Monday, August 27, 2007

After the Fall - Part II

The last two posts have been the start of an essay dealing with how America has changed since 9/11, specifically how Americans have been affected by the events following the fall of the World Trade Centers. It's late and I just got back from Mexico, but I will write more soon. Enjoy.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Wine and Friends

I spent the day listening to bluegrass music at my friend Grant Morris's house with good people and good wine. It was a glorious day.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

After the Fall Part III

I have been in NYC for about a day now and have met some extraordinary people. The following portraits are of David Keller, right, and Al Fortier, left. Keller lost his father because of 9/11. They were both working in the same volunteer fire department at the time. Because of the health risks workers were exposed to including toxic air conditions, Timothy Keller suffered severe respiratory and heart problems and passed away on June 25, 2005. He did not receive any aid from the government for his commitment as a volunteer. David now has "Never Forget, 9-11-01" and "RIP Dad 6.25.05" tattooed on his arms in memory of his father.

Al Fortier, a former NYPD detective, also suffered from severe respiratory illness and PTSD because of that day. Fortier is not able to work anymore, and also does not receive any aid from the government. "I loved being a cop," explained Al, "and now I can't. That's what I miss the most, not being able to do what used to."

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

After the Fall - Part I

Friends and family gather to celebrate and grief for the life of Daniel Noble at Rose Hill Memorial Park in Whittier, Calif. on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 for his funeral. Daniel, 21, was killed in Iraq while serving as a medic with the 1st Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force Pacific out of Camp Pendleton.