Living On

“Light the light that shone the day that hope was born.”
Alfred, Lord Tennyson

9/11: How can we ever forget the stories of heroism, unspeakable loss, survival, resilience, and hope that emerged on that day? How can we begin to understand the countless acts of bravery and compassion that were carried out in the shadows of those crumbling towers?

Out of the ashes, stories continue to unfold. Among the most inspiring and beautiful are those of the many ways in which survivors have honored their loved ones by helping others. Hundreds of scholarships, advocacy groups, and community service projects have been created in memory of those who lost their lives on September 11.

I came across two wonderful programs that celebrate the love of words and reading — and wanted to share them with you:

Brooke Jackman Foundation: Brooke was a beautiful 23-year old who died in the twin towers. She was a huge book lover and in honor of her passion for words, her family founded a literacy program that has taught thousands of children to read. The foundation also donates thousands of books, backpacks, and school supplies to New York City kids each year. (

Shelley A. Marshall Foundation: Shelley was a vivacious budget analyst who died in the Pentagon. She had three pastimes she adored: taking afternoon tea, encouraging kids’ creativity and reading, and helping senior citizens. To keep these loves alive, Shelley’s husband Donn started a foundation that sponsors reading hours in libraries, hosts tea parties at nursing homes, and organizes writing contests for high school and college students. (

“Light the light that shone the day that hope
was born.”
Alfred, Lord Tennyson

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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