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SEPTEMBER 11: TIME TO TAKE STOCK OF OUR PRIVILEGED LIVES

by Joanna Manning

People who were alive when John Kennedy was assassinated can usually remember exactly where they were and what they were doing at the time. Now the events of September 11 are taking on the same characteristics of indelible memory.
     On September 11 last year I was preparing to leave for a Call to Action regional conference in New York. All of a sudden the phone rang. It was my son Andrew calling from Vancouver, where he had just tuned in to the early morning news. "Mum" he said, "turn on your TV and look at what’s happening in New York - they’re attacking the World Trade Center. You can’t go to the States today!" I turned on my TV just in time to see the second plane crash live into the World Trade Center. My stomach somersaulted into my mouth.
     I live a few blocks north of the CN Tower in Toronto. A basic survival instinct warned me to run down to the basement and take cover if necessary.
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