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Sunday, October 7 2001

Fall cleanup

Within my family there are differing approaches to fall clean up. For instance, I have two brothers-in-law who bring out all their tools at the first sign of a leaf falling on their lawns. They have leaf rakes, tractor-pulled vacuums, mulching mowers, and more. They keep these tools tuned for action and they assume a defensive posture until the mighty oak has dropped its last leaf.

My original approach to leaves on the lawn was, "I didn't put them there. Why should I pick them up?" That idea didn't set well with my wife. Incidentally, I had the same approach to snow in the driveway. That one didn't win popular approval either. My approach to dealing with fallen leaves is to wait as long as possible with the hope the leaves will blow into the neighbor's yard. That idea, though, seems to backfire. Even my downwind neighbors' leaves end up in my yard. Nevertheless, I remain committed to my theory of fall cleanup.

I love the beautiful colors of the autumn leaves and the rustling sounds they make as I walk around the yard. And what is more enjoyable to watch than children jumping and rolling about in piles of leaves. I miss that carefree attitude toward the autumn leaves. Perhaps, that is why I am so reluctant to get rid of them.

By the way, I finally winterized and covered my wife's swimming pool. Actually, it was a matter of self-preservation. She kept threatening to push me under three times and pull me up twice. Somehow, those numbers didn't add up in my favor.


Three to grow older on (last of series of 12)

The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing and then they marry him.

I read this article that said the typical symptoms of stress are: eating too much, impulse buying, and driving too fast. Are they kidding? That is my idea of a perfect day.

I know what Victoria's Secret is. The secret is that nobody older than 30 can fit into their stuff. .

Sent by Sallie Covolo

Iron Cross found at ground zero

By SHANNON McCAFFREY, Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - A cast iron "cross" found in the rubble of the World Trade Center has been adopted by rescue workers as a symbol of faith and blessed with holy water by a Franciscan priest. The 20-foot tall cross, consisting of two metal beams, fell intact from one of the twin towers into a nearby building. Laborer Frank Silecchia, 47, found the cross standing almost upright two days after the towers toppled Sept. 11.

"Some people will say it's velocity or physics that put it there. To me it's an act of God," said Silecchia, who cried for 20 minutes after his discovery. Since then, rescue workers have made pilgrimages to pray or meditate near the cross. Some etch messages on it.

"God Bless Our Fallen Brothers," reads one tribute. On Wednesday, workers hoisted the cross atop a 40-foot high foundation, formerly a pedestrian walkway. Construction workers, firefighters, and police officers stood quietly by as the Rev. Brian Jordan blessed it with holy water.

"Behold the glory of the cross at ground zero," Jordan said. "This is our symbol of hope, our symbol of faith, our symbol of healing." The workers prayed and sang God Bless America together before returning to work.

Sent by Barry Hunt

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