Miracle at the Mine

 

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Late last night, countless of us were witnesses to the power of the human spirit. After spending nearly seventy days about half a mile underground , the rescue of the Chilean miners began. While the accident at the mine should have never happened, it is still a testament of strength that these thirty-three miners were able to persevere through it. Much will be written in the next few days and so on about this monumental event, but it really is something to celebrate. Like many people, this moment stood out to me last night. Even in the most extenuating circumstances, laughter is the best medicine.

What do you think? Have you guys been watching this modern miracle unfold?

~ Sarah

Remember September

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I never saw the Twin Towers. In fact, I don’t even think I was aware of them until September 11th.

That Tuesday was my generation’s equivalent to the day JFK was assassinated. It finally shattered our innocence, even though there were already cracks there. (By that time, the children of the ’80s and ’90s had already witnessed the Oklahoma City bombings, a presidential sex scandal and Columbine.)

I was in fifth grade. In my memories it was a rainy morning and sunny afternoon, though I don’t know for sure. I remember classmate after classmate being called to the office for early dismissal. At first it seemed like a strange coincidence, but then there were rumors of a serious storm. My teacher was reluctant to say anything, but she eventually told us a plane had hit the World Trade Center. I guess she hadn’t seen the news yet, because after she explained to our class what the WTC Towers were, it sounded like it was just a small plane. That it was an accident. It wasn’t until my mom turned on the news after school that I became aware of the reality- that terrorists had turned two jetliners into missiles.

The attacks were of course a defining moment in American history. Life has been split up according, before-9/11, after-9/11. I never got to see the old New York, with its stunning skyline. Sure, the city has moved on and is as energetic and insane as ever, but I’m sure it’s not the same. I can only imagine how it feels to be a real New Yorker, especially one that lost someone or had to walk by the site everyday. When I first came to New York, in 2004, I did have the chance to visit Ground Zero. It remember it being so striking and overwhelming because in a city of millions it was so empty.

Tomorrow, the 9th anniversary (already), has in a way been tainted by recent controversies. Namely, the proposed mosque in downtown New York and the plans for a small Florida church to burn copies of the Qur’an, the central text of Islam. For different reasons, both of these issues had ignited firestorms. However, they are obstructing the real matter at hand – honoring those were killed on September 11th, and those survivors and families whose lives have forever been changed. I feel like the victims wouldn’t want the rest of us spewing out such angry and hateful words. To quote Love Actually:

“When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge- they were messages of love.”

Tomorrow, we need to keep those affected by 9/11 in our thoughts and prayers. But maybe more so, we need to remind our loved ones about how much we care, because we might not always have the chance.

~ Sarah

Summer’s Top Sports Stories

Hey everyone- I’m back, though this may be a short-lived return to blogging. I just couldn’t resist posting on today, the start of college football season. Now that fall sports are officially underway, it’s time to look back on this summer’s top sports stories.

5. Favre Fuss

The only reason that this guy is even making this list is ESPN practically shut down once the story broke that maybe Favre would be returning from “retirement” once again. Personally, I could care less- he’s not playing for my team. However, many people feel otherwise, and it is amazing to see a forty-year old as the starting quarterback for an NFL franchise.

4. College Football Upheaval


There was a lot of messing around with the football conferences this summer. For a while, it seemed like mega-conferences were about to be formed. In the end, the Pac-10 picked up two new schools and Nebraska shifted from the Big 12 to the Big 10. Some of the changes won’t go into effect for a couple more seasons, so it’ll be awhile before we fully know how college football’s landscape will change. Good luck keeping up with all the changes.

3. The Year of the Pitcher

For baseball pundits, this question may be debatable, but sports fans have to admit that pitchers have had quite a few accomplishments so far this season. There have already been five no-hitters, including not one but two perfect games. And there would’ve been three if it wasn’t for Galaragga’s nearly perfect performance. Across the league, ERA is also lower than usual. Plus, there’s this kid, Stephen Strasburg. Not sure if you’ve heard of him, but he’s sort of a phenomenon. The guy single-handedly sold out a Nationals-Pirates game. Strasburg will be missing all of next season, but for now there are plenty of talented pitchers to pick up the slack.

2. Free Agency Frenzy

July 1st set off a free agency firestorm unlike anything ever seen. With some of this generation’s greatest players up for grabs, teams did everything in their power to try and land a superstar. (I’m looking at you, Knicks.) When the dust settled, LeBron James surprised everyone by “taking his talents to South Beach” along with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The moves made this offseason will help shape the course of pro basketball for the next decade, and that’s no exaggeration.

1. World Cup

If you were expecting a different event to top this list, well, I guess you didn’t read my blog early this summer. The FIFA World Cup only comes around every four years and this year’s tournament, the first to take place in Africa, was one of the most-anticipated. From all sorts of drama in the group stage to Spain being crowned champions for the first time ever, the 2010 World Cup was certainly one to remember.