15 Years Later

That morning the sky was so blue. Clear and blue. That is rare in Pittsburgh, where mostly we have partly cloudy days. I went downtown for a 7 a.m. meeting in one of the local coffee shops. On the way back to work at the hospital, I marveled at the beauty of nature, the transition between late summer and the beginnings of Fall.  Once back at the office, getting into the work of the day, when one of my employees popped in the doorway with news of an accident in New York City. A plane had flown into the World Trade Center. What happened, how could that happen? I went to the Emergency Department where a television was located. And as I watched, trying to understand the news with the patients, I saw the second plane hit the second building.

It was a very long day. We were not sure about anything. Then the Pentagon was hit. Then a plane went down near Somerset, about an hour of driving time from Pittsburgh. Later that day, I stayed late, waiting with 16 ambulances on standby for patients that never came.

A few months later, I went to Shanksville, and paused at the top of the hill, looking down at the crash site, amid snowflakes and homemade memorials.  A few years later, I was in Manhatten on business and stayed across the street from Ground Zero in one of the local hotels.  I watched the rebuilding of this sacred area, listening to the pounding of the great machines throughout the night.

Never forget.


Ode to Joy

I am the true creator of my own satisfaction and joy.  Not the environment, not other people.  What a powerful thought and so hard to really understand and assimilate.  I will work harder.

Hidden in Our Hearts

Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.

–  Roald Dahl

I am loving the turning of the wheel at this time of the year.  Soon the autumnal equinox will be upon us.  I enjoy the feel of that phrase upon my tongue: autumnal equinox. One of two times in our holy year in which day and night are equal partners in the joy they provide us on earth.  Oh, September, oh, October, you can’t come soon enough!





“The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”       

– Mitch Albom

Being connected is so important.  From family to friends, from pets to all of nature and out into the universe; I am grateful for all of these connections that run as small creeks and streams into my pool of creativity.  How wonderful is the gift of Life!  Thank you!