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Theresa Carey: Saved by Volleyball

My favorite sport, volleyball, has literally saved my life three times. The third time was on Sept. 11, 2001. Read the...

Original post made on Sep. 8, 2011
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Tracy Douglas: The Mattress Dilemma

That morning, my air mattress sprung a leak. I woke up with my side of the bed a lot lower than my husband's. He had already...

Original post made on Sep. 8, 2011
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Samina Sundas: A Voice for Peace

My journey to becoming a full-time community activist was unfortunately motivated by pain. I was at Costco when I first learned...

Original post made on Sep. 8, 2011
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Tina McMinn: Far from Home

My day started at 4 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001. My roommate had saved for a couple of years for a three-week vacation to see...

Original post made on Sep. 8, 2011
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Carolyn Dole: Silent Skies

September eleventh airports closed heavy rumblings of loaded aircraft stopped passing overhead a few from foreign ports interrupted...

Original post made on Sep. 8, 2011
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Megan Hulce: Who Could Believe ... ?

I had hurt my back the day before and had had a sleepless night. In the morning I decided I needed to go to the emergency...

Original post made on Sep. 8, 2011
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M. A. Fruth: Gap Teeth

The harbor gapes in unnatural haze, its two front teeth knocked out-- it cannot chew the ash that shades a mourning moonscape. Read...

Original post made on Sep. 8, 2011
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Carina Rossner: Birth amid Chaos

On Sept. 11 we were 10 months pregnant (official due date had been the 10th) with our second child and trying to convince...

Original post made on Sep. 8, 2011
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Joy Robinson: Sympathy in Tibet

I was at lunch in Tsedang, Tibet, having just arrived from the airport at the start of a tour. We were approached by a French...

Original post made on Sep. 8, 2011
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Mohinder Pelia: A Visitor Stands in Solidarity

On 11 Sep 01, at 0800 hours, I received a call from Mr. Larry, the father-in-law of my eldest daughter, telling me, "America...

Original post made on Sep. 8, 2011
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Kathleen Hughes: Almost Losing the Love of Her Life

On Sept. 11, 2001, I received a wake up call from my mom, Joanne, in Pennsylvania. It was a little after 6 a.m. here in Palo...

Original post made on Sep. 8, 2011
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Bill Barranco: Whose News?

I was attending the press conference at the Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany. Suddenly the large projector screens at all the...

Original post made on Sep. 8, 2011
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Mark Meyers: There for Our Country

We deployed to Ground Zero WTC NYC on Sept. 18. We left from Travis Air Force Base on a C-5 Constellation and a C-141. Read...

Original post made on Sep. 8, 2011
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Richard Placone: Voyage of a Lifetime

On Sept. 10, 2001, my wife, Jeanne, and I, my mother and a good friend left for what was to be a wonderful cruise to Alaska...

Original post made on Sep. 8, 2011
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Art Kraemer: 'Stuck' on Maui

My wife, Helen, and I were on Maui. Our daughter called us very early for Hawaiian time to tell us to turn on the TV, and...

Original post made on Sep. 8, 2011
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Alice Smith: A View from the U.K.

I was in Farnborough, England, at my desk at Computer Science Corporation (CSC), in a telephone negotiation with a Washington...

Original post made on Sep. 8, 2011
Last comment by Walter_E_Wallis, on Sep 10, 2011 at 6:34 pm | 2 comments | 1993 Views

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Mark VanZanten: A Forced Landing

Early on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, I made my way to the Austin, Texas, airport from home. My family and I had...

Original post made on Sep. 8, 2011
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Mimm Patterson: Homesick, in Ireland

I left Palo Alto for Ireland in 1994. On 11 September 2001 I was living in Donegal, Ireland, and working as the manager of...

Original post made on Sep. 8, 2011
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Paul Werner: On a Boston Bus

We were on a private tour bus, with a group from the Peninsula, just leaving the Boston area. The driver was starting to...

Original post made on Sep. 8, 2011
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Jeanne Kennedy: The Hospitality of Strangers

We were returning home from Prague and were halfway across the Atlantic. The pilot announced that the skies over the United...

Original post made on Sep. 8, 2011
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Short story writers wanted!

The 31st Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult (15-17) and Teen (12-14) categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by April 13, 2017. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category.

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