Always Remembering 911…
September 11, 2001. I remember the day as if it were yesterday. I remember walking into my house around 8:30 am, turning on the television, and watching in horror as the second airplane crashed into the Twin Towers.
The thing that struck me most odd that morning was watching the individual white sheets of paper flutter around the streets of New York, thousands and thousands of paper. I remembered thinking who had touched them, who had just recently stored them into the filing system, who was missing them? It was an eerie thought to wonder about these thousands of sheets of papers coming from the Twin Towers. I do not know why this particular image has stayed in my mind for all these years, but it has. Perhaps my mind needed to fixate onto something less horrific than watching a city fall apart to an awful bout of terrorism. The images we endured that day will forever be stuck in our minds.
September 11th is a very special and memorable day to my family and I because we named our second daughter after a Naval Contractor who had died on September 11th in the Pentagon. We named her Julian Cooper. She reminds us every year on 911 of the loss, we as individuals, families, and as a nation, had to endure on that fateful day fifteen years ago on September 11, 2001.
WE WILL NEVER FORGET!
Written By: Ask Ms Mandi
Copyright September 11, 2012
Visiting San Francisco…
I know I always say that this place and that place are my favorite places to visit…but San Francisco is truly one of my favorite spots in the world. If you ever visit California or already live in our Golden State, you must visit San Francisco.
Haight and Ashbury are a blast from the past. Walking down the streets is as if you are still living during the 1960’s. Jim Morrison, from the Doors and Jimi Hendrix appear to still be living, as you look up and into their faces on the side of buildings.
The Wharf and Pier 39 have all the shopping you could ever imagine, while you’re waiting for your boat trip across the bay to the legendary Alcatraz island. Alcatraz is a must see.
Union Square is for the more savvy shopping goer. It’s beautifully lined streets, looking up to the high rises; such as, Juicy Contour, Nordstrom and Ghirardelli Chocolates.
And we can’t forget the Financial District. This is where success is created.
Make sure you pack your shorts, sweaters, and jackets…you never know what the weather will be like in San Francisco…it’s as unpredictable as your decisions on where you should go to next in the great city of San Francisco.
Written & Photography By: Ask Ms Mandi
Copyright August 2015
The Whaley House…
The Whaley House is in Old Downtown San Diego. It is a must see! First of all San Diego is just beautiful and very historical. There is a lot of old history to be known about it. Since it is right on the border, back in the day people from Mexico would take boats and ships to San Diego to visit the land of the free.
Sadly enough, many of these decendents were held in slavery by the rich plantation owners. This brought about many deaths and termoil, soiling the land with despair and pain.
The land where the Whaley House now stands use to be a hanging sight. Too many men to count were hung on the very sight and without just cause.
Mr. Whaley knew this fact, but built his home on the tainted land anyway. He later rented out his parlor to the County of San Diego to use as their court house. Needless to say, this created more tension in the home, as more deaths occurred in the home over the years.
If you love a piece of history and mystery, then you must visit the Whaley House. It is both majestic and artistic. But don’t forget to take your camera….you never know what you might see in the lens.
Beautiful Palm Springs. Who wouldn’t love to relax under the umbrella, while lying out by the pool? Or better yet, how about staying at an old hotel built in the early 1900’s. Too bad the city had it torn down.
A new gallery is opening up soon in the Riverside area, where you can see photos like this one below and many others. For more information, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Photography By: Ask Ms Mandi