nice thing to commemorate today's sad anniversary.
peace and love to you and your family in a day where hatred once won. read you tomorrow.

6:02 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Such a sad day... and the weather today matches my somber mood.

To answer a few of your questions:

~ I do not want to give up ANY of my freedoms to "feel safe". If we start doing that, then we have let the terrorists win. And don't get me started on the "Patriot Act".

~ Why we are at war in Iraq: Well, it has NOTHING to do with 9/11 and EVERYTHING to do with OIL.

~ What kind of a religion drives a person to do that? One that embraces narrow-mindedness, one that holds radical/fundamental beliefs to be true... and there are those types of people in all religions, not just Islam. Look at the Christians that have bombed abortion clinics.

~ As for the Nov elections - that depends on Diebold...

7:09 AM  
Blogger Margaret said...

I don't wanna think anymore. I want to just believe.

7:18 AM  
Anonymous Stacy said...

Nice thoughts, Dr. John. Too bad there aren't any definitive answers. We just have to do the best we can.

7:42 AM  
Blogger Catch said...

this is a great post Dr John.... I think we all ask the questions you have ask in your post. We are losing so many of our boys in a senseless war...we all need to change this on election day.

7:42 AM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...

Oooooohhhhh....I think Bre would like a tea bag holder but do not tell her I said that.

FYI - Pete will be in New Orleans the last week of September - just wanted you to know for moving plans purposes.

8:09 AM  
Blogger Smythe said...

The questions are tough and like catch said-part of them can be solved on election day, hopefully!

12:35 PM  
Anonymous Crazy Object B, said...

I love to remember th9is day today the caption and some of his crew of the USS Green Baay cam to the asemblie at my scool

1:56 PM  
Blogger QuillDancer said...

Dr. John, I think the young man I mentioned in my 9/11 post said it best. When he realized the men who flew the planes into the Twin Towers thought they were glorifying God, he responded, "Well, they'll be mightly surprised then when they wake up in hell."

9:35 PM  
Anonymous Gabz said...

I sympathize for America's bereavement today. God bless us all.

10:59 PM  
Blogger Nea said...

Last thing in the world that I think I need today is a debate on politics, the people who died today need to be remembered, we just often forget......and we shouldn't.

11:39 PM  
Anonymous imbi said...

There were also attacks before 9-11.

To think in New York: The WTC in 1993.
But people weren't confronted in such enormous proportions with the images of it all.
Through TV we participated all over the world.. we hoped people could get out, and then the buildings collapsed.
And then we were flooded with grief.
Grieving has become more public and when there are so many people to grief over... one can't hide to prevent to be touched.

6:18 AM  

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