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Americans Light a Candle Fri 14th 7p EST

13 Sep 01 - 06:38 PM (#549326)
Subject: Americans Light a Candle Fri 14th 7p EST
From: katlaughing

Of course, anyone who wants is welcome, American or not:

Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2001 10:30 AM
Subject: FW: Americans United Against Terrorism
Please pass this on as you deem appropriate .... Friday Night at 7:00 p.m. EST (that's Mudcat time) step out of your door, stop your car, or step out of your establishment and light a candle. We will show the world that Americans are strong and united together against terrorism. Please pass this to everyone on your e-mail list. We need to reach everyone across the United States quickly. The message: WE STAND UNITED - WE WILL NOT TOLERATE TERRORISM!


13 Sep 01 - 06:47 PM (#549336)
Subject: RE: Americans Light a Candle Fri 14th 7p EST
From: brid widder

all of us in the UK are thinking about you...maybe we can join you in this....what time is 7p.m EST here?


13 Sep 01 - 07:04 PM (#549359)
Subject: RE: Americans Light a Candle Fri 14th 7p EST
From: brid widder

I'm guessing that's about this time...round about midnight here....those of us at the Kingston tomorrow night will join you.


13 Sep 01 - 07:07 PM (#549366)
Subject: RE: Americans Light a Candle Fri 14th 7p EST
From: Morticia

And I....


13 Sep 01 - 07:15 PM (#549380)
Subject: RE: Americans Light a Candle Fri 14th 7p EST
From: katlaughing

According to my world clock thingie, it would be about midnight, your time, that's right. Thank you both, very much.

luvyakat


13 Sep 01 - 07:44 PM (#549414)
Subject: RE: Americans Light a Candle Fri 14th 7p EST
From: SINSULL

I will and I have emailed all my contacts to do the same.


14 Sep 01 - 02:49 AM (#549739)
Subject: RE: Americans Light a Candle Fri 14th 7p EST
From: GUEST,.gargoyle

Dearest Kitty-Klatter

You wonder why I jest and ridicule your catterwailing. Please read your above thread...AND your statement regarding the American Flag....something/someone is missing more than a "few bars" and deserves a "few stripes." So sorry you left the confines of the Wyoming West, to be become a Conneticut Yankee.

Where I live, flying the flag has become a symbol of extremism; it has been co-opted by those who still think of African Americans as niggers, who call Chinese "chinks" and who think gay men make great target practise. Do I want to join them in a show of patriotism? No, thank you, not THEIR kind of patriotism!


14 Sep 01 - 11:07 AM (#549994)
Subject: RE: Americans Light a Candle Fri 14th 7p EST
From: Mrrzy

Read, read!


14 Sep 01 - 06:36 PM (#550369)
Subject: RE: Americans Light a Candle Fri 14th 7p EST
From: katlaughing

Greg, you are delusional, better check your meds.

Almost time, just a reminder folks.


14 Sep 01 - 08:01 PM (#550447)
Subject: RE: Americans Light a Candle Fri 14th 7p EST
From: Micca

and it is burning clear and bright, and will " until the dark time ends"


14 Sep 01 - 08:10 PM (#550454)
Subject: RE: Americans Light a Candle Fri 14th 7p EST
From: catspaw49

Karen and I went out a bit before 7 and just came in.....getting brisk for shorts. Anyway, I was surprised to see that several folks around us came out too. They fly flags and are super patriot types, but this type of thing they generally pass on.....It was kinda' nice to see.

Spaw


14 Sep 01 - 08:17 PM (#550458)
Subject: RE: Americans Light a Candle Fri 14th 7p EST
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull

I have just got back from our local session (The Kingston) We lit a candle, at the same time as you guys.


14 Sep 01 - 08:23 PM (#550460)
Subject: RE: Americans Light a Candle Fri 14th 7p EST
From: Celtic Soul

I was out. My daughter and I held our candles. As we live in a fairly quiet cul-de-sac community, there was no real way to know how far reaching this was to be. We saw another 3 people in our little row of townhomes out with their candles as well.

We went in at about 7:30. Then, we had to run some errands. Videos from the 2 days my daughter was out of school, food to get for dinner.

And I rounded a corner and saw a crowd the likes of which I never thought I would all gathered at night here in my fairly smallish suburban Washington, DC community. They stood along the road, waving flags shining their candles, and calling out to the passing cars. We all honked and waved back as we went by.

And later on, a sole teenage girl with a candle and a flag, weeping on a busy corner.

Gargoyle, what you have listed might be what that flag holds for you, but why not try to understand that yours is not the only perception? I was again deeply touched by my fellow Americans. I am proud of my flag right now, not because of the awful things that may have been done under it (and no nation is perfect anymore than her people are perfect), but for the times when this country has shown it's strength not in acts of bullying, but in acts of quiet resolve and loving, compassionate support.


14 Sep 01 - 09:05 PM (#550473)
Subject: RE: Americans Light a Candle Fri 14th 7p EST
From: SINSULL

Hundreds of people out in my neighborhood. Gatherings at churches and the local firehouse - four of ours are missing.


14 Sep 01 - 10:09 PM (#550502)
Subject: RE: Americans Light a Candle Fri 14th 7p EST
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)

Driving home late from a class meeting at my daughter's school, I was touched at the number of candles in windows. There was nothing in our local paper that I knew of, so word must have spread through the internet, on tv, or somehow. I then hastened to the local college campus for the last night of a 4-day vigil where the remnant that remained stayed until their candles were burned to their ends.


14 Sep 01 - 10:15 PM (#550506)
Subject: RE: Americans Light a Candle Fri 14th 7p EST
From: Bill D

done...and such a bright light it was...


14 Sep 01 - 10:30 PM (#550517)
Subject: RE: Americans Light a Candle Fri 14th 7p EST
From: Jeri

I was at the session in Portsmouth, NH, and went outside for a walk. I ran into a couple of session regulars making their way toward Market Square holding not-yet-lit candles. I followed, and people stood around in a circle and sang. I mentioned We Shall Overcome to a friend, and she began singing. When she came to the end of the first verse, a woman across the circle started singing a second, and I came in with a third. We held hands, smiled sadly at one another, and some cried.


14 Sep 01 - 10:51 PM (#550539)
Subject: RE: Americans Light a Candle Fri 14th 7p EST
From: Sorcha

Mine is only a small light, but may it light the world.


14 Sep 01 - 11:45 PM (#550569)
Subject: RE: Americans Light a Candle Fri 14th 7p EST
From: Susan A-R

I walked home from work at about 7:30 and there were candles all along Barre St, a fairly tough working class neighborhood. I joined a couple of kids for a moment, having no candle to hand, and they shared.

Gargoyle, I guess I have always had rugged feelings about flag flying, but this week has made me realize that this is my home. I'm mad at its leadership, economic policies, foreign policies, militarism, race relztions and more, much of the time, but it's the place where most of the people I love in any sort of personal way live. Having spent the better part of Tuesday trying to find three cousins, my brother and his family (successfully, I might add) I now have a deeper understanding of the lives of innocent bystanders, and I also have a deeper sense of this as home.

I probably won't put out a flag, but I did come home and put out a candle on my porch (we're due for a frost tonight, so I didn't stay out with it.) I talk to a lot of just plain folks, the guys who deliver the produce, paper products and dry goods to my kitchen, the mail man, customers, kids along Barre st, and there's none of the boast and brag I heard around the Gulf War. People are troubled and angry and sad, but they all want to se if we can possibly get it right. Some of 'em fly flags, and perhaps before Tuesday, that would have meant the usual to them and to me, but I know I see things differently now, and they may as well.

Lots of light out there tonight. Let's hope we can find a way to do this right.

Susan


15 Sep 01 - 12:24 AM (#550588)
Subject: RE: Americans Light a Candle Fri 14th 7p EST
From: GutBucketeer

Our neighborhood in Silver Spring Maryland held a Candelight Vigil. I would guess that over 200 people came. Songs were sung, A hospice minister gave a talk, and people came up and made brief statements on how the disaster has touched them.

The individual statements focused overwhelmingly on the personal sense of loss and the need to come together without regards to racial cultural or religous differences to show what America and Freedom really are.

It truly was a moment that I will remember for the rest of my life.

JAB

GRIEVE for those that are gone, and PRAY for the living and those that are lost that they may be found and brought out of the rubble alive into the light. PRAY for our future.


15 Sep 01 - 12:33 AM (#550589)
Subject: RE: Americans Light a Candle Fri 14th 7p EST
From: Sorcha

From conservative Republican Wyoming---mine is the only candle on my street..........mine is the only black band on anything, I guess people in this town just don't give a shit.........but they damn sure vote Republican.


15 Sep 01 - 12:56 AM (#550605)
Subject: RE: Americans Light a Candle Fri 14th 7p EST
From: GUEST,.gargoyle

damned sure they ain't wiccy's either.


15 Sep 01 - 01:03 AM (#550607)
Subject: RE: Americans Light a Candle Fri 14th 7p EST
From: Sorcha

I can't believe I actually agree with the Garg........this is REALLY scary........o, save me!


15 Sep 01 - 01:05 AM (#550609)
Subject: RE: Americans Light a Candle Fri 14th 7p EST
From: Peg

I went to Harvard Square with a bunch of candles and handed them out to people. People lit up at 7 pm because the first emails said 7 pm and peole did not think about the time zone thing. I stood with a friend in a small group, in front of a restaurant which apparently encouraged the waitstaff to take part. When people who passed on the sidewalk saw the vigil they decided to stop and stand in silence...they also passed their candles along to others as they moved on. One guy tried to give my candle back and thanked me when I told him to light it again at 10 pm when the rest of thecountry joined in!


15 Sep 01 - 01:36 AM (#550621)
Subject: RE: Americans Light a Candle Fri 14th 7p EST
From: GUEST,mgarvey@pacifier.com

I was in Nahcotta on Willapa Bay, Washington with other women preparing to be counselors at a special camp for abused girls. It was truly beautiful on the foggy bay with the cedar trees dripping on us. mg


17 Sep 01 - 12:00 PM (#552299)
Subject: RE: Americans Light a Candle Fri 14th 7p EST
From: Mrrzy

Already posted on the Prayer-Free Mourning thread, but I am repeating the relevant excerpt here:

I went out Friday night to escape the news which I couldn't turn off, and kind of see how the Day of Mourning was being observed around Charlottesville.

After a couple of Irish whiskies I wandered back up the Downtown Mall to where there would normally have been a Zydeco band for this week's Fridays After Five, and came upon a rather impromptu-looking candlelight vigil. There were boxes and boxes of candles around with a note saying Take one if you need one. Someone looked at me and said those exact words and I gave up trying not to weep, took one, and went and sat down next to a beautiful, big dog. I asked the guardian's permission and then sat there, leaking brain chemicals, patting the dog and being mightily comforted. There were groups of people, individuals, holding candles, some singing, many children playing in the amphitheater for poignant contrast. At one point as I sat there staring at my candle and trying not to wax my fingers some feet came over from a group that I think was the one that had been singing America the Beautiful. I just sat and got wetter, tears streaming down my face as they had been for most of the candle by then; eventually a knee appeared on the grass and a voice said If you need a hug, I've got an extra oneā€¦ I turned and just let go, sobbing uninhibitedly for a while. Eventually I stopped actually sobbing, gave my Samaritan a hug back without ever looking up, and went back to quietly leaking brain chemicals. The dog's kind guardian then nudged the big animal back to me (whom I think had left for the noise), and let me pat the dog for a while longer. They stayed till I started looking around for kleenex and a second candle, a nice, nice pair.


17 Sep 01 - 01:06 PM (#552358)
Subject: RE: Americans Light a Candle Fri 14th 7p EST
From: GUEST

We lit our candle while we all stood on the porch of our beach weekend house. The wind was 30mph, but we all huddled around the candle so the wind would not touch the flame. We all (20 or so) shared a prayer and a group hug around the candle. We then decided to move away from the candle and let the wind blow it out. We did so, and the flame grew longer, but did not extinguish. Even when held on the windiest side of the house. We brought it inside and placed it in a glass full of beach sand. The door next to the candle was open all night, but the flame did not go out, but rather burned till it descended into the sand...


17 Sep 01 - 05:10 PM (#552603)
Subject: RE: Americans Light a Candle Fri 14th 7p EST
From: Sorcha

I am lighting mine every sundown until all are found and buried. Until all the mess is cleaned up. If I have to, I'll get another one.