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PR WIRL February 2012

February 12, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Okay, not a very catchy title, but this is a work in progress.

As mentioned when publishing the 2012 PR33 list, a new recurring feature on this blog will be PR WIRLWhat I’m Reading Lately – which will highlight some of the best blogs, articles, books etc.

The general idea here is simple. I appreciate when someone recommends something for me to read. And, I’ve found that there are lots of things out there that deserved to be shared. Enough said.

While this feature will usually present new recently published (communications-focused) works, this first issue features a couple of posts that are a little dated, but have recently been republished and have proven to be timeless.

P.S. If any graphic designer wants to contribute a cool PR WIRL logo, I’m more than willing to accept it.

2814 Miles and Counting – A Personal Journal of 9/11 by @AnneWeiskopf

Friends – this journal (my first and only) was written upon my return home after September 11, 2001. It was both a way for me to try to grapple with what happened and what the future might bring – as well as a record for when Jacob and Jared (then age 5 and 3) would ask, “Where were you on 9/11/01?” I have never shared this – nor have read it for 10 years. It is posted in its original format with no links added.

Tuesday, September 11th 2001 is a day that all of us will remember. We will remember where we were, who we were with, and what we were doing when our illusions of peace and security were shattered, like the World Trade Centers themselves, as we witnessed the largest terrorist attack to take place in our land, the Unites States of America. The rest of the story.


The next one also goes back a decade, but remains fresh. Even as we near spring, this story of Christmas is still in season.

A Jew’s View of Christmas by @shelisrael 

[Note: I first posted this in December 2003 and have reposted it almost every December since. I hope you enjoy it.]

I grew up in the 1950s in New Bedford, Mass., an overwhelmingly Christian city. Christmas was the biggest day of the year.  Schools were closed. Parents enjoyed rare paid days off. Often, snow coated the ground. Churches stood in every neighborhood and their bell towers would chime carols all day long.

I was a Jewish kid and I knew this day was not for me, But, I just couldn’t help feel the excitement. My parents, who were born in Europe at a time when it was unfortunate to be simultaneously European and Jewish, were ambivalent.  They loved the decorations and the excitement they saw in their younger son, but still, they kept reminding us that we were merely observers of someone else’s special day. The rest of the story.


Photo by my wife or daughter.

  1. February 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I love the seriousness with which you are reading the newspaper! And it’s accompanied by a cup of coffee (I assume) and situated at the kitchen table, the center of all household activity. Great finds here and looking forward to reading more about what you’re reading 🙂

  2. February 14, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Oh, Valentine, our day is finally here without mist
    You rocked my socks when you added me to your list.

    I can’t wait to share a chocolate kiss and blog forever more
    ‘Cuz you’re my Valentine always for being so absolutely not a bore.

    Will you be mine?

    • February 14, 2012 at 11:12 am

      Yours was the best comment yet
      And is one I’ll never forget.

  3. February 19, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Thank you so much. Honored you included my testimony.

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