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15, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 521
Stumbling Into Winter's
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, Feb. 15--We took off
today to spend a weekend in Maryland. We ended up walking into a
Snowstorm of Terrorism where we learned the art of Vigilance.
Over the next few days, I
will report to you various aspects of being trapped in one of the
worst snowstorms in East Coast history--and how 16 people found
Courage, Conviction and Right Actions a way to combat Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency when Mother Nature cut off all escape
routes to civilization. Below are my comments on various sets of
pictures taken each day. These are from Day One!
We arrived to a fable. We were told
American Bald Eagles landed on a tree overlooking the Elk River.
I was a bit skeptical, but kept an open mind. The first
morning we awoke to the sound of the word--"Eagle! Eagle!"
I rushed down to see whether it was
indeed an eagle or just a bird that looked like one. To my
surprise, it was an eagle. It was bold and beautiful, standing
Vigilant on a naked branch.
I thought of America's stand against
Terrorism. I thought of the lonely eagle on the branch.
Then I thought that eagle's aren't lonely at all. They are
strong in their individuality. They are bold in their resolve,
fearing not the storms of dissent that try to ruffle their feathers.
Few nations in the world have the Courage,
Conviction and take the Right Actions to stand up against Bully
Terrorism. I thought of the young children we were
safeguarding for the weekend, in the snow. I thought of the
Eagle of Vigilance spreading its great wings over them, standing as
their Sentinel of Vigilance. I thought about nations that
would rather stick their heads in the sand, and wondered how they
might feel about their national bird being an ostrich. I
was glad the eagle blessed us with its presence. I was glad
because I knew Terrorism was being watched, and that our grandchildren
and children would be safe.
Vigilant Bald Eagle guards
house and grounds
Evening snow softly sweeps
across the serene
THE HOUSE OF
The Ursuline retreat house is a 90-year-old
farmhouse sitting on a pristine finger of land overlooking the Elk
River. The Ursuline nuns are primarily a teaching order that
arrived in North America in 1639 from France, but have branched out
over recent years into other areas of social service.
The retreat house
is used by groups and the nuns to enjoy the beauty and spirituality of
nature. Below, the children commune with books and drawings,
engaging themselves in the security of family. I thought
of how Vigilant their parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts were
regarding their future. They guard them from the Beast of
Terror, surrounding them in a Village of Vigilant caring that
reinforces in them the duty and responsibility of parents and loved
ones to keep the Beast of Terror at bay. I felt proud to
be part of a group who cared more about their children's future than
they did about their own present.
house proved more than hospitable for the sixteen of us
Oldest cousin reading
THE VIGILANT ROAD LESS
Darkness can bring nightmares or await the Dawn
of Hope. The road leading from the house reminded me of a
path from the Light of Vigilance into the Darkness of Terrorism.
Without the Light of Vigilance the Beast of Terror rules the shadows
and roosts in the branches of gnarled tree limbs, eager to leap on the
Fear, Intimidation and Complacency that resides in us all. But
if we are Vigilant, we shine the light through the darkness,
illuminating Courage, Conviction and Right Actions for the future of
the Children's Children's Children. Then, the next morning, the
sun rises. Dawn appears. And the Beast of Terror skulks
his way back into the dark caves, waiting, hoping the Sentinels of
Vigilance will sleep and forget their duty to protect. But
in our case, he would have a long, long, long wait.
Mother Nature's sun sets as we
sleep unaware of the might and power she demonstrates
in the days to follow
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