My Summer Travelogue


I have been a lot of places since April.  There were so many trips I had to stop to figure out just where I had been.  Most of the travel was business related with several market trips (High Point and Atlanta), the Kitchen and Bath Industry show (Chicago) and the Fancy Food show (Washington DC) and a new construction consultation in Baltimore.  My NYC trip was the one “for pleasure only” trip. It was a much needed nice, long weekend.

The reason for the NY trip was to connect with our sons in the city.  Our oldest son, Aaron and his wife, Kiori, for the past nine months, have been working on a stage production of light, sound and movement as artists in residence at Tribeca Center for the Performing Arts.  We were pleased to be able to experience the fruits of their labor on opening night.  WOW… what a collaboration of a very talented contemporary dancer (Kiori) and a truly gifted musician/engineer (Aaron).  The choreography, sounds and lighting were amazing.  Our West coast son, Jake and wife, Elif certainly didn’t want to miss this. We were grateful to all be together for this special night.

There is another side to this wonderful family get together.   I had selected our hotel months in advance for its proximity to the theater.  I knew the hotel was close to the Wall Street district but I did not realize it was right across the street from the World Trade Center project.  I opened the draperies in our room on the 12th floor and was so moved by what I saw.  I had very mixed emotions.  As first it brought back all the horror and sorrow of 9/11.  In another way it made me realize how strong the American people are to re-build in spite of the immense tragedy.  There was not much time spent in our hotel room but each time I was drawn to the window and pondered all of these thoughts. I will always remember that day in September and the day I saw the re-birth in progress.

World Trade Center Project

Construction of WTCP

WTC,NYC,WTC memorieal

WTC Memorial

WTC, WTC Memorial, NYC, Hudson River

Looking pass the WTC Project to the Hudson River

Here is a link if you would like to learn more about the World Trade Center Project: http://www.panynj.gov/wtcprogress/index.html


Thank you for my family.  Thank you for all those who have sacrificed their loved ones so we can be free.


My Family: (left to right) Elif, Jake, Paul, Mary, Aaron, and Kiori

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  1. Dave Blodget says:

    Amazing photos of the WTC memorial Mary. What a surprise to have that view!

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