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Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.

Sunday, September 11, 2011


This was the New York skyline on September 1, 2001. I was in New York for a reunion with some old friends and we were on a Circle Line tour out to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty when my friend got this fateful shot.

I remember looking at all the wonderful backlit photos of immigrants on the upper level of the reception center of Ellis Island-faces from all over the world filled with hopes and dreams on coming to America.

Ten days later the New York skyline changed with one hateful strike--and so did we all.


Jan n Jer said...

You are so right Faye..America changed forever on that sad fateful day! May we never forget!!!
BTW...Shanksville Pa. is about 3 hours nw of Hanover Pa.

Debs Carr said...

I still can't believe it was ten years ago. This was something that shocked the world and I'm sure changed us all in some way.

Sayre said...

My dad was one of those immigrants who sailed into New York Harbor. I wonder sometimes why people still want to come here.... but as bad as things get sometimes, it's still so much better than some of the other places people come from.

Living Life said...

Oh my. That is an eery feeling. I'm glad you were not in NYC on 9/11. Your friend got a wonderful pic of New York's skyline. It has forever changed.