Actions and Images can speak louder than words

There are certain days in which images and actions mean more – from perceived and objective stances – than words.

Today’s day of remembrance and SERVICE is certainly one (IMO)…

NOT just a quiet Tuesday morning in September 2001…  Our daughter was a Harvard freshman, our son just started his seventh grade semester. As some of you who read the  KABOOMER introduction, or listened, I found myself in London when I heard a BBC anchorwoman say, “The skyline of New York has changed forever.

Folks,  please put three historic Memorial spots on your patriotic bucket list for visits (when we can travel):

  1. Ground Zero (the aftermath of Flights 11 and 175)         


  1. Flight 93’s “let’s rollfinal resting spot in Somerset County, Pennsylvania


  1. Our Pentagon (Flight 77)

Most of us have a haunting image, or images, of man’s inhumanity to man from 09-11-2001.

My mental images started in London, then shifted to Crystal City when I learned than a research sponsor of mine died on Flight 77, along with a Naval Reserve Admiral. The Pentagon was still smoking when I flew into Washington’s National(Reagan) airport on the next Saturday, 9/15/01. I think of Bush #43 saying ” I hear you” on that Ground Zero rubble pile.  I think of one of the most moving books – The Heart of a Soldier by J. Stewart –  I’ve read, and its hero – Rick Rescorla – three times a HERO for the ages! And, I think of many artists who have shared their songs and lyrics with bent but not broken Americans.

I’ll mention just three:

  1. As reported in a WSJ OPED today, Carole King sang “You’ve Got a Friend” to assembled command post watchstanders near New Yor City. Ms. King offered, “I couldn’t sit at home anymore and watch television. I needed to offer you my voice.”


  1. I Won’t Back Down (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)


  1. Courtesy of the Red White and Blue (Toby Keith)

Please be one of Keith’s GOOD GUYS/LADIES, be Heartbreaker Resilient, and offer SOMETHING. We have causes galore for which to offer SOMETHING: giving blood, serving on a food line for the hungry in our community, making charitable contributions, reaching out to make a new friend…

Your Koach?

  • 9-11-20 began with mindful time to remember those fallen and to cheerlead for a United and peaceful nation.
  • I gratefully donated to the Pentagon Memorial Fund.
  • And with a day of grace, I’ll volunteer time tomorrow to help others learn rowing and clean a coastal area of San Diego Bay.

Dying words of Captain John Miller to Private Ryan at a different time are still germane for us as 9-11 survivors and never-forgetting thankful, “James, Earn This.”

Respectfully – with places to go and SOMETHINGS worthy to do,


Words from a centenarian author

Herman Wouk wrote some pretty fine fiction and won a Pulitzer Prize.

After he celebrated his 100th birthday, his good words (from a WSJ article by Marc Myers) about life are worth a scan!

“when you reach my age, you don’t yearn for friends who are no longer here… I do have the same excitement each morning when I see the sun.  That sense of enjoying being alive is still very real.  When you reach 100, you’re glad you’re alive.  Very glad.”

Atlantic and NPR also cited his longevity and good words: and 



Veterans Day 2015; based on the Armistice Day for the War to End all Wars

“We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.” attributed to George Orwell.

Veterans Day 2015 poster

Please Thank a Veteran EVERY DAY – not just on 11/11.

Click over the VA site for interesting information about our Federal Holiday:

While those who died are also remembered, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served – not only those who died – have sacrificed and done their duty.

Canada and Australia observe “Remembrance Day” on November 11, and Great Britain observes “Remembrance Day” on the Sunday nearest to November 11. There are similarities and differences between these countries’ Remembrance Day and America’s Veterans Day.