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Sad event

On September 20th, I posted about sharing birthdays with one of my two brothers. We were four years and one day apart. The helicopter accident in New York City brought back the trip I took to share my 65th birthday with him.

Many may remember the October Surprise and waking up to the stock market plummeting. It was an overcast, slightly drizzly morning. My brother, a retired educator and administrator, and I were feeling privileged with the joys in our lives. He was the Chair of the Fire Department Board and very loved by those serving as firefighters. He had planned to take me on the fireboat as exercizes were scheduled routinely.

While we waited for the weather to clear, I was introduced to several of these men in spic and span uniforms. Finally we were told the boat would not be able to go out, but we could go in their helicopter. The helipad was on the roof of one of the tallest buildings. Just looking at the edge we would fly over was exciting. With a polite boost, I was seated for an amazing experience.

And so I am sad for the death and injuries on what could have been a spectacular experience. We usually see only the narrow space around us and fail to see the horizon of our lives.

Photo from plane

"Expanding Horizons"

Who knew?
“We are chosen to bring good into the world.”
Yoruba saying recorded in one journal

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A Gift
I read the wonderful Happy Birthday ramblingsandrumblings wrote for her brother. It could have been written by me except for two things. My brother and I were separated in birth by four years and one day. He was the oldest. After I was 14 we lived on different coasts. That string, that cord – elastic stretched comfortably over the miles. His protectiveness was understood. But he could tell his friends, “My sister is the one with all the kids; I have the Phd.” We were proud of each other and loving as siblings are. So I understand and enjoy birthday wishes as mine is coming soon. I wont be sad that he is no longer here. He came when he could.

Fifteen minutes
It was so flattering to see my poems highlighted next to ramblingandrumblings’ tribute. Emails were sent and received. I walked a bit taller most of the day. This evening I went back to see my words in print. The day has ended and so have my fifteen minutes. Another worthy poet is in that spot. Congratulations. Walk a little taller. (more…)

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