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 Real Housewives of New Jersey” are back!

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What have “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” been up to since the second season began?

A whole lot, that’s for sure! Keep reading for a full account of the faces and places Teresa Giudice, Jacqueline Laurita, Dina and Caroline Manzo, and – oh, yes – Danielle Staub have encountered since the series returned.

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“Sex and the City 2”: Be still my beating heart

I’ve been kind of on the fence about the new “Sex and the City” movie.

After being such a huge fan of the show, I was disappointed when the first film came out two years ago. (I know, I’m probably in the minority here.) I don’t know exactly what I was expecting, but I wasn’t particularly fond of what I saw. I was annoyed that Carrie was willing to put up with so much from Mr. Big and forgive him again. I thought she possessed a stronger sense of self-worth than that.

Anyway, so the first preview for “Sex and the City 2” didn’t exactly thrill me. Abu Dhabi? Is this “Sex and the City” or a fairy tale? C’mon. While the beloved HBO series occasionally veered off into wishful thinking territory, most of the time it was planted pretty firmly in reality.

But now I just got a look at the second trailer, and I’m totally floored. AIDAN is back! Now this could get interesting:

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Forgive me for asking, but if Carrie married Aidan would her name be Carrie Bradshaw Shaw?

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