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"The Kingdom (of Heaven) is inside you and it is outside you" Jesus said to them. "Have you never read in the scriptures, the very stone which the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone!"
-Matthew 21


I am in my early 50's 's married with two daughters (15 and 21). I have been "lurking" Free Republic since that horrible day of 9/11. I lost a friend in Tower 1 ...great guy, Kevin Murphy..left behind is a little girl and boy, and his wife Beth. They all lost a terrific father and husband and those who knew him lost a friend. I will never4get what these evil people did to us. I feel it is that important that we fight terrorism and those countries supporting terrorism with everything we have to safeguard my children, all children, America's future. For those who believe we have brought terrorism on to ourselves they are either ignorant or just plain stupid and I feel no real need to give any merit to such stupidity.

In further memory of Kevin:

If at all possible please make a donation for Kevin’s children in his memory. Donations in memory of Kevin can be made to the Murphy Children's Education Fund, c/o Fleet Bank, 680 Fort Salonga Rd. Northport, NY 11768


In Memory of All Who Died 9/11/01
"....Tonight we are a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom.
Our grief has turned to anger, and anger to resolution. Whether we bring our
enemies to justice, or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done....

....Our nation, this generation, will lift a dark threat of violence from our
people and our future. We will rally the world to this cause,
by our efforts and by our courage.

We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.....

....But this country will define our times, not be defined by them.
As long as the United States of America is determined and strong,
this will not be an age of terror; this will be an age of liberty,
here and across the world. Great harm has been done to us.
We have suffered great loss. And in our grief and anger we have
found our mission and our moment.
Freedom and fear are at war. The advance of human freedom –
the great achievement of our time, and the great hope of every time –
now depends on us....

....But our resolve must not pass. Each of us will remember what
happened that day, and to whom it happened. We will remember
the moment the news came, where we were and what we were doing.
Some will remember an image of fire, or a story of rescue.
Some will carry memories of a face and a voice gone forever....

....I will not forget this wound to our country, or those who
inflicted it.

I will not yield, I will not rest, I will not relent

in waging this struggle for the freedom and security of the American people."
-President George Bush 9/20/01

Ahhh, this awaits me just minutes from my front door after a hard days work.....The most beautiful Robert Moses Beach West Islip, New York



I started running about nine years ago after realizing just how out of shape this one time almost-athlete had become and wanting my wife and kids to have me around past sixty. I had trouble even running for five minutes when I started. My legs, ankles and body hurt. Since then and after many three to ten mile races over the years, three years ago I finally ran the LI half-marathon...Some inspirational quotes and statements that help me with running and with my daily life

To hear nothing but breath.
To feel nothing but heartbeat.
To feel so much like hell,
Running so close to heaven.
This is the Runner's High.
This is the feeling I live for.

Life is about feeling someone pushing from behind and realizing that it's you.

"Sweat cleanses from the inside. It comes from places a shower
will never reach."
-George Sheehan

"Bid me run, and I will strive with things impossible."
-Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

"The human body can do so much. Then the heart and spirit must take over."
-Sohn Kee-chung

"Never, Never, Never Quit."
-Winston Churchill