By Tom DiFrancesca III
It’s now year 2004. Time sure seems to fly as I get older. To think, the infamous date of Sept. 11, 2001, is now years behind us, and yet it still feels like yesterday. I don’t believe that date is too far back in anyone’s mind — probably won’t be for a very long time.
is a Web site dedicated to saving the personal recollections of the event by anyone willing to submit them. One did not have to be directly affected by the incident to become a contributor — visit the Web site and you’ll see what I mean. In fact, my submission is among the archives. Simply click on the “Stories” link, and then in the “Search Stories” box type “difrancesca” and hit “Go.”
The site contains much more than just stories. There are links to moving images, still photos, audio segments and documents all related to 9/11.
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Miss Susie Q. and I decided to start 2004 off with a road trip. Also, the enticement to be able to see a little bit of snow was of some encouragement. Actually, we are making the trip to Colorado Springs so that we can attend a reception for Christian writers hosted by the Christian Writer’s Guild. Their Web site address is
It’s an awesome organization that strives to help empower people to become powerful writers.
I’m looking forward to personally meeting Jerry B. Jenkins at the reception. Jerry is the co-author of the “Left Behind” series that has become so popular. By the way, according to the “Left
Behind” Web site at
the latest book installment “Glorious Appearing,” will be appearing in bookstores in March.
While in Colorado Springs, Susie and I plan on visiting Garden of the Gods State Park, mostly due to much encouragement by our friend Val Schriefer. After visiting the park Web site at
I can appreciate Val’s enthusiasm and prodding. The park and facilities look quite impressive, and we are very much looking forward to visiting it.
In fact, if you are reading this column on Sunday morning we will be at the park around the same time frame that your eyes are seeing these words. Pretty weird huh?
On Monday, Susie and I will be touring the Focus on the Family facilities. The organization, founded by James Dobson, offers free tours several times a day. You can learn more about Focus on the Family and all of its ministry by going to
We plan to be back in Clovis on Monday night. Of course, I lived up to the title that my wife has given me of “Mr. Efficient,” by going to
and plotting out our entire trip. I even printed out the directions from the motel to the reception, the park, and then to the Focus on the Family facilities. If we get lost, it will have to be the folks at Mapquest who are at fault, not me.
If you don’t have the time to take a road trip at this time of the year, you can do the next best thing — take a webcam trip. If you will hop over to
you will be able to check out the “Top 25” webcam links. The links provide access to the most interesting webcams of 2003.
Tom DiFrancesca III is a freelance columnist and a resident of Clovis. His e-mail address is: