9/11: Wake me up when September ends

I’ve never looked forward to September. I love the summer, so it’s always meant the end of warm – OK, frequently hot – days. And for 17 years it also meant the beginning of another long school year, and that was never a good thing.

But in 2001, September took on a whole new meaning.

Words fail me.

To say September 11, 2001, was a defining moment in my life is an understatement. It brought horror, disbelief, and an unrelenting sadness home on a magnitude of nothing else I had experienced until then. (Since, I’ve endured the death of my father, the loss of a longtime job, the death of my eldest cat, and my mother’s cancer diagnosis – grief-filled to the last.)

Its scope was ceaseless, too. If you lived anywhere in the Tri-State area, the signs of 9/11 were unavoidable no matter where you went. It was nigh impossible for me, because at the time I was working for a daily newspaper in Central New Jersey.

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“The Sopranos”: Lorraine Bracco speaks from the heart

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Dr. Jennifer Melfi may have been primarily concerned with the health of her psychiatric patient, Tony Soprano, in ‘The Sopranos,” but her alter ego, actress Lorraine Bracco, has made her own health a top priority. And she has her late parents to thank for it.

Lorraine Bracco signed copies of her memoir, "On the Couch," during her appearance in Martinsville, NJ, on Feb. 19./ Photos by Ava Gacser

“I don’t want to put off anything until it’s too late like they did,” Lorraine confessed to a crowd of about 250 during a Somerset Medical Center program entitled “Talking about Your Heart!” held on Feb. 19 at the Martinsville Inn.

“I want to be healthy,” she said, adding that she quit smoking years ago. “I want to do whatever it takes me to enjoy my children and my future grandchildren.”

Lorraine lost both her mother and father to heart-related diseases within 11 days of one another in November 2010. That time – and the many months of illness leading up to it – was a “huge roller coaster ride” for her.

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Who’s going to be permanently “Lost”?

Rumors are flying that a major character will be killed off of “Lost” by the end of the season.

Surely you can't be serious...

Surely you can't be serious...

Could it be Sayid? Sawyer? Sun? Hurley? Nah… I’m going to guess it’s one of my favorites, Desmond.

Here’s what E! Online says about the situation:

*The character is one much-loved by fans.

*Their death will result in them leaving the show permanently, like the Hobbit (Charlie), Boone, Libby, Shannon… need I go on?

*The character is not Kate. (Not that I ever seriously considered it to be, even when reports came out that she might be leaving the show.)

Initially I thought it might be Hurley, but honestly I don’t think they would get rid of him. He’s too beloved by fans, if that’s possible. Desmond’s been on the periphery all season, and his storyline’s been completely marginalized. I mean, what was that bit a few weeks ago with the pendulum? He seemed uncontrollable, and I’m sure Ben doesn’t want to deal with him.

Anyway, E! goes on to say that the actor/actress was just informed of their character’s imminent demise last week and is none too happy about it. “Unfortunately, [he or she] found out after the script treatments were sent out to some of the crew on the set,” says E!’s super-secret source. “So it wasn’t the best timing.”

I’ll say! It’s never the best time to find out you’re being written off the biggest show on television… I’m going to miss ya, Brother!

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