Rob is part way through his annual sojourn to Europe, shopping for the spring of 2018. He does all of the buying for Detroit Garden Works. He does an incredible job of making our shop the place for serious gardeners to shop for whatever they need, or might fall for. He shops and procures ornament, [...]
We'recollaborating with AT&T on the It Can Wait campaign that is so very important to us. Let yours be one of the 20 million pledges to never drive distracted. No matter what it isIt Can Wait. I will never forget the moment I brought my first newborn baby home from the hospital. I placed her carefully into the car seat and made sure every single harness, strap, and buckle was securely fastened. I got into the drivers seat, buckled my seat belt and looked at her in the rear view mirror. The most overwhelming feeling of love washed over me and a responsibility so palpable descended on my shoulders. I was in charge of this tiny being. As tears coursed freely down my face, I made her a silent pledge: I promise to keep you safe, always. 20 Million Strong Last January we introduced AT&T's It Can Wait campaign, a global movement to spread the message that distracted driving is never okay. No matter what the text, notification, or alertit is not as important as the people in the car with you. Since its debut, 20 Million pledges have been madeto put the phone down while driving. That's 20 million people decisions that It Can Wait. Incredible! If the people in your car are important to you, take part in the 20 Million Pledges celebration by joining the #ItCanWait conversation on Twitter andtake the pledge now! Join the movement that is making a difference in our fast-paced, smartphone-centered world. The Tipping Point Taking the It Can Wait pledge doesn't mean that we're perfect, but we're trying. Over the course of this year, I've tried to be more aware of how often I reach for my phone. It's a lot. The tipping point happened when I read McNeil's story. A handsome young man who should be going on dates, soaking up college, and getting his pumpkin patch ready right now won't be able to do any of those things because sadly, another driver was texting while driving. I remembered that promise I made to my baby that day I drove her home. Now, when I glance in my rear view mirror, four little people who have my eyes all smile back at me. It's my responsibility to keep them safe. I made a promise then and I can make a similar promise now. In January, I took the It Can Wait pledge and although I haven't been perfect, those three words have made me so much more conscientious of where my phone should be while I'm in the driver's seat. It. Can. Wait. Making a Change Smart phones are a huge part of our lives and probably always will be. And that's okay! But when you get behind the wheel, It Can Wait means: Putting your phone out of sight, out of mind. Having your older child or an adult passenger manage your phone while you drive. Handling your phone business before you start the car. Pulling the car over and putting it in park if something on your phone commands your immediate attention. Waiting until you are at your destination to answer a text or an email. Downloading the AT&T Drive Mode App (Apple and Google Play) to help you keep your promise. Making a Difference We can make a difference. We can keep our children safe and prevent fatal accidents by putting an end to distracted driving. Smartphones are here to stay, but through our example, we can teach the next generation of drivers-our children-that their phones can wait. The AT&T It Can Wait campaign is 20 million pledges strong and counting on you. Let's share this message and help get millions more. TAKE THE PLEDGE HERE
Every year on September 11th I pay tribute in my own small way by sharing some photos I've taken at the museums and memorials over the years. I have added to them with time as we travel to the city and see more.
As many of you know, New York City is one of my favorite places on Earth. I knew the second we arrived there for my first trip 16 years ago that I would love it. That trip was less than two weeks before September 11, 2001:
Look hard behind me -- this is the only picture I have of the towers and they look like ghosts in that photo. It still gets to me when I see this.
When we visit the city we make time to visit Ground Zero nearly every time. The first time we went back was four months after the devastation -- everything was still so raw at that point. It has made my heart swell to see the beautiful monuments that have been raised in that spot. In my opinion, they are so well done and pay beautiful tribute to those we lost throughout the country that day.
These first photos are from the Ground Zero Museum and tell the story of that day. This location is separate from the new museum it used to be closer to Ground Zero but it looks like it's moved to 14th street. If you visit the city I highly recommend visiting both.
I let the photos do the talking (forgive the quality, all were taken with a phone over the years):
The new 9/11 Museum is one they've been working on for years. It looks so small from the outside, and you think it will only take an hour or so get through. Plan accordingly because this museum literally goes deep into the Earth and you can spend hours in there. It is truly one of the most well done museums I've ever visited, especially considering the content. The beginning is a tour of the footings and walls of the towers (this wall below was one of the towers). Don't miss the room in the middle in this part of the museum -- it holds photos of each of the victims as well as video about each one. There are no cameras allowed in this space -- it is most definitely a memorial. There is a separate room at the end of the main part of the museum and it can be easy to miss -- but it holds most of the photos, artifacts and videos. It may not be suitable for younger kids but our nine-year-old did fine. (There are parts of this room we steered him away from.) There are no cameras allowed in that room as well. If you go give yourself plenty of time and be prepared for the heaviness in your heart that you will feel as you walk through and when you leave. It is overwhelming and unavoidable. I think every person that visits New York City should visit at least once.
This artwork signifies the color of the beautiful blue sky on that morning. There are 2,983 squares -- one for each person lost on September 11th and at the 1993 bombing. God bless all those we lost on that day and their families. God Bless America.
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