Thursday, 11 September 2008


Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win -- Bernadette Devlin

I got my copies of Men of Heart in the mail. I opened the parcel and looked at them….and then laughed. It was one of those surreal moments when you can’t quite believe that the name on the cover is you and it’s your book in your hands. It’s just amazing Grace…so the girl who was ‘never going to get far in life’ has done okay. So, if anyone tells you that you can’t do something -go ahead and do it anyway – fuck ‘em. Prove ‘em wrong. I thank my long suffering editor H for taking a huge chance on me. I owe you a drink or 17 when we meet in February – have your drinking shoes on girl.

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do -- Eleanor Roosevelt

I don’t have to tell you what day it is today. How could anyone possibly forget what happened on September 11? No one. It shocked the world so profoundly that it made us all - no matter what country - re-evaluate who we are as people. We came together as one people united against terrorism – as we did with the Bali, Spanish and London bombings. But I have to ask, while we will never allow ourselves to be conquered by terrorists, have we changed as people? Are we different? Have we learnt to be better or have we moved on, jaded and hardened and as selfish as ever? I think there are moments in life when we – the world - are amazing in our response and support but then normal life sets in and we go back to being less amazing. Shame about that.

To anyone who lost someone they loved
in 9/11 or in the terrorists bombings after – no, it’s not right and it’s not fair but I believe they will be forever heroes.

We shall find peace. We shall hear angels. We shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds -- Anton Chekov
Go ahead: Live with abandon. Be outrageous at any age. What are you saving your best self for?


barbara huffert said...

September my friend Lisa is 7 years cancer free. Yes, it's a horrible day that the world will never forget but there are other meanings to it as well.

Sandra Cox said...


Sandra Cox said...

And many, many congrats on your book.

Regina Carlysle said...

I think we have to go on, even after unexplainable tragedy. None of us will forget where we were at that exact moment. I was curled up watching a morning tv news show and there it was. We were all paralyzed with grief. Hopefully we are more aware even if only on a deeper level. This event was proof to us all that we, as people, are stronger than we might've known.

Regina Carlysle said...

Oh My. Congrats on holding a copy of your book in your hand. There's nothing like it. Just look what you have achieved!!!! It's wonderful.

Anny Cook said...

Congrats on having that tangible symbol of success in your hands! Yay! I am so HAPPY for you!

Today is my oldest daughter's birthday. For the last few years it's been a tough one for her. Hard to celebrate when everyone is in mourning. I know that first hand... my birthday was the day President Kennedy was shot.

So while we remember, let us also not forget to celebrate the triumphs that happened on this day-- the births, the weddings, and all the other high points in life.

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

My DH shares his birthday with Adolph Hitler. And the Waco and Oklahoma City incidents. Most years he just hopes nothing happens that day.

Congrats on the print book, Janet. Feels damn good, doesn't it?