Remember 9/11, Live 9/12

““I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life.” ~Deuteronomy 30:19

Mitch Teemley


September, 2001,was a tumultuous month for my family. We’d sold our Orange County condo, the only home our children had ever known, and on Labor Day moved into a rented townhouse in Burbank, California. The next day I would begin teaching filmmaking at the L.A. Film Studies Center, in the shadow of the Warner Brothers water tower.

The heart of the school was the Media Room with its curtain-cloth couches and theater-sized TV. It was there that the students coffeed each morning. The screen was always on, usually playing someone’s favorite movie. But for some reason, when I walked in on September 11th it was fixed on the New York World Trade Center. A newscaster was recapping the tragic airliner “accident” that had occurred. But then, as we watched, unable to process what we were seeing, a second jet crashed into the other tower. And then, like a special effect…

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About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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5 Responses to Remember 9/11, Live 9/12

  1. John S says:

    Hi Mitch today I have the honor of sharing at Farmersville Church of God.  I posted this on my Facebook and I will also share this at the church today.  Thought I would send you my thoughts on 9/11I am always thanking God that we are FRIENDS, even more so today then when we were in Highschool.JohnWhat9/.11 means to me. Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto regarding the 1941attackon Perl Harbor by forces of Imperial Japan was recorded as saying “.Ifear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant” and fill himwith a terrible resolve. I will be remembering 9/.11, the attack on our country, thelives loss, the bravery of those who lost their lives saving others,but I will also remember that for a brief time the “Sleeping Giant”came awake once more. We were not a dvidided country and it was NOTour diversity that made us come awake but our UNITY. Today I amgoing to remember 9/11 as a WAKE UP call. As a nation the Wake upcall for me is that we are ONE NATION UNDER GOD. As a church theWake up call for me will always be what Thomas said when he firstsaw the risen Savior, “My Lord , My God” John 20:28. When theBody of Christ shares not just with their words but with their livesthat Jesus is Lord and God, the Body of Christ, will never be asleeping Giant, and we will again be one Nation Under God.

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  2. Roos Ruse says:

    Marvelous post, Mitch. One of your best. Shared on Fb.

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