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The Eleventh of the Ninth


Remembering a day that changed the world.

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Hi Robert. This is a well written account of the 9/11 attack that changed our lives forever in this country. There is no dialogue in this story which allows the reader to view the happenings through the mind of Frank. Most readers will identify with Frank's assessment of the day. Congratulations on winning the contest with this coherent, informative, and flowing write. Marilyn


 Comment Written 10-Oct-2019



reply by the author on 10-Oct-2019
    Hello Marilyn. Thank you very much for reading my essay and for your positive review. It was an event that changed not only America but has changed the world. Thank you for the congratulations as well. Robert
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I recall doing a wood floor in mid Manhattan so many months after 911. The maintenance man described to us how he witnessed people jumping from the building from his high-rise apartment. Just gruesome and can't imagine being in the thick of it. You did a an outstanding job giving us a sensory obligation to respect and remember all.


 Comment Written 09-Oct-2019



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    Hello Forestport. Thank you very much for reading and reviewing the story. I appreciate your personal comments about your experience in the city after 9/11. It was one of the worst days in American history and without a doubt, it changed the world. I thank you for awarding me 6 Stars. Your last sentence is very meaningful to me.
    Robert
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I remember watching the news accounts on television. Worse was when I talked with people I know that were there that day. There are so many stories of people who were late to work or stepped out to run an errand and then are both grateful to be alive, but also wonder why they were spared and their coworkers were not. It still brings tears to my eyes when talk about it.
You've done an excellent job recounting what it was like: the shock, the disbelief, and so many other emotions.


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reply by the author on 06-Oct-2019
    Thank you very much for reading and reviewing my story. I appreciate your meaningful comments about the effect it had on you and others that you know. It was a day that changed the future history of the world. Things will never be the same again. It's obvious in our culture every day. I am grateful for your positive review. Thank you very much. Robert
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Thank you for sharing your thoughts through your story. I really enjoyed reading it. You captured more than the events, you captured the emotional aspect of what everyone felt on that day.


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reply by the author on 06-Oct-2019
    Hello Sandra. Thank you for reading and reviewing my recollections of 9/11. I thought by now I would be able to overlook the emotions that I felt on that day, but as I wrote it's amazing how they came rushing back. Thank you very much for your positive comments. Robert
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It is compelling, mesmerizing, with its minute-by-minute on the spot reporting. We all remember and recoil, but for those who witnessed it, an entirely different matter.


 Comment Written 13-Sep-2019



reply by the author on 13-Sep-2019
    Hello Darlene. Thank you for reading and reviewing this essay. I appreciate your comments. Watching it left indelible images in my mind. Robert

reply by Darlene Franklin on 14-Sep-2019
    You're welcome.
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I doubt if anyone who was alive that day could possibly forget where they were on that day. Your fiction is written and as believable as non-fiction. Very well written.


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reply by the author on 13-Sep-2019
    Hello DonandVicki. Thanks for the read and the review of the essay. I appreciate your very kind remarks. I agree with your statement about remembering. Robert
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I guess that's why we have memorials, a sort of celebration about great heroics, about abject horror and acts of inhumanity. But somewhere in there is the still, small voice of God telling us and revealing His love in Christ. And yet God will not interfere with free will, despite bitter accusations by foolish people. The law of Moses reveals the consequences of disobeying wise counsel, He warned us. Beautifully written and articulately expressed through the eyes of a horrified observer. Well done, excellent article, blessings, Roy


 Comment Written 13-Sep-2019



reply by the author on 13-Sep-2019
    Hello Roy. Thank you for reading the essay and for your favorable remarks about the content. Of course I agree with your comments about the role that God has in our world that many chose to deny. Denying the presence of God is like denying the presence of the Sun. One can deny all they want but the light will prevail. The Bible speaks very clearly about the attitudes of the world in end times. Robert

reply by royowen on 14-Sep-2019
    Bless you Robert, write on in victory my friend

reply by the author on 14-Sep-2019
    Thank you Roy
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The only thing more destructive and more hate-filled than the individual human ego is the collective ego. The "we" who gather together in hatred and revenge are capable of ending the world. What more can be said? Poor Frank was made to see the suffering of the world and went through the gamut of emotions. A great evil was set loose onto innocent people. What a sad world! Made me shiver!


 Comment Written 13-Sep-2019



reply by the author on 13-Sep-2019
    Hello Adri7enne. I haven't spoken to you before so I want to sincerely thank you for reading the essay. I appreciate your eloquent remarks about the world we live in. Thank you for reading. Robert
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I thought this was a really strong rendition of the events of that day. You had this guy watching the events unfold on TV, as they did for many of us, and you brought that gut wrenching moment to life when he sees the bodies falling out of the buildings to the pavement and the pieces of the towers falling to the street, the planes hitting the building and exploding. It really puts us back there on that day, and brings all those roiling back to life. I remember thinking the same thing; it's got to a be a small tourist plane. And then when the second jet liner hit the second tower, the first thing that went through my mind was 'Al Qaida. It has to be Osama Bin Laden'. I think it might have been even stronger if you had set it in a nearby building, and had the narrator with some other people and had them in some dialogue as the events unfold. But this was the way most of us experienced it. For any New Yorker, it was the greatest tragedy to befall the city since the British won the battle of New York in September, 1776. estory


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reply by the author on 13-Sep-2019
    Hello estory. Thank you for the review and positive comments. I appreciate the six star award. I am also grateful for your personal comments regarding what happened that day. It is perceptive you thought of Bin Laden. I cannot believe Gitmo is still home for the perpetrators. They should have been tried my a military court for war crimes. They are there because a president wanted a show trial in New York. I'm done... THANK YOU. Robert
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This is a beautifully written essay. My favorite (for lack of a better word) of your observations is the one where the people were falling, looking like inanimate objects, until you realized they were human beings forced to choose their methods of death. Those people falling have always been my most horrific memories of that day. I will give you my final six for the month. Well done.


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reply by the author on 13-Sep-2019
    Hello shaffer40. Thank you very much for your positive and complementary review. I also appreciate your comments about how you were affected by what you were seeing. It was a terrible day and I believe it not only changed America, but it changed the rest of the world. I am honored by your comments regarding the essay and the award of six stars. Thank you very much. Robert

reply by shaffer40 on 13-Sep-2019
    You're welcome for sure.
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