Thanks to all those who contributed to this project. Nearly everyone I contacted submitted a story, and that my friends, is simply awesome. I’ll write more about this endeavor later, and in a separate post, because the stories on this page should stand together and alone, and speak for themselves.
The submissions are posted in the approximate order I received them. Each article will open in a new window, so just close it to return back to this page to read the next. You’ll find information about the participating writers listed below the links.
I Slept Through It – Carl Polgar
Unable to Talk – Jim Martin
New York, A Love Song – Suzy Eskenazi
Blowing Kisses – Carol
Ten Years – Kristina
My Bubble of Illusion – Wendy Barkett
More Than a Day – Tina Erickson
Don’t You Forget About Me - Melissa Hambrick
Robbed From Armageddon – Tyge O’Donnell
Remembering September 11th, 2001 - Torrygirl
September 11, 2001 - Ian Curious
nine one one (the first minute) – Jill Divine
Remembering September 11, 2001 – Daniel Meyer
Tea for One – Lisha Ross
What Did Emerge – Anonymous Gal
Where Was I… 10 Years Ago Today – Heather Barton
When Will This End? – Darrin Revell
Ten Years Ago – David Weir
Remembering… (Pray for peace) – Nike Binger Marshall
Redefining Loss – JoAnne Bennett
How I Know the Writers
A writer, musician, avid photographer and quasi-nomad, Carl and I always meet up for conversation and beer when I visit Nashville. He posts at Honey Brown Blues, and also has a baseball blog, Hammaker Of The Gods, and a band named Paris Street. He’s a good person, but more than anything, he’s a great friend.
I worked for Jim at the hobby shop for many years and among other things, he influenced me as a writer. We recently got in touch with each other again, and he manages a fabulous website at Jim’s Fabulous Website. His brief story is about his brother David (in the blue shirt) who worked at the World Trade Center.
I met Suzy one year ago when I joined her Living With Abandon team for the LIVESTRONG Day Las Vegas bicycle ride. Suzy actively runs around the desert (for fitness, I think) but unfortunately Las Vegas will soon be losing her to Portland, Oregon. I wish her the best, and will continue to follow her by reading her blog, At First Glance.
She writes at Quips & Doodles. She also makes beautiful jewelry and handbags. She’s a fellow cat lover, and although we only met online this past summer, reading Carol’s posts makes me feel like I’ve known her a lot longer.
Kristina was my first serious girlfriend. She’s opinionated, stubborn, defiant, and on top of all that, a helluva writer. She blogs at Sparkles Plenty. Although we’ve only kept in touch sporadically over the years, she was the first person to reply to my request for these 9/11 submissions. I didn’t even have to twist her arm. Thank you Kristina.
I met Wendy this past summer while she was visiting from Texas and searching for information about her biological parents. Wendy blogs at Searching For Truth In Vegas and Beyond, and also has another site dedicated to her mother, Dottye Robertson Moore. Please check-out her links. Wendy deserves a happy ending to her search.
A friend since high school, Tina now lives in the San Francisco area. She too is an avid bicycle rider, and she posts photographs from her rides on her Picture Pedaler website. She’s a great friend, and I was fortunate enough to visit with her and her husband when they visited Las Vegas in early 2010. Tina often leaves kind words on my blog posts, and it makes me feel good.
I’ve known “Missy” since elementary school and thanks to the wonders of social media, we got back in touch a few years ago. I remember her being the smartest girl in school—every single year. Missy writes for SheReads.com, NovelMatters.com, and has her own personal site at WordMom.com. She’s currently working on her own novel.
This is me. I started The Neon Lounge on Blogspot in 2007, and transferred it to WordPress at the beginning of this year. I often describe myself as a pessimistic cynic, a fatalistic humanist, but it’s times like this—when people respond to a calling—that I doubt my convictions. It’s times like this when I’m happy to say that I’m wrong about being the person I think I am. I thank all of the writers for this brief moment of clarity. I really do.
She lives down under in Australia. Torrygirl is a formidable online Scrabble opponent, and I enjoy reading her blog, Life in 2D/3D, because it’s not about kids, motherhood, gardening or pets, and the food recipes are kept to a minimum. Torrygirl’s 9/11 story is the only submission I received from outside the United States.
I found Ian’s Limited Means blog while clicking on the “next blog” button, back when I was on Blogger.com. His “no bullshit” style of writing appealed to me, and knowing he lived near New York City (to me Jersey is a block away from NYC) I hoped he’d oblige my request for an article. Ian did, and I thank him for taking the time to write his account of September 11th, 2001.
Jill lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. She writes and teaches poetry, and has recently opened Gallery 113 located in downtown Flagstaff. I got to meet Jill briefly when she visited Las Vegas some years ago, although we missed each other the last time she came to town. She’s an awesome poet, which her submission will attest to.
I recently met Daniel when I bought a car from him. Daniel is fighting a heart-wrenching battle with a disease he acquired while serving in our military. You can follow his progress and read about his positive outlook on life at DanielMeyerBlog.Com. Although his blog is only a few months old, his posts will humble you.
I met Lisha through her sister Shuana, after Lisha returned to the United States from living abroad in China. She currently lives in Las Vegas and is an editor and freelance writer. She’s also a great person to have a few beers with.
I can’t tell you much, other than she’s American and we’ve known each other since childhood. I thank her for coming through with a submission, and for trying to get a few others to do the same.
We ran into each other in the blogosphere sometime during the past year. Heather writes a spicy little dish of posts on her eponymous blog, and she’s an avid author in the process of getting her work published. She lives down the road in Southern Cali, and I hope one of these days our worlds will collide outside the blogosphere.
If you’ve been reading The Neon Lounge for any amount of time you’ll know Darrin is one of my best friends. I knew he’d probably be the last to submit a post, but he did, just like I knew he would. Darrin has been writing his music blog at Page 3oo for years. I think he has everything that was ever released by Frank Sinatra.
David has been a writer and/or editor for myriads of publications and websites, including The New York Times and Rolling Stone. In August I posted excerpts from his interview about my father’s atomic bomb photographs. Dave’s personal blog site can be found at Hotweir. Check out Dave’s most recent work at the San Francisco based SF7X7 website. Thanks for your contribution Dave.
Nike Binger Marshall
She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and currently lives in Delaware. Nike has been writing most of her life, and blogs at NikeWrites. She contributed her post after our mutual friend (and fellow 9/11 storywriter) Suzy Eskenazi forwarded her my request. Thanks for the submission Nike, I’m glad you posted your story.
JoAnne writes at Stories By JoAnne Bennett. She’s a friend of fellow 9/11 storywriter Wendy Barkett. JoAnne’s most recent credits include a story in a book titled, One for the Road and a publication in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk Middle School. Her submission somehow got lost on it’s way to me, hence the late addition, but it was well worth the wait. Thanks for contributing JoAnne!