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Washington is a city of monuments, but it’s also a city of neighborhoods, each with its own distinctive style. Those of us who live and work in the D.C. area often take these emblems of our heritage for granted. We barely even see them as we go about our busy daily lives.
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In the chaos that followed the Sept. 11 attacks 14 years ago, some things came into exquisite focus. We suddenly knew what really mattered — our loved ones, our country, our heroes and the huge loss we had all just suffered.
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Este jueves se cumplen trece años de los ataques terroristas que cambiaron el mundo. Los atentados del 11 de septiembre de 2001 en Nueva York, Washington y Pensylvania dejaron casi tres mil muertos y desembocaron en dos guerras: Afganistán e Irak.
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As we remember Sept. 11, 2001, stories of good deeds that sprouted from that tragedy abound.
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On Sept. 11, 2013, nearly two-thirds of AARP employees will not show up for work. Instead, they will be gardening, painting, reading to children, sorting and cleaning eyeglass donations, making toys and blankets for shelter animals, offering hygiene kits and friendly conversation to the local homeless, creating cards for sick children; visiting nursing home residents, removing toxic plants from the pastures of a therapeutic horseback riding program, and preparing and serving breakfast at a soup kitchen.  All of this " giving back" to their communities will take place - nationwide - on  AARP's 13 th annual Day of Service (DoS), held in remembrance of the 9/11 tragedy.
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For writers, the value of a compliment lies not in the effusion of words, but in the source of them. Even the most modest statement of encouragement for the most minor effort, from the right person, can make your day and sometimes your decade.
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This past Sunday was the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attack on our country. It was also the opening Sunday for the 2011 NFL football season. Therefore, late Saturday afternoon, Sean and I arrived in Baltimore to prepare for the Baltimore Ravens' opening home game against our rival team the Pittsburgh Steelers. We had a lovely dinner with Michael Saturday night. We talked football, family and fall events. After dinner, Michael went off to team meetings, and we took a leisurely stroll around the beautiful Baltimore harbor. Nervously, we laid all our game day gear out in preparation for the next day and tucked ourselves into beds. We were worse than children on Christmas Eve. We couldn't sleep and kept saying, "Are you still awake?"
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It was a warm but lovely fall weekend in Phoenix 10 years ago. I had flown there from D.C. to visit my parents for the weekend. It was one of those times when I felt so lucky to be able to  help my parents with a few things around the house, hang out by the pool, watch movies and bask  in the warmth of my parents love and care. A good dose of family always centers me, so when I flew to Boise, Idaho on the evening of Sept. 10, 2001 I was energized and ready to speak the next morning at the Idaho Governor's Conference on Aging. Little did I know that my sense of "family" would be greatly expanded over the next week.
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