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Finding hope in a chaotic world…

On the 15th Anniversary of 9-11, 2001

Announcing…

the publication of Triumph Over Terror by Chaplain Bob Ossler with Janice Hall Heck.

How do we triumph over the hard things in our lives?

Firefighter, paramedic, and ordained chaplain, Bob Ossler spent 45 days at Ground Zero comforting families of victims who died in the 9-11-2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. His observations and memories of those days along with his interactions with people he met in the worst circumstances of their lives make compelling reading.

In Triumph Over Terror, Chaplain Bob Ossler shares how he conquered the continuous recycling of tormenting memories of events and sights that assailed him during and after the terrorist attacks of 2001.

What do Ossler’s insights reveal about finding meaning and purpose in the thick of chaos and personal tragedy? Ossler chronicles the best of humanity–acts of courage and goodness in the midst of overwhelming devastation. While some scenes may make you cringe, the overpowering message of this book is positive: with God’s help, we can overcome.

From the broken fragments of glass, steel, and men, Chaplain Ossler’s mosaic of God’s grace unveils the outpouring of generosity, heroism, and unity of people who stepped up to do something…anything… to help restore New York and America’s hope, pride, and will.

Ossler’s stories will bring tears to your eyes and smiles to your lips, and in the end, you will feel encouraged by the stories of ordinary people serving in extraordinary ways during the aftermath of that never-to-be-forgotten day.

But this book is not just about the events of 9-11. It is a book of life’s lessons learned through tragedy and chaos. In the process of comforting the mourners, the frightened, and the heartbroken laborers sifting through millions of tons of carnage, Ossler learned about the indomitable human spirit in the midst of unimaginable horror and how that spirit can conquer chaos.

As terrorist attacks continue to assault humanity, Triumph Over Terror reveals how your spirit can triumph over terror, chaos, or heartache of any kind.

Here’s what Tim Shoemaker, author of Super Husband, Super Dad and The Code of Silence series and public speaker at family conferences, had to say about Triumph Over Terror. (Tim Shoemaker at http://www.smashedtomatoes.com.)

Triumph Over Terror by Bob Ossler can be summed up in one word: Powerful. I intended to take just a minute to glance through Bob’s book, but I got hooked on the first page and just kept reading. Triumph Over Terror isn’t just a history lesson; it’s a book full of life lessons.”

Take a few seconds and order Triumph Over Terror from Amazon here.

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Cell Phones Ring In Deadly Silence

An eerie silence prevails in the wee hours of the morning–disturbed only by a medley of ringing cell phones–loved ones trying to check on missing family members or friends who just might be in that previously noisy, crowded Orlando nightclub.

No one answers.

I can imagine, even feel, the fear and terror in the hearts of those callers, crying, begging, “Please, please, please answer your phone.”

My prayers go out to all of those callers–and to everyone else who has a direct connection to the massacre of fifty or more individuals at that Orlando nightclub: families, friends, first responders, emergency workers, hospital employees, and so many more. Those who respond see atrocious images that freeze in their minds and torment them for years. Who can understand this hate? This viciousness? This anger? It is beyond our comprehension. We cannot successfully answer the question, “Why?”

But we all are connected to this tragedy because of revived memories of other terrors in our lives: the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, other deadly rampages by unstable individuals, and personal tragedies of all kinds. Please offer prayers for everyone involved  in this recent attack regardless of age, race, or orientation in religion, politics, or gender identity. This is not a time to judge. This is a time to care.

We don’t understand the motives of the shooter. But America is not about hate. Be strong and stand together against divisiveness of all kinds. Reach out and offer your care and concern for all who suffer.

Pray for God’s peace and comfort in this time of national sorrow. He is there to comfort us through our sorrows.

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Wordless Wednesday: Sunrise

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Daily Post Photo Challenge: Shadowed

Daily Post Photo Challenge: Shadowed

In the shadows of tropical trees at the Naples Zoo in Florida, I found these unusual plants backlit by the sun.

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Cee’s Odd Balls: Part to Whole… Whatever

Taking part-to-whole pictures can result in displays of interesting textures. Can you guess what the whole will be from these parts?

(For Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge)

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Can you guess yet?

These pictures were taken at St. James Island’s (Charleston, South Carolina) annual Festival of Lights. One section of the park is devoted to a giant holiday greeting card contest focusing on using recyclable items in the environment. Here one elementary school put together this very clever…

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…Christmas Owl

Here’s an even broader look at part of the giant greeting card display at the Festival of Lights in a Piwakawata photo:

Piwakawata photo

Piwakawata photo

How about jumping into a “Part-to-Whole Photo Challenge.” Post your own part-to-whole photos and post a link in my comments section. I’d love to see what you come up with. I’ll post a list of links for anyone who jumps on board.

In the meantime, Happy New Year. For more fun than you can possibly handle, you might want to check out this post on Janice Heck Writes: Happy New Year’s Day.

Saving Hong Kong

Photos of Umbrella Revolution from 20-year expat, Marcia Barham, who was the music teacher when I was principal of the Lower Primary School, Hong Kong International School. (I left HK in 2000.)

Four Oceans, One Family: 四海 一 家

Sent to the The Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong

So I read online where the FCC was asking for our photos of the Umbrella Movement. My first thoughts – oh, that’s great, I have been down four times and taken photographs trying to preserve my memories of Occupy Central; I have lots of photos; I wanted friends to know more about what is currently happening in HK. Then I thought, Oh crap, the FCC asked for photos – that is THE journalists’ club of Asia; I can never submit my photos! But why not, my perspective may be a bit different as an associate member. So here we go.

Arriving in Hong Kong July of ’94, I had little knowledge of the city, its culture or history with China. That was to quickly change. I took a teaching position at the Hong Kong International School as an adventure and it being…

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Silent Sunday: Down by the Pond

silent sunday Silent Sunday

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Festival of Leaves: In the Wind and Rain

Festival of Leaves Photo challenge: In the wind and rain…

Janice Heck photo

Janice Heck photo

 

Cee’s B & W Photo Challenge: Reflections and Shadows

Cees Black and White Challenge: Reflections

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Sculpture: Joie de Vivre by Jonathan Darmon at the Center for Childbirth

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Mainland Campus, Pomono, NJ

The Perfect Husband

A little treat my husband baked…

Janice Heck photo... love a husband

Thanks, Ken.

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