Tuesday, September 11, 2018


I've seen a lot of tributes to 9/11 today. Even though it's been 17 years ago, I still remember where I was, what I was doing, and the clothes I was wearing. If I close my eyes, I can still taste the corporate coffee I was drinking.

I'm not sure I can add anything significant here, but one of the tributes from a few years ago resurfaced today was a slideshow with incredible pictures. The heavy metal band Destructive sang the Simon and Garfunkel song, "The Sound of Silence." The tribute brought tears to my eyes.

This morning, after I watch the slideshow, I took my mug of coffee to the back deck and sat for a while. The song reminded me of something about 9/11 that I had forgotten. The sound of silence.

Even living in a rural area, I can look up at the sky any time day or night and within a minute or so, I will see a plane overhead. When I got home on 9/11/01 I walked out on our deck and the silence was deafening. No matter how hard I looked at the sky, there were no planes, no contrails, or no whispering sound of an aircraft full of people flying into the sunset. Only silence.

That day changed us all forever.


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  2. Yes my friend, you nailed it. The post made me think, a lot!

  3. We can only hope and pray we never see a day like that again. I never thought about the silence...definitely a different perspective and one worth pursuing. Your words said it so well. It definitely made me think more about the things that truly matter.

  4. Yes! Our offices in Clearwater weren't that far from Tampa International's flight path. Eerie, indeed.

  5. you are the witness of "deaf silence"
    Impressive story.
    Have a great day

  6. Dear Rick, it did. For so many reasons. And it has left so many fearful and paranoid. Left both people and government and perhaps helped to change the core of the political parties. Peace.

  7. It was such a day of shock and disbelief. I could only compulsively watch the news trying to make some sort of sense of what happened.

  8. Oh. Yes. I remembered details also, what I was doing at the time. Like JFK assassination, the emotional intensity never left me.

    This performance of that song still grabs me. My gr-daughter asked me if I knew that song. Simon and Garfunkel, sure. then she showed me that YouTube video, which won music awards. Yes. Grabbed me.

  9. Anonymous3:56 PM

    Never forget!!

  10. A day of total disbelief.

  11. Yes the 11th of September was a horrible day in history but so much good came from such evil as well

  12. It’s been a profound day just like December 7th. I will always remember where I was.


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